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Jan. 18 Update: Stop the War Before it Starts (english)
01 Jan 2003
Read on to find:
I. Update on Bush's rush towards war
II. How you can make a financial contribution
III. Demonstrations around the world January 18
IV. Plans for Jan. 18 in DC: Speakers, Scenario & more
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January 18 Update

Read on to find:
I. Update on Bush's rush towards war
II. How you can make a financial contribution
III. Demonstrations around the world January 18
IV. Plans for Jan. 18 in DC: Speakers, Scenario & more



The January 18 National March on Washington DC and joint
action in San Francisco comes just nine days before what
has been slated by the Bush administration to be a
deadline in their drive towards war on Iraq.

Military preparations are underway at a feverish pitch.
Last week, more than 1,350 Florida Army National Guard
and U.S. Army reservists were called to active duty
(according to the Miami Herald, Dec. 27). This is the
largest call-up of Florida's National Guard and reservists
since World War II -- and it's also the first deployment
of an infantry battalion since that time. Though the
military has not made an official statement as to why the
units have been mobilized at this time, the 150 members of
a military police unit based on Fort Lauderdale who have
been called up as part of this mobilization are being sent
to Kuwait, a clear indication that they will be playing a
role in any war in Iraq.

On January 27, Hans Blix (the head of UNMOVIC, the United
Nations Monitoring and Verification Commission) will make
a report on the first two months of weapons inspections in
Iraq. Bush administration officials have indicated that
they view this date as a deadline for a final decision
regarding their war plans.

We believe that we can still stop this war from happening.
Thousands of innocent people in Iraq and an unknown number
of U.S. GIs will die unless we can stop Bush's war plans.
It is urgent that the anti-war movement not be lulled into
a false sense of optimism because Iraq and the UN are
cooperating. The Bush Administration is determined to wage
war and occupy Iraq. The extent to which the world is
voicing cautious optimism about a peaceful solution, is
also the extent to which the Bush foreign policy team is
racing to dash all hope for such an outcome.

The January 18 National March on Washington DC may very
well be the last opportunity that we have on a national
level to show the breadth and depth of opposition before
the scheduled plan to start the war.

We rely on the generous donations of those individuals who
believe in our work. Many have made a financial donation.
We would like to again thank you. Without your
contributions we could not carry out this work. If you
want to make a contribution within the tax year (by
December 31), you must make your online contribution by
11:59 pm. If you are sending a check, as long as you date
it by December 31, it can be received next week (send
checks to 39 W. 14th St., Room 206, New York, NY 10011).
Online contributions can be made at


In addition to the National March on Washington DC and
joint action in San Francisco, many international
conferences and organizations have taken up the call,
making January 18 an international day of action opposing
the war. At the time of this writing, anti-war
demonstrations have been scheduled in at least 12
countries for the weekend of Jan. 18-19, 2003.

A worldwide anti-war conference which took place December
18-19 in Cairo, Egypt, and included hundreds of
representatives from 20 countries, set as its first order
of business a worldwide mobilization for January 18. The
organizers of the conference have called for a protest in
Egypt, and many other organizations in attendance have
called for actions. In Japan, several organizations will
hold protests in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Fukuoka. In
Canada, protests are planned across the country. There
will be several demonstrations in Italy and in Spain, and
actions in Belgium, Indonesia, Britain, Germany, Austria
and Russia.


The scenario plan for Washington DC includes an opening
rally on the West side of the Capitol Building (on the
National Mall, at 3rd St. and Constitution Ave. NW). This
rally will include representatives from the diverse
movements and organizations that oppose the war.
Following the rally, we will hold a mass march to the
Washington Navy Yard -- a massive military installation
located in a working class neighborhood in Southeast
Washington DC that parks warships on the Anacostia River.


- Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney
- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Auxiliary Bishop, Catholic
Archdiocese of Detroit
- Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general
- Mike Farrell, actor
- Elizabeth McAlister, Jonah House
- Mahdi Bray, Executive Director, Muslim American Society
Freedom Foundation
- Brenda Stokely, President, District Council 1707 AFSCME;
Co-Convener, New York City Labor Against the War
- Damu Smith, Black Voices for Peace
- Michael Letwin, Co-Convener, New York City Labor Against
the War
- Bill Fletcher, Co-Chair, United for Peace; TransAfrica
- Peta Lindsay, A.N.S.W.E.R. Youth and Student
Coordinator, Howard University student
- Rev. Graylan Hagler, Senior Minister, Plymouth
Congregational Church
- Bayan
- Free Palestine Alliance
- Macrina Cardenas, Mexico Solidarity Network
- Yoomi Jeong, Korea Truth Commission
- Nicaragua Network
- Partnership for Civil Justice
- Muslim Students Association of the U.S. & Canada
- IFCO/Pastors for Peace
- International Action Center
- Rev. John Dear
- Blasť Bonpane, Director, Office of the Americas
- Rev. Herbert Daughtry, national pastor, House of the
Lord Church, Brooklyn
- Not in Our Name Project
- Ron Kovic, Vietnam Veteran and author of "Born on the
Fourth of July"
- Michael Tarif Warren, attorney
- Mumia Abu-Jamal
- Representative of women's struggle to defend
reproductive rights on the 30th anniversary of Roe v Wade

- Chumbawamba
- Prime Meridian
- Patti Smith


We are also writing tonight to thank you for your
involvement in the anti-war movement. We wish you and
your families a happy New Year. Hopefully we have all had
a moment to rest and relax with loved ones as we recommit
ourselves to stopping the Bush administration's drive
towards war on Iraq.

For more information on the January 18 National March on
Washington DC and joint action in San Francisco, and on
Youth and Student Action Jan. 18-19, see


If you're organizing a bus from your city, fill out the
easy-to-use form at:
(if this link does not take you directly to the form,
please scroll down)

Help spread the word! DOWNLOAD the NEW FLYER at
(If you are unable to download it, call 617-522-6626 to have an
original copy mailed to you.)

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etc.), go to:



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New York 212-633-6646
Washington 202-332-5757
Chicago 773-878-0166
Los Angeles 213-487-2368
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