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News ::
7/25/04 - Protest the DNC in Boston (english)
10 Sep 2003
Modified: 12 Sep 2003
THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONVENTION IS COMING TO BOSTON
MASS MARCH IN BOSTON
SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2004
End the Occupation of Iraq!
Bring the Troops Home Now!
Money for Jobs, Housing, Education & Healthcare, Not War!
THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONVENTION IS COMING TO BOSTON

MASS MARCH IN BOSTON
SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2004

End the Occupation of Iraq!
Bring the Troops Home Now!
Money for Jobs, Housing, Education & Healthcare, Not War!

Issued by the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism)

On July 26-29, 2004 the Democratic Party will be holding their national convention in Boston. Join the thousands who will be in the streets of Boston on Sunday, July 25, 2004 to demand - End the Occupation, Bring the Troops Home Now! The demonstration, which will march through the streets of Boston, will also demand an end to the looting and destruction of social programs by the Bush Administration and Congress.

Everyday Iraqis and U.S. soldiers are dying as a result of the Bush Administrations illegal policy of “preemptive war”. Bush and co. lied repeatedly to the people of this country, the UN, Congress and the world during the months preceding the invasion of Iraq. Iraq never posed a "grave and imminent danger" to the United States. When push came to shove the Democratic Party overwhelmingly voted to support the war. The peoples of the world, however, recognize that the true threat to world peace is the U.S. as it widens the never-ending search for new markets and natural resources to plunder.

The occupation is a violation of the Iraqi people's fundamental right to self-determination by the U.S. government, which pursues Empire in the interests of the U.S.-based corporate and banking elites. Killing tens of thousands of Iraqis and sacrificing a growing number of U.S. soldiers - who are being killed or maimed in the interests of Halliburton, Bechtel, Exxon/Mobil, Citibank and Chase - is what reveals the criminal character of the whole endeavor.

The rapid expansion of U.S. militarism under the Bush administration is not only a threat to the people of the world, it is a calculated assault on the standard of living and rights of working people. If left unchecked Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz will destroy every social reform that has been achieved since the 1930s. Across the country affirmative action, civil rights, women’s rights and reproductive health programs are under attack. The so-called “welfare reform” implemented under the Clinton Administration has resulted in millions being dropped because they have reached the maximum number of years (5) for obtaining benefits. The Bush administration is attempting to privatize social security, Medicaid and Medicare while gutting environmental programs such as the Clean Air Act, public education and any other programs or social rights that are perceived as either a restriction on corporate power and profits or are a focus of attack by the ultra-right's political program. There has been an increase in attacks on the LGBT community. Police brutality against the African American and Latino communities in particular have escalated, from New York City to Ohio and across the country. With over 2 million people in jail the U.S. has become the “prison house of nations” and the only industrialized nation to still utilize the death penalty.

The time to act is now! We cannot rely on the Democratic Party to stop the Bush Administration. The Democratic Party represents the same corporate banking elite who are the core constituents of the Republican Party. While millions of working class people vote for the Democrats as an alternative to the openly racist anti-worker Republican Party, the Democratic Party shares the same imperialist goals of the Bush Administration. That explains why the Democratic Party leadership including almost all of the top leaders in Congress voted to support the illegal invasion of Iraq and continue to funnel tens of billions of dollars to support the criminal occupation at the expense of the working, poor and oppressed peoples of this country.

The Democratic Party has shown itself to be only too willing to support the occupation of Iraq and slash social programs with only a token resistance. Only a people’s movement can create an effective political force that can stop the U.S. war drive, protect our rights and return the trillions that have been stolen from our communities by the Pentagon and the corporate-elite.

During the course of the Democratic Convention there will be many demonstrations let’s kick it off with a mass demonstration through the streets of Boston on Sunday, July 25, 2004. There will be a mass march against the Republican National Convention on Sunday, August 29 in New York City.

To endorse this call please e-mail endorse (at) iacboston.org please include contact, organization/union, e-mail & phone number or contact:

A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism)
31 Germania St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
617-522-6626
answerboston (at) iacboston.org

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The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition was formed in the days after September 11 by progressive organizations and people in the United States who recognized the need to take immediate action in response to the Bush administration's headlong rush to war and the racist attacks against the Arab and Muslim communities in the U.S. The Coalition organized the first national demonstration against war and racism following September 11 on September 29, 2001, which brought 25,000 people into the streets of Washington DC and 15,000 in San Francisco. The Coalition has worked to build an anti-racist, peace and social justice movement, including mass mobilizations on April 20, 2002 (in support of justice for Palestine) and October 26, 2002 (the first demonstration in opposition to the war drive against Iraq), and the first global day of action against the war in Iraq, January 18, 2003, when millions of people around the world took part in simultaneous demonstrations, including a half a million people in Washington DC. The Coalition continued to organize mass demonstrations in February and March and began the campaign against U.S. occupation of Iraq in April, 2003.

Its national steering committee represents major national organizations that have campaigned against U.S. militarism and intervention in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia, and organizations that work towards social and economic justice and civil rights for people inside the United States.

See also:
www.iacboston.org/answer
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militant...not (english)
11 Sep 2003
yeah, let's do a march before the DNC starts

that'll show'em
We don't need answer (english)
12 Sep 2003
We do not need some stalinist front group funded by north korea to tell us when we can march against the DNC!!

We are organizing ourselves, the people of boston. Not some steering committe at a national headquarters.

Solidarity.