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                   Guest For  MONDAY OCTOBER 27, 2008

                                          (Originally aired: 02-02-04)

                                           BRIAN  BECKER

           

                        Progressive Political Activist

 

                             National Coordinator

              "Act Now to Stop War & End Racisim" 

                             A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition

                      Act Now to Stop War & End Racism (ANSWER):

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The program can be viewed in its entirety by clicking the you tube link below:

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIxzzua9cGM  - BRIAN BECKER

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More about: BRIAN BECKER & A.N.S.W.E.R.

Brian Becker. The National coordinator for the A.N.S.W.E.R.  (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Coalition,  is a long term Anti War and Racism Activist. On Saturday, September 15, 2007, the ANSWER Coalition, a progressive antiwar group, sponsored a Mass March and Die-In in Washington, D.C. Its purpose was to raise the consciousness of enough people in this country to stop the illegal and immoral Iraq War and to prevent the Bush-Cheney Gang from launching a war against Iran. The rally took place in Lafayette Park, just north of the White House, where a number of prominent speakers were heard. One of the speakers was Brian Becker, National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition. He predicted that the people "will mobilize" and that the next antiwar rally set for set for late October, 2007, may bring "one million" demonstrators to the Nation's Capital. Mr. Becker denounced the White House, the U.S. Congress and the Pentagon as being "an axis of evil." He labeled the Iraq War: "a criminal war of aggression." Mr. Becker was later arrested at the Capitol for crossing a police line. For additional details, and updates, on the Sept. 15th rally, and for the exact number of arrests, please see: www.ANSWERCoalition.org

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Mass Actions on the 6th Anniversary of the Iraq War -- March 21, 2009
Bring All the Troops Home Now -- End All Colonial Occupations!
Fund People's Needs, Not Militarism & Bank Bailouts!


Marking the sixth anniversary of the criminal invasion of Iraq, thousands will take to the streets of Washington D.C. and other cities across the U.S. and around the world in March 2009 to say, “Bring the Troops Home NOW!” We will also demand “End Colonial Occupation in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and Everywhere,” and “Fund Peoples’ Needs Not Militarism and Bank Bailouts.” We also insist on an end to the war threats and economic sanctions against Iran. 

The ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) is organizing for unified mass marches and rallies in Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami and other cities on Saturday, March 21, 2009. Months ago we obtained permits for sixth anniversary demonstrations. ANSWER has been actively involved with other coalitions, organizations, and networks to organize unified anti-war demonstrations in the spring of 2009. ANSWER participated in the National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations that was held in Cleveland, Ohio on June 28th-29th and attended by 450 people, including many national and local anti-war coalitions. The National Assembly gathering agreed to promote national, unified anti-war demonstrations in the Spring of 2009.

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Action Alert

Demonstrate at the White House Nov. 14 & 15 to say:
Money to Meet People's Needs, Not Bankers' Greed


VNB 10.2 groupThe ANSWER Coalition, VoteNoBailout.org, ImpeachBush.org and scores of other organizations are mobilizing for demonstrations on Friday night, November 14, and Saturday, November 15, when the Bush administration will be hosting heads of state from around the world, bankers, and the heads of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and other international institutions to coordinate the ongoing transfer of money from working families into the pockets of the richest bankers.

Congress has caved in to the Bush administration and provided $2.5 trillion in total in money and loan guarantees to the bankers. Meanwhile, more than 2 million families have either been driven from their homes because of foreclosure, or are seriously behind in their payments and risking foreclosure. When the people can't pay the interest on their mortgages, bankers drive them from their homes. But when the richest bankers can't meet their debts, the government bails them out with taxpayers' money.

On Friday evening, November 14, the heads of state and bankers will be wined and dined at a White House dinner, and then on Saturday, November 15 they will hold a summit meeting. Join us at the White House to say "Money for Meet People's Needs, Not Bankers' Greed!"

