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Announcement :: Human Rights : International : Organizing
1/17 - City-Wide Planing Meeting for March 18
13 Jan 2006
In the Spirit of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X

A Call to Action on the 3rd Anniv. of the U.S. Invasion & Occupation of Iraq
In the Spirit of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X
A Call to Action on the 3rd Anniv. of the U.S. Invasion & Occupation of Iraq

Sat. March 18
March & Rally - Boston

Stop the Violence - Stop the War at Home & Abroad
Unite Against Poverty, Racism & War!

* Bring the Troops Home Now
* End ALL Occupations
* Defund the Pentagon - $$$ for Jobs, Housing, AIDS, Healthcare & Education
* Military Recruiters OUT of Our Schools
* Justice & Reparations for Hurricane Katrina Survivors
* Stop the Racist Attacks Against People of Color
* Union Jobs - A Living Wage - the Right to Organize
* Stop the War on Women & Lesbian, Gay, Bi,Trans People

On March 18-19, the third anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, hundreds of thousands of people, throughout the country and around the world, will go into the streets to protest and resist the war and occupation of Iraq. In Boston, the Rosa Parks Human Rights Day Comm., the Troops Out Now Coalition, the Women’s Fightback Network and many others are calling for a day of mass protest and resistance on Sat. March 18. It must be clear that the people will not be fooled by partial withdrawal plans. We demand the withdrawal of all occupation troops now.

It is not enough to just focus on the war in Iraq, we must address the root causes of violence in our communities and point the finger at the real perpetrators of this violence - state, local and federal government and their policies of racism and lethal hostility towards poor and working people. Unemployment, the use of racial profiling and police brutality against the youth in the communities of color has become an epidemic. CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) has been used to keep thousands, predominantly people of color, from obtaining jobs, housing, college, etc. The execution of Stanley "Tookie" Williams, is only the latest example of the systemic racism that oppresses, tortures and kills people in many different ways. This war has had a devastating impact on our communities. The $500 billion Pentagon budget and the $200 billion spent on the war is money that has been stolen from our communities. This money is needed for union jobs, housing, youth centers & programs, education, daycare centers, AIDS and healthcare. This money is needed to rebuild the Gulf Coast and compensate the survivors of Katrina for the criminal and racist neglect of the government. There is an epidemic of violence against women and increasingly abortion rights are under attack. Let’s be clear, we are fighting to stop two wars-- the war abroad and the war at home against racism and poverty.

In the spirit of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X we call on all anti-war, community, youth, religous and labor forces to work together on March 18 for this is the best way to insure that the popular opposition to the war be turned into mass opposition in the streets. On March 18 let's stand together with our sisters and brothers around the world against all colonial occupations from Iraq and Palestine, to Afghanistan and Haiti, to the Philippines, South Korea and Puerto Rico. Stop the threats on Iran and Venezuela. Hands Off Cuba. Together we demand: Stop the Violence - Stop the War at Home & Abroad! Unite Against Poverty, Racism & War!

Endorsers (partial list): Rosa Parks Human Rights Day Committee; Chuck Turner, Boston City Council; Tony Van Der Meer, Prof. UMASS Boston; USW L. 8751, Boston School Bus Drivers; Askia Toure, Poet & Political Activist; Dorotea Manuela, Activist; Boston Troops Out Now Coalition; The Most Rev. Filipe Teixeira, OFSJC, Diocese of St. Francis of Assisi, CCA; Women’s Fightback Network; Reflect and Strengthen; Committee to Defend the Somerville 5; Young Cape Verdean Club, Inc.; New England Human Rights Organization for Haiti; MLK Jr. Bolivarian Circle; International Action Center; Angolan Association of MA., Inc.; Immigration Pastoral Center, Inc; Franciscan Order of Saint Joseph Cupertino; Saint Martin De Porres Catholic Church of the Americas; Disabled Peoples Liberation Front; Stonewall Warriors; United American Indians of New England; Northeastern Diocese of Saint Francis of Assisi, Catholic Church of the Americas; Greater Boston Stop the Wars Coalition; Rule 19

for more information:
Boston Rosa Parks Human Rights Day Committee
617-524-3507
rosaparksday (at) brphrd.com
http://www.brphrd.com
or
Troops Out Now Coalition
617-522-6626
iacboston (at) iacboston.org
http://www.iacboston.org
See also:
http://www.brphrd.com

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Faux Blaque Alert
13 Jan 2006
IAC ANSWER using the Malcolm/Martin/Rosa Platform.

