ANSWER Coalition responds
to President Obama's speech on Iraq

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Watch the television interview with
Brian Becker, National Coordinator
of the ANSWER Coalition, on the troop
"withdrawal" from Iraq.

It is necessary to separate fact from fiction regarding the announcement by the Obama administration that it is removing "combat brigades" from Iraq.

This is not the time for progressive people to pat themselves on the back, claim "victory" and pretend that the U.S. government is pursuing a different policy than that which was carried out by the previous administration.

Today's announcement that renames the 50,000 U.S. troops in Iraq is nothing more than the rebranding of the illegal U.S. occupation of Iraq that began with the criminal invasion of the country by hundreds of thousands of U.S. forces on March 20, 2003. Let's remember, the goal of the Bush administration, too, was not to keep a certain number of U.S. troops in Iraq forever, but instead to exercise U.S. domination over the country and the region.

The Obama administration has maintained the principal military and civilian leaders from the Bush administration. The withdrawal of some combat brigades from Iraq is essentially a redeployment exercise so that tens of thousands more U.S. troops can be sent to Afghanistan.

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"Marching for jobs, peace and freedom"

Commemorate the 47th Anniversary
of the March on Washington

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Saturday, August 28
Rally at 11am
1301 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
March at 1pm to the King Memorial

This Saturday, August 28, the ANSWER Coalition will join the National Action Network and many other progressive organizations, religious groups and labor unions for a rally and march 47 years after the 1963 March on Washington.

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was a historic event that demanded advances in civil and economic rights for African Americans. It was there that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in front of over 300,000 people.

Right-wing TV host Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin have called for a rally at the Lincoln Memorial this Saturday. We can't allow Beck, Palin and the Tea Party to twist the legacy of this historic anniversary for their Corporate-financed, racist and pro-war agenda.

Buses, vans and car caravans are coming to D.C. from almost 50 cities across the East Coast, South and Midwest. Look for the ANSWER Coalition's table, signs and banners starting at 11am at Dunbar High School - 1301 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

For more information about how to meet up and march with ANSWER, email dc@answercoalition.org or call 202-265-1948.

If you can't join us in Washington this Saturday, you can still help by making an urgently needed donation.

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Supporters of imprisoned soldier rally at Quantico Marine Base

Free Bradley Manning!

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Bradley Manning demo at Quantico base, 08-08-10

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Supporters of Private Bradley Manning had a rally and march on Aug. 8 at Quantico Marine Base in Virginia. Manning, who was arrested and charged with releasing a graphic videotape showing killing of civilians and journalists in Iraq, is in prison at Quantico Marine Base.

The demonstration received widespread media attention, including CNN and other television networks. Today's New York Times has a prominent front page story about Manning that continues on page 3, where two photos of the demonstration are prominently featured.

Speakers included Andrew Castro, ANSWER Coalition; Medea Benjamin, Code Pink; Jeff Patterson, Courage to Resist; Iraq war veteran Josh Stieber; Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President of the Hip Hop Caucus; Ellen Barfield and Mike Marceau, Veterans for Peace; Phyllis Bennis; former CIA intelligence officer Ray McGovern and others.

In his speech at the rally, Andrew Castro of the ANSWER Coalition said:

“We stand here today in defense of all those who dare to tell or reveal the truth about a criminal war. During the Vietnam War, the government wanted to send Daniel Ellsberg to jail for releasing the Pentagon Papers, which proved that the government had lied to the people about the war. But the American people realized that Ellsberg was right and the war was wrong, and the protests against the war intensified.

As the rally closed, the crowed marched down Potomac Avenue in the heart of Quantico Marine Base, chanting "Free Bradley Manning!"

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What the Wikileaks files TRULY reveal
ANSWER Coalition interview on breaking Wikileaks story
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Watch the 2 1/2 minute video
with Brian Becker, National Coordinator
of the ANSWER Coalition, on the
breaking news of the leaked documents.

