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Berkeley Rally & March Thursday Noon
by Berkeley Stop the War Coalition
Monday Sep 17th, 2001 3:46 AM
Berkeley Stop the War Coalition has organized a Rally and March -
Thurs. Sept 20th - 12:00 Noon Sproul Plaza, U.C. Berkeley.
*** PRESS RELEASE ***
16 September 2001

Berkeley Students Organize in Solidarity with a National Day of Action
to Stop the War and Fight Racist Scapegoating

Thursday, September 20th
12pm Rally and March
Sproul Plaza, U.C. Berkeley

Berkeley Stop the War Coalition points of unity:
(1) stop the war
(2) no racist scapegoating; defend the Arab-American, Middle Eastern, and Muslim communities
(3) defend civil liberties

For more information, contact:
Ronald Cruz 510-593-7489 langehaare [at] aol.com
Chris Grabill 510-845-4438 christo707 [at] hotmail.com
Yvette Felarca 510-616-2351 yfelarca [at] yahoo.com

On Friday, September 14th, a broad coalition of 250 U.C. Berkeley students and supporters from around the Bay Area voted to form the Berkeley Stop the War Coalition. We are now organizing a rally and march this Thursday September 20th to express our opposition to the national anti-Arab backlash and to stop the government's impending war. There are expected to be at least 30 other student rallies, marches, and teach-ins across the United States on Thursday to oppose the war.

The U.S. government is saying it will embark on a massive, protracted military campaign in the Middle East. The military offensive being prepared abroad has been accompanied by a wave of racism, xenophobia, and threats to basic civil liberties at home. Already, a violent backlash has begun against Arab-Americans, Muslims, and South Asians across the country.

Expressing heartfelt sympathy and condolences to all those who lost loved ones last week, we also recall past racist hysteria such as that directed at Japanese Americans following the attack on Pearl Harbor, which led to the internment of nearly 120,000 people solely on the basis of race. We are resolved to prevent any similar injustices from recurring today.

The Coalition asks students, faculty, and all members of the community to wear a green arm band in order to raise awareness of the widespread support for the above three points of unity, and to show solidarity with Middle Eastern people both in the United States and abroad. The color green represents peace, unity, and purity in the Islamic faith. Wearing a green arm band will also identify individuals to whom Arabs, Arab-Americans, Muslims, and other Middle Eastern people can turn for assistance in the face of any harassment or attacks.
by Sue
Monday Sep 17th, 2001 5:38 AM
Bring along your Bill of Rights. The State serves us - they do not rule us. They (bureaucrats, cops, etc.) act like they rule us. Where did that attitutde come from? They should be bowin at our feet - especially the poor and working class. We do all the work, have all the muscle, smarts and suffer the most!

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