All Out Saturday, Sept. 7, Boston!
Rally at Park St. Station (Tremont & Park Sts.), 1:00 PM read more..
United Boston September 7 Call:
Dear Antiwar and Social Justice Activists,
A U.S. attack on Syria is imminent as the Obama administration presses Congress to approve a war that the American people and the whole world rejects. They say it is a limited punitive “surgical strike” against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons. Make no mistake, any military intervention will be a war against the Syrian people.
To date, neither the U.S. or anyone else has presented credible proof of the use of Sarin gas by the Syrian government, the current pretext for yet another war. We certainly know the U.S. government is capable of manufacturing “evidence”, as they did with WMD’s in Iraq, so we should remain skeptical.
More importantly, the U.S. has no political, legal or moral standing to use force against any nation. The warmaking would-be cop of the world has an unbroken record of military interventions that have murdered millions to advance the interests of the ONE PERCENT. In fact, the U.S. has used and/or supported the use of biological and chemical warfare all over the world, and uses and manufactures these and many other weapons, equally horrific.
With yet another war imminent, all antiwar and social justice activists must assume a mobilization footing and challenge the warmakers in the administration and in Congress on a daily basis. Protests and campaigns to demand that Congress votes against war are planned across the country and indeed, around the world.
All out to oppose any U.S. attack on Syria! We stand for peace!
(Organizations supporting the rally on Saturday – list in formation.)
United for Justice with Peace, Committee for Peace & Human Rights, United National Antiwar Coalition, International Action Center, Mass. Peace Action, American Friends Service Committee, American Iranian Friendship Committee, Mass. Liberty Movement (Liberty Clubhouse), ANSWER Coalition, Mass. Global Action/encuentro 5, Green-Rainbow Party, Women’s Int’l League for Peace & Freedom-Boston, Women's Fightback Network, Team Solidarity - United School Bus Union Workers, Community Church of Boston, Mass. Pirate Party, #MassOps, Revolution is Evolution, Jewish Voice for Peace, Syrian American Forum, ComeHomeAmerica-Boston Chapter, Veterans For Peace-Smedley Butler Brigade, South Asia Center, South Asians for Social Justice, Arlington United for Justice with Peace, Chelsea Uniting Against the War, Workers World Party
The people have made it crystal clear: We don’t want another war!
Last week there were demonstrations and rallies against bombing Syria in at least 48 U.S. cities. This Saturday, the 1:00 PM Times Square demonstration will be one of dozens across the country. OnMonday, September 9, as Congress goes back into session, the Syrian American Forum and others will protest in front of the White House, then march to the U.S. Congress.
The cost of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan exceeds $4 trillion dollars. The cruise missiles the US is planning to fire at Syria cost $1.5 million apiece.The profits of the missile’s maker, Raytheon, may be soaring -- but our cities are crumbling. People are hurting from joblessness, foreclosures, sequester cuts and furloughs. Hospitals and schools are closing.
We need funds for job programs, healthcare and education, NOT billions wasted on war and destruction.
War propaganda always accompanies war. In 2003 before the attack on Iraq, it was “weapons of mass destruction.” In 1991 in the first Gulf War it was “incubator babies.” In Vietnam it was U.S. ships being fired on in the Gulf of Tonkin.
It’s ludicrous to think that the Assad regime used chemical weapons on the same day weapons inspectors arrived in Syria. The inspectors were less than ten miles away from the attack and had been invited by the Syrian government.
But even if the Syrian government did it, the U.S. is the last country on earth that should start a war on the basis of combatting war crimes.
The Pentagon’s 2004 assault on the city of Fallujah alone left the residents there with staggering rates of cancer, birth defects and infant mortality due to the U.S. military’s use of depleted uranium and white phosphorus.
Just last month the recipient of $1.5 billion in annual military aid, the Egyptian government, brutally cleared the streets of protest encampments that included men, women and children.
By far, the world’s largest stockpile of chemical, nuclear and every other kind of weapon belongs to the United States -- the only country to have used nuclear weapons on civilians.
No, President Barack Obama and Sec. of State John Kerry don’t care about the people of Syria one bit. What they care about is removing a government that gives aid to the Palestinian resistance, Hezbollah and other victims of the Israeli brutality. The repressive regimes in Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf kingdoms beat down the people of the region so that U.S. oil companies can have unfettered access to oil profits.
We don't want another war for the 1%. The rich will win and the people in the U.S., Syria and the entire Middle East region will lose. Hands off Syria!
RECLAIM DR. KING JR’S DREAM DURING THIS HISTORIC YEAR –
2013 MARKS THE 50TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1963 JOBS & FREEDOM MARCH
and the 45th anniversary of the 1968 Poor Peoples Campaign
On the anniversary of the Poor Peoples Campaign ignite a fight for people’s rights
2013 POOR PEOPLES CAMPAIGN & MARCH FROM BALTIMORE TO WASHINGTON D.C.
Beginning on Saturday, May 11th – the anniversary weekend of the Poor Peoples Campaign, we will hold a civil rights walk and March from Baltimore to Washington D.C. and arrive in Washington on Sunday, May 12, 2013.
We invite people from around the country to join us in Baltimore on May 11th.
There will be support vehicles to ensure that everyone can participate, regardless of physical ability.
We are Marching because...
POLICE BRUTALITY & MASS INCARCERATION ARE GROWING
Baltimore has become the capital of police killings! Since January, 2012, 16 people have been killed by the Baltimore City Police Department and not a single officer has been indicted. The epidemic of police terror and abuse are not confined to our city. The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement has documented that every 36 hours a Black person is killed by police agencies in this country. Police repression and racism go hand in hand with the mass incarceration of young people, mostly of color, who are locked away in prisons across this country.
We march to bring national attention to these issues and to demand community control of police and an end to mass incarceration. On May 11, 2013 we will link arms with the families of the victims of police killings to demand that the Justice Department charge killer police.
POVERTY IS DEEPENING AND THE PEOPLE NEED JOBS, NOT JAILS
One out of every four persons in Baltimore City lives below the poverty level. Growing poverty due to continuing depression level joblessness in every major city in this country and in many towns underscores the need to revive Dr. King’s fight to end poverty. Justice minded people everywhere must begin to prepare a united resistance to stop any and all austerity measures, whether it comes in the form of cuts to social security, Medicare, unemployment or food stamps.
We must renew Dr. King’s call for “Jobs or income now” and demand that the federal government: 1) bailout the people, not the banks; 2) provide a massive Works Projects Administration program to put the people back to work and 3) through Executive Order place a moratorium on home foreclosures.
WORKERS RIGHTS ARE UNDER ATTACK
If the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive he would be on the front line of stemming the tide of right wing attacks on workers and unions couched in the misleading language of “right to work.” Dr. King would have been leading sit-ins to win justice for low wage workers from Wal-Mart to McDonalds. His last days were spent fighting for sanitation workers rights – this battle is yet to be finished.
On May 11th we will be marching to defend workers’ rights from Detroit to Atlanta.
JUSTICE FOR ALL IS NEEDED
We will march to continue the ongoing struggle to stop racism, end attacks on immigrants, women and LGBTQ people.
We can no longer be divided from or consider a person as "illegal” simply because he or she has crossed a border; the fight for justice is far from over when someone can be profiled and murdered because they are Black, Latino/a, Native or Asian; it continues when women are still denied equal rights and LGBTQ people continue to suffer from violence and bigotry.
FUND EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE & HUMAN NEEDS, NOT WAR & OCCUPATION
Dr. King proclaimed very accurately that “every bomb that falls on Vietnam, is a bomb dropped on our inner cities.” The names of the targeted countries and occupations have changed. What hasn’t is the growing trillions spent on the Pentagon that drain the wealth of this country and that could instead fund healthcare for every uninsured person, provide education for youth, stop school closings and provide jobs for all. Not only does war still threaten the people of this world, but the refusal to deal with ever growing evidence of climate change, and the insatiable desire to put profits before people, threatens the entire planet. The only way to build Dr. King’s beloved community is to end war and put people’s needs before profits.