The release of 90,000 secret U.S. military files by the whistleblower website Wikileaks, in its broadest context, reveals that the Obama administration and the Pentagon brass have been and still are fully aware that they are not only losing the war in Afghanistan, but also have no possibility of winning.

The documents present a powerful indictment against the Pentagon, the Obama administration and the Bush administration for their failure to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan. They provide documentary evidence of the killing of hundreds and perhaps thousands of civilians by U.S. and NATO troops.

The files reveal that the Pentagon set up a secret commando unit called Task Force 373 that is nothing other than a death squad. Task Force 373, made up of Army and Navy Special Operatives, is seeking to assassinate individuals from an assembled list of 2,000 targets.

And despite rosy-sounding publicity missives coming from the Pentagon, the information released on Wikileaks shows an obvious pattern of intensifying bomb attacks against U.S. and NATO forces.

The decision by the Obama administration to send 60,000 additional troops to Afghanistan in 2009 is exposed as nothing other than a decision to send more human beings to their death in an ongoing war that cannot be won, so as to avoid taking the political responsibility for a military setback. That is the rule that all U.S. policymakers abide by. No matter what, they must avoid the appearance of military defeat at the hands of an armed resistance.

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Petraeus promotes civil war in Afghanistan

Statement from Brian Becker, National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition

General David PetraeusBadly losing the war in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus has decided to promote a violent civil war in Afghan villages.

That is the true intent of the new so-called Local Defense Initiatives that Petraeus forced down the throat of Afghanistan’s puppet president Hamid Karzai. The new plan is a variant of the Community Defense Initiative that Gen. Stanley McChrystal tried to impose on Afghanistan after Obama selected him to lead the expanded war effort in 2009.

The Petraeus strategy calls for putting 10,000 job-hungry Afghan villagers on the Pentagon payroll. They will be given money and guns so that they can form militias and shoot and kill other members of their village who are asserted to be either pro-Taliban or opposed to the U.S./NATO occupation.

The new strategy further underscores the criminal role of the Pentagon generals. Petraeus is consciously fomenting civil war and ethnic rivalry just as he did in Iraq. Gen. James Mattis, Petraeus’ new boss at Central Command, when speaking to a crowd in San Diego in 2005 about his experience in Afghanistan, said “it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot 'em."

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Met by Protestors During
the National Governor’s Association Meeting in Boston

Dramatic Street Protest Despite Torrential Rainfall

July 10 Boston crowd shot 

Today, a dramatic protest took to the streets of Boston to protest the presence of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer during the annual meeting of the National Governor’s Association. Despite torrential rains, a two-mile march went from the rally site at Copley Square to the Sheraton Hotel, where the governors were meeting. March organizers estimated that over 600 people participated in the three-hour rally and march.

Demonstrators came from throughout the region, with organized transportation coming from Worcester, Fitchburg, Providence, New Haven, New London, New York City, Syracuse, Baltimore, Washington DC, Philadelphia and elsewhere.

At the rally opening, Jennifer Zaldana, representing the ANSWER Coalition, said “Today, our message will be heard: Legal Rights for Immigrant Workers! And this is not only a message to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, but to all of the state governors. We will not let the racist Arizona law SB 1070—or any racist bills being considered across the country—go unchallenged.”

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On the night before SB 1070 takes effect...
PROTEST ANTI-IMMIGRANT RACISM IN ARIZONA
Full rights for all! No human being is illegal!

Wednesday, July 28, 5pm
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On July 29, Arizona's racist law, SB 1070, goes into effect. SB 1070 enshrines racial profiling and immigrant bashing into law.

A wave of protest has greeted SB 1070 since it was passed in April. Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Arizona and across the country. Economic and cultural boycotts have spread. The U.S. Conference of Mayors has called for the law's immediate repeal.

As more people speak out against SB 1070, other states are threatening similar legislation, and the very authors of SB 1070 in Arizona have pledged to pass even more racist measures targeting immigrants and working families. The racists want to strike fear into the hearts of immigrants and all people of color. They want people to stand down and accept every racist measure they throw at us. It is time to fight back!