Friday, November 14
5:00 pm
White House in Washington, D.C.

Saturday, November 15
11:00 am
Location TBA in Washington, D.C.


Anti-War Protesters Take to the Streets
Outside McCain-Obama Debate

As John McCain and Barack Obama held their final debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., anti-war activists took to the streets to demand an immediate and unconditional withdrawl of U.S. and other foriegn troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. The ANSWER Coalition helped to mobilize for and participated in this event.

 

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Police confront IVAW members on the street. Moments later, the police violently charged forward, sending one veteran to the hospital.

Click here to watch a video of the protest.

 

Before the debate began, members of Iraq Veterans Against the War demanded to enter the debate site to ask questions of the candidates. As they walked towards the University’s entrance, supporters joined them in the street, chanting “let them in.” Police on horseback and in riot gear stopped the veterans. Chants changed to “let them go” as 15 veterans and supporters were arrested.

The police then road their horses into the crowd, forcing them back across the street. Riot police pushed the crowd onto the sidewalk. One of the veterans was taken away in an ambulance after being trampled by a horse.

The ANSWER Coalition joins with others in demanding that all charges be dropped on those arrested.


We encourage everyone to view the video below, which shows the real story of Hempstead, N.Y., the site of last night’s debate.


 

Angry Protests at S.F. Mortgage Bankers Conf Say:
“Housing Is A Right—Stop Foreclosures & Evictions—
Jail ‘Em, Don’t Bail ‘Em”

 

 


The annual national conference of the Mortgage Bankers Association was greeted by angry protests outside the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco on October 19-20. The demonstrations initiated by the ANSWER Coalition received extensive coverage from nearly all mainstream Bay Area media. Click here to watch news footage of the protests. A rally during the opening of the convention on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 19 was followed by a militant picket line at 8 a.m. Monday morning, when the heads of the notorious Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage giants spoke. While being bailed out to the tune of hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars, Freddie Mac rented S.F. City Hall for a lavish reception on Sunday evening.

Speakers at the rally and picket line demanded that mortgage bankers responsible for fraudulent lending that helped create the housing and financial crisis be tried and jailed for their crimes. The central theme and chant of the protest was “No Evictions—No Foreclosures, Housing is a Right!”

Congress has caved in to the Bush administration and provided $2.5 trillion in total in money and loan guarantees to the bankers. Meanwhile, more than 2 million families have either been driven from their homes because of foreclosure, or are seriously behind in their payments and risking foreclosure. When the people can't pay the interest on their mortgages, bankers drive them from their homes. But when the richest bankers can't meet their debts, the government bails them out with taxpayers' money.

Among the co-sponsors and participants in the protests were the Cindy Sheehan for Congress Campaign, West (Contra Costa) County Toxics Coalition, Alliance for Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines, Gloria La Riva/Eugene Puryear Party for Socialism and Liberation Presidential Campaign, Peace & Freedom Party, Freedom Socialist Party, Nathalie Hrizi for Congress Campaign, Green Party Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney, Code Pink, Justice for Filipino American Veterans, the People’s Bank, ImpeachBush.org, VoteNoBailout.org and others.

 



 

People's Speak Out at U.S. Capitol Building
says "Bailout the people, not the banks"

 

 

The anger of the people was expressed outside of the Capitol Building in a demonstration called by VoteNoBailout.org. Participants included homeowners facing foreclosure, community activists, civil rights groups, trade unionists and anti-war coalitions. The spirited demonstration received a large amount of media coverage from U.S. and international media.

The organizers said that the big bankers and corporate thieves, working through the leaders of the Republican and Democratic Parties, are bribing and coercing elected officials so that they will vote for the Grand Theft Bailout that gives $700 billion of tax-payers' money to the biggest banks. More than 200,000 letters have been sent through VoteNoBailout.org to Congress. Speakers demanded an immediate moratorium on foreclosures and evictions. The people marched to Congressional offices chanting "Bailout the people, not the banks."

