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April March on Washington Unity Statement
28 Feb 2002
Modified: 02 Mar 2002
ANSWER Boston Coalition Meeting Friday March 1, 2002 at 6.30pm at the IAC-Boston office in Jamaica Plain, MA
APRIL MARCH ON WASHINGTON UNITY STATEMENT FROM THE
A.N.S.W.E.R. COALITION

- Issued February 27 -

In response to calls for unity in the anti-war movement
the International A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition (Act Now to Stop
War & End Racism) is announcing that it is moving its
National March on Washington Against War and Racism from
April 27 to April 20, 2002.

If this message is truncated, please see the full statement at
http://www.internationalanswer.org/

*For a Calendar of Activities for April 19-22,
scroll to bottom*

Clearly everyone understands the need for many activists
from many movements to be in Washington D.C. to protest
the dangerous racist war drive that threatens the people
of the planet and to fight Bush and Ashcroft’s attempts to
dismantle the Bill of Rights, criminalize dissent, and
investigate and imprison people based on racial and
religious profiling.

A.N.S.W.E.R. calls on people to rally at the White House
at 11 a.m. on April 20, 2002, before marching to the
Justice Department and on to a unified rally with the
other coalition. This march will be the first that breaks
the ban on demonstrations in front of the White House that
was unconstitutionally imposed prior to anti-war
demonstrations in September during the head-long rush to
war.

A.N.S.W.E.R. has been organizing for an anti-war March on
Washington since November 2001 and widely disseminated a
call for April 27 in December. The Coalition settled on
the April 27 date out of deference to the National
Colombia Mobilization taking place April 19-22. In recent
weeks other groups and individuals have come together to
call an anti-war march on April 20. It became evident that
having two anti-war demonstrations on succeeding weekends
on seemingly similar themes, without very compelling
reasons, would be a disservice to the movement. Upon
learning about the April 20 mobilization, A.N.S.W.E.R.
took the initiative to try to open lines of communication
in an effort to rectify this unfortunate situation.

People around the country are saying that what the
movement needs on April 20 is a united front. This means
those with political differences marching with
independence while showing that we can come together to
fight the war makers. All movements have different
currents. The only way we are going to stop George Bush’s
declared “endless war” is to have a movement that comes
together against this common foe.

A.N.S.W.E.R. believes that the anti-war movement must be
broad, that it must embrace the workers movement, unions,
communities of faith, immigrants, students and youth, and
particularly communities of color. We also believe that
the movement must strongly express its solidarity with the
struggling people of the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin
America and the Caribbean, who are fighting to determine
their own destinies free from U.S. imperialist and
colonial domination and that of the transnational
corporations.

Our experience since forming the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition on
September 14 has proven that you do not have to choose
between being broad and embracing the oppressed peoples of
the world and making the connections between their fight
and the fight of the people in the U.S. The A.N.S.W.E.R.
coalition includes more than 500 organizations and
prominent individuals who have campaigned against U.S.
intervention in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle
East and Asia, and organizations that have campaigned for
social and economic justice for poor people and civil
rights inside the United States. The steering committee
includes Nicaragua Network, Mexico Solidarity Network,
IFCO/Pastors for Peace, International Action Center,
Partnership for Civil Justice LDEF, Kensington Welfare
Rights Union, Middle East Children’s Alliance, Committee
for Justice to Defend Palestinian Rights, Bayan USA
(Filipino community) and the Korea Truth Commission.

The A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition rejects the opportunistic use
by the Bush administration of the tragedy of September 11,
to pursue, through military means, pre-existing
imperialist objectives while simultaneously ramming
through domestic policies that strengthen corporate rule,
attack civil rights and attempt to crush dissent, all at
the expense of working people. As the war and occupation
in Afghanistan is continuing, the Bush administration has
sent almost 700 troops to the Philippines, has increased
their support for the Colombian government’s intensified
war against the Colombian people and the Israeli
repression of the Palestinian people.

A.N.S.W.E.R. will take a stand against any new war carried
out by the Bush administration, whether it’s in Iraq,
Sudan, Somalia, Iran, North Korea, Yemen, Indonesia or
elsewhere. We must not only oppose war and racism at home.
We must stand firmly with the people’s struggles of the
world.

A.N.S.W.E.R. demands that the Bush Administration’s war
budget of more than a billion dollars a day be converted
into funds for human needs, jobs, education, health care,
and assistance for the poor.

We call on all those who believe the people of the world
are not our enemies and are our brothers and sisters to
join together in the National March on Washington D.C. If
you support self-determination, not U.S. military and
corporate domination, meet at the White House at 11 a.m.
on April 20.

A.N.S.W.E.R. calls on activists and organizations
everywhere to work doubly hard to fill the streets of
Washington with protestors April 19 -22. We encourage
people to support the National Colombia Mobilization and
the protests against the IMF and World Bank.

We have also learned that Ariel Sharon will be the
featured speaker along with President Bush at a right-wing
pro-war conference organized by the American Israel Public
Affairs Committee (AIPAC) over the same weekend as these
protests. Sharon and Bush are scheduled to speak at 7:30
p.m. on Monday, April 22nd. A.N.S.W.E.R. and other
organizations are calling a demonstration at that time and
appeal to those who are coming to Washington for the
weekend to stay over if at all possible to participate in
that very important demonstration.

As we build our grassroots movement against the war
towards our spring National March on Washington, we
encourage activists to focus on important upcoming dates
such as April 4, the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s
assassination and his Beyond Vietnam speech, as well as
tax day April 15, to organize local events.

STOP THE RACIST WAR MACHINE - ALL OUT FOR APRIL 20!

