Announcements, May 2004, www.aljazeerah.info
Fast for Peace
Please join us in a monthly action. The last Sunday of each month is designated as a day of fasting, prayer, and meditation to end the violence in the Middle East. Peace,
Member of West Michigan Justice and Peace Coalition and Fountain Street Church
Boycott Gas Stations Every Wednesday
In reference to an editorial on your website by Charles A. Beers posted the 15th of May, "DON'T BUY GAS ON MAY 19TH": I was wondering if Mr. Beers had any measurable feedback as to the May 19 action he proposed. I forwarded his suggestion to all that I know, and the response was overwhelmingly positive in support. Irrespective if the economic effect is measurable, I feel such demonstration is quite symbolic, and is something very many seem to be willing to participate in. I go on to propose that that this demonstration of not buying gas on Wednesday should be extended to every Wednesday as long as gas prices remain high and the United States remains at war with the Middle-East.
I also like to remark, I find your website without a doubt the most exciting one on the entire internet, and many of my friends tell me the same. I only wish one day the wars will one day settle to allow more intriguing cultural discussions.
Robert Stumm Virginia, USA.
Meeting to organize flyering, street theater & other creative actions for June 4
Chicago chapter of the International Solidarity Movement
This is a call for a meeting to organize
flyering, steet theater and other
Our activities will end in time for people to participate in the Rally and March for Justice in Palestine. The rally will begin at 3:30 PM at Tribune Plaza (435 N. Michigan Avenue) and the march to the Israeli Consulate begins at 4:15. A concluding rally will run from 4:30-5 PM at the Israeli Consulate.
Mass Rally & March on June 5
Thousands at the White House will say:
"Bush and Rumsfeld - Guilty of War Crimes"
Michael Berg, the father of Nicholas Berg who was murdered in Iraq, will be a speaker at the June 5th Speak Truth to Power mass demonstration and speak-out in front of the White House. This rally will reflect the grassroots voices of those who have suffered and are suffering because of the Bush administration's war in Iraq, Palestine, Haiti and right here against working people in the United States.
The Speak Truth to Power rally will feature the voices of the mothers and fathers of soldiers who oppose the war; those in the Muslim and Arab communities whose families have been ripped apart through raids, detentions, and secret hearings; representatives of the working class communities in Washington, DC and elsewhere who are suffering because of the destruction of social programs; we will hear the voices of the people of Haiti and the Philippines and Korea who are living under U.S. military intervention and occupation. June 5 is the anniversary of the Israeli seizure of the West Bank and Gaza and we will hear the voice of the embattled Palestinian people who to this moment are having their children shot and their homes razed as the U.S.-backed violence escalates.
Following the People's Speak-Out, thousands of people will march through working class neighborhoods and arrive at the home - the mansion - of Donald Rumsfeld. Coming as it does just three and a half weeks before the June 30 phony "transfer of sovereignty," the June 5 rally and march will be a powerful challenge by the people to the administration and its plans for continued occupation. The people of the world and the world media will be looking on June 5th to see if the people stand against the Bush administration's wars of aggression.
Abu Ghraib and Vietnam
The scope and systematic practice of torture, savage beatings, sexual assault and sick humiliation of prisoners in U.S. custody in Iraq and elsewhere burst again into the front pages of newspapers around the world after the publication of statements from detainees and new pictures in the Washington Post (May 21), and the broadcast of new videos documenting a few of the horrors inflicted on an occupied people. No one should doubt for a moment that the people of the region are seething - they and the whole world now know for a fact that the torture and cruelty visited upon mass arrest detainees in Afghanistan, Guantanamo and now Iraq was an approved operation by Bush and Rumsfeld.
On the same day as the Washington Post released the new horrifying photos, U.S. aircraft dropped bombs on a wedding party in northern Iraq killing more than 40 people, including the bride and groom and a large number of children. The U.S. military followed up on the ground shooting those that lived one by one. In response to world outrage at this massacre and the images of wounded, dead and decapitated children, Maj. Gen. James Mattis, commander of the 1st Marine Division, told reporters in Fallujah, "Bad things happen in wars. I don't have to apologize for the conduct of my men."