Participants in the People's Speak Out included VoteNoBailout.org, ANSWER Coalition, ImpeachBush.org, Empower DC, NACA (the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America) and others.

 

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Cuba devastated by Hurricanes Ike and Gustav— 
End the trade restrictions, Lift the Blockade Now! 
Agriculture wiped out, 100,000 homes destroyed or damaged,
electrical and telephone service downed
  

 


 

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The Baracoa region damaged by Ike, Photo: Granma International

 
We are writing to you today to ask you to join a massive campaign to End the Blockade of Cuba. You can join with tens of thousands of people who are taking action today.
 

"Now is not the time" to end the blockade, said Condoleezza Rice as the latest monster hurricane destroyed farms, homes, schools and hospitals throughout this beautiful island country of 12 million human beings. What an outrage! 

Now is exactly the time to end this criminal blockade that uses food and medicine as a weapon against a people whose achievements in health care and education are legendary.

Take one minute and send an email letter telling members of Congress, President Bush and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez that you support the immediate lifting of all restrictions on trade between Cuba and the United States.   

 


 

Breaking News:
Veterans Climb Government Building,
Call for Arrest of Bush and Cheney 

Morning of Tuesday, September 23
 
 

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The enormous banner hanging from the
National Archive building... right now!  

Right now, five military veterans -- from Veterans for Peace -- are occupying a 35-foot high ledge at the National Archive Building and have raised a 22x8-foot banner reading, "DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION. ARREST BUSH AND CHENEY: WAR CRIMINALS!" The veterans currently risking arrest have declared their intention to stay on the ledge, fasting for 24 hours "in remembrance of those who have perished and those still suffering from the crimes of the Bush administration," according to a written statement.  

On the ledge, the veterans have brought with them a portable PA system, and they are broadcasting recorded statements from prominent Americans for the impeachment and/or arrest of George W. Bush and Richard Cheney. Other impeachment activists are at the entrance of the National Archives distributing "Citizens Arrest Warrants" to those waiting in line.

This is the type of boldness that activists have displayed across the country to bring much-needed attention to this movement.

 



Stop the Execution of Troy Davis!

Saturday, September 20 at 6:00 pm
CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia

Troy SmithTroy Davis was sentenced to death for the murder of police officer Mark Allen MacPhail in Savannah despite a complete lack of physical evidence. Even the murder weapon was never found. Witness testimony was the only basis for the racist conviction. However, nearly all witnesses have subsequently recanted or contradicted their original statements. All but two witnesses have stated in sworn affidavits that police coerced them to testify against Davis. 

Davis supporters have been aggressively fighting against this legal lynching. Last year, supporters pressured the board into granting a temporary reprieve less than 24 hours before his scheduled execution. On Sept. 11, a rally was held outside the Georgia State Capitol to raise awareness about Davis’ case. On Sept. 12, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency for death row prisoner Troy Anthony Davis, rescheduling his execution for Sept. 23. Chatham Superior Court district attorney pushed the execution, with a judge's quick approval, knowing the U.S. Supreme Court is on vacation until September 29th, where Troy's case is awaiting appeal.

Join us on Saturday, September 20 to say "Stop the Execution of Troy Davis"! For more information, call 423-320-9711.


 


Take Action to Defend RNC Protesters!
Stop the Police Riot in St. Paul!


Although it went virtually unmentioned in the corporate media, on Monday, Sept. 1, the largest anti-war march of 2008 took place outside the Republican National Convention in Minnesota. 30,000 people from all over the Midwest and the country gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul and then marched to the Xcel Center, the site of the RNC. Large numbers of buses came from all over Illinois, Wisconsin, and the surrounding states.
 

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Michael Prysner, speaking in St. Paul
 
The march was overwhelmingly young people, and was led by veterans' and immigrant rights contingents. Other sizable contingents included a strong labor contingent, a poor people's contingent, and a contingent in solidarity with Palestine. The chant "Iraq for Iraqis—troops out now" filled the streets, along with the crowd favorite, "Who's the biggest terrorist in the world today? Bush, Cheney and the CIA!"

