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Announcement ::
Books Not Bombs Youth Convergence August 28
12 Aug 2004
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YOUTH CONVERGENCE FOR BOOKS NOT BOMBS
All day Saturday, August 28

Home base for the youth & student movement before a week in the streets

Convergence Center @ Saint Marks Church, 131 East 10th Street (2nd Ave)
open from 9am - 6pm, with additional locations throughout the area.

Then, on August 29...March with us in the morning, party for peace at night.
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We are a generation that wants peace, but for the last four years, we've
seen only war, terror, occupation. We are a generation that wants freedom
for all of us, but theirs is a government that's abandoned the liberties
they claim to fight for.

We are a generation that needs quality public schools and affordable
universities. But instead of funding our education, they’ve used our money
to build an empire: with bombs and bullets to secure their friends'
profits and enforce their will on other peoples; with "Patriot" Acts and
prisons to enforce their will on our own.

We are a generation that wants decent jobs and access to the things we
need to live our lives, but this government comes to us only to recruit
the poorest and people of color among us to kill and to die. As we asked
before the war, and as most of America is asking now: for what?

This August and September, those who made this war happen will be coming to
New York City for the Republican National Convention. They will party near
the ruins of the fallen towers, plot their next moves, pick their next
targets, and anoint President Bush for what they think will be another
four years in power.

On August 28, two days before the Convention kicks off, young people from
all over the country and the city will gather in New York for a one-day
Convergence for Books Not Bombs. This will be a space for us to share
un-conventional wisdom and to build our own movement - one that we hope
will connect the dots, expand the possibilities of what we can do in our
schools and communities, and prepare us for a big week in the streets and
a decisive year in the struggle.

The Convergence Center will be at Saint Marks Church in the center of New
York City's East Village, at 131 East 10th Street (just off 2nd Avenue).
It will be open from 9 am to 6 pm, with additional locations to be
announced throughout the area.

What to expect on 8/28: Chances to get to know each other and each
other's work. Discussions of our strategy and vision. Issue workshops.
Skills trainings. Banner making. Free food, free speech, and all the
information you’ll need on the protests.

The following day, August 29, we will take to the streets of Manhattan
together to declare hundreds of thousands of voices strong, The World Says
No to the Bush Agenda! The Convergence will gather a powerful youth
contingent to march together that day.

This Convergence is being called by the National Youth & Student Peace
Coalition, organizer of the March 5, 2003 Student Strike for Books Not
Bombs. We fight for:

*Education Not Empire
*Respect for Our Civil Liberties
*Schools Not Jails
*No More Poverty Draft
*Campuses for Peace Not War

All young people and students are welcome at the Convergence on August
28th. But please pre-register today! Write to info (at) nyspc.net with your
name, city/school, organization, and any questions. Also write us if you’d
like to volunteer to help out during the Convergence. Check out
www.nyspc.net for even more info.

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See also:
http://www.nyspc.net

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