With all the obvious differences, it is clear that in its essence the Iraq occupation is George W. Bush's Vietnam. The Bush and Rumsfeld fantasy will be defeated, in many ways it is defeated. That's what makes it their "Vietnam." Unless the people of the United States act now, however, the killing in Iraq will continue for years. In Vietnam the killing and carnage continued for years after U.S. policy makers knew full well that they could not militarily defeat the Vietnamese.
U.S. political and military leaders became convinced that the war in Vietnam was not winnable as early as 1968 and yet the war dragged on for another five bloody years. The bombing continued on, the CIA assassinations of opponents in south Vietnam escalated (the Operation Phoenix Program) into the tens of thousands between 1968-1973, another 30,000 soldiers went to their graves during those years, and the number of Vietnamese civilians killed could be counted in the thousands each week. What a waste, what a crime, and it will be repeated in Iraq unless the people unite to demand: End the Occupation, Bring the Troops Home Now!
The stakes are high and the June 5 mobilization will open the next stage of the antiwar movement - utilizing new tactics to begin mass organizing on the grassroots level in every community.
Please see the below links to find out how you can get more involved:
Get on the bus to DC! Click here to see a listing of transportation centers from around the country. Please check back frequently, as this list is updated daily. If you are organizing a bus, van or car caravan to be in DC, SF or LA, fill out the Transportation Form.
Help spread the word! Multiple versions of flyers for Washington DC, San Francisco and Los Angeles can be found on the Downloads page. These versions include:
Act Now to Stop War & End Racism
New York 212-633-6646
Los Angeles 323-464-1636
San Francisco 415-821-6545
Anti War Protests until June 30
4:30 to 6:00 PM
Five Points Downtown, Atlanta
(Intersection of Marietta/Peachtree/Edgewood 1/2 block from Marta station)
Join Us. We are group of people who rally every Friday against the war in Iraq, against Bush administration militaristic foreign policies in the Middle East and elsewhere, and against Bush administration anti civil liberties and civil rights policies with in our own boarders. We pass out leaflets, get petitions signed, and let our voice to be heard. Bring your signs and banners and your voice! You Present Make a Difference, Please Join Us Because:
Our Collective mission is to tell the world that the American people stand with the people all over this world for global economic opportunity, environmental responsibility, social justice, and freedom and democracy for ALL. This mission is not dependent on the outcome of the elections in November. Politicians come and go, but civic responsibility is ongoing.
For Peace & Justice
Azita & Marcus Patton
June 5-11: End US Support for Israel's Occupation!
On June 5-11, join with United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) and UFPJ member coalition US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation in a national week of action to demand that our government end its military, economic, and diplomatic support for Israelís illegal military occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.
OCCUPATION: WRONG IN IRAQ, WRONG IN PALESTINE
The lesson of Abu Ghraib isnít that a few bad apples went awry, as Rumsfeld and Bush want us to believe. Itís that occupying other peopleís countries inevitably requires brutal and dehumanizing means to try to make the occupied accept foreign control of their land and resources.
It is a fact that more than 3 million Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation have known for 37 years.
June 2004 marks the 37th anniversary of Israelís illegal military occupation of Palestineís West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. This occupation denies the Palestinian people the right to self-determination, fuels bloodshed, and prevents the establishment of a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians whereby both peoples can live in freedom, dignity, and security.
If occupation is wrong in Iraq, why would it be right in Palestine?
WHY U.S. SUPPORT FOR ISRAELíS OCCUPATION MUST END
While it is Israel that directly occupies these Palestinian lands, it is our government that provides Israel the military, economic, and diplomatic support Israel depends on to sustain its military occupation. Israel is the largest recipient of U.S. financial aid in the world, receiving $7.7 million per day in direct U.S. aid. Washington views this support as central to U.S. efforts to dominate the Middle East for U.S. economic and military advantage.
Worse, Bush has given unqualified support to the illegal occupation policies of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. He has backed Sharonís brutal military measures, extra-judicial assassinations, and apartheid-like wall snaking through the West Bank. In April Bush abandoned decades of formal U.S. policy and backed Sharonís unilateral plans to keep Israelís colonial settlements built on occupied territory and reject Palestinian refugeesí right to return to the properties from which they were driven out by Israeli militias during the 1948 war.