Among the many speakers at the Minnesota State Capitol, where the march gathered, was Michael Prysner, an Iraq war veteran who represented the ANSWER Coalition. Prysner addressed the crowd: "I was sent to Iraq in 2003 not to save the Iraqi people, but to kill the Iraqi people. I was sent not to free the Iraqi people, but to imprison and torture the Iraqi people. I was sent not to liberate Iraq, but to occupy Iraq. There is no longer any question that this war was not for so-called 'Iraqi freedom,' it was not an act of self-defense, and it was not simply a foreign policy error by the Republican party—it was a well-calculated plan carried out by both parties to dominate the Middle East, killing as many innocent people as necessary and profiting from that human suffering."

Send a Letter Demanding the St. Paul Government Release All Protesters!

The police have engaged in a widespread riot against social justice organizations, resulting in the arrest of around 300 protesters. Most of the arrested are still in jail, and at least one person with a serious medical condition has been refused care.

Even before the RNC began, protest organizing centers were raided. Armed groups of police in the Twin Cities have raided more than half-a-dozen locations since Friday night in a series of “preemptive raids." The raids and detentions have targeted activists planning to protest the convention, including journalists and videographers from I-Witness Video and the Glass Bead Collective. These media organizations were targeted because of the instrumental role they played in documenting police abuses the 2004 RNC. Their comprehensive video coverage helped more than 400 wrongfully arrested people get their charges thrown out.

Democracy Now! producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar—who clearly identified themselves as members of the media—were arrested, and face suspicion of rioting charges, a felony. When Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! went to the scene to inquire with a police commander about the arrest of her producers, she too was arrested. A CodePink march and several breakaway marches were also met with police repression. Tear gas and concussion grenades have been used to disperse crowds.

There is an undeniable pattern of police repression at these conventions. In 2004, 1,500 protesters were arrested at the RNC. Subsequent litigation on behalf of the protesters revealed that national and local enforcement conspired to deny protesters their civil liberties and civil rights. Protesters were held in miserable conditions, and only mass pressure forced the police to release them.

Please take a moment and click this link to send a letter to Chris Coleman, the mayor of St. Paul, demanding that all protesters and social justice organizers be released, and that all charged be dropped. The real criminals are the "law enforcement" authorities, who have systematically violated the free speech rights of protesters, and in more than a few cases carried out physical abuse.

This report was filed with information provided by John Beacham of the ANSWER Coalition.

 

Fri. Sept. 12 and Sat. Sept. 13
Friday: Petitions to the White House, and
Saturday: A March for the Five

Cuban Five Sept. 23 Next month marks the tenth year that the Cuban Five anti-terrorist heroes have been unjustly imprisoned in the United States. The ANSWER Coalition encourages all its supporters to attend two important events taking place in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 12 by the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five and Sept. 13 organized by the Sept. 13 Free the Five Coalition.

The National Committee to Free the Cuban Five collected more than 100,000 signatures on petitions, which call on President Bush to free the Cuban Five immediately. On Friday, Sept. 12, join us for a public presentation at the Justice Department and White House of the petitions to show the mass support for the Cuban Five heroes.

Saturday, Sept. 13, there will be a protest march for the Five, starting at Malcolm X Park. Bring your banners and signs! Contact us below if you can come to Washington or send your petitions.
  

Sign up for Sept. 12 and 13 Download the petition
Download Sept. 13 flyer Sign the petition online

Anti-War Protest At Presidential Forum in Orange County
McCain & Obama Will Both Be There: Let's Tell Them ...
Full Rights for All Immigrants! Stop Raids & Deportations!

U.S. Out of Iraq & Afgh
anistan Now! Stop Threatening Iran! 
Money for Jobs, Health Care & Education--Not War!

 

Saturday, August 16, 4pm
Outside Saddleback Church, Orange County
UPDATED LOCATION: Gather El Toro Rd & Portola Pkwy, Lake Forest
(Free parking available near El Toro & Portola) 
Map and Driving Directions


Endorse the Protest     Download Flyer  

For more info call 213-251-1025 or email answerla@answerla.org.

 


Eyewitness Iran -- ANSWER Speaking tour

Two Iranian American ANSWER Coalition activists, Nazila Bijari and Mazda Majidi have just returned from a month in Iran.
They will be on a speaking/media tour in cities across the country, in the coming weeks and months. Nazila and Mazda have traveled regularly to Iran for many years and have rarely heard insights into life in Iran today, as well as sharp analysis of the situation in the Persian/Arabian Gulf.

The kick-off event of the speaking tour was on Thursday, July 31 in San Francisco. Other events are being planned for Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Sacramento, Washington D.C. and other cities. Videos and DVDs of the presentations will be available as well as fact sheets and other printed materials.

If you would like to set up a speaking engagement in your community, school or organization, please call ANSWER in San Francisco office at 415-821-6545. Please make as generous a donation as possible to help with this important project and to support the ongoing work of the ANSWER Coalition.

San Francisco - Tour Kick-Off Event
Thurs. July 31, 7pm
Women's Building, 3543 18th St.

Sacramento
Tues. Aug. 5, 7pm
909 12th St.
Sponsored by Sacramento Peace Action,
916-448-7157.

Los Angeles
Sat. Aug. 23, 6pm
137 N. Virgil Ave. #20
Sponsored by ANSWER Coalition-LA, 213-251-1025.

Oakland
Tues. Aug. 19, 7pm
636 9th St. at MLK
 

Remembering activist Yoomi Jeong
Selfless fighter devoted her life to the struggle for justice

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Yoomi Jeong

Yoomi Jeong, one of the members of the ANSWER Coalition national steering committee, has died after a two-year battle with cancer. Yoomi was the leader of the Korea Truth Commission, a member group of the ANSWER’s steering committee. She was 46 years old.

Since learning of her disease, Yoomi has spent the past two years in south Korea where she undertook a rigorous protocol using traditional Korean medical methods and techniques. She was joined by her partner Johnny Kline.

Yoomi’s life work and her tremendous effort to fight this disease became a source of inspiration for thousands of Korean people in the south, north and overseas. Her friends, comrades and supporters included people of all nationalities.

On July 29, the movement for Korean reunification in Seoul will hold a ceremony and remembrance and celebration of the life and work of Yoomi Jeong. Representatives of the ANSWER Coalition could not attend in person but sent the following message to that gathering.

The message conveys our deep sense of loss and our appreciation for the life of this wonderful comrade. Click here to read more.

Protest the visit of Philippine Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo!

Join Ugnayan, DAMAYAN Migrant Workers Association and ANSWER in a protest at the Philippine Consulate in New York City!

WHEN: Thursday, June 26th @ 6:30pm (flyering starts @ 5pm)
WHERE: The Philippine Consulate556 Fifth Avenue (between 46th and 47th Street)Manhattan

SUBWAY DIRECTIONS: 7 to 5th Ave; 4/5/6 to Grand Central

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will pay a visit to the United States this week to "reinforce" Philippine-US relations. As if the $30 million "appropriated grants" given this year by the US to the Philippine government to "finance the purchase of American-made weapons, services, and training" wasn't enough. Colonial master and puppet relations such as these only lead to the further detriment of the Filipino people.

GMA will be meeting President Bush to supposedly discuss issues such as anti-terrorism and human rights. Considering the fact that over 1000 activists have been killed and over 400 have been missing or detained during this so-called "war on terror" and since GMA has been in office, it is obvious who the real terrorists are.

Meanwhile, GMA has shown a callous disregard for the true experiences of the Filipino im/migrant community in the US: forced migration, exploitation, racism, family separation and lack of healthcare experienced by Filipino im/migrants.