Join the ANSWER Coalition and other community organizations and individuals at Arizona's capitol building in Phoenix for a protest the night before SB 1070 takes effect. The struggle to stop racism and for full equality is very real in Arizona. It is part of the national struggle for civil rights. Organized resistance to SB 1070 must continue!

For more information, contact ANSWER in Phoenix at phoenix@answercoalition.org.


What does the BP "escrow" deal really mean?

June 16, 2010

People all around the country have put so much pressure on the Obama administration that it had to “do something” to look like it was standing up to BP. The announcement today of a so-called $20 billion escrow fund from BP would never have happened without mass pressure. But does this fund truly respond to the needs of the people in the Gulf Coast states?

Too much is at stake for people to let down their guard and accept the “feel good” sound-bite version of what took place today in the meeting between President Obama and BP’s executives.

The White House and BP are creating a mythology, or "spin," on what the tentative agreement signifies. Click here to read the full statement.

Click here to visit the SeizeBP.org home page for additional statements, demonstration listings and more!

Seize BP banner at White House, 06-16-10

While BP executives and the Obama Administration
met on June 16, Seize BP volunteers and organizers
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Free the Five

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Ten facts about Israel's massacre of the Gaza aid flotilla

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1. The Gaza Freedom Flotilla is an international aid project whose objective is to end the three-year-long Israeli blockade that has created a vast humanitarian crisis in Gaza, Palestine. It is made up of 750 individuals from more than 40 countries traveling on 7 ships and carrying 10,000 tons of relief supplies.

2. In the early morning hours of May 31, a coordinated naval and air attack by Israeli military forces killed 9 international aid activists and wounded as many as 50 others.

3. The main attack was on the lead ship, the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish ship carrying 600 people.

4. The attack was an act of piracy that took place in international waters in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, 40 miles off the coast of Gaza, in clear violation of international law.

5. In a classic propaganda ploy, the Israeli government is outrageously attempting to portray its commandos who carried out the murderous attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla as “victims” who were “attacked” rather than perpetrators of the massacre. This ludicrous version of what happened is being dutifully reported by the corporate media in the U.S. and Israel.

6. Israel’s latest massacre and blatant act of piracy has created a wave of international outrage and protest which is spreading around the world, including in the U.S. where many demonstrations are happening.

7. The U.S. government continues to send billions of dollars annually to fund Israel’s occupation, settlements and murderous acts against the Palestinian people and their international supporters. The Obama administration recently promised to send Israel $30 billion in military aid over the next 10 years.

8. The U.S. government has given its full backing to the criminal blockade of Gaza, which it could break unilaterally if it chose to do so.

9. The convoy was carrying, along with other forms of aid, construction materials. More than 6,400 homes in Gaza, which were destroyed or severely damaged by Israel’s brutal assault on Gaza 17 months ago, have yet to be rebuilt.

10. Due to the blockade that strangles Gaza's economy, 71 percent of Palestinians depend on food aid.

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Thousands take to the streets to demand:
U.S. out of Afghanistan and Iraq now!

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On Saturday, thousands of people converged at the White House for the March 20 March on Washington—the largest anti-war demonstration since the announcement of the escalation of the Afghanistan war. By the time the march started at 2 p.m., the crowd had swelled up to 10,000 protesters.

Transportation to Washington, D.C., was organized from over 50 cities in 20 states. Demonstrators rallied and marched shoulder to shoulder to demand “U.S. Out of Iraq and Afghanistan Now,” “Free Palestine,” “Reparations for Haiti” and “No sanctions against Iran” as well as “Money for jobs, education and health care!”

Speakers at the Washington rally represented a broad cross section of the anti-war movement, including veterans and military families, labor, youth and students, immigrant right groups, and the Muslim and Arab American community.

