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ENDORSE the Oct. 26 Nat'l March in Washington DC (english)
10 Sep 2002
On October 26 anti-war, civil rights, labor, student and other forces are joining together to launch a massive mobilization in opposition to a new war against the people of Iraq. Mass marches and rallies will be held in Washington DC and San Francisco in the U.S., and internationally.
OCTOBER 26
NATIONAL MARCH on WASHINGTON DC
with a joint action in San Francisco
to STOP THE WAR ON IRAQ BEFORE IT STARTS!

*** To ENDORSE the Call to Action, go to http://www.internationalanswer.org/campaigns/o26/o26endorse.html#endo

The Bush administration is rushing towards war. The time to act is now. The people of the United States can stop this madness.

World public opinion and almost every government opposes Bush's planned war of aggression. But it will take a mass peoples' movement--in the streets, workplaces, communities, campuses and high schools--to stop the coming war.

On Saturday, October 26, 2002 -- the first anniversary of the signing of the so-called Patriot Act -- anti-war, civil rights, labor, student and other forces are joining together to launch a massive international mobilization in opposition to a new war against the people of Iraq. Mass marches and rallies will be held in Washington DC and San Francisco in the U.S., and in many other countries.

As the Bush administration violates international law it has been systematically engaged in a campaign of division and repression in the United States including a wholesale assault on the Bill of Rights, institutionalization of racial profiling, and aggregation of near dictatorial powers to the Executive branch.

In articulating the so-called doctrine of preemptive war, the Bush administration is preparing to violate all existing international law and the UN charter which forbids countries to carry out war except in the case of self-defense. Preemption is merely a slogan to justify a foreign policy of armed aggression and military adventure.

Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and company are planning to send tens of thousands of young GIs to kill and be killed in another war for Big Oil. Simultaneously, the Bush Administration is diverting billions of dollars to feed military conquest and away from jobs, education, healthcare, childcare and housing.

The so-called debate that is opening now to public view from within the political establishment presents a necessity for all anti-war forces to become a major factor in generating an authentic opposition to U.S. war plans in the Middle East. The October 26 National March in Washington DC and joint action in San Francisco come just one week before midterm Congressional elections.

There won't be a real national debate on a planned invasion of Iraq until the people are in the streets. We can't leave it to the military establishment to decide when and how they will go to war and to define the debate. We must tell Bush and his corporate and Big Oil patrons that we will not allow this to happen.

This war can be stopped. Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Wolfowitz and company can be stopped. But the essential element must be the mobilization of a massive new anti-war movement in the streets. We call for civilians and soldiers alike to exercise their political right to speak out against an illegal war. On October 26, there will be a National March in Washington DC, a West Coast march in San Francisco, and protests around the world.

ONLY THE PEOPLE CAN STOP THE WAR!
JOIN US ON OCTOBER 26, 2002!

*** To ENDORSE the Call to Action, go to http://www.internationalanswer.org/campaigns/o26/o26endorse.html#endo

*INITIATERS*
- A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition
- IFCO/Pastors for Peace
- Free Palestine Alliance
- Muslim Student Association
- Partnership for Civil Justice - LDEF
- Mexico Solidarity Network
- Nicaragua Network
- International Action Center
- Kensington Welfare Rights Union
- Middle East Children's Alliance
- Bayan USA-International (Filipino community)
- Korea Truth Commission
- Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation
- National Lawyers Guild
- Dorothy Day Catholic Worker
- Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general
- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Auxilliary Bishop, Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit

*PARTIAL LIST of ENDORSERS*
- San Francisco Labor Council (AFL-CIO)
- Rev. Graylan Hagler, Senior Minister, Plymouth Congregational Church
- Committee in Support of the Iraqi People
- Network in Solidarity with the People of the Philippines (NISPOP)
- Sudanese American Society
- Congress for Korean Reunification - U.S.A
- Campaign to End the Sanctions
- The Network of Arab-American Alumni & Professionals, NY & FL
- Chuck Turner, City Councilor, Boston, MA
- College Voice, College of Staten Island, CUNY
- Michigan State University Students for Economic Justice
- Exploris Middle School United for Peace, NC
- Michigan Emergency Committee Against War in Iraq
- Committee to Protest War Against Iraq
- Mid-Hudson National People's Campaign
- The U.S. Greens Abroad
- Gloria La Riva, President, Typographical Sector, Northern California Media Workers Union*
- Leslie Feinberg, activist and author
- Harlem Tenants Council
- NJ Independent Alliance
- Workers World Party
- Coastal Convergence Society of Huntington Beach, California
- Columbia Solidarity Committee, Chicago, IL
- The United Peoples
- Leftbooks.com
- Turnwind, AZ
- Vietnam Veterans Against the War Anti Imperialist National HQ
- The Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois/Fellowship of Reconciliation
- Maine Secessionist Movement
- Revolution in Focus, Richmond, VA
- First Congregational Church, UCC
- Tabra International, CA
- WESPAC (Westchester People's Action Coalition)
- The Charlotte Fellowship of Reconciliation
- Willco, South Africa
- TEA Society (Society for Teaching Educational Activism), MO
- Australian - Iraqi Friendship Association, Melbourne, Victoria
- Grandmothers for a Just World, NC
- Justice for Palestinians, CA
- Vets Against War
- Green Party of Chatham County
- Instant Anti-War Action Group, VT

*GROWING LIST of ENDORSERS*
For the growing list of endorsers, go to http://www.internationalanswer.org/campaigns/o26/endorsers.html

*** To ENDORSE the Call to Action, go to http://www.internationalanswer.org/campaigns/o26/o26endorse.html#endo

********************

JOIN the CAMPAIGN to
STOP THE WAR ON IRAQ BEFORE IT STARTS!
*Below are several ways that you can get involved*

BUSES, VANS and CAR CARAVANS are coming to DC from a growing list of cities:
http://www.internationalanswer.org/campaigns/o26/index.html (updated frequently)

If you are interested in ORGANIZING TRANSPORTATION FROM YOUR CITY, fill out the form at:
http://www.internationalanswer.org/campaigns/o26/index.html#list

Help get the word out! DOWNLOAD the FLYER at:
http://www.internationalanswer.org/pdf/o2602flyer.pdf

If you would like SPEAKERS on the history of the U.S./Iraq conflict at your high school, college, union, or community center, email dc (at) internationalanswer.org

Make a TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION to help stop the war before it starts:
http://www.internationalanswer.org/donate.html

If you are not on the A.N.S.W.E.R. EMAIL LISTSERVE (low volume), sign up today to receive updates on organizing and analysis of the Bush administration's war drive:
http://www.internationalanswer.org/subscribelist.html

For background information on U.S. war plans in Iraq, see the "Learn More" section at:
http://www.internationalanswer.org/

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
dc (at) internationalanswer.org
New York 212-633-6646
Washington 202-332-5757
Chicago 773-878-0166
Los Angeles 213-487-2368
San Francisco 415-821-6545
See also:
www.Internationalanswer.org
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