Not Cool.
Re: 1/17 - City-Wide Planing Meeting for March 18
13 Jan 2006
wow. i never thought i would say this, but i agree with flipside. this is just another IAC/ANSWER front
Re: 1/17 - City-Wide Planing Meeting for March 18
13 Jan 2006
so basically what you want is for us all to stand around for hours, listen to you yell about "making the country ungovernable", swallow your communist flyers and agree with you on every part of your platform, AND THEN let you lead us through the deserted streets on a permitted route behind your oil-powered IAC truck, yelling the same slogans over and over that don't get our point across to anyone.
then, when its over, you want to criticize everyone who doesn't agree with you or who isn't you.

one last question- what you are calling for has been carried out repeatedly, over the last 3 1/2 years. Hundreds of thousands have demonstrated across the country. What makes you think that it is going to work this time?
Re: 1/17 - City-Wide Planing Meeting for March 18
13 Jan 2006
This has nothing to do with working or not, ending the war, ending racism, or anything of the like. This is just another symbolic demonstration to sell "BUCK FUSH" shirts and "war is not the answer" buttons.
Re: 1/17 - City-Wide Planing Meeting for March 18
14 Jan 2006
do this instead, or as well if ya want: http://operationover.freeyouth.net

come to the boston consulta at 45 mt auburn st in harvard square at 6pm on jan 19th
Re: 1/17 - City-Wide Planing Meeting for March 18
14 Jan 2006
Please, no 4 hour rally this time. Winter in Boston is cold...we need a dynamic march, bringing actions to the streets not words to frozen hears
Re: 1/17 - City-Wide Planing Meeting for March 18
14 Jan 2006
i think that a "dynamic march, bringing actions to the streets" does just about as little as a 4 hour rally, except that in the 4 hour rally liberals and normal folks who just aren't politically active at all tend to be more comfortable, and more bored.

i think there's always way too many arguements over tactics (a rally with speakers! a march!.....symblic civil disobedience! block the roads!), but people don't tend to think about strategy.

both a liberal rally and an anarchist march will end in basically the same result, a little media attention to the anti-war movement, possibly a slight raise in the anti-war sentiment in the general public, and probably lots of infighting and shit-talking and blazing ideologies. it's not enough to just "tell them that we don't want the war" or to "let them know we're serious" with our militant chants, because that won't do anything at all either.

coming up with a strategy to stop the war in iraq is a daunting task and i've thought about it a whole lot and can't really come to any conclusion myself. but coming up with a strategy for something smaller in the anti-war movement, like maybe kicking recruiters out of a college, is a lot more doable. rallies and marches are definitely necessary as a tactic to raise awareness about the recruitment problem, but they won't do the job in themselves. you'll also need to write articles in your school paper, distribute pamplets you make about it, TALK to your peers about it, etc. and you'll have to do a lot of dirty work, sifting through school codes seeing if you can find anti-discriminatory stuff that might prove that recruiters aren't allowed in the first place because of their homophoic policies. you'll have to figure out what body has the power to kick out the recruiters (is it the student government? is it the president of the school? is it some sort of administrative council?), and you'll need to ask them to kick out the recruiters, and if they don't you'll need to put pressure on them to do so. give them bad media, expose their corruption (writing articles, having marches and protests with carefully planned talking points, house demonstrations and office occupations if necessary, making sure you get pictures and publicize them, etc.). but basically you can't just "let your voice be heard" because that won't do shit without a strategy to back it up.

i'm helping organize operation: over and hopefully we'll be working on lots of smaller, achievable fights in the boston anti-war movement (like kicking recruiters out of schools), and hopefully we'll have actual strategies and actual achievements rather than doing the usual useless things, like organizing long rallies that speak to the choir or like being the little militant anarchist bloc running circles around the liberal protest.
Re: 1/17 - City-Wide Planing Meeting for March 18
16 Jan 2006
I think everyone here who is putting in a negative comment and effectively creating a divide between radicals needs to ask themselves if there is an actual, factual basis for their antagonism? Or, has the efforts by the state to divide and distroy a growing movement been sucessful? Think deep and hard before you buy the line of those seeking to divide, what is the motive of their disapproval of a unified movement? Personal glory or state agency? Either way they represent the past, the ideologies of individualism and division, not the future.