Thursday, December 23, 2010

12-23-10 National Protests March 19

All out Saturday, March 19, 2011, for a
Day of Action to Resist the War Machine

As the war in Afghanistan expands, U.S. peace groups are organizing nationwide local demonstrations on the 8th anniversary of the Iraq war.

Hudson Valley readers: There will be a regional rally in New Paltz organized by the Activist Newsletter
and backed by co-sponsors as part of the March 19 effort.

From the ANSWER Coalition:

March 19 is the 8th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, a country that remains occupied by 50,000 U.S. soldiers and tens of thousands of foreign mercenaries. There is no guarantee they won't stay for years longer.

The war in Afghanistan is raging and spreading, more then 9 years after Bush invaded. American troops have nearly tripled in size in the last two years. The U.S. is already bombing parts of Pakistan, and wants to send combat troops. Washington has also spread the war to Yemen. The U.S. is financing the repression against the people of Palestine, and threatening Iran and N. Korea.

While the United States will spend $1 trillion for war, occupation and weapons in 2011, 30 million people in the United States remain unemployed or underemployed, millions of families have lost their homes, and cuts in education, housing and healthcare are imposing a huge toll on the people.

Actions of civil resistance are spreading. On Dec. 16, 2010, a veterans-led civil resistance at the White House played an important role in bringing the anti-war movement from protest to resistance. Enduring hours of heavy snow, 131 veterans and other antiwar activists lined the White House fence and were arrested. Some of those arrested will be going to trial, which will be scheduled soon in Washington, D.C.

Saturday, March 19, 2011, will be an international day of action against the war machine. In the U.S., protest and resistance actions will take place across the country. Scores of organizations are coming together. Demonstrations are scheduled for San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and many more cities and towns.

For more information, to endorse the event, and/or to make a contribution contact the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism) at:

To help us organize the Mid-Hudson regional protest in New Paltz March 19 and/or to endorse our local action,  contact the Activist Newsletter at