It is urgent that we reclaim Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy and begin a new revolution to ignite a people’s movement for not only civil rights but human rights.
The Occupy movement inspired many, but the 1968 Poor Peoples Campaign in Washington D.C. was, outside of other heroic examples in labor history, one of the first “occupations.” Let’s bring the movement together. Join the 2013 Poor Peoples Campaign March!
The campaign to reclaim Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy in this historic year to fight back against police terror, austerity measures, attacks on workers and student rights was voted and consented on at the December 15, 2012, National Peoples Power Assembly.
We in Baltimore invite everyone to join us – from Oakland to Atlanta, from Detroit to New York. Our problems are the same as your problems – let’s stand together. If you are interested in organizing your community, school, or union to be part of this effort call us at 410-500-2168 or 410-218-4835 or emailBaltimorePeoplesAssembly@gmail.com. To sign on as an endorser of this effort please contact us by phone or email.
Initiated by: Baltimore Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly
2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone 410-500-2168 or 410-218-4835 www.PeoplesPowerAssemblies.org
Peoples Power Assemblies Boston c/o Action Center 284 Amory St Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
BE PART OF HISTORY: Reclaim Dr. King’s dream during this special year Ignite a fight for people’s rights!
FRIDAY, MAY 10 -- 5:00 P.M. Pre-Poor People’s March Kick-off in the Community at Biddle Street and North Montford Avenue, 21213 – Join us from 5 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. Remember Anthony Anderson Sr. with family members. Hot dogs and refreshments! We will be putting together signs and listening to spoken word artists and singers. We’ll open up the People’s Power Assembly with a community speak-out, and showing videos as it gets dark. We will also canvas the neighborhood.
SATURDAY, MAY 11 -- 10 A.M. The Poor People’s Campaign March rally begins. The March will start at 11 A.M. sharp. We will gather in the lot where Anthony Anderson Sr. was killed by Baltimore Police. This is one of the poorest communities in Baltimore. At a brief rally, we will recognize all who have come.
Representatives of the families of Alan Blueford and other victims of police killings will be coming from as far away as Oakland and California’s Bay area. Students are coming from local campuses and from other cities. A bus of poor people and union workers from Boston will join us.
OUR Walmart workers, who are fighting for workers’ rights will join us in Baltimore and later in Hyattsville. We will be marching past one of the super Walmart’s.
We will take a break for bag lunches as we exit Baltimore City and begin our March down Route 1. Route 1 is the historical route used by prior Civil Rights leaders in the campaign to desegregate restaurants and other facilities. It’s important that we raise the demand to defend voting rights, which are under attack.
The Baltimore and Washington D.C. Metropolitan AFL-CIO Councils have both endorsed, along with the national United Food and Commercial Workers Union Minority Coalition and other union locals.
Several key things to be aware of: There will be support vehicles, vans, and cars, so there will be options. Some people may choose to ride the entire route. Most will take breaks and alternate between walking and riding. Some participants will also have to drive. For those activists who view the 41-mile march itself as very important, we are making it possible for them to walk the entire route. From our own experience and that of others who have done this, the key is unity, a lot of spirit, group decision--making and lots of water.
The “Rude Mechanical Band” from the Occupy movement will take part in this walk. Some Boston school bus drivers from United Steelworkers Local 8751 will have a special sound car, which will blare great music.
We will break near Elkridge/Columbia which is about 1/3 of the way. There, we will be greeted by local activists for a break and dinner at the side of the highway. We will also schedule bathroom breaks on the route.
Students and activists will greet us at the University of Maryland College Park, where we will continue our People’s Power Assembly and hear and record testimony, thoughts and proposals from participants.
