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March on the Bush Compound!
06 Nov 2001
Teach ins Workshops Speakers and a march on the Bush family compound in Kennebunk Maine
Friends, please distribute this call far and wide!

**************************** A CALL TO ACTION

Stop the Cycle of
A Day of Solidarity with the People of
the World

Saturday, November 17, 2001
Kennebunkport, Maine
March on the Bush Compound * Rally *


* 11am: March on the Bush compound (Walker's Point)
Meet at St. Anne's church on Ocean Drive (Kennebunkport) at 10:45
(please note: parking is extremely limited at St Anne's. Please try, if
you are able, to find parking in town-approx. 1 mile away--and walk or
carpool to the church)
11am- March (bring banners, signs, drums, songs, puppets, and other tools
of street-dissent!)
11:30- Public Speakout, street theater, and music at Walker's Point
12:30- Rally at St. Anne's church

* 2pm: Workshops, teach-ins, and discussions
Unitarian Universalist Church, Main St. Kennebunk (a few miles north of

Three sessions, 2-3pm; 3:15-4:15pm; and 4:30-5:30pm

Workshop and discussion themes include:

Globalization, corporate power, and economic violence
The war against Afghanistan: historical, economic, and political
US Foreign Policy and Intervention, making connections: Iraq,
Palestine, the School of the Americas (SOA)
Strategies of Resistance: building movements, popular education,
envisioning alternative futures

6pm: Dinner, music, and festivities

* In honor of the 1st day of Ramadan, there will be an optional fast
throughout the day. A collection will also be taken at the march and
teach-ins with proceeds divided between RAWA (The Revolutionary
Association of the Women of Afghanistan) and a relief fund for children
who lost parents on 9-11.

On September 11, thousands of innocent human beings were lost to
unconscionable acts of violence. The people of New York City, of
Washington DC, and of the entire United States, experienced what the
people of Afghanistan have known for a long time. The terror of
fireballs, falling from the sky to the trembling earth. The sounds of
concrete, steel, and glass, twisting and shattering. The screams and
cries of dying mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters,
lovers, and friends. The acrid stench of burning rock and oil. The
terrible silence of grief. The endless haunting fear of what will come
next. On September 11, our tears joined with the tears of a million
others, our uncertainty trembled along with fearful hearts across the
globe, and our anger boiled with the rage of countless multitudes.

It is from this common experience of suffering and injustice that we
declare our solidarity with the innocent people of the world with whom we
now share sorrow, pain, and anger. From New York City to Kabul, from
Washington DC to Jalalabad, we say enough. Indeed, what moral choice do
we now have as compassionate citizens and respectful survivors but to
demand an end to the escalating cycles of global violence? How better to
honor our dead, and the dead of so many others, than by refusing to allow
more to die?

We refuse the two choices that have been forced upon us by the government
and corporate media: vengeance or inaction, loyalty or treason, support
for retaliatory terror or complicity with terrorists. We will not be
trapped into choosing between two global orders of violence. Another
world is possible.

Across all continents, people are coming together to resist the global
economic and social order that breeds oppression, injustice, and terror.
In the weeks surrounding November 17th alone, millions of people around
the world will be gathering to demand and end to the senseless and cruel
bombings of Afghanistan and to condemn oppressive foreign policy by the
powers of the West; thousands will protest in Ottawa, Canada against the
meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank; many
more will come together in Fort Benning, Georgia to demand the closure of
the School of the Americas (SOA), a US military institution responsible
for training death-squad soldiers around the world; hundreds of thousands
will gather in cities and towns across the globe to oppose the
destructive powers of corporate/capitalist globalization being unleashed
by the World Trade Organization (WTO) as it meets in Quatar.

We stand in solidarity with all of these expressions of global hope,
struggle, and resistance. We affirm, contrary to the desires of those in
power, that we are everywhere. That we will not go away. That we are part
of a global movement of movements. That we are not building a narrowly
focused US anti-war movement, nor a movement solely against the processes
of capitalist globalization; rather, we are building a movement against
the fundamental structures and forces of global oppression and injustice,
a movement towards more just, dignified, sustainable, and democratic
worlds for all-indeed, a global solidarity movement.

For more information, contact:

State-wide: Matt, (207)-946-4478;
Regional: Kennebunkport: David, 967-2390; Lewiston/Auburn: Matt,
946-4478; Augusta: Tom , 377-2370; Midcoast: Mark, 594-9575; Machias:
Sky, 255-6737; Western Maine: Tom, 743-2183; Bangor: Nancy, 567-4075;
Orono: Brian, 866-3219

Organized by the Maine Global Action Network

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