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Get on the Buses for April 12 (english)
31 Mar 2003
Update on the APRIL 12 National March to Stop the War
on Iraq
Get on the Buses for April 12!

Tickets are $50 + $5 suggested donation for the Transportation Subsidy Fund.

Buses will depart from Roxbury Community College at 10:00 pm on Friday, April 11.

Reserve your seat today - http://www.iacboston.org/april12bus.

Funds are urgently needed! Please consider making a donation to ANSWER Boston - checks should be made payable to ANSWER Boston, 31 Germania St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

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Update on APRIL 12
National March to Stop the War on Iraq
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The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition believes that the war against
Iraq has never been about disarmament of weapons of mass
destruction or about creating a more democratic or humane
regime in Baghdad. The people of the Middle East recognize
that this is a war for empire, for conquest and domination
in a region that possesses 2/3rds of the world's oil
supply. The Bush administration's vision of the future
under the rubric of the so-called war on terrorism, with
all of its shifting rationales, is to plunge the United
States government into a state of endless war. Their
geo-strategic fantasy of world domination based purely on
military prowess will lead to a catastrophic escalation of
the cycle of violence.

All aspects of the Bush administration's war against Iraq
-- its preparations and actions before the war and during
the first week of the war -- have proven to be based on
gross miscalculations.

The people of the world can and have shown that they can
unite to offer a different vision. Peace and social
justice will not be a gift presented to us by the Bush
administration. On the contrary, their vision of reckless
adventurism and the use of limitless violence against
their opponents can only spell disaster, but the Bush
administration is not the ultimate arbiter of the
historical process. Peace and social justice can be
achieved by the strengthening of the worldwide people's
movement that has sprung into existence in recent months.

The upcoming April 12 International Day of Protest,
including a mass march on the White House, is essential to
maintaining the global momentum of those who stand against
the war worldwide.

Tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians are suffering from
the absence of food, medicine and water. Thousands more
are being made into refugees. The very young and the very
old, the most vulnerable sectors of society, are
undoubtedly perishing directly from the hardships caused
by the war. As the resistance of the Iraqi people
stiffens, the U.S. high command is changing its war plans
and so-called rules of engagement, allowing for the quick
targeting of civilians. The Bush administration is not
concerned about the young working class men and women who
are being sent into combat. They are afraid, however, that
high casualties will create a political backlash in the
U.S. population.

On April 12, the world will demand that the carnage in
Iraq be ended. The Iraqi people must be able to determine
their own destiny free from invasion and occupation.
Anyone who cares about the lives and safety of U.S. GIs
will demand that the troops be brought home now.

A large number of U.S. military veterans will be
participating in the April 12 demonstrations in Washington
DC, San Francisco and Los Angeles. It is noteworthy that
the Bush administration is slashing benefit programs for
U.S. military veterans. The House of Representatives
recently voted to cut $25 billion in veterans' healthcare
and benefits programs. Plagued by these recent budget
cuts, the veterans' administration has had to resort to
charging new veterans entering into its system a yearly
fee of $250 in order for them to receive treatment. How
disgusting that the Bush administration can ask for $85
billion to wage a bloody invasion of Iraq and just a few
days after slash the tax rate paid by the very rich while
it carries out an assault on veterans benefits.

The world is indeed uniting on April 12. We have just
learned about more protests taking place internationally.
The huge Australian peace movement has decided to hold a
major protest that weekend. The Bolivarian Circles of
Venezuela are holding actions in Caracas and throughout
Venezuela on April 12, as well as calling on Bolivarian
Circles around the world to take part in the International
Day of Protest. Anti-war activists in Cyprus will hold a
demonstration. Actions around the world on April 12 will
also take place in London, England; Brazil; Mexico;
Nicaragua; Puerto Rico; South Korea; the Philippines;
Spain; Italy; Denmark; Sweden; Germany, and the U.S. The
list of countries holding protests continues to grow every
day.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT APRIL 12

In Washington, huge numbers of people will gather at the
Washington Monument at 12 noon. Joint U.S. actions will
take place in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

To DOWNLOAD LITERATURE, go to
http://www.iacboston.org/ANSWER

If you cannot download and print the flyers and stickers,
you can pick up stacks at A.N.S.W.E.R. offices around the
country, or you can call us at 617-522-6626 and request a
packet of flyers. Please make your request immediately so
they can be sent in time for massive distribution.

BUSES, VANS AND CAR CARAVANS WILL TRAVEL FROM THE EAST
COAST, MIDWEST AND SOUTH to be at the White House on
Saturday, April 12. To reserve a seat on the Boston buses please go to http://www.iacboston.org/april12bus

If you are ORGANIZING TRANSPORTATION, fill out the
easy-to-use form at
http://www.internationalanswer.org/campaigns/a12/index.html#a12transp
so that we can help spread the word to others (if the link
does not take you directly to the form, scroll down)

Donations are urgently needed - please make checks payable to ANSWER Boston and mail to ANSWER Boston, 31 Germania St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Please check the April 12 page on the A.N.S.W.E.R. website
at http://www.internationalanswer.org/campaigns/a12/index.html
frequently for additional organizing information. This
will include additional pieces of downloadable literature;
a daily update to the list of cities organizing
transportation; logistical information; & more.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION
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http://www.InternationalANSWER.org
http://www.VoteNoWar.org
http://www.iacboston.org/ANSWER
info (at) internationalanswer.org
New York 212-633-6646
Washington 202-544-3389
Los Angeles 213-487-2368
San Francisco 415-821-6545
Boston 617-522-6626

See also:
www.iacboston.org/ANSWER
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