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ANSWER! - Act Now to Stop War & End Racism
19 Sep 2001
Modified: 05:04:15 PM
International A.N.S.W.E.R. is a coalition that is uniting to call for worldwide rallies against war and racism. On September 29, there will be a national march and rally at the White House in Washington DC, as well as marches on the West Coast of the U.S. and around the world. We call on all people of conscience and progressive organizations to take up this call and organize rallies around the world.
Join a World-Wide Anti-War Coalition:
International A.N.S.W.E.R.
(Act Now to Stop War & End Racism)

Please join the groups listed below in signing this call:
http://www.september29.org/endorse.html

Heartfelt sympathies and condolences are with all those whose loved ones were lost or injured on September 11, 2001. At this moment, we would all like to take time to reflect, to grieve, to extend sympathy and condolences to all. But we believe that we must do more. We must act now.

International A.N.S.W.E.R. is a coalition that is uniting to call for worldwide rallies against war and racism. On September 29, there will be a national march and rally at the White House in Washington DC, as well as marches on the West Coast of the U.S. and around the world. We call on all people of conscience and progressive organizations to take up this call and organize rallies around the world.

We join with people all over the world who condemn the horrific killings of thousands of innocent civilians on Sept. 11th. But unless we stop President Bush and NATO from carrying out a new, wider war in the Middle East, the number of innocent victims will grow from the thousands to the tens of thousands and possibly more. A new, wider U.S. and NATO war in the Middle East can only lead to an escalating cycle of violence. War is not the answer.

We must also act against racism. Arab American and Muslim people in the United States, in Europe and elsewhere, as well as other communities of color, are facing racist attacks and harassment in their communities, on their jobs and at mosques. Anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racism is a poison that should be repudiated.

The U.S. government is attempting to curb civil liberties and to create a climate in which it is impossible for progressive people to speak their mind. The Bush administration is attempting to take advantage of this crisis to militarize U.S. society with a vast expansion of police powers that is intended to severely restrict basic democratic rights.

On September 29, tens of thousands of people had planned to demonstrate against the Bush administration's reactionary foreign and domestic policy and the IMF and World Bank. In light of the current crisis, with its tragic consequences for so many thousands of people, we have refocused the call for our demonstration to address the immediate danger posed by increased racism and the grave threat of a new war. We call on people to demonstrate around the world on that day.

Now is the time for all people of conscience, all people who oppose racism and war to come together. If you believe in civil liberties and oppose racism and war, demonstrate on September 29 in front of the White House and around the world. October 12-13 will be International Days of Action Against War and Racism. We urge all organizations internationally to join together at this critical time and take action.

Initial Signers:
Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General
Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Auxiliary Bishop, Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit
Samia Halaby, Al-Awda Palestine Right of Return Coalition
Barbara Lubin, Executive Director, Middle East Children's Alliance
Rev. Lucius Walker, Pastors for Peace
Ben DuPuy, former Deputy Ambassador-at-large, Haiti
Michael Parenti, author of 'America Besieged'
Teresa Gutierrez, Co-Director, International Action Center
Nania Kaur Dhingra, Sikh Student Organization, George Washington University
Michele Naar-Obed, Ploughshares activist, Jonah House, Baltimore
Pam Africa, International Family & Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Wolfgang Richter, President, European Peace Forum
Nino Pasti Foundation, Rome, Italy
Dominican Workers Party, New York
Chuck Kaufman, National Co-Coordinator, Nicaragua Network
Ray LeForest, Labor Organizer, District Council 1707 AFSCME
Heidi Boghosian, Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild
Tom Hanson, Mexico Solidarity Network
Kriss Worthington, Berkeley City Council
Leonora Foerstal, Women for Mutual Security
Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women
April 25 Movement of the Dominican Republic, New York
Njeri Shakur, Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement
Michel Shehadeh, Los Angeles 8 Case Respondent
Leslie Feinberg, transgender author, Co-Founder, Rainbow Flags for Mumia
Kadouri Al Kaysi, Committee in Support of Iraqi People, New York
Minnie Bruce Pratt, writer and anti-racist activist
Vieques Support Campaign
Mahtowin Munro & Moonanum James, United American Indians of New England
Arab Cause Solidarity Committee, Madrid, Spain
Korea Truth Commission
Congress for Korean Reunification
Michel Collon, Belgian anti-war journalist
Elmar Schmaehling, retired Admiral, German Navy
Struggle Against War Coalition, Italy
(this list is in formation, Sept. 19, 2001)

To list your individual or organizational support of the A.N.S.W.E.R. international coalition, fill out the online form at:

http://www.september29.org/endorse.html

International A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism)
National Office: 39 W. 14 St., #206, NY, NY 10011 (212) 633-6646 iacenter (at) iacenter.org www.iacenter.org
Washington DC Office: 1247 E St. SE, Washington, DC 20003 (202) 543-2777
See also:
http://www.september29.org/endorse.html
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Watch out for the IAC
19 Sep 2001
Building an Anti- War movement is critical right now but activists cannot let the Stalinist Workers World Party backed International Action Center take sole responsibility for anti war work.
Regardless of your political affiliation it is advisable to be wary of the IAC. They are authoritarian, opportunistic, and are out of touch with the diversity of the current leftist/ anti capitalist movement. I do not meant to be sectarian in any way but it is important not to let the IAC be the "vanguard" of the anti war movement and take the lead in mapping out how this movement will function . Read previous posts for more info on the IAC and Ramsey Clark. Let's build a strong, diverse, anti authoritarian peace movement together. War is Terrorism, Work for Peace.