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SURROUND THE WHITE HOUSE ON APRIL 12

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  • Tom Winburn
    --FOWARD WIDELY-- SATURDAY, APRIL 12: MARCH ON WASHINGTON STOP THE WAR ON IRAQ! Gather at 12 Noon March on the White House Joint Action in SF & LA
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      --FOWARD WIDELY--
      SATURDAY, APRIL 12:
      MARCH ON WASHINGTON

      STOP THE WAR ON IRAQ!
      Gather at 12 Noon
      March on the White House
      Joint Action in SF & LA

      http://www.internationalanswer.org/

      WHAT YOU CAN DO:

      * List Transportation arrangements from your city
      * View Transportation arrangements from around the country
      * Endorse the mobilization
      * DOWNLOAD FLYERS
      * Student Organizing Form
      * Logistical details for April 12 March

      On Saturday, April 12, join the tens of thousands of people of conscience
      who will surround the White House. The whole world is watching to see if the
      people of the United States can intensify the power of the anti-war movement
      at the moment that the Bush Administration is intending to slaughter tens of
      thousands of Iraqi people and occupy their country. We urge every anti-war
      organizer and concerned person to bring your friends, neighbors and family
      members to this all-important mobilization on April 12.

      The world is in a state of Shock and Revulsion as the murderous Bush
      Administration follows through on its promise to "Shock and Awe" the Iraqi
      people by dropping thousands of bombs and missiles on their capital, a city
      that is home to 4.5 million human beings. Baghdad has been bombed
      relentlessly, terrorizing the occupants of that city and of the entire
      country. U.S. "precision" bombs have slammed into poor residential
      neighborhoods in Baghdad and a busy shopping street. U.S. and British troops
      are leaving a "trail of death" in their wake as they invade and bomb Iraq
      and reporters describe charred corpses littering the roads to Baghdad as
      well as in its streets. U.S. and British forces have laid siege to Basra,
      bombing and destroying the electrical supply to the main water plant and
      blocking the Iraqi food distribution system into Basra. The people of Basra
      are now starving and without water; various U.N. agencies state that Basra
      is in humanitarian crises and on the verge of a major cholera outbreak and
      massive child mortality. This crisis is caused by the U.S. attack coupled
      with the effect of 12 years of U.S.-led U.N. economic sanctions. The United
      States government is telling the people of Basra that they may only have
      food and water if they rise up against the Iraqi government and accept the
      U.S. occupation.

      The Iraqi people and the U.S. GIs who have been killed and wounded and are
      suffering are the casualties of George W. Bush's unprovoked war of
      aggression. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families of all those
      who have been killed and wounded as a consequence of this illegal
      imperialist war.

      This horrific unprovoked attack on Iraq must be understood as one of the
      extreme terrorist acts of modern times. Cruise missiles launched from
      submarines and aircraft hundreds of miles away and 2,000 lb. bombs dropped
      from 30,000 ft. up are the latest example of the Bush administration's
      criminal resort to limitless violence and terrorism in order to achieve its
      objectives of conquest and occupation. The hypocrisy of the war against Iraq
      is extreme: the most powerful military in the world waging first strike war
      with the most advanced weapons against an impoverished country on the
      pretext that it someday may possess such weapons.

      The world has entered a new phase. The Bush Administration is hell bent on
      world domination. The war on Iraq was meant to signal that the U.S. use of
      raw military power will be the means to create a new era of Empire. We
      understand that the war on Iraq is only one of the fronts on which the
      United States government is determined to build a world empire. The U.S. is
      also waging war in Colombia, training future death squads at the dreaded
      School of the Americas/WHISC, and waging economic war through the IMF, World
      Bank, and free trade treaties such as the Free Trade Area of the Americas
      agreement.

      To the shock of the warmakers, their plans have ignited a world movement of
      opposition and solidarity. In addition to the well publicized demonstrations
      in Europe and the Middle East, nearly every country in Latin America has
      participated in massive street demonstrations and the continent has nearly
      unanimously rnjected Bush's "Coalition of the Willing." For months this
      movement has delayed and restrained the war plans for Iraq. Bush and Co.
      have lost all legitimacy and they are isolated. The people's movement has
      deprived them of the any threadbare claim to legality.

      April 12 comes in the midst of the long-planned "Mobilization Against
      Military and Economic Intervention in Latin America and the Caribbean"
      organized by the Latin America Solidarity Coalition (LASC). This coalition,
      which includes some members of the A.N.S.W.E.R Steering Committee, has
      called for a series of actions from April 10- 15. In addition to converging
      in Washington on Saturday April 12 for the mass march on the White House to
      Stop the War on Iraq, A.N.S.W.E.R. encourages you to travel to DC in time
      for the public opening plenary of the LASC conference on Friday evening,
      April 11, and to stay for a demonstration on Sunday, April 13 focusing on
      Latin America Solidarity which will march to several corporate and financial
      institutions before arriving at the World Bank. Visit the LASC web page at
      www.lasolidarity.org for full details.

      Today our hearts are filled with both anger at the war and sadness for the
      suffering people of Iraq who are enduring this unprovoked terrorist attack,
      and for the grieving families of the sons and daughters of America who Bush
      has sent to kill and be killed for his war of aggression and conquest. But
      sadness and grief should be coupled with a profound understanding that the
      sudden emergence of a new global movement offers the best and only hope that
      the U.S. government's plans for militarism, war and domination -- the
      doctrine of endless war -- can and will be overcome. In the days ahead we
      must intensify the struggle against this cruel war.

      WHAT YOU CAN DO:

      * SPREAD THE WORD! Forward this call, and
      download flyers, posters and stickers
      from this site.

      * ORGANIZE BUSES TO DC. Let us know about transportation from your city.
      Fill out the transportation form below.

      * ENDORSE THE MOBILIZATION
      Fill in the endorsement form below.


      * List Transportation arrangements from your city
      * View Transportation arrangements from around the country
      * Endorse the mobilization
      * DOWNLOAD FLYERS
      * Student Organizing Form
      * Logistical details for April 12 March

      Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men
      who want rain without thunder and lightning.
      --Frederick Douglass (1817?-1895)
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