Following the rally, a militant march led by veterans, active-duty service members and military families made its way through the streets of D.C. carrying coffins draped in Afghan, Iraqi, Pakistani, Somali, Yemeni, Haitian and U.S. flags, among those of other countries, as a symbol of the human cost of war and occupation. Coffins were dropped off along the way at Halliburton, the Washington Post, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and other institutions connected to the war profiteering, propaganda, and human suffering. The final coffin drop-off was at the White House—the decision-making center of U.S. imperialism.

The demonstration received substantial media coverage. It was featured in a major story on page A3 on the Sunday Washington Post (click here to read it). An Associated Press article on the March on Washington was picked up by a large number of newspapers and media outlets in the United States and abroad.

Joint demonstrations in San Francisco and Los Angeles drew 5,000 protesters each.

In San Francisco, the demonstration included the participation of UNITE HERE Local 2 hotel workers, who are presently fighting for a contract; students, teachers and parents who have been organizing against education budget cutbacks; and community members and activists who have been engaged in a struggle to stop fare hikes and service cuts.

In Los Angeles, demonstrators marched through the streets of Hollywood carrying not only coffins but also large tombstones that read “R.I.P. Health care / Jobs / Public Education / Housing,” to draw attention to the economic war being waged against working-class people at home in order to fund the wars abroad. Essential social services are being slashed to pay for the largest defense budget in history.

The March 20 demonstrations mark a new phase for the anti-war movement. A new layer of activists joined these actions in large numbers, including numerous youth and students from multinational, working-class communities. A sharp connection was drawn between the wars abroad and the war against working people at home. Though smaller than the demonstrations of 2007, this mobilization was larger than the demonstration last year—the first major anti-war action under the Obama administration. The real-life experience of the past year has shown that what we need is not a change in the presidency, but a change in the system that thrives on war, militarism and profits.

These demonstrations were a success thanks to the committed work of thousands of organizers and volunteers around the country. They raised funds, spread the word through posters and flyers, organized buses and other transportation, and carried out all the work that was needed on the day of the demonstration. We took to the streets in force even as the government tried to silence us with tens of thousands of dollars in illegal fines for postering in Washington, D.C., and felony charges against activists for postering in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

We want to especially thank all those who made generous donations for this mobilization. Without those contributions, we could not have carried out this work.

March 20 was an important step forward for the anti-war movement. We must continue to build on this momentum in the months ahead. Your donation will help us recover much-needed funds that helped pay for this weekend's successful demonstration, as well as prepare for the actions to come. Please make a generous donation to support the anti-war movement.

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Highlights from March 18
Press Conference for the
March on Washington

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Show Them Why You Are Marching — and Make Some Noise!

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In just days, we will be taking to the streets! We are hearing from people all over the country who are coming to bring their message to D.C., and we want to share with you some of the plans and ways that you can make an important contribution to the impact of the March 20 National March on Washington to demand "U.S. Out of Afghanistan and Iraq Now!"

Visual Impact

As always, there will be thousands of printed and handmade signs. We will also be making hundreds of coffins with flags representing the multinational victims of U.S. wars of aggression, and many people are bringing coffins that they are making themselves. You can help make and carry coffins in the march by arriving at Lafayette Park between 10 a.m. and 12 noon.

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Many people are bringing photographs showing Afghan and Iraqi victims of war. Others who have family members and friends who have been killed or injured in Afghanistan or Iraq are bringing photographs to represent their loss. The human cost of war, for all the numbers, is ultimately immeasurable. We urge people to join in this representation.

Students facing tuition hikes and cutbacks, workers who have been laid-off from their jobs, people without health care and facing foreclosure or eviction, or others feeling the domestic impact of the war are bringing some visual representation of their struggles. This may be in the form of a handmade sign, or it may be another type of creative visual representation.

