[act-ma] 10/11 Anti-War Rally, Concert and March Sat Oct. 11th
cwelch at tecschange.org
Mon Sep 29 04:22:36 PDT 2008
Boston Common Parade Grounds
Music starts at 11 AM
PETE CASSINI (Peasant folk)
KIER BYRNES (Americana)
FLUTTR EFFECT (modern rock)
RYAN HARVEY (activist folk)
CASEY DESMOND (singer/songwriter)
SGT MAXWELL’S PEACE CHORUS (anti-war folk/rock/gospel)
Bojah & the Insurrection (political funk)
MICHAEL BLOOM (political folk)
SON OF NUN (hip hop)
PAT SCANLON (Veterans for Peace)
JOSEPH GERSON, AFSC
CHUCK TURNER, Boston City Council
Former Staff Sergeant GABRIEL PAYAN
Flyers are available at http://www.oct11boston.org/Get_Involved.html
March, 2008 ushered in the sixth year of war and occupation “without
end” on Iraq. In an act of arrogance and impunity, Congress in a
bipartisan vote approved another $162 billion in funding for the wars on
Iraq and Afghanistan. The stepping up of threats against Iran and the
increased likelihood of a U.S. troop “surge” into Afghanistan point to
an imperative for action and an independent voice from the peace and
In light of these developments, grass roots forces from around the
country gathered together at the end of June for the National Assembly
to End the Iraq War and Occupation in Cleveland, Ohio. At the conference
an action plan for the months ahead was discussed and approved in a
democratic vote. As part of this plan, over 95% voted in favor of
supporting pre-election protests being organized in cities and
localities around the country on October 11, 2008.
In Boston, the October 11 mobilizing committee has been formed to
organize a mass
demonstration on Boston Common around the following demands/slogans:
• STAND UP FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
• STOP THE WARS AND OCCUPATIONS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN.
• BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW.
• MONEY FOR JOBS, EDUCATION, HEALTHCARE AND HOUSING …NOT FOR
WAR AND OCCUPATION.
• NO SANCTIONS OR ATTACK ON IRAN.
• STOP THE RACIST SCAPEGOATING OF ARABS AND MUSLIMS.
• STOP THE ASSAULT ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES.
It was on October 11, 2002 that Congress approved the “Iraq War
Resolution” granting the Bush administration authorization to invade
Iraq. The weeks ahead will continue to be filled with debate as the
election campaigns gear up. Instead of being spectators who watch the
media pundits put their spin on the political pronouncements of the
candidates, we will be actively engaged in injecting our agenda, the
antiwar agenda, into the intensifying debate.
You and your organization can help:
1. Endorse the Action!
Get your organization and allies to endorse the October 11 action;
simply reply to
info at oct11boston.org if you can endorse or if you have any questions
2. Plan the Action!
Participate in the next planning and organizing meeting that will take
place Oct. 6th , 3:00 PM.
Location to be announced. Please check www.oct11boston.org
3. Support the Movement!
Help by providing human resources (including volunteer time), funds,
and artistic ideas for building the action.
4. Network with Results!
Help reach out to other organizations, groups and individuals to support
the action and
add more voices to this movement.
5. Educate the Public!
Hold teach-ins, film screenings and other events in the run up to the
6. Build Grassroots Outreach!
Leaflet, flyer, and poster in your neighborhood, campus, workplace, etc.
And, of course... MOBILIZE EVERYONE YOU KNOW to SHOW the WORLD that the
ANTIWAR MOVEMENT has the POWER to BUILD, SPREAD and turn millions more
against this war and ultimately STOP THE WARS of the future.
For more information, please visit www.oct11boston.org or reply to info
at oct11boston.org info at oct11boston.org
with your phone number and a good time to call, and we will be in touch
The October 11 Mobilizing Committee
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