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News :: Organizing
Massive Support for Arab-American and Muslim Community Open Letter to the US Anti-War Movement
31 Jan 2004
Modified: 11:56:23 AM
Massive Support for Arab-American and Muslim Community Open Letter to the US Anti-War Movement
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[For more information or to join as an organizational signatory, please contact: rashmawi (at) sbcglobal.net]

Status Report - January 31, 2004:

This is a status report on the rapidly expanding support for the "Open Letter from the Arab American and Muslim Community to the US Anti-War Movement," and on the political program of the March 20 national mobilization.

What was initiated on January 12, 2004, as an Open Letter from 41 Arab-American and Muslim organizations in the United States and Canada, today carries the weight of more than 222 signatory organizations (listed below) supported by great many thousands of activists and community members, including national networks,
solidarity groups and anti-war coalitions from coast to coast.

In addition to the 222 current signatories, and in a qualitative expansion of the support given to the Open Letter, non-governmental organizations and civil society institutions representing the Palestinian people have extended their explicit support. The Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations' Network (PNGO), a grassroots umbrella comprising 92 Palestinian NGOs in Palestine, added its significant political and organizational weight behind the position outlined. The support of PNGO was further strengthened by the welcomed endorsement by various grassroots and civil society organizations in the Palestinian refugee camps, including The Forum of Palestinian NGO's Working on Refugee Camps of Lebanon (an umbrella of 18 NGO's). The Palestinian Right of Return Congress International, with representatives from the sectors and geographic presence of the Palestinian people, also stands in support. The Arab National Conference (ANC), a leading umbrella of Arab intellectuals and activists throughout the Arab states, had strongly joined in endorsing this call from the start.

From the onset, the movement in South Africa had also weighed in, giving its support to the Arab American and Muslim community in the United States, thus further indicating the global consensus on the political demands of the anti-war movement. Grassroots organizations
from all over the world have also expressed their solidarity.

Recognizing the political imperative presented and the historic importance of the Open Letter in building mutual solidarity, great many antiwar coalitions, organizations and networks in the United States are currently advocating in favor of the positions outlined in the Open Letter. Steady streams of declarations and
letters of support from all corners relaying the expansion of a national consensus on the program of anti-war have been received from Alaska and Hawaii to the heartland of Nebraska. The support spans from coast to coast, and is growing everyday.

We had reported earlier that there were hopeful signs that the movement in the United States as a whole was also approaching a unity on these core principles set-forth in the Open Letter. We are happy to report that these signs are in the process of developing into unified actions throughout the country. Although a few remain hesitant, it appears that a national consensus on the political program of the anti-war is being developed. Collectively, we are just about to complete turning the corner.

This Open Letter was originally initiated on January 12 following a call to mobilize against colonial occupations that was issued and endorsed by a large coalition of organizations and communities that included the International A.N.S.W.E.R Coalition; Al-Awda - the Palestine Right to Return Coalition; the National Lawyers Guild; the Arab Muslim American Federation; the Free Palestine Alliance-USA; the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation; and the Muslim
Students Association of the U.S. and Canada. The National Council of Arab Americans (NCA) supported and advocated for this call in full. This national all-encompassing umbrella of organizations has since expanded and is now called the March 20 National Coalition.

The call to mobilize, which constitutes the political basis for the unity of the March 20 National Coalition, demanded ending "all colonial occupations from Iraq to Palestine and everywhere". It also called for "bringing the troops home NOW" without delay, and for opposing giving an international cover to the colonial
occupation of Iraq. Of the sectors that initially hesitated in adopting these positions, many have since joined either in part or in full. A select few remain hesitant.

Today, the movement can be hopeful that a unified and an all-inclusive mobilization could take place nationwide, not only in Dolores Park-San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago, but also in New York City and elsewhere, on the basis outlined. This would set a new definitional and unifying turning point and
would strengthen the grassroots tide to stop the continued advance of war and empire.

The Arab-American and Muslim community is humbled by the outpouring of support. We stand in mutual solidarity with all and pledge our own support as we together move forward.

An Open Letter from the Arab-American and Muslim Community to the US Anti-War Movement

Dear peace and justice organizations and activists,

On March 20, 2004, the world will mobilize against war and colonial occupations. The significance of this historic day is evident to all and requires no further elaboration.
The political clarity and character of this mobilization in the US, however, remains illusive.