Contact ANSWER at 212-694-8720 or nyc@answercoalition.org for more information.
 

ANSWER confronts racist Washington, D.C., checkpoints
 

DC Checkpoints 2On June 7, the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., established a checkpoint and dragnet sealing off part of the Trinidad neighborhood, setting the stage for a martial-law-like occupation. The ANSWER Coalition, along with other concerned organizations and individuals, took to the streets to oppose the measure, maintaining a presence at the checkpoints nearly every day or night they were in effect. On June 12, in the face of growing community outrage, the MPD announced the temporary suspension of the checkpoints. 
 

On June 16, the DC Council’s the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary held a public oversight hearing on “The Executive’s Public Safety Initiatives and Their Impact on Civil Liberties.” Below is testimony from three ANSWER organizers, in addition to a news report on the ANSWER protest, and a downloadable flyer which was distributed at the checkpoint. 

 

» ANSWER Coalition flyer distributed at the checkpoint (PDF)
» Eugene Puryear's testimony before Washington, D.C., Council opposing racist checkpoints
» Crystal Kim's testimony before Washington, D.C., Council opposing racist checkpoints
» Robert Moses's testimony before Washington, D.C., Council opposing racist checkpoints
» News story published on PSLweb.org about the checkpoints

11th Circuit Court Upholds Convictions of Cuban Five!
Free the Cuban Five NOW! -- Extradite Posada!
Join protests in your area!


The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, 3-judge panel, issued its ruling Wednesday, upholding the convictions of the Five Cuban Heroes, including the espionage conspiracy and murder conspiracy. In response to a National Committee to Free the Five, the ANSWER Coalition is calling on all supporters of the Cuban Five to join together in our cities and communities, to hold protests in front of U.S. federal buildings or other appropriate places, and in countries outside the United States, wherever possible, at U.S. embassies, consulates or other appropriate symbols. Click here for more information and to find a protest in your area.


ANSWER boycott dunkin donuts

Dunkin Donuts ad
Dunkin Donuts pulled this ad after right-wing racists complained that the scarf in the ad was a kaffiyeh.
The ANSWER Coalition and others are calling for a worldwide boycott of Dunkin’ Donuts. The boycott intends to send a powerful message to Dunkin’ Donuts and other corporations that engage in racism or pandering to anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racists.

Please lend your name to the boycott by clicking this link and send a letter to Dunkin' Donuts. Be sure to circulate this call to your friends on list serves and social networking sites.

Click here for more information.

ANSWER Sues Department of Interior for Release of National Mall Records 
 
A lawsuit filed in federal court today argues that the Bush Administration is illegally withholding documents in an effort to suppress public opposition to the Administration's plans to obstruct and restrict First Amendment activities on the National Mall.  Click here for more information.
 


What's the connection between
the U.S. government and anti-Cuba terrorists?
ANSWER files a Freedom of Information Action request to find out.
Click here to download the FOIA request.

 


Now more than ever—
 
Posada Carriles

Extradite or prosecute the terrorist Luis Posada Carriles!

Join the campaign to demand the extradition and prosecution of anti-Cuban terrorist Luis Posada Carriles. We are asking you to send a letter today in support of the demand that Posada be extradited to Venezuela, or prosecuted in the United States for the bombing in a civilian Cuban airliner in mid-flight, and other terrorist acts. Right now Posada is being treated as a guest of honor by the Bush administration, which is planning new aggressions against the people of Cuba. Click here to read more and send a letter to Congress.
 



 

Show your solidarity with the Palestinian
people on the 60th anniversary of the Nakba

Stop the U.S./Israeli War Against the Palestinian People!
Free Palestine! End the Occupation Now!

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the Nakba, the 1948 forced exile of Palestinians from their homeland and the dispossession of Palestinians from their properties. 

