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|SF March & Rally on 5th anniversary of invasion of Iraq|
|Date||Wednesday March 19|
|Time||5:00 PM - 8:00 PM|
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|gather 5pm, Civic Center Plaza|
|answer [at] answersf.org|
|Address||2489 Mission St. #24|
5 years since the illegal invasion of Iraq
March & Rally to End the War Now!
Bring all the troops home now
End colonial occupation—Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine
Money for jobs, housing, healthcare & schools, not war
Stop the threats against Iran, Venezuela, Cuba . . .
No to racism & anti-immigrant attacks
March 19, 2008 will mark the fifth anniversary of the illegal, unjust and disastrous invasion of Iraq by the U.S. military. On March 19, 2003, as the bombing began, thousands of people joined a night march through the streets of San Francisco. On March 19, 2008, a day of resistance will culminate with an evening march from the Civic Center through a number of communities. We urge you to join the march and to help organize for it in your school, workplace, union, community or religious organization. Call the ANSWER Coalition at 415-821-6545 if you can help.
The Iraq war is the second longest in U.S. history. It has killed more than one million Iraqis and 4,000 U.S. troops. Hundreds of thousands more have been wounded. Nearly five million Iraqis have been made refugees by the war and occupation. Over a quarter of Iraq’s population has been killed, wounded or displaced. While Bush and the other hypocritical politicians talk endlessly about “supporting the troops,” tens of thousands of returning soldiers have life-altering wounds – both physical and psychological – and totally inadequate medical care and benefits. Many are already homeless.
The cost of the war is now running at more than $400 million per day, nearly $5,000 per second. Military-industrial corporations and the big banks are reaping huge profits, while millions of people go without healthcare, decent housing and jobs. Much of the country’s infrastructure – bridges, roads, water systems, schools, etc. -- is falling apart. The same banks that are evicting millions of people from their homes are profiting from the war.
The vast majority of people want the war ended and ended now. And while some of the presidential candidates talk about ending the war, none of the leading Democratic or Republican candidates have any intention of getting out Iraq anytime soon.
The US political and military establishment, not just the neo-conservatives, is committed to dominating the Middle East and incorporating the region as part of a new US Empire. That is why both parties and the Pentagon brass compete with each other to see who can be most threatening toward the people of Iran, Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine. New US wars and conflicts in the region are looming while more than 150,000 soldiers and marines continue to occupy Iraq.
The only thing that will stop the war machine is when the people of this country rise up. This is a war for Empire but it not our empire. The owners of Citibank, Exxon/Mobil, Chevron, Halliburton, Bechtel, Lockheed, Boeing, Ford and General Motors and the other corporate elites will profit from the Empire but it is not their sons and daughters who are sent to kill and be killed.
VOLUNTEER NOW! Call 415-821-6545 or for the East Bay, call 510-435-0844.