[act-ma] June 16: National Antiwar Strategy Meeting
Boston Troops Out Now Coalition
iacboston at iacboston.org
Sat Jun 9 05:27:53 PDT 2007
*National Antiwar Strategy Meeting*
from *PROTEST* to *RESISTANCE*
to Stop the War at Home and Abroad
in New York City
Saturday, June 16
1 to 5 pm
the Solidarity Center
55 W. 17th St. 5th Fl.
btw. 5th & 6th Ave. in Manhattan
for information and directions call 212.633.6646
Contact us <http://troopsoutnow.org/cmnt.shtml> | Donate
<http://troopsoutnow.org/donate.shtml> | Become a local organizer
This is a very critical moment in the struggle to against the war in
Iraq -- a phase of tremendous opportunities and challenges. On one
hand, opposition to the war is growing. Every poll shows that over 70%,
the overwhelming majority, of the people in the U.S. want the war to end
now. President Bush's approval ratings are the lowest of any president
since Richard Nixon at the time of his impeachment.
However, this opposition has not yet become the tidal wave of resistance
necessary to stop the war, and the Democratic leadership in Congress,
which was elected with a clear mandate to stop the war, has once again
betrayed the people and completely capitulated to President Bush.
*Our responsibility now is to build an independent, grassroots movement
that is actually capable of putting an end to this war *which has cost
the lives of more than 650,000 Iraqi civilians and 3,500 U.S. troops.
On June 16, activists from across the U.S. are gathering in New York to
discuss the next phase of united struggle against the war. *Organizers
are coming from Los Angeles, Raleigh, Cleveland, Boston, Denver, and
more. *Representatives from local and national antiwar and progressive
organizations have been invited to take part in the discussion. Student
activists are coming to present plans for a national *Student Strike*.
*Labor activists, immigrant rights organizers, and community leaders
*will present ideas on linking the struggle against the war to struggles
facing working people here. *Veterans and active-duty members* of the
military will discuss the prospects of organizing antiwar resistance
inside the military.
We know that only an independent grassroots struggle in the streets will
stop the war. *We certainly cannot wait for politicians from either
corporate party to end the war *-- if the Congress had _any_ intention
of stopping the occupation, they could have already done so. Even a
determined congressional minority of Democrats could block the funding
for the war. They could disrupt and filibuster. Instead, while posing
as the "anti-war" majority party, the Democrats have capitulated to Bush
and the Pentagon.
*Only the people will stop the war - and we need united, militant action
to do that.*
Please join us for the discussion on June 16.
Some of the proposed topics for discussion include:
* Assessing the state of the antiwar movement: where do we go from
* Congress, Bush and the war funding issue: what's really going on?
* From antiwar to anti-imperialism: making the connections - Iran,
Palestine, the Philippines, Cuba, Venezuela, Africa etc.
* The war at home: Immigrant Rights, Katrina, Anti-racist organizing
* Update on the student movement
* The growing GI antiwar movement
This meeting will be an important opportunity to discuss perspectives
and plans for the next phase of the antiwar struggle, including the
draft call from the Troops Out Now Coalition ( see
http://troopsoutnow.org/sept2207call.html ) for a *National March on
Washington on September 29 and an Encampment to Stop the War, beginning
the week of September 22 - 29.*
The call for a National March and Encampment in Washington DC has
already received wide support. In the past few weeks, activists and
organizers from across the U.S. have contacted TONC, demonstrating a
groundswell of enthusiasm for the call to go from protest to
resistance. Some of the proposals we have heard in the past few days
* Student organizations in several cities are discussing plans for a
student strike that would include protests and direct action on
their campuses, before joining the Encampment and March in DC.
* Organizers are already planning car caravans and "peace trains" to
DC for the Encampment.
* Local organizations are planning to set up their own tents at the
Encampment, with displays, teach-ins, literature, and protests to
highlight various issues, including: immigrant rights,
counter-recruiting, Katrina, Palestine, and more.
We urge you to read the proposal from the Troops Out Now Coalition -
located online at *http://troopsoutnow.org/sept2207call.html**.*
Please consider endorsing
the call, and email us <http://troopsoutnow.org/cmnt.shtml> with your
Then, join us on June 16 to continue this discussion and plan for the
next phase of resistance to the war at home and the war abroad.
* *Read the draft call for Sept 22 - 29 :
* *Endorse the call for Sept 22 - 29 :*
* *Volunteer :* http://www.troopsoutnow.org/sept2207volunteer.shtml
* *Become an Organizing Center :*
* *Donate : *http://troopsoutnow.org/donate.shtml
Troops Out Now Coalition
iacboston at iacboston.org
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