FW: Formation of Sept. 24 National Coalition for the March on Washington DC
Formation of September 24 National Coalition
All Out to Stop the War in Iraq -
End Colonial Occupation
On September 24, we will show the deepening opposition that is leading to the political isolation of the warmakers. As during the Vietnam War era, the people of the United States from all communities are actively entering the political process through the mobilizing efforts of a genuinely broad and mass antiwar movement.
Since the A.N.S.W.E.R Coalition issued the call for a mass mobilization in Washington DC on September 24, a large number of national organizations have endorsed and committed energy and resources with the aim of building the largest possible united demonstration.
The September 24 National Coalition for the March on Washington, therefore, represents a coming together of national organizations and communities who are committed to building opposition to the Bush Administration's war and occupation of Iraq. These organizations oppose war and colonial-style occupation, not only as it pertains to Iraq, but in Palestine, Haiti and everywhere. Support for self-determination means standing with the people in their effort to achieve sovereign control over their land, labor and resources. Recognizing the inextricability of the struggle of the Palestinian people from the anti-war movement, the September 24 National Coalition supports the Palestinian people and the inviolability of their Right to Return to the homes from which they were evicted.
The leadership of the September 24 National Coalition includes the A.N.S.W.E.R Coalition, National Council of Arab-Americans (NCA), Muslim American Society (MAS) Freedom Foundation, Haiti Support Network, Alliance for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines, and the National Lawyers Guild.
On March 20, 2004, many of the same organizations worked tirelessly to build a united front that brought more than 100,000 people into the streets of New York City under the banner "Bring the Troops Home Now! End Colonial Occupation from Iraq to Palestine to Haiti and Everywhere!" The decision to form the September 24 National Coalition in support of the call to action initiated by the A.N.S.W.E.R Coalition is a renewed sign of a reciprocal commitment to work together and build a mass movement opposing war for Empire. We believe that rather than excluding communities, building valid unity in the United States requires embracing the rights and contributions of all, primarily the very recipients of the ravages of war.
The people of the United States are witnessing a vicious attack against working class communities by the Bush Administration and the Military-Industrial Complex. While the government has allocated more than $300 billion to make war against the people of Iraq, it cries 'poverty' when it comes to funding education, healthcare, housing, jobs and job training, and other programs and services that meet the needs of working people. Bush claims that there is a lack of funds to maintain Social Security while the National Treasury is plundered to finance the endless imperial war. Instead of offering young people a decent education and decent jobs with decent wages, the government has deployed an army of military recruiters to snare young people into the armed forces. Bush and the corporate and banking elites view young people in the United States as nothing more than cannon fodder in the war for Empire.
September 24 is a day when people from all over the country will be joining together to speak with one voice against war and racism. Marching together we will show the growing power of the antiwar movement. Join us in spreading the word in the weeks and months ahead.
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