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Subject: October 11 A National Day of Antiwar Action!

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  • Glenn Kirkindall
    Help Make October 11 a National Day of Antiwar Action! An open letter to all those against the war: The Seattle Antiwar Action Coalition (SAWAC) is a newly
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 5, 2008
      Help Make October 11 a
      National Day of Antiwar Action!
      An open letter to all those against the war:

      The Seattle Antiwar Action Coalition (SAWAC) is a newly formed,
      diverse and democratic coalition looking to turn the massive antiwar
      sentiment in Seattle and the Northwest into a vibrant movement with
      the power to end the war. We are planning a march and rally in
      Seattle on October 11, and strongly encourage antiwar activists
      throughout the Northwest to join us in Seattle or organize antiwar
      activities in other communities for that date.

      Why October 11? It was on October 11, 2002 that Congress approved
      the "Iraq War Resolution" granting the Bush administration
      authorization to invade Iraq. October 11 also falls four days after
      the seventh anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, and one
      day before Indigenous People's Day, the 516th anniversary of
      Columbus' invasion of
      the Americas. Let's take a stand against war and occupation anywhere!
      March, 2008, ushered in the sixth year of war and
      occupation "without end" on Iraq. October 7, 2008 will mark seven
      years of occupation of Afghanistan. For the Iraqi and Afghan people
      these have been years of terror, death, and destruction. Hundreds of
      thousands are dead and millions displaced. Entire populations live in
      a nightmare state, where daily necessities and basic human rights are
      impossible dreams. In an act of arrogance and impunity, a Democrat-
      led Congress has approved another $162 billion in funding for the
      wars on Iraq and Afghanistan. Stepped up threats against Iran and the
      increased likelihood of a U.S. troop "surge" into Afghanistan point
      to an imperative for action from the peace and justice movement.

      In light of these developments, grassroots forces from around the
      country came to Cleveland at the end of June for the National
      Assembly to End the Iraq War and Occupation. 95% voted in favor of
      supporting pre-election protests on October 11, 2008. Demonstrations
      are now being planned for many cities, including Boston, Pittsburgh,
      Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and Seattle and
      the list is growing. The weeks ahead promise to be filled with debate
      as the election campaigns gear up. Millions of people across the
      country will be following and engaging in political issues and
      discussion. October 11 gives us the opportunity to inject the antiwar
      agenda into the intensifying debate, to say no to the devastation of
      war abroad and its crippling economic effects at home.

      Planning is taking place at SAWAC meetings every Tuesday evening at 7
      p.m. Please add your voice to the discussion. Contact us for more
      information and find a way to get involved. The time to act is NOW!
      Together, we can stop the war! Meeting location: Central Lutheran
      Church, 1710 11th Ave, Seattle. After school begins in September,
      meetings will be at Seattle Central Community College, Room BE1110.
      Email: seattle.awac@...
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