Sixth Al-Awda Convention - 60th Year of Al-Nakba
6th International Al-Awda Convention in Anaheim, California
May 16 - May 18
Click here for more information
 

San Francisco Peace
and Solidarity Festival
May 10, 12-6pm

Click here for more information
 

Join the Washington, DC Solidarity Rally for Nakba!
 

Friday, May 16, 4:00 pm
Lafayette Park
North side of the White House

Click here for more information

 
 


Demand justice for Sean Bell! Jail racist killer cops!
 

 

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Sean Bell with his fiancee
Nicole Paultre

The ANSWER Coalition calls on all its members, supporters, and friends in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area to join with thousands of other people in New York City today for a mass demonstration against the outrageous acquittal of the three police officers who murdered Sean Bell. They killed Bell in a hail of gunfire the night before his wedding. This is one more example of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) being allowed to commit murder in the Black and Latino community with impunity. The police in New York operate like an occupation army granting themselves the right to function as judge, jury, and executioner. It would take days to recite all the names of those killed by police murder.

Judge Arther Cooperman, who found the police officers not guilty today, gained notoriety when he sentenced a New York man who was convicted of $22, to "15 years to life" in prison.

Our coalition stands against war and racism. The two are connected. We are fighting against racism and injustice at home, and the racist war against the Arab people in the Middle East.

Today's verdict has provoked mass outrage throughout the Black community in New York City and among all people who believe in justice. Sean Bell was unarmed as were his companions when he died in a hail of 50 gunshots. One police officer, Michael Oliver, fired 31 shots, stopping to reload in the middle before resuming to fire against the unarmed men. The movement for real change against racism and war is being built in the streets. Join us today and spread the word.


 Tens of thousands protest on 5th anniversary of war
Mass marches in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago punctuate week of action

 

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March 19th protest in San Francisco

On March 19, the fifth anniversary of the war, hundreds of protests took place in cities and towns large and small. In San Francisco, ANSWER organized a night-time march of 7,000 people. Thousands of young people joined the very spirited and densely packed march which stretched for several blocks along Mission St. Chants of “Occupation is a crime, from Iraq to Palestine,” “No More War,” and “El Pueblo Unido Jamas Sera Vencido” (the People United Will Never Be Defeated) echoed through the Mission District. Among the speakers at the event were Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed in Iraq; independent presidential candidates Cynthia McKinney and Gloria La Riva; Zeina Zaatari of the Free Palestine Alliance; Iraqi American activist Muhammed Al-Adeeb; and Eugene Puryear, National Co-Coordinator of Youth and Student ANSWER. Throughout the day in San Francisco there were direct actions and civil disobedience, planned by many different organizations.

 

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March 19th protest in Chicago

Simultaneously, 4,000 people took to the streets of Chicago. Spirited chants of "Troops Out Now, Iraq for Iraqis" echoed throughout downtown as the march -- made up primarily of young, energetic and militant protesters -- proceeded through the streets. The demonstration was called by a coalition of organizations, and there was a significant turnout of young people from Arab and Muslim communities.

At the rally in Federal Plaza prior to the march, A.N.S.W.E.R. Chicago Coordinator John Beacham told thousands that "Our enemies are not in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Iran, Cuba, Venezuela or China. They’re in Washington, The Pentagon, and Wall Street. They want us to fight their wars and fight each other. We must resist their divide and conquer strategies and fight them. Change will come through a united struggle against the banks, corporations and the war machine.”

The March 19 actions came four days after a march of 10,000 through downtown Los Angeles. The march filled the six-lane street from sidewalk to sidewalk on Hollywood Blvd. from Vine to Schrader--many blocks away. During the march, people at the front of the march could see the marchers still joining the action 7 blocks behind them.

 

Los Angeles 3-15-08
March 15 mobilization in Los Angeles
The demonstration was overwhelmingly youthful, with students pouring into the march from hundreds of Southern California schools. A large, militant contingent of over 200 young people wore red shirts and marched together. Other students lined the front banners, chanting "Iraq for Iraqis, troops out now!" and "Alto a la guerra, stop the war!"

