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News :: Organizing
Call For A United Antiwar Movement: September 24
08 Jul 2005
Call For A United Antiwar Movement - We Must All March Together on September 24!

[For individuals and organizations wishing to sign this statement,
please see below.]

September 24, 2005 has been set as the date for national
demonstrations by the U.S. antiwar movement. We will return to the
streets of the nation's capital, and elsewhere, with a force
determined to challenge the continuation of a brutal and immoral war
and occupation. That the Iraqi War is the central issue in world
politics today is not in dispute. Neither is the fact that there is
a rapidly growing opposition to this war in the United States and
across the globe. The potential for a truly massive turnout that can
open the door wider than ever to our movement's expressing the will
of tens of millions is within reach.
But we have been asked to divide our energies on September 24 between
two competing antiwar coalitions, UFPJ and ANSWER. Both have
announced mass mobilizations in Washington, D.C. on that date, but in
different locations.

There can be no justification for such a division. It is unthinkable
that we can most effectively confront the warmakers by marching
separately in what will inevitably be portrayed as two rival
protests. People who want to end the war and occupation will never
understand.

Is the destruction of Iraq and its people to rage on while our
movement divides its energies? While billions are spent daily to
make Iraq a virtual colony? While the same billions are looted from
social programs at home? While U.S. soldiers die for corporate
profits and while the American people are rapidly learning that the
war was a lie from start to finish?

We cannot offer those who oppose the war and occupation a divided
house. The divisions in our movement must give way to united action.
There is still time!

We the undersigned propose that both coalitions join in support of
these unifying demands: Bring the Troops Home Now! Money for Jobs,
Education, Health Care and Housing, Not for War and Occupations!

This appears to be a sound basis for unity, in accord with what both
coalitions have always championed.

The ANSWER coalition has called for a number of additional demands
going beyond Iraq including: End Colonial Occupation from Iraq to
Palestine to Haiti; Support the Palestinian People's Right of Return;
Stop the Threats Against Venezuela, Cuba, Iran, and North Korea; and
U.S. Out of the Philippines. The unifying demands in bold above
provide the framework for advancing these demands, which can be
reinforced by speakers, banners, contingents, signs and leaflets. It
is understood that both ANSWER and UFPJ, through their own
coalitions, would be free to express their demands as they see fit.

We are convinced that new forms must be employed to ensure that we do
not constantly repeat the present divisive scenario so that the
democratic _expression of the ranks of the antiwar movement, which
urgently call for unity, can be brought to bear.

Our differences pale before the power we can marshal with a united,
independent and massive movement that visibly expresses our strength
and unity.

We offer our good will and experience to help resolve the differences
now and move forward united and stronger.

We propose to meet as soon as possible with representatives of the
national antiwar coalitions to resolve all outstanding issues. There
is no time to waste.

Issued by the Emergency Ad Hoc Committee For A United Demonstration
in Washington, D.C. on September 24, 2005.

Initiators

[Titles and organizations for purpose of identification only]