A demonstrator with a drum at an anti-war march

 

 

You can also bring visuals that are specific to the stops on the march. We will be marching from the White House to the offices of Halliburton, Washington Post, Mortgage Bankers Association of America, National Endowment for Democracy and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

For example, Cheney puppets would be great to have when we go to Halliburton. You might want to bring a copy of the Washington Post to return to their doorstep since it’s functioning as pro-war propaganda rather than real news. Think about each stop and be creative!

Be Seen AND Be Heard

We’ll have speakers on the rally and march, and of course we’ll be chanting. We also want to have as many drums as possible, so we are encouraging everyone who can to bring a drum (or a bucket or other implement on which you can drum). The drums should have straps so you can hold them while at the rally and on the march.

If you are not able to bring anything, don't worry. You can pick up a sign when you arrive.

Here are a few things you can bring
  • Handmade sign with a slogan
  • Coffin
  • Photograph of Afghan or Iraqi victim of war
  • Photograph of a family member or friend who has been killed or injured in Afghanistan or Iraq
  • Visual representation of the domestic cost of war
  • Specific visuals for the stops on the march
  • Drums or drumming implement (with straps so you can hold it)

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Stand with the people of Haiti!
What the U.S. government isn't telling you

 

 

We at the ANSWER Coalition extend our heartfelt solidarity to all of our Haitian sisters and brothers, as well as to all those who have friends and family there, as Haiti copes with the destruction and grief of the massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck yesterday.

All of us are joining in the outpouring of solidarity from people all over the hemisphere and world who are sending humanitarian aid and assistance to the people of Haiti.

In this statement, we have included some background information about Haiti that helps establish the real context surrounding this tragedy. Click here to read the entire statement.


Racism, Lies and Videotape
A statement from ANSWER Florida

 

 


Journey to Gaza

An eyewitness account

Prysner at press conference in Egypt en route to Gaza, 07-09
Anti-war veteran Michael Prysner speaks to
the press in Egypt before leaving for Gaza
with the Viva Palestina convoy.



Iraq war veteran Michael Prysner and award-winning filmmaker Travis Wilkerson chronicle their trip to Gaza as the ANSWER Coalition's representatives in the Viva Palestina Caravan.

Breaking the siege of Gaza
Overcoming tremendous odds, activists deliver vital aid

'We won't let anyone turn us around'
Egyptian police block convoy to Gaza

The human toll of U.S.-Israeli war crimes
In Egypt, a glimpse of the countless lives destroyed

The journey to Gaza begins
'We are ready to set off with vehicles and medical supplies'

Why I am going to Gaza
Iraq war veteran takes a stand for Palestine

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Major Civil Rights Victory!
Military-style checkpoints in D.C. struck down
by Court of Appeals

On July 10, a major civil rights victory was won when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia declared unconstitutional the military-style checkpoints put up by the Metropolitan Police Department. The lawsuit was filed by attorneys from the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund on behalf of Washington, D.C., residents.

The ANSWER Coalition organized grassroots opposition to the military style checkpoints since they were established in June 2009 in the predominantly African-American neighborhood of Trinidad in northeast Washington, D.C.

If the government had succeeded with this unprecedented program, military-type checkpoints would have been set up in urban areas throughout the United States.

The following is a press release sent to the media by the Partnership for Civil Justice fund. Please circulate the press release to friends and family members and on social networking sites:

In an unanimous and strongly worded ruling, a three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has declared the District of Columbia’s so-called Neighborhood Safety Zone checkpoint program to be unconstitutional, reversing a lower court ruling in favor of the municipality. ...

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Support the people of Honduras
against the coup!


Child among those shot and killed by the military

Hondurans at airport supporting Zelaya's return, 07-05-09

On July 5, hundreds of soldiers blocked the runway at the International Airport of Honduras' capital using military vehicles, preventing the return of democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya. President Zelaya has stated he will attempt another return flight in the coming days.

More than 120,000 people had marched to the airport in Tegucigalpa to demand that the Honduran coup plotters allow Zelaya to land his plane and resume his presidency, and to fight against the repression of the people's movement.

