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Post 01 Feb 2009, 01:45
On the 6th Anniversary of the Iraq War...
March on the Pentagon
Saturday, March 21, 2009

From Iraq to Afghanistan to Palestine,
Occupation is a Crime
Jobs & Education - Not Wars & Occupation

Gather at 12 noon at 23rd St. & Constitution Ave. NW
in Washington, D.C. for the March on the Pentagon!
Post 01 Feb 2009, 05:07
This sounds rather intreguing. I wonder how it will turn out.
Post 14 Feb 2009, 11:58
It's a shame there isn't demonstrations all over the industrialized world in solidarity with the Yankee brothers and in condemnation of imperialism's iron boot aspirations.We in Australia are beginning to organize a solidarity "NO WORK NO WAR" demonstration with as many trade union and community groups as possible in support of and in solidarity with the I.L.W.U. and it's historic action of last may day.
Post 16 Feb 2009, 05:51
That is good to hear that some unions actuallly are part of the anti-war demos. As the list on the website points out, only a few labour councils support it and even then union members are barely visable at the demos.
Post 22 Mar 2009, 05:32
The march was kickass, I'll post more details laters, but I saw 1 person wearing there union colours.
Post 22 Mar 2009, 05:53
Oh yeah, I'm interesting in hearing how that went.
Post 22 Mar 2009, 21:20
On Sixth Anniversary of Iraq war...
More than 10,000 march on Pentagon, leading war profiteers

A "throng of war protesters swelled Saturday as they marched across the Memorial Bridge." (AP) The protesters marched on the Pentagon and what followed was a dramatic direct action at Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and KBR, corporations that demonstrators labeled "merchants of death." The predominantly young crowd continued to grow as the day proceeded. They marched through the Pentagon north Parking Lot and then into downtown Crystal City, where the leading war corporations' headquarters are located.

The march was led by a contingent of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. There was a significant delegation from members of the Arab and Muslim communities and many students participated.

The Arlington County Police mobilized in full riot gear in an attempt to block the demonstrators from delivering symbolic coffins at the doorsteps of the war corporations. They brought tear gas, snarling dogs and pointed guns loaded with rubber bullets directly at demonstrators. The Arlington County Police also put out an absurdly low count of the demonstration, which was more than 10,000 people.

In Los Angeles, a simultaneous demonstration drew 4,000 people, which culminated with a dramatic die-in at the Kodak Theater. Another 4,000 demonstrated in San Francisco, where police carried out violent attacks on demonstrators and arrested numerous people.

"This is the launch of the anti-war movement in the post-Bush era. Bush is gone, but the occupation of Iraq continues, the war in Afghanistan is escalating, and the people of Palestine are living under a state of siege," stated Brian Becker, National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition.




Post 29 Mar 2009, 16:30
A good comrade of mine from Philly wrote this article:

A Strong, Spirited March
by John Leslie


A diverse crowd of from 5,000 to 10,000 people converged on Washington, DC on March 21 to mark the sixth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. A large number of the protesters were students and youth, many there for their first national demonstration. The crowd also included numerous Arab and Muslim people.

The role of young people shows the potential for a rejuvenated antiwar movement. Aubrey, a young activist from Connecticut said: “This was actually my first national demonstration, and I had an amazing experience. The energy of the march was awesome and very inspiring. I think the experience got a lot of new people anchored into the antiwar movement, and I know it boosted my confidence in building the anti-war movement during the Obama era.”

The rally at the beginning had speakers reflecting the organizations that built the demonstration. Speakers denounced the continued occupation of Iraq and the escalation of the war in Afghanistan. Chris Gauvreau, speaking for Connecticut United for Peace and the National Assembly, reflected on the reasons we need to keep fighting to end these wars:

“It has been difficult to build this demonstration. Because each day the corporate media runs a story about how the war in Iraq is winding down. But when I woke up this morning and read the moving appeal from the Iraq Veterans and the Military Families. They said that we must keep marching until every last troop and mercenary is brought home from Iraq and the Iraqi people have true self-determination. And I read the appeal from Iraqi trade unionists meeting in February to steel themselves to step up the fight against the theft of Iraqi oil by U.S. corporations with the blessing of the U.S. backed occupation regime. They plead for our solidarity against the criminal plans that Exxon and Washington have cooked up for their country.”

The march stepped off and went first to the Pentagon and then on to Crystal City in Virginia; home to defense contractors like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and KBR. The march was led by a large contingent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. There were also energetic contingents of Student and Youth ANSWER and the Campus Antiwar Network.

The National Assembly made its presence felt with hundreds of signs against the occupations and opposing the bailout of Wall Street. National Assembly supporters also distributed literature publicizing the July 10 conference in Pittsburgh. One activist from the NA told Socialist Action that he “was part of the National Assembly intervention, which was successful …I passed out at least a couple hundred flyers, often people already had them. The NA placards were highly visible.”

At the end point of the march, several hundred riot-equipped cops and soldiers waited for the demonstrators. They cordoned off the areas where the defense contractors’ buildings are located. Hundreds of demonstrators surged into a courtyard in front of the KBR (KBR, a Halliburton subsidiary) building and chanted antiwar slogans.


KBR has received no-bid contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan; both for base construction and for “reconstruction” projects. KBR is also implicated in the scandal involving electrocutions in showers built on US bases; the showers being poorly grounded and leading the deaths of more than 18 troops and civilian personnel.

The high energy level of the march was reflected in the fact that demonstrators stayed in the vicinity of the KBR building after the short end rally was completed.
At the end of the rally, ANSWER leader, Brain Becker, urged folks to leave in groups and not get separated from fellow protesters in order to avoid victimization by cops. There were several attempts to provoke the crowd by cops, however, antiwar leaders and monitors were able to keep the demonstration peaceful and orderly despite provocations by the police.


We left on the bus back to Philly energized. Conversations about Palestine and Afghanistan and about US policy in the middle East raged for most of the ride home. Some of the folks on our bus had just attended their first national demonstration. Others of us had lost count. Still, we shared one thing: a determination to end these wars and occupations and stop US aggression worldwide.
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