Sharonís policies trample on the human rights of Palestinians, violate international law, flaunt U.N. authority, and fuel the tragic cycle of violence between Palestinians and Israelis. But with a blank check from the U.S., Sharon faces few obstacles to pursuing his reckless dream of taking ďas much of Palestine as possible with as few Palestinians as possible,Ē as Israeli scholar Ilan Pappe recently put it. Without that blank check, Sharon would feel pressured to end Israelís occupation, remove the settlements, and negotiate a just Palestinian/Israeli peace.
TAKE ACTIONóJUNE 5-11, 2004
NO MORE U.S. SUPPORT FOR ISRAELíS OCCUPATION!
Itís time for the U.S. to stop giving Israel a blank check for occupation. UFPJ is calling for June 5-11 to be a national week of action and education to expand public backing for ending US support for Israel's illegal military occupation. UFPJ formally called for these actions last December, but the deepening of the Bush/Sharon alliance makes them even more urgent. Hereís what you can do:
1) EDUCATE YOUR COMMUNITY. If you or your group hasnít taken a position on or undertaken work for a just Palestinian/Israeli peace before, we encourage you to organize educational events for your group or community during the national week of action. For more information about Israelís occupation and U.S. support for it, see the resources below.
2) ORGANIZE A PROTEST in your city or town. Let others know by posting your event on UFPJís on-line calendar at http://www.unitedforpeace.org/calendar_gxinput.php . Be sure to cross-post at the US Campaignís on-line calendar:
3) SIGN A PETITION TO CONGRESS. The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is seeking individual and organizational endorsements of its petition to end U.S. support for Israelís occupation. The U.S. Campaign will deliver the petition to Members of Congress and the State Department during the US Campaign's grassroots advocacy day on Capitol Hill on June 7. The Campaignís goal is to have 500 organizational endorsements and thousands of individual endorsements. To read and sign the petition, please see:
4) WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR or opinion article for your local newspaper demanding that the United States end its support for Israelís illegal military occupation of Palestinian lands.
* For more information on Israelís illegal occupation, its violations of international law, and the role of the United States in supporting them, please visit:
* Download the U.S. Campaignís ďDual Occupations: If Itís Wrong in Palestine, Why is the U.S. Doing it in Iraq?Ē at: http://endtheoccupation.org/downloads/dual_occupations.pdf and ďEnding the Occupation: Itís the LawĒ at: http://endtheoccupation.org/downloads/fact_sheet_2.pdf
* For information on UFPJís approach to the Arab-Israeli conflict, go to http://unitedforpeace.org/article.php?sub=43&list=sub
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Friday, May 21- 4 PM: Emergency Protest in Chicago for Rafah Horror by IDF!
PLEASE JOIN US ON SUNDAY, May 9, 2004
A DEMONSTRATE FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE
On the Public Sidewalks at:
CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH 933 N. LINDSAY ROAD MESA AZ 85213
>From 7:45 AM to 11:30 AM (three services) Our purpose is to take our message seeking an end to Serial Wars to all those who attend this great church. We realize its Mom's day, but the war is going on. Mothers are losing sons every day, so let her sleep in, and if you must leave early its OK. Thanks Mothers!
You may bring an appropriate sign or poster, and some large sings will be furnished. Two feet square or larger recommended with large letters. Use your imagination and try for a short, positive message, some we are using:
BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS DEMAND PEACE IRAQ? WWJD? (WHAT WOULD JESUS DO) CHOOSE LIFE, NOT WAR CHRISTIAN RACISM KILLS PALESTINIANS INNOCENT BLOOD ON OUR HANDS, PALESTINE, Iraq
* location is on Lindsay north of highway # 60 in Mesa. * Remember, you are addressing the churchgoers, not the general public. * Please dress in traditional church attire. * Refrain from loud exchanges with anyone! This is a silent vigil. * Stay spaced so all the signs may be seen, Direct signs at churchgoers. * Please park your car off the church property and walk only on sidewalks. * Please refer all press and other official inquires to the sponsors. * Hand out literature will be provided. * Bring you cell phone and camcorder if you have one.
For information: Project Strait Gate P O Box 14491 Scottsdale, AZ 85267 ( www.whtt.org C. E. Carlson Call 480 947 3329 Cell phone on site 602 741 4650
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