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Announcement :: Organizing
Bring the Troops Home Now! All Out for 10/29 - Next Planning Meeting 8/21
14 Aug 2005
Stop the War!
Mobilize in Boston October 29th

End the Occupation of Iraq!
Bring The Troops Home Now!

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has stated that
the war can last
"five, six, eight, 10, 12 years."

Feed Our Communities- Starve the Pentagon!

Fall Action Planning Meeting:

Sunday, August 21st, 4:00 PM
Phillips Brooks House
Parlor room, First Floor (in Harvard Yard)
Harvard University
(Harvard Stop on the Red Line T)
Sponsored by: October 29th Coalition
A broad coalition of Boston area Antiwar, Student, and
Community Organizations

Outreach committee meeting:
Sunday, August 21st, 2:30 PM
Phillips Brooks House
Parlor room, First Floor (in Harvard Yard)
Harvard University
(Harvard Stop on the Red Line T)
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Stop the War!
Mobilize in Boston October 29th

End the Occupation of Iraq!
Bring The Troops Home Now!

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has stated that
the war can last
"five, six, eight, 10, 12 years."

Feed Our Communities- Starve the Pentagon!

Fall Action Planning Meeting:

Sunday, August 21st, 4:00 PM
Phillips Brooks House
Parlor room, First Floor (in Harvard Yard)
Harvard University
(Harvard Stop on the Red Line T)
Sponsored by: October 29th Coalition
A broad coalition of Boston area Antiwar, Student, and
Community Organizations

Outreach committee meeting:
Sunday, August 21st, 2:30 PM
Phillips Brooks House
Parlor room, First Floor (in Harvard Yard)
Harvard University
(Harvard Stop on the Red Line T)

A Better World is Possible!

Two and a half years after the invasion of Iraq the brutal nightmare continues with no end in sight. According to the Lancet report, over 100,000 Iraqis have died and many more have been wounded. The death toll of U.S. forces is over 1800 with 15,000 wounded. The recent deaths of servicemen from Ohio and the vigil of Cindy Sheehan at the gates of the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas have once again reminded us that Iraq is not a distant war but rather a bleeding wound to the families suffering from their losses and to communities throughout the country.

The war has not brought democracy and liberation to Iraqis, but rather, has devastated their lives and ruined Iraq's economy. According to Hassan Juma’a Awad, president of the Basra Oil Workers Union: “When the regime fell, people wanted a new life- a life without shackles and terror; a life where we could rebuild our country and enjoy its natural wealth. Instead, our communities have been attacked with chemicals and cluster bombs, and our people tortured, raped and killed in our homes.” Oil is imported; unemployment is over 50%, and Iraqis still lack food and basic services such as water and electricity. The occupation is fueling ethnic tensions and has undermined rather than improved the status of Iraqi women. Iraqis, like people everywhere do not want to live under foreign domination but want self-determination and democracy. Neither exists under occupation. Most want a U.S. withdrawal.

The majority in this country believes that this war should never have happened. Millions more are asking what this war is about. Why was it started? The war makers in Washington have periodically shifted explanations for the war and why the troops are there. There is no “exit strategy” or Plan B. The proclamation of the “Axis of Evil”, the doctrine of “preemptive war”, and the targeting of Iraq, Iran, and North Korea for “regime change” had nothing to do with defending democracy or our safety and security. Rather, hundreds of thousands of our youth have been asked to serve as an instrument of domination, torture, and abuse under orders demanding “hard duty” in the service of the drive to control the oil and politics of Iraq. The war makers in Washington seek permanent bases in order to project their power throughout the region. It is little wonder that thousands of soldiers are now AWOL or resisting the war in other ways. Well-being and security for our working families cannot be achieved by identifying with wars for profit and the control of markets. When popularity for the war was high, many rallied and marched in Boston, New York, Washington and elsewhere to demonstrate that large numbers of people were against this war. Now we can read the latest Gallup poll and see that millions more are coming to the same conclusions! We are making a difference! We now have the initiative and we are making history.

