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SF Demo & Rally in Solidarity with The Egyptian and Tunisian Protests
Date Saturday February 05
Time 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location Details
U.N. Plaza
Market and 8th
San Francisco, CA
Event Type Protest
5 February, 2011

Throughout the last few days, we received many urgent calls from Egyptian activist groups seeking international solidarity since the events of the day of anger (January 28, 2011) until now. Their calls ended with this message to every person who believes in freedom in the world: "We need your solidarity to support the demands and aspirations of Egyptians." They also demanded us to express our anger against the Western governments which chose to back the tyrant Mubarak. We are a group of anti-colonialist and anti-war activists in the U.S. and we urge every human in the world to respond to their call.

Starting immediately, join us in protesting in front of the Egyptian embassy or consulate near you, and other centers of government.

Mainly, we call for an international day of mobilization in support of the Egyptian and Arab uprisings on February 5th, 2011. We will be holding protests, world-wide in front of parliament buildings, centers of power and collusion with the dictatorship regimes, and representative offices.

Year after year we marched, protested and fought daily for a decent life, for dignity, for independence and for freedom. We saw our lands occupied, our people invaded and murdered, our thinkers and journalists imprisoned, our activists tortured and disappeared and our very ability to live and feed our families challenged. If it wasn’t for the despotism and iron fist rule, imposed on us by colonial dictators, tyranny and genocide would not have been possible.

There is nothing random about the revolution that overthrew Zine Al Abedeen Ben Ali from his throne in less than a month. Similarly, what we see in Egypt is a culmination of people’s action triggered by utter disgust and unwavering will to live as fully dignified human beings. Egypt’s tyrant receives $1.3 billion per year in aid from the United States, which is mostly allocated towards internal security. People in Tunis and Cairo rose up for the same reasons that people in Iraq and Palestine continue to rise up. Despite arresting people, injuring thousands and killing hundreds, the Egyptian people continue to storm the streets in wave after wave. They do so for freedom, for dignity, for a developed future, for the education of their children, for having a seat at the table from which colonialism has excluded them.

These dictatorships proved precarious and brittle and exposed their brutality to the world to watch. Egypt’s tyrant, Hosni Mubarak claims that these protests are led by Islamic Brotherhood activists. In Egypt people of all walks of life, gathered more than 1,000,000 strong and pushed the police back, dispersing them with the very weapons they had used against the protestors. It is noteworthy that the riot weapons and the tear gas are made in the USA, which puts the moral onus on US citizens and government to stand in solidarity. In Tunis, the protests continue until a fairly elected government is in place. The Arab revolt has now spread from Tunis, through Algeria and Egypt, to Yemen and Jordan, and is not far from the Palestinian Authority.

We must stand in support of the Arab revolutions of 2011 against the colonial powers that try to displace, divide, and conquer us. Like Ben Ali, Mubarak’s role is to self-perpetuate while over 40 million Egyptians live and feed their families with $2/day. Mubarak corrupted all civic and state institutions while participated in the siege of Gaza.

History speaks once. Now is our time. Now is our moment. We must take to the streets and stand in solidarity with the 82 million Egyptians whose cries have long been censored and silenced. Let’s make history and join the Egyptian and Tunisian people in the streets, across the Arab world and in the centers of power. If it was not for aid from some Western governments, these dictatorships would have fallen long ago.

To join the growing movement, we call for an International Day of Mobilization in solidarity with the Arab Peoples of Egypt and Tunisia on Saturday February 5th.

Although we are separated geographically, our future is one. Our message is unified that we stand together; our pain is one and our freedom is one.

Please invite your friends, and spread the word.
Added to the calendar on Thursday Feb 3rd, 2011 7:10 AM

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by Housing, health care
Thursday Feb 3rd, 2011 11:22 PM
mental health, clothing, food. I find it hypocritical to be so politically unaware of the needs right here at home. You can make a difference too. It's not unlike how I felt at Christmas when all the platitudes about goodwill towards all people were meaningless. Please, American Left, step up to the plate instead of screaming on another street corner. I'm really sick of the left. We need other alternatives - and anarchy doesn't seem to help either. Oops.
by strikkly
Friday Feb 4th, 2011 7:29 AM
mental health, clothing and food is what the Egyptian people are calling for

IF the American PUBLIC would come out in mass numbers

IF THEY had the courage or wherewithal to STAND UP




I love how there's always a conservative troll on this site who tries to say something clever.....

nice try.....Think Harder.........and COME AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by miles
Friday Feb 4th, 2011 8:19 AM
Let's get serious and face a few facts. Mass demonstrations (especially if there's some head-busting and tear-gassing) are a lot more sexy than dual diagnosis derelicts on our city streets. It's much more amusing and exciting to get our knickers in a twist about people who rise up against their obvious (and long-term) oppressors than it is to try to work up some piss and vinegar about the apathy and torpor of the American poor. I'm really sick of pontificating christian moralists telling me and my friends what we should be doing instead of what we're already doing. You run your mouth, I'll run my business brother.
Whatever they (or are they the same person?) are trying to say, it seems to be a put-down of people who organize solidarity demonstrations instead of -- WHAT?

If you are already doing the kind of organizing that you think we all should be doing, please describe it and tell people here how to get involved. If you're NOT doing it, STOP COMPLAINING!
by Sir
Saturday Feb 5th, 2011 10:26 AM
As the information above states, "$1.3 billion per year in aid" goes to Egypt, a figure that is similar with countless others (Israel, Colombia, etc.). This is our own government devoting attention (mostly in tanks, guns, planes) to other countries. Apart from this, our military budget is about the same as the rest of the world COMBINED. Our imperial foreign policy strangles our own economy, and the military budget makes up around half the deficit. The last budget called for a total of $741 BILLION for defense and fund the war(s). Even radicals like Colin Powell are calling for reductions in defense spending.

Of course helping out people here is important. One can do both; you don't necessarily have to choose either/or. After this demonstration, many of the same people will possibly be going about their lives as citizens doing what they usually do, possibly in work that DOES address domestic issues or in helping out oppressed people here. This day is simply, and crucially, to show support, and to illustrate (unlike other solidarity protests dealing with other countries' affairs) that a lot of the issues around the world can be tied the decisions our own government makes.
by miles
Saturday Feb 5th, 2011 11:23 AM
hey aaron, did you do too much acid back in the hippy days? i'll be at the demo today, but i won't be standing next to you. i go to demos all the time, but i go because it amuses me not because i subscribe to some bizarre notion of humanism or nebulous calls for 'solidarity' that translate into a bunch of leftists walking in circles holding signs with ridiculous slogans on them.
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