October 11th: March & Rally to Get U.S. Out of Iraq and Afghanistan Now!"Seattle 05 Oct 2008 17:08 GMT
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.
Sponsored by the Seattle Anti-War Action Coalition.
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