FOR MORE INFORMATION see
http://www.internationalanswer.org, or email
ANSWER (at) afgj.org, or call New York 212-633-6646,
Washington 202-543-2777, Chicago 773-583-7728, San
Francisco 415-821-6545

TO ENDORSE, GO TO
http://www.internationalanswer.org/campaigns/april/a20-endorse.html

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
APRIL 19-22
National Colombia Mobilization
http://www.colombiamobilization.org
APRIL 20
NATIONAL MARCH ON WASHINGTON DC
Assemble 11 am at the White House
The people of the world are not our enemy - solidarity
against U.S. world domination!
http://www.internationalanswer.org
APRIL 20
Stop the War at Home and Abroad
http://www.a20stopthewar.org
APRIL 20-21
Protest the IMF and World Bank
http://www.globalizethis.org
APRIL 22
Protest Ariel Sharon and George Bush - 7 pm at the
annual conference of American Israeli Public Affairs
Committee

FOR MORE INFORMATION see
http://www.internationalanswer.org, or email
ANSWER (at) afgj.org, or call New York 212-633-6646,
Washington 202-543-2777, Chicago 773-583-7728, San
Francisco 415-821-6545

------------------
Send replies to ANSWERBoston (at) iacboston.org

ANSWER - Boston
Act Now to Stop War & End Racism
www.iacboston.org/ANSWER
31 Germania St.
(enter 284 Amory St)
directions: www.iacboston.org/directions
Boston, MA 02130
Phone: 617 522-6626
Fax: 617 983-3836
email: ANSWERBoston (at) iacboston.org

International ANSWER coalition
(Act Now to Stop War & End Racism)
www.internationalanswer.org

IAC - New York City
www.iacenter.org

For latest actions and updates to
"Free Mumia Abu-Jamal", check out
www.mumia2000.org



See also:
http://www.iacboston.org
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28 Feb 2002
Whoops--looks like the IAC/WWP/ANSWER/Women's Fightback Network planned their march for the wrong day, and now they have to switch it. This way they can put their name at the front of the organizing and tell the press that it's their event. They wouldn't want to be forced acutally to organize something on the 27th when the real material for them to parasitize is on the 20th and 21.

Sorry, folks; I like your calls for unity, but they ring hollow when you do so many disingenuous things that make people not want to work with you. You could start by seeking some unity between your different front groups instead of deceiving people by calling them all by different names.
i'm glad
28 Feb 2002
i'm glad that there's one weekend of antiwar marches and not two. i don't have the $$ to make two right now. i have some strong negative reactions to "translation". but i don't want to add to the muckraking.. i hope folks go to march. the rich rightwing white men's club in dc need to be stopped.
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01 Mar 2002
Rox, since you don't go into detail about what you respond negatively to in my post, I can't really respond in detail. But I, too, am committed to stopping the rich white men's club in DC and elsewhere. But ANSWER (and before they called themselves answer, the IAC) has behaved in ways that show more of a commitment to promoting themselves than building a broad movement to oppose the current system. I could offer lots of examples. There's the simple deceptive case of their multiple names (though they may plead that these are different groups or that ANSWER is a coalition, it's always the same people involved, especially at the top). There was the spokescouncil meeting in DC on he evening of April 16, 2000--we were trying to plan action the next day against the World Bank and IMF, having learned that the authorities were sealing off an even larger area of the city. It was a long and tough discussion, and in the midst of it, the IAC spokesperson raises her hand to speak, and then starts trying to recruit--giving a canned spiel about who the IAC is and how we can join them and all that! It was totally off topic, not helpful to the task at hand and not appreciated. And then there's the way that the IAC tried to cast themselves as the umbrella coalition for the protests against the WEF on February 2, never once mentioning the other groups that were raelly doing the legwork on those protests. And the list goes on.

This isn't just meant to say that they aren't nice--it's that they do things that upset people, that stir ill will within the movement, and that can turn people away. People all need to see their organizing work recognized, and people need to know that other groups are really in it with them, not just trying to get their name out there and their paper in everyone's hands. I don't see IAC/ANSWER giving that kind of recognition or inspiring that kind of trust. And that doesn't help us to fight the rich white men's club in DC.
ok if you must know
02 Mar 2002
i was kind of surprised that you replied to what i said m.
i really did'nt want to go there with this but i'll tell you why you turn me off. a lot of people have been hoping that this 2 dates for marches would be resolved. it is now and that's good for anti-war, anti-racist folks. i don't know you m, maybe you're a sister, maybe you're blood and i don't mean to be critical of you but your negative response to this just reminds me of some of the stuff i've encountered at spokescouncil meetings dominated by white guys who seem to be full of themselves, very arrogant, super critical of everyone and everything, and it sends me right out the door. i know a lot of people feel the way i do. all the things you say about this group sounds like the same stuff that people say about the groups they don't like. if you think a groups methods are wrong than you should go out and organize in a way that you think is right. i don't have to agree with someone, or there methods, or there whole agenda, know every thing about them, or even trust them to unite around commen struggles.
if i did, i would stay home with an excuse to do nothing.
in my community we have a different culture about these things. it's something that i really can't put in to words, either you understand or you don't. people or not as stupid as you might think. if some group is out there pretending to be rightious when they are phony... the people are going to find out and act accordingly. i don't think we need folks giving us some negative, off sounding heads up. i take struggle very seriously. for some of us it's not a game, it's a matter off survival. i hope you do to. i have to go know and start talking to people about going to dc on A20. maybe we can stop rumsfeld from killing more iraqi babies. i apologize for talking so negative. see everyone at the march.