Depending on physical needs, there will be floor space for bedrolls and sleeping. For those who need beds, we will arrange for motel rooms nearby. For some Baltimore and regional participants who have brought cars, they may go home to sleep and return the next day for the final leg of the march.
SUNDAY, MAY 12 -- 10 A.M. Our final leg of the March will begin. This is Mother’s Day. It was the actual day that Coretta Scott King led the kickoff of the Poor People’s Campaign in 1968. We will gather in front of the corner near Hyattsville Bus Boys & Poets at 5331 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD 20781
Women participants will lead this part of the March, including the women of OUR Walmart, who are marching in honor of Alan Forest; the mothers and sisters of the victims of police killings; youth from the Dreamers; women workers impacted by the sequestration cuts, and others. Bring your mothers, sisters, daughters and friends on this special day. Honor Mother’s Day in the best way possible. We urge our brothers to bring roses for all the women marchers.
This is the shortest leg of our March.
We expect to arrive at Freedom Plaza at 3 P.M. where we will be greeted by Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Dr. C.T. Vivian, who helped lead the original Poor People’s Campaign. We will also hear greetings from local community and labor representatives and Occupy D.C. from the Peace House.
We will then get snacks and food and proceed to a 5 P.M. People’s Power Assembly where we will hear people’s testimony on the many issues and important proposals about where we should go from there.
8 P.M. to 9 P.M. We will show videos and have teach-ins. During this period, we will hold a meeting of those who will remain in D.C. to decide what we do on Monday and in the future.
Please stay tuned. We will soon be posting more concrete logistics and arrangements.
Right now, people of conscience from Asia, Africa and Europe are headed to Jerusalem to stand in solidarity with Palestinians suffering under Israeli apartheid and colonialism.
The historic day 30th March marks Palestine Land Day in Palestinian national memory. The march’s aim is to mark it as an international event to demonstrate solidarity with Palestinians and to protect Jerusalem. The march will demand freedom for Jerusalem and its people and to put an end to the Apartheid, ethnic cleansing and policies affecting the people, land and sanctity of Jerusalem.
Since 1948, Israel has steadily eaten away at Palestinian communities and replaced them with Israeli colonial entities.To this very day, Israel expels Palestinians from their homes, demolishes homes, and colonizes whole neighborhoods. East Jerusalem is under attack from right wing settlers supported and protected by the government. It is slow but steady ethnic cleansing.
Join us in Boston to stand in solidarity with this global effortto bring justice to Palestine and to end US and Israeli aggression against Iran.
Sponsored by Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights (BCPR), Boston United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), the International Action Center (IAC), the Palestine Task Force of United for Justice with Peace, Boston University Students for Justice for Palestine, Veterans for Peace, Chapter 9, Smedley Butler Brigade
Bail out Women and Our Communities, Not the Banks!
Women in our communities are in the forefront of the Struggle - Locally & Globally
Join in the open mic discussion on how to push the struggle forward;
We Demand Justice for Trayvon Martin, his family and community!
Stop the Racist 3 Strikes and Anti-immigrant Legislation
JOBS with Union Wages or a Livable Income for All!
Defend Reproductive Rights, We Won’t Go Back!
Hands Off our Post Offices! No Closings or Layoffs!
Equal, Quality Education is a Right! Stop the Privatization of Public Education!
Stop Foreclosures and Evictions! Affordable Housing for All!
End Racism, Sexism, LGBT Oppression, Poverty, Budget Cuts and War!
SOLIDARITY IS OUR MOST POTENT WEAPON!!!
A militant movement led by women changes history!
“Now You Have Touched The Women
You Have Struck A Rock
You Have Dislodged A Boulder
You Will Be Crushed”
(Women of the African National Congress)
“I have come to believe over and over again
that what is most important to me must be spoken,
made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.”-
"Another world is not only possible, but she is on her way. On a quiet day I can hear her breathing." -Arundhati Roy
Globalize Women’s Solidarity! Every Issue is a Women’s Issue!
