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Protest Bush on July 4th in Philadelphia! (english)
11 Jun 2003
Reserve your seat on the bus today!
Tickets are $40 + $5 donation
for the transportation subsidy fund -
Protest Bush on July 4th in Philadelphia!
Stop U.S. Wars at Home and Abroad!


On Friday, July 4th, George W. Bush, along with all living
former U.S. presidents, has been invited to speak at the
opening of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will also be present
to receive the Liberty Medal. They will be celebrating in a
building constructed on the graves of enslaved Africans. They
will be culminating a week of "Welcome America" festivities
sponsored by oil giant Sunoco. We are determined to stop the
never-ending series of wars in the various forms it is taking
against people here and abroad. We stand with people everywhere
struggling for a world which values people over profits. We stand
in solidarity with people living under oppression and occupation
who have nothing to celebrate on this day.

Come to Philadelphia and demand:

* End the Occupation of Iraq – Bring the Troops Home
* No Endless Wars, Occupation, Colonialism or U.S. Empire—
Repeal the USA Patriot Act, Restore Civil Liberties
* No to Racism, Sexism, LGBT oppression & Attacks on Immigrants
* Restore and Raise Funding for Jobs, Education, Welfare, Housing
& Healthcare
* Money for Human Needs – Not the Pentagon War Machine
* Free Mumia Abu-Jamal and all Political Prisoners –
* Abolish the Racist Death Penalty

We need your help to make this demonstration large and powerful.
Help distribute flyers, tell your friends
flyers are available at the office or can be downloaded from

Reserve your seat on the bus today!
Tickets are $40 + $5 donation
for the transportation subsidy fund -

Buses will depart at 11:00 pm from Roxbury Community College on
Thursday, July 3rd and return following the demonstration on
July 4th

The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition congratulates the local
Philadelphia organizations who have come together
to issue a call for thousands of people to join in
a national march on July 4 in Philadelphia protesting
U.S. wars at home and abroad. The A.N.S.W.E.R.
Coalition urges its Organizing Centers and all people
of conscience to be in the streets of Philadelphia on
July 4.

Karl Rove, Bush's chief political strategist, corrected
a student who challenged him last week by asking how the
administration could justify war with Iraq when no weapons
of mass destruction have been found. Rove responded: "First
of all, its the battle of Iraq, not the war." He then
explained that "the war" is an ongoing war against terrorism
that has no fixed end date. This is the most explicit
confirmation that the Bush administration plans to carry out
regime change, either through invasion or stepped up covert
operations, against all those who attempt to retain nominal
sovereignty over their own land and natural resources. Syria,
southern Lebanon, Palestine, North Korea, Cuba, Zimbabwe, Iran
and other countries are slated for aggression. We must all
come together to support the call of the local Philadelphia
organizations in order to ensure the largest mobilization

Following is a statement issued by a number of the local
Philadelphia organizations about the July 4 national march.
In addition to the July 4 national protest, a number of groups
are sponsoring local and regional protests on that weekend.
Philadelphia organizations involved in the local, regional and
national protests include Philadelphia A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to
Stop War & End Racism), PRAWN (Philadelphia Regional Anti-War
Network), Minority Experience Network, Avenging the Ancestors
Coalition (ATAC), Unite for Peace, International Concerned
Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, and others.


George W. Bush has been invited to the opening of the National
Constitution Center. We need to be there to say No to U.S. Wars
at Home and Abroad; No to Colonialism and Empire; End the
Occupation of Iraq; No to Racism, Attacks on Civil Rights and
Immigrants, the USA Patriot Act and the Shredding of the
Constitution; and to Call for Funding of Social Programs - not
the Pentagon's War Machine.

The 4th of July weekend offers a great opportunity to remind the
world of our determination to oppose the never-ending series of
wars in the various forms it is taking against people here and
abroad. The Bush wars for empire require a massive transfer of
wealth from social programs. While the administration hands out
lucrative contracts to Bechtel, Halliburton, and Exxon, and pushes
for major tax giveaways to the already very rich, it fails totally
to address the problems of widespread unemployment, increasing
imprisonment, and cuts in healthcare, education, transportation
and housing.

The income gap is widening -- the average CEO today makes 531 times
the average worker. Repression is deepening -- over 2.2 million
people are incarcerated, 3,000 on death row and due process continues
to be denied for U.S. political prisoners Mumia Abu-Jamal, Leonard
Peltier and others. Bigotry is on the rise - thousands of immigrants
are detained without trial, Affirmative Action is under attack, and
rightwing politicians seem to feel they have carte blanche to attack
the rights of workers, people of color, women and lesbian, gay, bi
and trans people.

Many people are expressing fear and concern about the direction the
U.S. seems headed in with the ultra-conservative administration of
Bush, Cheney, Ashcroft, Rumsfeld, Perle, Wolfowitz and the rest.
Congress appears unwilling to offer and real opposition, and the
Supreme Court seems to be just a rubber stamp for administration
decisions. It is up to the people of the U.S., in solidarity with
the global movement for peace and justice, to take up the challenge.

Already groups [in Philadelphia] are planning local, regional and
national protest, actions and events for the first week of July:
Avenging the Ancestors Coalition (ATAC) has a protest for July 3;
groups may be protesting the PA state budget cuts slated for July 1;
and more.

Let's work together to support these events and to build for the
National Protest on July 4 in Philadelphia.
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