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|Washington DC: September 29th National March in Washington DC|
|09/27/01 at 00:40:16|
|Let's really help the September 11 victims: |
War & racism are not the answer
The International Action Center (IAC) extends its most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to all those who lost loved ones on September 11 as well as to the thousands of workers who were in lower Manhattan that day. Like many others, our organization had members and friends who worked in the World Trade Center and the area, and who lost loved ones.
While at this moment thousands of families are in mourning for the death and injuries of loved ones, the Bush administration is taking advantage of the tragic human toll to strengthen the forces of repression while intensifying the Pentagon's war drive, especially in the Middle East. Arab and Muslim peoples in the United States are reporting that they are facing racist harassment in their communities, on their jobs and at mosques. Anti-Arab racism is a poison that should be repudiated. We call on all people who oppose racism to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Arab-American community in the face of this reactionary frenzy.
The only way to respond to today's events is to extend solidarity to the families and friends of those who perished or who were injured at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon; build global solidarity with people around the world struggling against war, poverty and exploitation; and deepen the movement to protest new Pentagon aggression.
On September 29 we had planned to demonstrate against the Bush administration's reactionary foreign and domestic policy and the IMF and World Bank. In light of the current crisis, with its tragic consequences for so many thousands of people, we have refocused the call for our demonstration to address the immediate danger posed by racism and the grave threat of a new war.
The government is attempting to take away our civil liberties and to create a climate in which it is impossible for progressive people to speak their mind. The Bush administration is attempting to take advantage of this crisis to militarize U.S. society with a vast expansion of police powers that is intended to severely restrict basic democratic rights.
Now is the time for all people of conscience, all people who oppose racism and war to come together. If you believe in civil liberties and oppose racism and war, join us on September 29 at Freedom Plaza. We urge all organizations to join together at this critical time.
National March in Washington DC
Saturday, September 29
Rally 12 noon at at Freedom Plaza – 14th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The rally will be followed by a march to the Justice Department, the Navy Memorial (both located on Pennsylvania Avenue) and conclude with a rally in Upper Senate Park across from the Capitol building.
INTERNATIONAL ACTION CENTER 39 West 14 St., #206, NY, NY 10011
(212) 633-6646 email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: www.iacenter.org
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