Kevin Akin - State Chair, California Peace and Freedom Party
Mike Alewitz - Labor Art and Mural Project
Jahahara Amen-RA Alkebulan-Ma'at - Foundations for Our Nu
Alkebulan/Afrikan Millennium (FONAMI)
Khalil Barhoum - Palestinian Scholar
Patricia Behrend - Co-Chair, National Network on Cuba
Alan Benjamin - Member, Office and Professional Employees International
Union Local 3; Member, Executive Board, San Francisco Labor Council
AFL-CIO; Member, Steering Committee, United States Labor Against the
War
Dennis Bernstein - Producer, Flashpoints, KPFA, Berkeley, CA
Peter Camejo - Green Party
Dr. Colia Clark - Longtime civil rights activist, co-organizer with Medgar
Evers of Mississippi NAACP Voter Project in early 1960s; Fighter for
reparations and against war
Greg Coleridge - Program Director, Northeast Ohio American Friends
Service Committee; Coordinator, Northeast Ohio Anti-War Coalition
Alan Dale - Member, Iraq Peace Action Coalition (Minneapolis/St. Paul)
Chris Farrand - President, Graphic Communications Union Local 546M
Mike Ferner - Member, Veterans for Peace; Former Member, Toledo City
Council
Conny Ford - Secretary-Treasurer, Office and Professional Employees
International Union Local 3
Christine Gauvreau - Organizing Committee, Connecticut United for Peace
Kathleen Geathers - Coordinator, Women for Racial and Economic Equality
Paul George - Director, Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, Palo Alto, CA
Jerry Gordon - Former International Representative, United Food and
Commercial Workers Union; Member, Steering Committee, United States
Labor Against the War
Andy Griggs - Board of Directors, United Teachers Los Angeles; Member,
Steering Committee, United States Labor Against the War
Milly Guzman - Latinos Contra La Guerra
Jeremy Haiken - Organizer, UNITE HERE Local 217
Fred Hirsch - Vice President, Plumbers and Fitters Local 393
Abdeen Jabara - Past President, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination
Committee
Walter Johnson - Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus, San Francisco Labor
Council AFL-CIO
Vicki Knight - Convenor, Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice
Tom Lacey - Northern State Chair, California Peace and Freedom Party
Jeff Mackler - Founder, Mobilization for Peace, Jobs and Justice; West
Coast Coordinator, Lynne Stewart Defense Committee
Mel Mason - President, Monterey Peninsula Branch-NAACP, CA
Justine McCabe - International Committee of the Green Party, US
Robert Meeropol - Executive Director, Rosenberg Fund for Children
Saladin Muhammad - Black Workers for Justice
Hasan Newash - Director, Palestine Office, Michigan
Bill Onasch - Retired Vice President, Amalgamated Transit Union Local
287; Chair, Kansas City Labor Against the War
Carolyn Park - Member, American Federation of State, County and
Municipal Employees Local 1938; Delegate to the Cincinnati AFL-CIO
Jan Pierce - Retired International Vice President, Communications Workers
of America
Ralph Poynter - New York Community Activist
Jack Rasmus - Chair, National Writers Union, San Francisco Bay Area
Chapter
Don Rojas - Journalist; Past General Manager, Station WBAI
Ed Rosario - Business Agent, Amalgamated Lithographers of America Local
#1; Member, United States Labor Against the War
Meg Scata - Organizing Committee, Connecticut United for Peace
Dallas Sells - Director, Ohio State Council UNITE HERE Union
Chris Silvera - Secretary-Treasurer and Chairman, Teamsters National Black
Caucus
Michael Smith - New York Chapter, National Lawyers Guild
Lynne Stewart - Attorney
Clarence Thomas - Co-Chair, Million Worker March Movement
Jerry Tucker - Former International Executive Board Member, United Auto
Workers Union
Nalda Vigezzi - Co-Chair, National Network on Cuba
Barbara Walden - Vice Chair, Ohio State Labor Party
Leonard Weinglass - Civil Liberties Attorney
Kevin Zeese - Director, Democracy Rising
Howard Zinn - Professor, Radical Historian, Progressive Political Theorist,
Social Activist and Author

Signers

[Organizations and individuals wishing to subscribe to the above
statement are urged to write <UnityForSept24 (at) aol.com> no later than
July 31 asking that your name be added to the list. Please be sure
to include city and state, phone number and e-mail address.]

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Re: Call For A United Antiwar Movement: September 24
08 Jul 2005
boy! can't we just all get along?!!?
Re: Call For A United Antiwar Movement: September 24
09 Jul 2005
maybe we could get along if ANSWER werent a bunch of stalinist jerks. stalinists suck
Re: Call For A United Antiwar Movement: September 24
10 Jul 2005
ANSWER claims that UFPJ is the split-off one, and UFPJ says the same about ANSWER. They both suck, but there is no reason for bullshit like this.