[act-ma] 03/19 Sat - End the Occupation! Fight for Jobs & Education! (Boston)

S Rodrigues sr95mail at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 4 13:41:21 PST 2011


SATURDAY, MARCH 19 AT 12 NOON

FROM BOSTON TO BAGHDAD: END THE OCCUPATION!
FIGHT FOR JOBS & EDUCATION! SAY 'NO' TO RACISM!

   RALLY AND MARCH
   Southwest Corridor Park at Ruggles Station  --  MBTA: Orange Line to Ruggles
   www.BostonAnswer.org - boston at answercoalition.org - (857) 334-5084   

A renewed wave of struggle is gaining momentum abroad and at home. From Tunisia 
and Egypt to Wisconsin and Ohio, people are coming together and courageously 
fighting against oppression. These inspiring examples prove that real change is 
not only possible but inevitable when injustice is confronted with a militant 
mass movement.

It's time to step up our struggle. On Saturday, March 19, we will take to the  
streets as part of an international day of action against war and occupation.

Today, Iraq remains occupied by tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers and foreign 
mercenaries. While the war in Afghanistan rages on, the U.S. is bombing 
Pakistan, financing atrocities against the people of Palestine, relentlessly 
threatening Iran and stepping up hostility against progressive movements in 
Latin America and Africa.

The wars abroad are directly connected to the war on poor and working people at 
home. Politicians and corporate media pundits tell us there is no money for 
jobs, education, housing or health care yet the United States will spend $1 
trillion for war, occupation and weapons in 2011 alone.

Thirty million people in the U.S. remain unemployed or severely underemployed, 
with disproportionately higher rates in communities of color, amongst youth and 
military veterans.

Just as the U.S. military and foreign forces occupy Iraq and  Afghanistan, our 
communities too are occupied – by big business interests, criminal banks and 
racist police.

In Boston and elsewhere, health care and retirement benefits are under attack 
while billions in tax breaks are handed over to multi-million-dollar 
corporations and private elite universities.

Mayor Menino's hand-picked School Committee has moved to close seventeen schools 
throughout the city and proposed additional cutbacks for this year's budget. Yet 
over $30 million has been been spent building a new state-of-the-art police 
station in Roxbury. While racial profiling and police violence continue to 
plague the city's Black and Latino neighborhoods, 7 out of the 10 highest paid 
city employees are Boston police officers.

Gov. Patrick is trying to bring the anti-immigrant law enforcement program 
“Secure Communities” program to Massachusetts and gentrification continues to 
push working families out of communities like  Jamaica Plain.

It doesn’t have to be this way! Now more than ever it is clear that our movement 
must stay in the streets. Join us on March 19th for a rally and march to say 
"From Boston to Baghdad: End the Occupation! Fight for Jobs and Education! Say 
'No' to Racism!"

   For more information and to get involved, contact ANSWER Boston:
   BostonAnswer.org - boston at answercoalition.org - (857) 334-5084      

   Initiated by ANSWER Boston: To endorse the March 19th demonstration, click 
below:
   
http://www2.answercoalition.org/site/Survey?SURVEY_ID=8281&ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&AddInterest=4581
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