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    MARCH 20 Anti-War/Anti-Occupation Update On Saturday, January 17, the March 20 National Coalition met again to further discuss plans for March 20 protests
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      MARCH 20 Anti-War/Anti-Occupation Update

      On Saturday, January 17, the March 20 National Coalition met again to
      further discuss plans for March 20 protests taking place across the
      United States. The organizations that met included those that
      initiated and endorsed the March 20 Call to Action: A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act
      Now to Stop War & End Racism) Coalition, Al-Awda - the Palestine Right
      to Return Coalition, Arab Muslim American Federation, Free Palestine
      Alliance, Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation, Muslim Student
      Association of the U.S. and Canada and National Lawyers Guild. The
      meeting included both national and local representatives of
      organizations mobilizing for March 20.

      Cities represented included New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles,
      San Francisco, Boston and Chicago, which included the Chicago
      Coalition Against War and Racism. Other groups that are mobilizing for
      March 20 were also invited to attend. New York City Labor Against the
      War and the International Socialist Organization participated in the
      meeting.

      The agenda for the meeting included (1) an update on endorsers for the
      March 20 Call to Action, now over 1,500; (2) a report on the
      significance of the "Open Letter from the Arab-American and Muslim
      Community to the U.S. Anti-War Movement," now signed by over 125
      organizations, and the "Call to Action for Solidarity with the
      Arab-American and Muslim Community"; (3) reports from all cities
      represented on the call; and (4) a discussion about communication with
      other organizations who may be interested in signing on to the
      principles of unity as articulated in the Call to Action.

      The principles of unity of the coalition include "Bring the troops
      home now!", "End colonial occupation from Iraq to Palestine and
      everywhere!", "Stop the attacks on civil liberties!", and "Money for
      jobs, education, healthcare and housing - Not war!" The March 20 call
      also takes an explicit position opposing internationalizing the
      occupation of Iraq, instead insisting on the Iraqi people's
      unconditional right to exercise self-determination. The call can be
      read in full at
      http://www.internationalanswer.org/campaigns/m20/index.html

      New information about cities planning regional demonstrations:

      CHICAGO: On Saturday, January 10, over 110 individuals and
      representatives of organizations held a meeting in Chicago in response
      to a call put out by the Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism, the
      largest anti-war coalition in Chicago. The meeting resolved that the
      Midwest Regional Anti-War Protest taking place in Chicago on March 20
      will have three major demands: "The Midwest STILL Says No to War,"
      "Troops Out Now!," and "End the Occupations of Iraq, Palestine &
      Afghanistan!" The Call for March 20 in Chicago says: "The peace and
      justice movement in the U.S. needs to speak with a clear voice, a
      voice which demands respect for the absolute right of the Iraqi
      people, and all other peoples of the world, to decide their own
      destinies, without occupying armies, without commercial schemes to rip
      off their national wealth, without puppets imposed on them from
      Washington." For more information, call 888-471-0874 or email
      CCAWR@...

      NEW YORK CITY: Assemble at 12 noon at Times Square. March to Bechtel,
      General Electric, the Carlyle Group and the United Nations. Call
      202-544-3389 or 212-633-6646, or email info@...
      for more information.

      SAN FRANCISCO: Assemble at Dolores Park, 18th & Dolores Sts., at 11
      a.m. March to the S.F. Civic Center. Call 415-821-6545 or email
      answer@... for more information.

      In the Bay Area, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union
      (ILWU) Lo. 10 has again shown the way by voting at its January 15
      membership meeting to hold a Stop Work meeting on March 20 to shut
      down San Francisco Bay ports. The ILWU Lo. 10's initiative is
      mobilizing support for the San Francisco demonstration on March 20 and
      is in solidarity with all the other protests on the March 20 Global
      Day of Action.

      LOS ANGELES: Assemble at 12 noon at Hollywood and Vine. Call
      213-487-2368 or email answer-la@... for more information.

      Begin planning now to hold a demonstration in your city on March 20 or
      to organize transportation to a regional demonstration.

      If you are holding an event in your city, fill out the form at
      http://www.internationalanswer.org/campaigns/m20/index.html#event

      If you are organizing transportation to a regional demonstration, fill
      out the form at
      http://www.internationalanswer.org/campaigns/m20/index.html#transporta
      tion

      Downloadable flyers and more information is available at
      http://www.internationalanswer.org/campaigns/m20/index.html

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      Email circulated by:
      A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition
      Act Now to Stop War & End Racism

      FOR MORE INFORMATION:
      http://www.InternationalANSWER.org
      info@...
      Washington 202-544-3389
      New York 212-633-6646
      Los Angeles 213-487-2368
      San Francisco 415-821-6545
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