At a time when our vital social programs are being eroded or completely decimated, an overwhelming majority in Congress recently approved an additional $82 billion for the war. The vote in the Senate was 99-0! There is already talk of another $50 billion appropriation this fall. The amount spent on the war in Iraq is now over $200 billion in addition to the hundreds of billions the Pentagon already receives yearly while vital benefits for veterans have been cut. In Massachusetts alone the cost for funding this war and occupation has reached over $5.5 billion. This money could have been used to fund:

48,700 additional housing units
93,700 public school teachers could have been hired
Over 3 million children could have received medical insurance
716,000 children could have attended Head Start

Billions of our tax dollars are being spent to force Palestinians to live under brutal conditions of occupation and to support undemocratic regimes in the Middle East. Women and people of color bear the brunt of budget cuts as our society bears the injustice of racial profiling, police brutality, and homophobia. In Boston, the Pentagon seeks to construct a $128 million Bio-terror Lab while there is a crying need for housing, healthcare, education, and childcare. Our unions, Social Security, single parents, reproductive rights, the unemployed and environment are under attack. The wealthy receive massive tax breaks while the rest of us receive the bill! The Pentagon spends billions yearly to fund U.S. bases in the Middle East. This must end. Fund Health Care, Social Security, and Veterans Benefits- Not U.S. bases in the Middle East!

Military recruiters have virtually unrestricted access to our schools -- and the Pentagon unrestricted access to our tax dollars. Recently the Pentagon, in an effort to improve sagging military recruitment, enlisted BeNow Inc. in Wakefield to compile detailed files on students and other youth into a massive national database. As U.S. casualties mount, the disproportionate deaths of peoples of color and the targeting of these communities for military recruitment demonstrate the real face of the war and the consequences of the poverty draft. Youth to College- Not to Wars! Military Recruiters Out of Our Schools!

After involvement in a failed coup in Venezuela, U.S. policy continues to promote hostility towards the democratic rights of working people there. Through Plan Colombia, enacted in 2000, the U.S. has invested over three billion dollars in Colombia's civil war. Since then, political assassinations and disappearances have dramatically increased- especially against trade unionists. Paramilitary death squads work hand-in-hand with the Colombian military, and reap the benefits of US military aid. The U.S. installed regime in Haiti continues to slaughter innocent civilians with impunity, and with U.S. support, as demonstrated in Cite Soleil where dozens of civilians were killed in May and June. The U.S. installed regime in Afghanistan governs little more than the capital city of Kabul after nearly 4 years of occupation. Unionists in the Philippians are murdered with impunity and with U.S. support. The Pentagon spends billions yearly funding U.S. bases in Latin America and Asia while homelessness is on the rise and affordable housing is on the decline. Fund Affordable Housing and Education- Not U.S. Bases in Latin America and Asia!

In recent years, tens of thousands of Arab, Muslim, and South Asian immigrants have been targeted for roundups and political sweeps resulting in mass arrests, jailings, and deportations. Many thousands of have been picked up and held with little or no access to lawyers or their families and incarcerated based on retroactive minor offenses or without any charges at all! Not surprisingly, thousands of Latin Americans and others have been included in these sweeps as well. This policy has been sustained through a campaign promoting fear, ignorance, and xenophobic appeals. Laws like the Patriot Act and others allowing “preventive detention” without charges based on “secret evidence” and holding prisoners incommunicado are an attack on everyone's basic rights. The assault on immigrants must be ended immediately. The Patriot Act and other laws that undermine our democratic rights must be repealed. Human Rights for All!

As at Abu Graib, prisoners in U.S. custody have been tortured and abused at the detention camp in Guantanamo and in U.S. prisons. The practice of outsourcing torture to locations outside of U.S. custody, the “rendition” policy, must be ended. According to The New York Times: "The best thing Washington can now do about this national shame [Guantanamo Bay] is to shut it down."- Editorial, June 5, 2005. A U.S. departure from Guantanamo is long overdue. End the Torture and Abuse of Prisoners!

According to Donald Rumsfeld the war could last as many as 12 more years! How much longer will the destruction of Iraq and its people rage on in our name? How many more soldiers will die in a war based on lies? How many more billions of our tax dollars will be drained into a war of conquest and domination? How many more billions will be looted from vital social needs such as jobs, education, and healthcare or libraries, firehouses, childcare, eldercare, or social security? The time to act is now. An end to the war and occupation will infuse movements for global justice and the rights of working people with energy and initiative. A better world is possible!
See also:
http://OCT29.org

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