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Announcement :: War and Militarism
07 Oct 2009
Oct17flyer.doc (124 k)
Eight Years of War – How Many More?
Rally & March
October 17, 2009, 1:00 (music starts 12:00)
Copley Square, Boston

All troops home from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq!
End the siege of Gaza and all US support for the occupation of Palestine!
Fund Jobs, Health Care and Environmental Protection, not War & Nuclear Weapons!
Ground the Drones!
Bring the National Guard Home Now!
No Threats against Iran or North Korea!
Human and Civil Rights for All– No Torture, Racist Deportations, or Scapegoating Muslims.  Repeal the PATRIOT Act!
Break All Ties With the Honduran Dictatorship!

When Pres. Obama was elected on a platform of “hope” and “change”, many hoped his presidency would bring peace to the Middle East and Central Asia.
They did not expect a prolonged occupation of Iraq or the escalation of the war in Afghanistan by sending 21,000 more troops.  They did not expect the U.S. to increase drone strikes into Pakistan which have already killed over 350 people since Obama became president. They did not expect military spending to continue to increase, with $707 billion allocated for the military in 2010. Nor did they expect billions of our tax dollars to be spent on the brutal blockade of Gaza and the occupation of Palestine.
When ever greater numbers of people are losing their homes and sinking into poverty, the government claims it lacks the resources to meet our needs! The choice of “Guns or Butter!” is not empty rhetoric but stark reality. Military recruiters have virtually unrestricted access to our schools — and the Pentagon unrestricted access to our tax dollars!  Enough is enough!  Sufficient money could be allocated to provide Jobs for All, Health Care, Education, Housing, Pensions, and Environmental Protection! Not one cent should be spent on military interventions, unjust wars and occupations, racist detentions and deportations, renditions, torture, and attacks on our civil and human rights!
With the support of Congress, the Administration is carrying out a protracted counter-insurgency war in which human development aid and negotiations serve only as window dressing on a war policy aimed at dominating Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Central Asia region.
The escalating assault on Afghanistan and Pakistan points to an imperative for action and a united response from the peace and justice community.  We must explain that the so called “good war” in Afghanistan/Pakistan is yet another empire building project, the same as in Iraq. Many have doubts about the occupation of Afghanistan and can be won to the understanding that our best interests lie in the immediate withdrawal of all occupation forces.
“We don’t want their so-called liberation and democracy…. Freedom, democracy and justice cannot be enforced at gunpoint by a foreign country; they are the values that can be achieved only by our people….” – Zoya, foreign committee of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), July 2008
We seek to promote public education on these wars and provide opportunities for the expression of mass opposition. Please endorse the action and join us at our planning meeting as we prepare a mass  protest on October 17 in Boston. All are invited.
In Peace and Solidarity

Next OCT 17 Mobilization Meeting: 10/10

Saturday, Oct 10, 1:00 p.m., Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave, 5th floor, Boston.    Conference Call by Prior Arrangement
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