This is where our community stands:

In confronting war, the people of Palestine and Iraq have paid dearly. They stand against the imperial project shoulder to shoulder with communities of color and the working class in the United States, along with great many
subjugated peoples around the globe - from Afghanistan to Colombia, and from the Philippines to Vieques, and on. Without a doubt, the Palestinian and Iraqi people are both
welded together in an inextricable unity at the forefront of the global anti-war movement, transforming themselves as a whole as its embodiment and paying in its defense with the dearest of all - their very existence. Yet, despite every home destroyed, child murdered, acre confiscated and tree uprooted, town colonized and ethnically cleansed, wall built, refugee remaining nation-less, and incremental robbery of their self-determination, they remain the very antithetical formulation of empire and with a vision of justice for all.

In the United States, we, Arab-Americans and Muslims have been maliciously targeted, stripped of our rights, and positioned outside the constitutional framework of this country. A new
COINTELPRO has been unleashed against our homes and living rooms, as our fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters are plucked away and thrown into unknown prison cells. Thus, in a continuum
of history, we stand with African Americans, Japanese Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and all others in the painful struggle for justice. From them all, we take our cue, for they are our predecessors and our partners in this long march.

Accordingly, we the undersigned hereby declare that:

1. We do not accept delinking the struggle of the Palestinian people from the anti-war movement, and regard the struggle in
Palestine, as it is viewed worldwide, to be central to any peace and justice mobilization.

2. We insist that the Palestinian right to return and to self-determination are the key anchors of the Palestinian struggle, and that organizations that attempt to diminish,
sidetrack, or abrogate these rights, regardless of any other position they may take on Palestine, are acting contrary to the will and aspiration of the Palestinian people.

3. We view all attempts to relegate our collective presence to the margin and to tokenize our participation in the movement
to be racist in character. In its attempt to silence the Arab and Muslim voices for decades, particularly that of the Palestinian people, the movement in the US has stood alone in the global
movement for justice. We see ourselves as full partners in leading the movement as signified in the heavy price we continue to pay along the way, and reject any attempt to objectify our presence.

4. We regard the positions that the "colonial occupation of Iraq must be internationalized", or that ending the occupation must be
conducted over a period of time until the "Iraqis are able to secure their democracy", as implicitly colonial and racist. These are positions that are rooted in the construct of "manifest destiny" and the "white man's burden" to "civilize".

5. We call on our people everywhere to hold all organizations accountable to the positions they take, especially those that depict racist attitudes towards us, implicitly or otherwise,
particularly those that tokenize and objectify our struggle. Any organization or movement that finds it acceptable to minimize or disregard for political expediency the struggle of any people
should not be allowed to function within the global justice movement. Justice is neither selective, nor partial or conditional.

We are firm on these principles for the March 20th mobilization and beyond as we call on all communities and organizations to mobilize and stand in force under the following unifying five
slogans:

1. End all colonial occupations from Iraq to Palestine and everywhere!
2. Bring the troops home NOW!
3. No to internationalizing colonial occupations!
4. Stop the attacks on civil liberties!
5. Money for jobs, education, and healthcare not for war!

As we salute and stand empowered with sectors of the movement that have taken a principled stand on justice, we seek to participate in the empowerment of all as we call for a genuine
global united front against war.

All out on March 20, 2004!

222 signatory organizations:

(List is still in formation. To be included, please write to: rashmawi (at) sbcglobal.net)

1. Act to Stop War Coalition, Omaha, Nebraska
2. Alaskans for Peace & Justice
3. Al-Awda: the Palestine Right to Return Coalition - National
4. Al-Awda: the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, Canada
5. Al-Awda: the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, Connecticut
6. Al-Awda: the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, Los Angeles
7. Al-Awda: the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, San Diego
8. Al-Awda: the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, San Francisco Bay Area
9. Al-Bireh Palestine Society, California Chapter
10. Alexandria Association of Human Rights Advocates
11. Al-Moharer
12. Al-Qalam Institute
13. American Friends for Palestine - Southern California
14. American Muslim Voice
15. American Muslims for Jerusalem (AMJ)
16. American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter
17. American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), Greater Sacramento Area Chapter
18. American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter
19. American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
20. American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), Seattle Chapter
21. Americans for Justice in Palestine-Israel
22. Arab Cause Solidarity Committee
23. Arab Center of Washington - Seattle
24. Arab Muslim American Federation (AMAF)
25. Arab National Conference (ANC - Al-Mu'tamar Al-Qawmi Al-Arabi)
26. Arab-American Community Center, Chicago
27. Arab-American Cultural Forum, Chicago, IL
28. Arab-American Forum, New Hampshire
29. Arab-American Press Guild
30. Arab-Palestine Association, BC, Canada
31. Arabs Building Community, SF Bay Area
32. ARA-LA/People Against Racist Terror
33. Asians 4 Jericho/Mumia
34. Bay Area United Against War (BAUAW)
35. BAYAN - USA
36. Bend-Condega Friendship Project
37. Berkeley Women in Black
38. Birzeit Society
39. Black Coalition Against the War
40. Break the Silence Mural Project
41. Cafe Intifada
42. Campaign Against Occupation and for the Sovereignty of Iraq (CEOSI)
43. Canada-Palestine Association
44. Canada-Palestine Friendship Society
45. Canadian Arab Federation
46. Charlotte Fellowship of Reconciliation
47. Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism (CCAWR)
48. Citizens for Fair Legislation
49. Citizens Standing Against War
50. Citoyen Français Contre le Sionisme
51. Coalition for Equity-Restorative Justice
52. Coalition of Community Organizations (COCO), Del
53. Coalition to Defend Immigrant Rights(CDIR), Los Angeles
54. Collision Course Video Productions, San Francisco
55. Colorado Palestine Solidarity Campaign (CPSC)
56. Committee Against the U$ Empire (the CAU$E), St. Louis, MO
57. Committee for Democratic Palestine - Canada
58. Committee for Justice - USA
59. Comunidad Chileno-Palestina
60. Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), LA Chapter
61. Deir Yassin Society of New York
62. Diocesan Human Rights Commission, Toledo, Ohio
63. Divestment Resource Center
64. DuPage Against War Now
65. Emil Touma Institute for Palestinian Studies, Haifa
66. Filipino Workers Organizing Committee (FWAC), Seattle, WA
67. Florida Palestine Solidarity Network
68. Free Palestine Alliance - USA (FPA)
69. Freedom Socialist Party
70. Friends of Ghassan Kanafani, Toronto Chapter
71. Global Peace
72. Global Sisterhood Network
73. Hammerhard MediaWorks, Chicago
74. Harlem Fight Back, New York City
75. Harlem Tenants Council
76. Hawaii Committee for a Free Palestine
77. Houston Coalition for Justice Not War
78. Incorruptible Media of Long Island
79. International A.N.S.W.E.R Coalition
80. International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Philadelphia, PA
81. International Socialist Organization
82. International Solidarity Movement (ISM) Support Group in Northern California
83. International Solidarity Movement (ISM), Chicago chapter
84. International Solidarity Movement (ISM), Palestine
85. International South Asia Forum (INSAF), Montreal, QC, Canada
86. Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America (IRSCNA)
87. Islamic Political Party of America (IPPA)
88. Jewish Voices Against the Occupation - Seattle
89. Jews Against Zionism
90. Jews for a Free Palestine
91. Justice for Palestinians
92. Kana'an Review
93. Labor Party (Lao Dong Dang)
94. LAGAI -- Queer Insurrection
95. Land Minds Not Landmines
96. Latinos Por La Paz
97. Louisville Committee For Peace in the Middle East/ISM Chapter, Kentucky
98. Mahina Movement, New York City
99. Marin Affinity Group
100. Marin Center for Peace and Justice, San Rafael, California
101. Masjid Al Qur'an of Philadelphia
102. Mexico Solidarity Network (MSN)
103. Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA)
104. Middle East Crisis Committee, Connecticut
105. Middle Eastern Student Association of Loyola, University Chicago
106. Mideast: Just Peace, Northern Michigan
107. Midwest Unrest
108. Minority eXperience Network
109. Morton County Citizens for Responsible Government
110. Mother Seed
111. Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation (MAS Freedom Foundation)
112. Muslim Students Association (MSA), California State University, Sacramento
113. Muslim Students Association (MSA), University of California, Davis
114. Muslim Students Association of the U.S. and Canada (MSA-National)
115. Muslim Voices for Justice & Peace, Mt. Rainier, Md
116. National Council of Arab Americans (NCAA)
117. Nebraskans for Justice in Palestine
118. New Jersey Solidarity - Activists for the Liberation of Palestine
119. Niagara Coalition for Peace
120. Nicaragua Network
121. No More Victims
122. No One Is Illegal-Vancouver
123. Northwest Suburban SUSTAIN - Chicago
124. Omega First Inc.
125. One World Society, University College Cork
126. Palestine Children's Welfare Fund
127. Palestine Community Center - Vancouver, Canada
128. Palestine House Educational and Cultural Center, Canada
129. Palestine Labor Support Committee, USA/Canada
130. Palestine Right of Return Congress - USA
131. Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC), Los Angeles
132. Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC), Pittsburgh
133. Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC), Seattle
134. Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC), Wisconsin
135. Palestine Solidarity Group (PSG), Chicago
136. Palestine Solidarity Group (PSG), Vancouver
137. Palestine/Israel for Peace and Justice Alliance
138. Palestinian American Congress (PAC)
139. Palestinian American Women's Association (PAWA)
140. Palestinian Rights Committee, Albany, NY
141. Pan Arab Union For Peace
142. Partnership for Civil Justice (PCJ)
143. Pax Christi - Palm Beach
144. Peninsula Peace & Justice Center
145. Peoples Video Network
146. Philadelphia Committee to Free the Five
147. Poets for Peace - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
148. Progressive Workers Organizing Committee, Houston-Galveston, Texas
149. Pueblo Insurgente, Republica Bolivariana De Venezuela
150. PUSO Philippine-U.S. Solidarity Organization, Seattle, Washington
151. Queers For Peace And Justice
152. Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism (QUIT)
153. Radical Women
154. Resident Peaceniks, Western Washington
155. Riverside Area Peace and Justice Action, California
156. S.U.S.T.A.I.N - Northwest Suburban SUSTAIN - Chicago
157. S.U.S.T.A.I.N, Washington, DC
158. S.U.S.T.A.I.N. (Stop U.S. Tax-Funded Aid to Israel Now!), L.A./Orange County
159. Sacred Heart Province JPIC Concerns, Countryside, IL
160. Sacred Roots
161. San Francisco Bay Area Palestine Coalition
162. Socialist Arab Coalition in North America
163. SOL Foundation
164. Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada
165. Solidarity International
166. SOS Iraq
167. South Asian League of Artists in America (SALAAM)
168. South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
169. Students Against War from Duluth, MN
170. Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), Bloomington, IN
171. Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), California State University, Sacramento
172. Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), Univ. of Illinois, Chicago
173. Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), University of California, Davis
174. Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), University of California, Berkeley
175. Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), University of Minnesota
176. Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), Washington, DC (American University)
177. Students for Social Justice, Chicago
178. Students Organizing for Social Justice at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
179. The 8th Day Center for Justice Staff
180. The Adelaide Institute
181. The Alaqsaintifada.org
182. The All India Peoples Resistance Forum (AIPRF)
183. The All-African People's Revolutionary Party, Maryland Chapter
184. The Canadian Palestinian Foundation in Montreal, Canada
185. The Canadian Palestinian Foundation of Québec in Montréal
186. The Chabot College Advocates for Peace, Equality and Social Change (APESC)
187. The Coalition for Impeachment Now! (COIN!), Santa Cruz, California
188. The Fort Myers Social Action Committee
189. The Free Ahmad Sa'adat Campaign
190. The Freeway Twenty
191. The Independent Anglo-Catholic Church of America
192. The International Action Center (IAC)
193. The International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS)
194. The Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP)
195. The Islamic Egyptian Soc. of N.S.W.
196. The Knights of the Socially Conscious, Michigan
197. The Manassas Mosque of Virginia
198. The Middle East and North African Student Association, North Carolina State University
199. The Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations' Network (PNGO)
200. The Reform Party USA - Action Group
201. The Roots International
202. The Santa Fe Research Roundtable
203. The Savage Rose
204. The United Muslim Association of High Schools Club
205. The Writing Empowerment Project
206. Third World Forum (TWF)
207. Trade Union Committee for Justice in the Middle East (TUCJME) - British Columbia, Canada
208. Tri-Taylor Neighbors for Peace, Chicago
209. Twin Cities Anti-War Committee, Minnesota
210. U.S. Citizens Against the War, Florence, Italy
211. Union of Palestinian American Women
212. US-Japan-China Comparative Policy Research Institute
213. Vermonters for Just Peace in Palestine/Israel
214. Vets Against War, Asheville, NC
215. We the People, Del
216. Women In Black - San Francisco, California
217. World Constitution & Parliament Association (WCPA)
218. Youth for Socialist Action

South African Movement in Solidarity:

1. Anti-War Coalition - South Africa (representing 70 social movements and civil society organizations)
2. Muslim Youth Movement of South Africa
3. Palestine Solidarity Committee, South Africa
4. Friends of Al-Aqsa, Cape Town, South Africa

Supported and endorsed by:

1. The Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations' Network - an umbrella organization comprising 92 Palestinian NGOs in
Palestine;
2. The London-based Right of Return Congress - International, a representative formation on the right of return with representatives from the Palestinian people everywhere, including the US and Canada; and
3. Grassroots and civil society institutions in Palestinian refugee camps, including:
1. The Forum of Palestinian NGO's Working on Refugee Camps of Lebanon (an umbrella of 18 NGO's)
2. A'idun Group - Lebanon
3. Children and Youth Center, Shatila Camp
4. General Union of Palestinian Women - Lebanon
5. Houleh Club Association, Borj AlSHamali Camp
6. Nabila Brier Social Foundation, Ain El Helwi Camp
7. Social Care Association, Ain El Helwi Camp
8. Social Communication Center (Ajyal), Beirut
9. The Abu Jihad AL Wazir Institution, Rashidiya Camp
10. Women's Humanitarian Organization, Borj Al Barajnh
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