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1800 at SF 3/19/11 demonstration in cold 48 degree rain
by repost
Saturday Mar 19th, 2011 8:26 PM
Despite cold, steady rain, 1,800 people marched and hundreds more rallied in San Francisco demanding an end to the wars and occupations around the world and the war on working people here. Speakers at the opening rally condemned the launching of a new war against Libya, which had begun just hours before.
From: http://www.answercoalition.org/national/index.html
Despite cold, steady rain, 1,800 people marched and hundreds more rallied in San Francisco
demanding an end to the wars and occupations around the world and the war on working people here. Speakers at the opening rally condemned the launching of a new war against Libya, which had begun just hours before.

A strong contingent from UNITE HERE Local 2, the SF hotel workers union, helped lead the march, which ended with a massive picket line in front of the boycotted Westin St. Francis hotel at Union Square. The demonstration was organized by the March 19 Coalition, which was initiated by the ANSWER Coalition.

Los Angeles
Photo: Travis Wilkerson

Thousands of people hit the streets in Los Angeles in a spirited, youthful demonstration to stop the wars. Led by Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, including active-duty soldiers and marines, the march of well over 4,000 people chanted, “Money for jobs and education, not for wars and occupation!”

A huge student contingent from high schools and community colleges in Long Beach, Orange County and L.A. participated, along with large numbers from the Muslim community. Speakers included Vietnam Veteran Ron Kovic, students, teachers, union leaders and anti-war activists. Chris Shiflet, the lead guitarist for the Foo Fighters, spoke and played a song.

The ANSWER Coalition initiated the March 19 protest in Los Angeles. Over 100 additional community and progressive organizations endorsed the action.

Washington, D.C.


Members of March Forward! and Veterans for Peace are arrested in front of the White House
Photo: Bill Hughes

Over 1,500 people participated in a veterans-led civil resistance action initiated by Veterans for Peace that led to the arrest of 113 people at the White House. The ANSWER Coalition, March Forward! and many other organizations supported the event.

At the rally in Lafayette Park, Brian Becker, the national coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition, said: “The U.S. government never tells the people that ‘we’ are going to invade or bomb another country in order to control and exploit its natural resources—especially oil and natural gas—or the labor of the occupied people. That is, of course, the truth. But no mother or father would allow their child to go to war for the crass function of exploitation. The U.S. government always states that each Pentagon invasion or bombing attack is for humanitarian rather than imperial objectives.

“Today, on the eight anniversary of the criminal invasion of Iraq, the United States, Britain and France are poised to begin a massive bombing of Libya--again, they say, for noble, humanitarian reasons. That is a lie that we must expose. Libya is the largest producer of oil on the African continent and the imperialists want to re-conquer the country and its resources. We, in the ANSWER Coalition, stand against any military action against Libya. The Libyan people, and they alone, must be the masters of their own destiny.”


Ryan Endicott from March Forward! speaks in Washington, D.C.
Photo: Roger Scott

Caneisha Mills, an organizer with the ANSWER Coalition, also addressed Libya in her talk, saying: “The U.S. government claims it will bring democracy and freedom to Libya; these are the same terms used to invade Iraq! After the massive and ongoing slaughter in Iraq and Afghanistan we know that is not true!”

Ryan Endicott, a member of March Forward! and an Iraq war veteran who served in Ramadi, told the crowd: “We know firsthand that our enemy is not the people of Iraq, who for eight years have been struggling to survive a brutal occupation. It is not the people of Afghanistan who for over a decade have been struggling to survive a brutal occupation. The biggest threat to the people of the United States is not thousands of miles away, but hundreds of yards away, right here in the White House, in the Pentagon, on Wall Street. It’s the bankers that take our homes, the CEOs that lay off from our jobs only to take million dollar bonuses.”

Chicago

On March 19 in Chicago, 1,000 people marched on Michigan Ave. to demand an immediate end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Protesters carried signs that read "No War on Libya!" and "Stand Against War and Racism: Money for Jobs and Education, Not War!" A very popular chant was "End, End the War! Tax, Tax the Rich!"

The many contingents in the march included Palestine solidarity groups, free Bradley Manning activists, youth and student contingents, many neighborhood peace groups and the ANSWER Chicago contingent, which carried Egyptian and Wisconsin flags, and a banner that read: "From Egypt to Wisconsin to Chicago ... : Time to Fight Back!"

Protests also took place around the country, including in Phoenix, Arizona; Fort Bragg, Fresno, Laguna Hills, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz, California; Evergreen, Colorado; New Haven, Connecticut; Daytona Beach, North Miami and Orlando, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Dubuque and Iowa City, Iowa; Boston, Massachusetts; St. Paul, Minnesota; Biloxi, Mississippi; Kansas City, Missouri; Keene, New Hampshire; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Highland Park, New Jersey; Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Eugene and Portland, Oregon; King of Prussia, Pennsylvania; Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; Austin, Dallas and Houston, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Seattle, Washington; Racine, Wisconsin.

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by shelly scribner
Sunday Mar 20th, 2011 9:36 AM
who is listening to the people of usa when we say money for education, jobs, health care. it is not the people we elected when we thought a change is coming. it never comes. it is us the people who have to make the changes and all come together and take control of our own futures.
by Observer
Sunday Mar 20th, 2011 10:11 AM
It's nice to have what i think is an accurate count of yesterday's rally/march . All too often the Corporate media greatly underestimate and sadly the organizers tend to inflate our numbers .
Please ANSWER I hope you will concede this posted figure . Yes we might have had double the number if it wasn't for the regular cold rain . (What would the Bay area Left do in Wisconsin ???)
But the turnout was in the 1500-2000 range .
by link
Sunday Mar 20th, 2011 12:16 PM
Huffington Post report on Hellay demonstration,
incl. photos; copyrighted.
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/20/los-angeles-anti-war-mara_n_838057.html#s255515

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Apparently L.A.
had better weather than
SF, on this Saturday.
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U...S. Judge Jackson who chaired the Nuremburg Trials 1945-46 wrote into internatinal law that the planning and doing of aggressive war is the supreme international crime on the planet earth, as it actuates all other crimes in a chain reaction of events that degrade the matter-in-motion.
by jaskkl
Monday Mar 21st, 2011 6:00 PM
“Today, on the eight anniversary of the criminal invasion of Iraq, the United States, Britain and France are poised to begin a massive bombing of Libya--again, they say, for noble, humanitarian reasons. That is a lie that we must expose. Libya is the largest producer of oil on the African continent and the imperialists want to re-conquer the country and its resources. We, in the ANSWER Coalition, stand against any military action against Libya. The Libyan people, and they alone, must be the masters of their own destiny.”

So, in effect, you support the current military onslaught of Gaddafi in retaking the rebel held parts of the country.
You have a dictator that has been in power since 1969. So Gaddafi's forces killing is ok, but NOT anyone else, except of course,
the rebels, who are asking for help....and of course, the Arab league SWOOPED in with troops after their resolution....oh wait
they DIDN'T!
by INDIO
Monday Mar 21st, 2011 10:22 PM
I'm just wondering: where are the queers, the gay and lesbian of san francisco? may it be that they stay in bed celebrating their right to marry? why the community don't find any reason to oppose war? may it be that repealed the don't ask don't tell laws they feel indebted with lieberman and the sionist lobby? so now that they can join the military openly it is okay to bomb the world in pieces? or it was to cold for their feet so they stay home sipping martini in their cozy mansion in the castro district? yeah i knew it all along, being gay lesbian transexual doesn't make you a revolutionary. it is about social classes not about sexual orientation.
by Amy
Wednesday Mar 23rd, 2011 6:30 PM
It's not just queer and lesbian folk, but most liberals who think it's okay to bomb the world into pieces under Obama. So long as it's being done by a black democrat it doesn't matter to those who stayed home on March 19th that people got slaughtered and are still being slaughter if not about to be. But put another white Texas Republican in the White House and those people who stayed home on March 19th will be back out into the streets TOMORROW clogging the arteries of the system.

As you can see, there's a little bit of prejudice on both sides of the political spectrum thinking a white guy doesn't have the right to kill like a black with authority. Most voters don't care about who dies just so long as it's their party in power doing all the killing and not the Republicans. Repulsive isn't it? It is the people from with in the movement it self that have ripped the anti-war cause to shreds with their own hypocrisy.

Don't shoot the messenger for keeping em honest.