International Working Women’s Day—March 8—has been celebrated around the world for over a century. The day commemorates protests by women garment workers in New York City against starvation pay and brutal conditions.
This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the famous eight week “Bread and Roses” strike inLawrence, Massachusetts. There textile workers, a majority of them immigrant women and children, struck when their hours and pay were reduced. They won a pay increase while keeping the reduction in hours. 75 years ago women were indispensable to the great sit-down movement—not only as the spouses and family members of male autoworkers but women who worked in Detroit’s factories and department stores.
Working class women today are still making history. Some are leaders in the Occupy movement and others are fighting for and winning the right to stay in their homes. Women are leaders in the immigrant rights movement. They are fighting to organize unions, defend their JOBS, protect affirmative action, fight for healthcare and stop racist legislation like the 3 Strikes Bill in MA All around the world women are resisting, from the Israeli occupation of Palestine, to the death squad dictatorships in Colombia and Honduras, to the general strikes rocking Greece.
We won’t wait another century! We demand bread and roses—and jobs, peace, housing, education, equality, union wages and a whole lot more—right now!
Join us in celebrating the women of the working class, who made and are still making history.
In 1993, the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, sponsors of the official South Boston St. Patrick's Day parade, won a reactionary Supreme Court ruling allowing it to discriminate against and bar LGBTQ individuals and organizations, and anyone else it's private, for profit, bank-sponsored parade wishes, including veterans and unionists who are opposed to war.
Through determined action and a local court offensive of its own, the Smedley D. Butler Brigade of the Veterans for Peace has won, for the second year, a permit to march the same route in South Boston on the same day. They have invited all their allies - LGBTQ organizations, Labor, the Occupy Boston movement, and progressive, peace loving people from all quarters - to join them as an alternative and challenge to the official, militaristic, bigoted Allied War Veterans Council display.
See a history of the struggle, fliers, and more information on the VFP website:
Boston "Occupy 4 Jobs!" will join with the Labor Contingent and unionists from USW Local 8751, the Boston school bus drivers, UNITE HERE, SEIU, the BTU and many others. Look for the school bus drivers' sound truck.
The Vets for Peace parade will form up this year on D Street near West Broadway, between 1st Street and Third Street, at 1:00 PM. Please note that this Start Location is a new change. The staging site is 3 blocks east from the Broadway MBTA red line stateion, and VFP guides will be there to direct you to the staging area. For complete logistics and driving directions, please download the following .pdf from Vets for Peace:
Hear former U.S. Congressperson Cynthia McKinney, recently returned from leading a delegation to Libya during the U.S. bombing
Report on Millions Marching in Harlem • Sat • AUG •13
ASSEMBLING ON MALCOLM X BLVD AT 110TH STREET, HARLEM, NEW YORK
More than 120 days of U.S./NATO bombing of Libya
1 cruise missile could pay 10 teachers for a year.
We need jobs, health care & education, not budget cuts, prisons and war.
The national 15-city educational & fundraising Report from LIBYA tour with Cynthia McKinney is organized by International Action Center, www.IACenter.org in coordination with many antiwar and community organizations from July 7 to August 24, 2011.
Boston program is in cosponsored by the International Action Center; Fanmi Lavalas Boston; Boston United National Antiwar Commitee; Minister Don Mohammad, Temple 11, Nation of Islam*;Veterans for Peace, Chapter 9, Smedley Butler Brigade; Chelsea Uniting Against the War; Women's Fightback Network, SistaCipher; Politicin' with the Sistas; United American Indians of New England, Bishop Filipe Teixeira, OFSJC, Diocese of St Francis of Assisi, CCA; Steve Gillis, VP,USW 8751 Boston School Bus Union; Ed Childs, Chief Shop Steward, UNITE-HERE local 26*, N'COBRA (Reparations), Manchester NH (*= for id only) (list in formation - to cosponsor call 617-522-6626).
