GLNers and Other Chicagoans Join Anti-War Protests Here & in DC
More than 130,000 people have died for nothing -- lies about WMD's, lies about ties of the Saddam Hussein regime to Al Quaida, lies about a fictitious "democracy" in which the U.S. funneled millions to the candidates it favored. The 130,000 dead are the victims of the U.S. effort to control Iraq. Some 30,000 to 60,000 Iraqi troops died in the invasion, according to U.S. generals. Another 100,000 Iraqi civilians have died since the beginning of the occupation. And, of course, another 1,800+ U.S. and allied soldiers have also died.
On September 14th Chicago could become by far the largest city in the nation to pass a resolution demanding that the federal government "immediately commence an orderly and rapid withdrawal of United States military personnel from Iraq." To help ensure passage of the resolution, the Gay Liberation Network has been working in coalition with a number of other groups to get thousands of signatures on petitions to this effect, and will be joining in a rally at 5 pm to 6:30 pm, Tuesday, September 13th at Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington Street, corner of Clark and Washington). Please join us at that rally.
On September 24th, the two main anti-war coalitions in the country, A.N.S.W.E.R. and United For Peace & Justice, will hold a joint rally and march in Washington to demand, among other things, that the troops be brought home from Iraq now. The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition will also be demanding self-determination for the peoples of Palestine and Haiti. The march will be the first one in many years to go down Pennsylvania Avenue, right in front of the White House. At a time when the people of New Orleans and other areas hit by Hurricane Katrina suffer in part due to National Guard forces being drawn off to fight a senseless war in Iraq, the demand to end this war is as urgent as ever.
In DC, the Gay Liberation Network is initiating a "Gays Against War" contingent for the march which will follow the opening rally. At 15 minutes before the end of the opening rally (12:45 pm, EST), we will be meeting up at the northwest corner of F Street, NW and 14th Street, NW in Washington (about two blocks away from the bus disembarkation point). Look for the large pink banners and please join us! For more information, please call 773-209-1187.
If you don't already have transportation to Washington, NOW is the time to buy your bus ticket! A.N.S.W.E.R. Chicago is organizing buses to DC that will leave Chicago on Friday night and return on Sunday morning. Boarding starts at 5 pm, Friday, Sept. 23rd on Columbus Drive in Grant Park, just behind the Art Institute, and will leave at 6 pm. Buses will return on Sunday, Sept. 25th at about 10 am. There will be no need for a hotel or any overnight accommodations because the bus drops you off at the demonstration and you get back on the bus shortly after the demonstration is over. Round trip tickets are currently $90, but may go up due to rising fuel prices, so get yours now!
To purchase a ticket, make your $90 check or money order payable to "8th Day Center for Justice" and write "Sept 24 bus" in the memo section of your check or money order. Please make sure you include your name, your phone number and your email address (if you have one) with your check or money order. Mail it to A.N.S.W.E.R. Chicago, 27 N Wacker Drive, Box #199, Chicago, IL 60606. All tickets are "will call." You will receive either a call or email within 10 days of mailing your check or money order letting you know your ticket number/s. For more information please call 773 920-7545 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.