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News :: Organizing
Thousands to converge on DC to protest inauguration
18 Jan 2005
President George W. Bush will face a sea of protesters from all over the country when he is inaugurated Jan. 20.
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Thousands to converge on DC to protest inauguration
By Heather Cottin

President George W. Bush will face a sea of protesters from all over the country when he is inaugurated Jan. 20.

"It is important from the first day of his second term of office to show continuing resistance to the criminal war in Iraq," said Sara Flounders, co-director of the International Action Center in New York.

"On the East Coast, from Boston to New York to Philadelphia, and in the South, the IAC is organizing buses and vans to take people to Washington to oppose Bush's thoroughly racist domestic policy. We are going to D.C. to protest the drastic slashing of social programs while money has gone to feed the U.S. war machine."

Permits for the demonstration were grant ed last year to the International ANSWER coalition. Protesters will gather under a heavy police presence at Fourth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue on the north side of the parade route. Organizers suggest people arrive by 9 a.m. to be on the route.

Across the country, from as far away as the Midwest, groups are organizing buses to bring protesters to the counter-inauguration. This includes ANSWER as well as the IAC, United for Peace and Justice, which is organizing the D.C. Anti-war Network (DAWN), and an ad-hoc group, "Turn Your Back on Bush."

Bush is a war criminal

Walter Williams, a representative of the New York Iraq War Crimes Tribunal and "People Judge Bush" said, "We are going to Washington on Jan. 20 to stress the fact that Bush is guilty of war crimes in Iraq."

On Aug. 26 at the New York Iraq War Crimes Tribunal, the Bush administration was found guilty of crimes against humanity.

Bush's inauguration has been called "the most expensive, most security-obses sed event in the history of Washing ton, D.C." (British Observer, Jan. 9)

Of the private donations, the London Times commented, "Some restraint has been imposed: a $250,000 cap has been placed on single donations, to avoid the appearance of greed and brazen corporate influence." (Dec. 16)

In keeping with this restraint, accommodations offered to Bush's pals will include four nights at the Mandarin Oriental for $200,000. The price tag includes a 24-hour butler, a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce or Humvee, daily champagne and caviar, and a flight to the hotel in a private jet.

Or inaugural celebrants can pay $1,300 to go to the Black Tie and Boots Ball organized by Bush supporters in his home state of Texas. (London Times, Dec. 16)

Children in Washington, D.C., mostly Black and Latin@, face cutbacks in schools, health services and daycare programs that amount to over $680 million, according to Costofwar.com--while $5.5 billion a month is spent to occupy Iraq. Meanwhile, the Bush administration will spend over $40 million for the concerts, balls, parades and galas celebrating the inauguration of a war criminal.

The "centerpiece" of the inaug uration festivities will be the "Commander-in-Chief's Ball," which will focus on Bush's design for the day, "Military Service." The theme for inauguration week, Washing ton's equivalent of the Oscars, will be "celebrating freedom, honoring service."

There are those who denounce these celebrations, urging that they be "toned down, as they were during the two world wars," when inaugural parties were cancelled. Bush's decision to intensify the partying has been criticized as "poor taste for a nation fighting a bloody war." (Observer, Jan. 9)

Nothing doing. The Bush bashes are going forward. The $40 million price of the celebrations doesn't even include the costly security extravaganza.

It will be the most heavily guarded presidential inauguration in history. The U.S. government will use the latest technologies from a state-of-the-art command center in Virginia.

"This is the Super Bowl for us," said FBI Supervisory Special Agent James W. Rice II. "Everyone on every team is dressed up and playing in the game. ... Every piece of technology that exists will be a part of this."

Rice oversees the National Capital Response Squad, which will monitor the event.

Protest organizers refuse to be daunted by any of this. Thousands of people who want a government that provides money for jobs, health care, education, social security, libraries, parks--all the things that make life livable--will converge on the capital to say no to this president and his racist bloody war.

The IAC urges people to "cut school, call in sick and join with the thousands who will be in the streets of D.C. on Jan. 20."


Reprinted from the Jan. 20, 2005, issue of Workers World newspaper
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J20 - Turn the Other Cheek Flyers
19 Jan 2005
Give the world the gift of laughter: call to Moon the Monkey's motorcade on J20 artwork and flyers.

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Get Over It
20 Jan 2005
He won...Get over it !!!!!!!