JOIN with the
IAC/BAIL OUT THE PEOPLE MOVEMENT Contingent
to SAY NO TO ARIZONA'S RACIST SB1070 ANTI-IMMIGRANT LAW
Sat., July 10 - 12 a.m.
Copley Square, Boston
March to Governors' Conference at
Sheraton Boston to Protest presence of
Arizona Gov Jan Brewer
NO WORKER IS ILLEGAL - LEGALIZATION NOW!
initiated and endorsed by dozens of immigrant rights and social justice organizations including the Answer Coalition, the Student Immigrant Movement, the Boston Mayday Committee, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), Deported Diaspora, Rev. Filipe Teixeira, OFSJC, Coalition for Equal Quality Education, Bail Out the People Movement, the International Action Center, and many more.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN Online petition to send messages saying NO RACIST ANTI-IMMIGRANT ARIZONA-STYLE LAWS to the Obama Administration and the Governors, Congressional Delegations and Legislatures of all states where such laws are pending!
May 31 — A firestorm of condemnation and protest has followed
Israel’s latest brutality — the massacre of at least 9 unarmed
activists by the Israeli navy in international waters north of Gaza. The
activists were part of a 750-member delegation on a six-boat flotilla
attempting to bring humanitarian aid to the besieged people of Gaza.The Freedom Flotilla was the largest attempt to date in the growing movement
to break a three-year blockade of Gaza by Israel. Led by the Free Gaza Movement
and Insani Yardim Vakfi, a Turkish organization, the flotilla carried some
10,000 tons of humanitarian aid, including medical and construction supplies.
Representing 40 different countries, participants in the international
delegation included 85-year-old Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, and government
diplomats from various countries. ...
Why is the largest military machine on the planet unable to
defeat the resistance in Afghanistan, in a war that has lasted longer
than World War II or Vietnam?
Afghanistan ranks among the poorest and most
underdeveloped countries in the world today. It has one of the shortest life
expectancy rates, highest infant mortality rates and lowest rates of literacy.The
total U.S. military budget has more than doubled from the beginning of this war in
2001 to the $680 billion budget signed by President Barack Obama Oct. 28. The U.S.
military budget today is larger than the military budgets of the rest of the world
combined. The U.S. arsenal has the most advanced high-tech weapons. ...
Black Educators’ Alliance of Massachusetts (BEAM); Work-4-Quality Schools; Boston
Parents Organizing Network (BPON); USW L. 8751 Boston School Bus Drivers; Councilors Chuck
Turner, Charles Yancey, and Sam Yoon; Minister Don Muhammad; Bail Out the People Movement;
Women’s Fightback Network; New England Human Rights Organization for Haiti; Bishop
Felipe Teixeira, OFSJC; Community Change; Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST); Union of Minority Neighborhoods
May 14, 2009 - Community Summit
Equity & Access to a Quality Education is a Right!
On May 14, 2009 approximately 200 hundred parents, students, teachers, community activists, and trade
unionists held a Community Summit at Roxbury Community College to discuss and organize a fightback against
the attempts by Menino and the Boston School Committee to re-segregate public schools in Boston. Called by
the Coalition for Equal Quality Education this Summit announced plans for a demonstration at the Boston
School Committee (26 Court St.) on June 3 at 5:30 pm to demand Equity & Access to a Quality Education is
a Right! Stop the Re-Segregation of the Boston Public School System! Excellence & Equity for all students
in all schools! Funding for Programs and Staff (no layoffs)!
The Coalition for Equal Quality Education includes: Black Educators’ Alliance of Massachusetts (BEAM);
Work-4-Quality Schools; Boston Parents Organizing Network (BPON); USW L. 8751 Boston School Bus Drivers;
Councilors Chuck Turner, Charles Yancey, and Sam Yoon; Minister Don Muhammad; Bail Out the People Movement;
Women’s Fightback Network; New England Human Rights Organization for Haiti; Bishop Felipe Teixeira, OFSJC;
Community Change; Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST); Union of Minority Neighborhoods