The military fired live rounds against the unarmed protesters, killing at least three people,
including one child. Hundreds more have been wounded.

Leaders in Latin America and throughout the world have denounced the coup. Emergency demonstrations have taken place in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and elsewhere, and more are being planned throughout the country.

Take action now!

Join the demonstrations! To see upcoming demonstrations, click here.

If you know of upcoming demonstrations opposing the coup in Honduras that are being organized in your area, please email us the date, time, location and other details at info@answercoalition.org.

Click here to send a letter to the White House and the representatives and senators from your state.

 

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Bush's 'Smoking Gun' Witness Found Dead
ANSWER Coalition files FOIA Request to get to bottom of story

The ANSWER Coalition is joining with the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund and IndictBushNow.org to demand that the truth be told. We have filed a Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA) with the CIA, Department of Defense, Department of State and other agencies to reveal information in their possession about Libi’s imprisonment, torture, false testimony on Iraq and the circumstances of his death. Click here to read more.

 


We Will End the Siege of Gaza!


 
June 6, 2009, in DC (lead banner)

Washington, D.C.
Photo credit: Mary Grant

On Saturday, June 6, demonstrations took place around the country for Gaza Solidarity Day, which marked the 42nd anniversary of the Israel's seizure of Gaza. The demonstrations also stood for all Palestinian people's inalienable right to return to their homes from which they were evicted.

Next step - Caravan into Gaza: The ANSWER Coalition is building for the Viva Palestina humanitarian caravan to Gaza that will leave the United States on July 4. Millions of dollars of humanitarian aid is being brought to Gaza by hundreds of activists and volunteers.

This could be a breakthrough period for the people of Palestine. The people of Palestine are suffering, but they are strong. We can now see the political climate is shifting around the world. All over the United States, people are organizing to bring an end to the siege.

We are building a powerful movement in solidarity with the people of Gaza, but we can't do it without your help. Please also make an urgently donation today to keep the struggle going.

June 6, 2009, San Francisco

San Francisco
Photo credit: Bill Hackwell

June 6, 2009, in La (2)

Anaheim, CA
Photo credit: Jennifer Caldwell


Write a letter to Congress today!
'Right to Travel to Cuba' bills introduced in Congress

Thousands of people are writing to tell Congress: End the travel ban to Cuba. A "Right to Travel to Cuba" bill has been introduced in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The bill is simple and self-explanatory: it would end all restrictions on travel from the United States to Cuba. The bill has received bipartisan support, and already has 123 co-sponsors in the House, and 20 in the Senate.

President Obama has proposed lifting travel restrictions on Cuban-Americans. These bills call for the lifting of travel restrictions for all people in the United States. The travel restrictions are part of the larger economic blockade of Cuba. The blockade, which uses food and medicine as a weapon against the Cuban people, must be brought to an end as well.

Please take a moment right now to write members and Congress and tell them you support these important bills.


On Sixth Anniversary of Iraq war...
More than 10,000 march on Pentagon, leading war profiteers

Getty image of March on Pentagon
The last two-thirds of the march (Getty Images)

 
Brian Becker on CSPAN's "Washington Journal"

A "throng of war protesters swelled Saturday as they marched across the Memorial Bridge." (AP) The protesters marched on the Pentagon and what followed was a dramatic direct action at Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and KBR, corporations that demonstrators labeled "merchants of death." The predominantly young crowd continued to grow as the day proceeded. They marched through the Pentagon north Parking Lot and then into downtown Crystal City, where the leading war corporations' headquarters are located.

The march was led by a contingent of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. There was a significant delegation from members of the Arab and Muslim communities and many students participated.

The Arlington County Police mobilized in full riot gear in an attempt to block the demonstrators from delivering symbolic coffins at the doorsteps of the war corporations. They brought tear gas, snarling dogs and pointed guns loaded with rubber bullets directly at demonstrators. The Arlington County Police also put out an absurdly low count of the demonstration, which was more than 10,000 people.

