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Mass Mobilization: Oppose NATO, War & Racism!

Demand: No US war on Venezuela!

Protest Washington, DC, Lafayette Park (across from the White House)
1 PM Saturday, March 30, 2019.

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Use the following hashtags to share information about the rally: 

#NotoNato #No2NATO #HandsOffVenezuela

 

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Organizing Centers

Albany, NY

Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace
Contact: contact@bethlehemneighborsforpeace.org / 518-281-1968

Atlanta, GA

Contact: AtlantaIAC@aol.com

Baltimore, MD

Contact: 434-324-8644

Boston, MA

Contact: 617-522-6626 / wwboston59@gmail.com

Buffalo, NY

Buffalo AntiWar
Contact: BuffaloAntiWar@gmail.com

Connecticut

Contact: 617-522-6626 / No2NATO2019CT@HopeOutLoud.Org

Durham, NC

Details TBA
Contact: triangle@NoWarOnVenezuela.Org

Florida

People’s Opposition to War, Imperialism & Racism (POWIR)
Contact: cassia.laham@gmail.com

Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign
Contact: bruce@stpeteprogressives.org

New Brunswick, NJ

Buses leave 7:30am from Labor Ed Center and return at 10pm
$50/seat, $40 discounted seat, Subsidized seats available
Contact: 908-881-5275 or click here

New York, NY

Buses leave 6:30am from 147 W 24th Street and return at 10pm
$50/seat, $25 student/low income
Contact: 212-633-6646

Newark, NJ

Buses leave 7am from Lincoln Pk and return at 10pm
$50/seat, $40 discounted seat, Subsidized seats available
Contact: 908-881-5275 or click here

Sykesville, MD

Car caravan leaves 10am from Park + Ride on 32 south of Sykesville at I-70
Contact: 443-280-2353

Philadelphia, PA

Transportation leaves 9am from 48th & Baltimore, returns around 8pm
Contribution of $10 – 20 requested, no one turned away
Reserve your seat here
Contact: Philly IAC (phillyactivists@gmail.com)

Richmond, VA

Virginia Defenders
Contact: defendersfje@hotmail.com / 804-644-5834

 

Speakers at the DC rally will include:

Medea Benjamin (Code Pink)

David Swanson (World BEYOND War)

Cassia Laham (UNAC)

Bahman Azad (Global & National Coalitions Against US/NATO Foreign Bases

Ann Wright (Veterans for Peace & Code Pink)

Joe Jamison (US Peace Council)

Maria Zakharova (Council of Mothers of May 2, Odessa, Ukraine)

Thanasis Pafilis (General Secretary of the World Peace Council & Member of Greek Parliament)

Alexander Neu (Member of German Parliament)

Ajamu Baraka (Black Alliance for Peace)

Cheri Hankala (Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign)

Kevin Zeese & Margaret Flowers – (Popular Resistance)

Representative of No to NATO, No to War network

Representative of International Action Center

Gerry Condon (Veterans for Peace)

Paul Pumphrey (Friends of the Congo)

Yugoslavian speaker

Rev. Hagler (Plymouth Cong. United Church of Chist)

Imam Adolfazl Nahidan (Manassas Mosque) 

Venezuelan speakers

 

The March Route

This march will be the best opportunity during the week of anti-NATO actions to show mass popular opposition to NATO, wars, racism and U.S. aggression against Venezuela. And we should have a good audience: the march falls right in the middle of Washington, D.C.’s, annual four-week-long Cherry Blossom Festival, when 1.5 million people come to view the massive display of beautiful pink blossoms. It will be an unusually good time to bring an antiwar, antiracist message to the public.

The march route is about 20 blocks long, starting at Lafayette Square and moving counterclockwise around the White House area. It takes just over an hour to walk and brings us past five important institutions where we can stop for a few minutes and point out the the roles they play in oppression and injustice:

World Bank – Grants loans to developing countries, often trapping them in debt and making them vulnerable to demands by the IMF.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) – Demands developing countries and former socialist republics move toward “market economies,” meaning privatization and deregulation of industry, slashing pensions and social programs, closing factories, etc. These are the conditions for qualifying for World Bank loans, as well as for joining the European Union and NATO. Meeting these demands have devastated many countries, reducing them to neo-colonies of the West.

Organization of American States – Colombia is now NATO’s first South American “global partner.” This means that NATO is involved in developing Colombia’s military capability at a time when Washington is working to overthrow the government of neighboring Venezuela.

Office of the D.C. Mayor – An opportunity to address local issues, especially how the military budget diverts needed resources from the cities and rural areas.

Customs & Border Enforcement – The poverty, violence and social disruption plaguing countries like El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are a direct result of the 1980s U.S. wars in Central America. Compounded by NAFTA and global warming, these are the conditions that have forced so many people to leave their homes and migrate North, where they are treated like criminals.

 

The Steering Committee for the March 30th Anti-NATO Mobilization:

• Bahman Azad, Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases
• Ajamu Baraka, Black Alliance for Peace
• Leah Bolger, World Beyond War
• Alison Bodine, Mobilization Against War and Occupation
• Gerry Condon, Veterans For Peace
• Miguel Figueroa, Canadian Peace Congress
• Sara Flounders, International Action Center
• Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance
• Rev. Graylan Scott Hagler, Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ
• Larry Hamm, People’s Organization for Progress
• Madelyn Hoffman, U.S. Peace Council
• Tarak Kauff, Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases, Veterans For Peace
• Cassia Laham, People’s Opposition to War, Imperialism, and Racism (POWIR)
• Marilyn Levin, UNAC
• Joe Lombardo, UNAC
• Tamara Lorincz, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
• Jacqueline Luqman, Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality
• Jeff Mackler, West Coast UNAC
• Alfred L. Marder, U.S. Peace Council
• Sarah Martin, Women Against Military Madness
• Diane Moxley, Green Party of New Jersey
• Nancy Price, WILPF-US Section
• Paul Pumphrey, Friends of the Congo
• Rhonda Ramiro, BAYAN USA
• Cindy Sheehan, March on the Pentagon
• Paki Wieland, CODEPINK
• Phil Wilayto, Virginia Defenders
• Ann Wright, Veterans For Peace, CODEPINK
• Rev. Bruce Wright, Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign and Refuge Ministries
• Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance