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News :: International
A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition: Update on Anti-War Protests
17 Mar 2006
Tens of thousands will protest in hundreds of local and regional actions on the third anniversary of the Iraq war
Media Release
March 17, 2006

Press contacts:
Sarah Sloan, D.C.: 202-904-7949
Jeanette Caceres, NYC: 646-637-6814
Carlos Alvarez, L.A.: 323-464-1636
Bill Hackwell, S.F: 415-269-7917

Interviews available upon request



"The massive aerial bombing of Iraqi towns yesterday - three years after the criminal 'shock and awe' assault on Iraq - shows that the war is about occupation not liberation. During this weekend, on the third anniversary of the start of the war, tens of thousands of anti-war protesters will take to the street in more than 400 local and regional protests," stated Brian Becker, National Coordinator of the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition.

"This is a shift in tactics for the anti-war movement. On September 24, we rallied 300,000 people around the White House in one large concentrated protest, with large sister actions in San Francisco and Los Angeles. This weekend the anti-war movement is going into cities, towns and neighborhoods in decentralized actions. The anti-war sentiment is now the majority sentiment and we expect that there will be a tremendous response on the streets," said Becker.

"Three years ago, in the months leading up to the start of the Iraq war, the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition rallied hundreds of thousands of people in the streets all over the country to try to stop the war before it started. Everything we said about Bush's war has proven to be true. It was based on recycled and discredited lies and shifting rationales. More than 150,000 Iraqis are now assumed dead as a consequence of the invasion, tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers have either been killed or wounded, and the price tag for the war now exceeds half a trillion dollars. All around the country this weekend voices are being raised demanding that all U.S. troops be brought home, not next month, not next week, but today," Becker continued.


The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition joined with antiwar organizations globally in calling for March 18-20, 2006, to be Global Days of Action. A.N.S.W.E.R.'s Call to Action, which was issued on November 11, has received support and interest from people and groups around the country and the world. There will be more than 300 actions in the United States alone. (See the partial list below). Coordinated demonstrations will be held in countries around the world on this the third anniversary of Bush's criminal aggression against the people of Iraq.

On Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19, 2006, locally-coordinated demonstrations will take place in cities and towns across the U.S. and around the world, including in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, Seattle, and many, many more.

- To find March 18-20 events across the country, click here:

- Read the Call to Action

Mobile, AL; Phoenix, AZ; Bodega, CA; Eureka, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Petaluma, CA; San Francisco, CA; Santa Rosa, CA; Ventura, CA; New Haven, CT; Washington, DC; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Gainesville, FL; Miami, FL; Naples, FL; Orlando, FL; Pensacola, FL; Sarasota, FL; Waleska, GA; Chicago, IL; Covington, LA; New Orleans, LA; Duluth, MN; Minneapolos, MN; Bergen County, NJ; Albuquerque, NM; Gallup, NM; Charlotte, NC; Fayetteville, NC; Las Vegas, NV; Reno, NV; New York City, NY; Fredonia, NY; Rochester, NY; Columbus, OH; Norman, OK; Oklahoma, OK; Enterprise, OR; Salem, OR; Harrisburg, PA; Charleston, SC; Knoxville, TN; Memphis, TN; College Station, TX; Richmond, VA; Seattle, WA; Milwaukee, WI; Stevens Point, WI


**On Sunday, March 19, and Monday, March 20, Youth & Student actions will take place in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and other towns and cities around the country.**

- To find Youth & Student events across the country, click here:
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Re: A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition: Update on Anti-War Protests
17 Mar 2006
Haven't you HEARD?

You don't exist anymore.
Re: A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition: Update on Anti-War Protests
18 Mar 2006
At today’s demonstration in Boston the Workers World Party brought Democratic Party City Councilors to the microphone to address the crowd. But since this was a radical/liberal crowd….they had to leave off the fact that these men were in the Democratic Party.

Just as Workers World Party members leave out the fact that they are WWP members when they address a crowd, so do the people who they assembled the crowd for. So much deception for such a small party….

If Chuck Turner, and Tony Van Der Meer, are recognized leaders of the black community how come they can’t seem to motivate many black people to come to anti-war rallies? The rally started in Roxbury with an overwhelmingly white crowd. Does Democratic Party member Chuck Turner ask any black people to come to these rallies? Or is it just another stop for him on the speaking circuit. Workers World Party assembles the crowd and Chuck Turner arrives alone and seeks more votes for the Democratic Party.

As usual the speeches droned on and on, when the march got going it went in circles as the Workers World Party shouted inane lowest common denominator slogans. “Stop the Violence” Who claims to be violent? US Imperialism is the world’s biggest terrorist and they claim to be “peacekeepers.” “Stop the violence” as a slogan offends no one, and challenges no one.

After crawling through the city when the Workers World Party truck came upon activists sitting on the street in front of the Recruiting Station on Tremont Street they drove their truck through the protesters forcing them to break up their action. Who needs cops to clear protesters off the streets when Worker World Party will do it for them.

Then the Workers World driven trucks made their way up the hill through the Common, but some of the crowd wanted to stay in front of the Recruiting Station. Workers World people were not happy with this. They had a lot more speeches to give at the top of the hill. They urged people to get behind the truck, to get back in line, to listen to a carefully selected set of speakers who are friendly with Workers World, but the crowd kept melting away.

After waiting for ten, fifteen minutes, the Workers World drivers had to sadly drive their trucks away, some of the speakers had practiced their speeches for nothing. The demonstration was over, and it had not gone the way Workers World Party had planned it. But don’t expect to see any of these facts reported in the WWP press or web sites. Stalinists only report glowing victories.
Re: A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition: Update on Anti-War Protests
19 Mar 2006
Liam is a cop!
Re: A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition: Update on Anti-War Protests
19 Mar 2006
This is what democracy looks like....
Re: A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition: Update on Anti-War Protests
19 Mar 2006
No, this is what undercover agents look like...
Re: A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition: Update on Anti-War Protests
19 Mar 2006
I didn't drive a WWP sound truck through leftist protesters sitting down on Tremont Street in front of the Military Recruiting storefront. Let's hear from some of the people who had to get up to avoid being run over by WWP's rear guard sound truck.

Who would they think were police auxiliaries.

Who was driving the WWP truck through the anti-military protesters? What went through their mind. Something like...."This is holding up the speeches...." or "get back in line, anyone who doesn't follow the WWP script is a POLICE AGENT." ? There's no Logic like Stalinist Logic!