In Los Angeles, a simultaneous demonstration drew 4,000 people, which culminated with a dramatic die-in at the Kodak Theater. Another 4,000 demonstrated in San Francisco, where police carried out violent attacks on demonstrators and arrested numerous people.

"This is the launch of the anti-war movement in the post-Bush era. Bush is gone, but the occupation of Iraq continues, the war in Afghanistan is escalating, and the people of Palestine are living under a state of siege," stated Brian Becker, National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition.

Below are a few additional photos from the march, which can be downloaded in hi-resolution and credited to Bill Hackwell if used:

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Demonstrators cross the bridge to the Pentagon (View hi-res)
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Demonstrators lay coffins at the doorstep of the War Profiteers (View hi-res)
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Front banner of March (View hi-res)
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A protester carries a coffin draped with an Afghani flag (View hi-res)

 

 


From Washington, DC to San Francisco,
Los Angeles, and Worldwide

Hundreds of Thousands March to Let Gaza Live!

 
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On Sat., Jan. 10, hundreds of cities, and hundreds of thousands of people, responded to the call for an International Day of Emergency Action to support the people of Gaza. Outside the United States, marches took place in London, Edinburgh, Cairo, Athens, Kuala Lumpur, Beirut, Seoul, Mexico City, Jakarta, Montreal, Paris, Barcelona, Marseilles, Lyon, Oslo, Berlin, Bern, Karachi, Nablus, New Delhi, Amman, Sarajevo, Ramallah, Stockholm, and Tokyo. The protests continue to grow -- today, another 250,000 took to the streets in Spain and more than 100,000 in Algeria.

Please make an urgently needed donation today to help this movement continue to grow. Click this link to donate.

In the U.S., the Day of Action was initiated on just one week's notice by a call from the ANSWER Coalition, Muslim American Society Freedom, Free Palestine Alliance, National Council of Arab Americans, and Al-Awda - International Palestine Right to Return Coalition. In Washington DC, over 20,000 took to the streets in the freezing rain to demand, "Let Gaza Live!" The streets were so backed up that thousands of people in buses and cars were still arriving after the march had left Lafayette Park.

The demonstration began with a rally at the White House. Featured speakers included former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who was just on a humanitarian relief mission attempting to bring supplies to Gaza when the boat she was on was intentionally struck by an Israeli military vessel; Mahdi Bray, Executive Director, Muslim American Society Freedom; Rev. Graylan Hagler, National President of Ministers for Racial, Social and Economic Justice; Mounzer Sleiman, Vice Chairman, National Council of Arab Americans; Ralph Nader; Paul Zulkowitz, Jews Against the Occupation; Brian Becker, National Coordinator, ANSWER Coalition; Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, attorney and co-founder, Partnership for Civil Justice; and others.

The spirited march then led to the Washington Post, where demonstrators denounced the paper for its biased pro-Israeli coverage of the massacre and its complete blackout of protest activities in the United States.

In San Francisco, 10,000 took part in the march and rally. The rally included a huge outpouring from the local Arab community, and energetic participation from Bay Area youth.

A crowd of 2000 demonstrators confronted a heavy police presence in downtown Orlando for the "Let Gaza Live: Florida Statewide March for Palestine" called by Act Now to Stop War and End Racism Coalition/Florida—just six days prior. The demonstration is the largest anti-war demonstration in Florida in more than a decade and certainly the largest ever protest in Florida calling for a free Palestine. Police tried to intimidate marchers by initially searching all bags, forcing protesters to remove sticks from signs, and denying the use of amplified sound. Organizers and protesters challenged and pushed back their unwarranted scare tactics, and the protest turned out to be a powerful success.

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Statements from the Free Palestine Alliance

The Free Palestine Alliance, a member group of the ANSWER Coalition National Steering Committee, has been writing daily statements about the Gaza Strip Massacre. These are important statements of political orientation from the Palestinian-American community. Click here to read the statements issued by the Free Palestine Alliance. 

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