Once the marchers arrived at the main rally point at Sunset and Cahuenga, at least 10,000 people stood at the CNN building. Protesters chanted "CNN, can't you see? Put the peace march on TV!" Despite strong, cold winds and scattered rain, many thousands stayed at the rally site for hours.

 

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Michael Prysner at Winter Soldier
From March 13-16 in Washington DC, Iraq Veterans Against the War sponsored Winter Soldier, an event that showcased testimony from U.S. veterans who served in the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. The veterans delivered powerful accounts of what is really happening day in and day out, on the ground in those countries. Iraq war veteran and ANSWER organizer Michael Prysner spoke at the event, retelling his horrifying responsibilities as an occupation soldier, and denouncing the Army officers who used racism and bigotry in order to justify the oppression of the Iraqi people. Prysner's eloquent and compelling testimony cuts through the Pentagon's propaganda and can be viewed here.

Also in Washington DC, several civil disobedience and direct actions took place around the city. Dramatic actions took place in front of prominent government buildings as well as the corporate offices of the principal war profiteers.

Please donate to help us keep the momentum

Please make a donation to help us cover the enormous costs with organizing anti-war actions throughout the country. We can build this movement but not without your help. You can make a tax-deductible donation online, or see where to send a check, by clicking this link


End the Criminal Israeli Siege of Gaza NOW!
Stop the Collective Punishment of the Palestinian People!

Coalition Calls for Emergency Protests Jan. 25-26 in
Washington, San Francisco, Anaheim and other cities

The A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Coalition, joins with the National Council of Arab Americans, Free Palestine Alliance, Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation, Palestinian American Women’s Association, Al-Awda Palestine Right of Return Coalition and other anti-war and progressive organizations in calling for emergency protests demanding an immediate end to the Israeli blockade and siege of Gaza. Protests will take place on January 25-26 at Israeli embassies, consulates, U.S. federal buildings and other locations. Click this link for more information and a listing of cities.


Government attempting to restrict use of National Mall

The National Park Service (NPS) is undertaking an initiative similar to that launched to exclude protests from New York City's Great Lawn. It will be used to further restrict or ban protest on the Mall from current levels. This is a component of a nationwide campaign of corporate-sponsored organizations working in partnership with government entities that claim that protests, rallies and demonstrations harm grass or "green space" or "natural resources" and must therefore be restricted or banned or shunted off to designated protest pits.

Right now, you can email the National Park Service demanding that there be no restrictions on the right of the people to assemble. We have set up an easy to use mechanism that will allow your message to be sent to the National Parks Service by clicking this link. Click this link to read more.


Central Park Great Lawn Lawsuit
Results in Important Victory for Free Speech Rights

The Partnership for Civil Justice has announced today the filing in Court of a landmark settlement agreement with the City of New York that strikes down key provisions of controversial and unconstitutional regulations aimed at restricting access to the Great Lawn of Central Park. The National Council of Arab Americans (NCA) and the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism) are the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. 

The City must now establish a constitutionally valid permitting scheme for protests in Central Park and must undertake a feasibility study into the optimum and sustainable use of the Great Lawn and what efforts can be undertaken to maximize the availability of the lawn for large events including rallies and demonstrations.  Click this link to read more.


Sept. 15 arrestees win at trial

An important victory was won yesterday, January 3, in the case of 11 defendants who were arrested at the Sept. 15 March on the Capitol, which drew 100,000 anti-war protestors to Washington, DC.

Judge Henry Greene of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia dismissed all charges against the defendants, who were accused of crossing a police line. The government's case collapsed in the early stages of the trial during the the testimony of a witness from the Capitol Police. Click this link to read more.


Nationwide rallies demand freedom for the Jena 6
Protests timed to coincide with courtdates of four of the six

Nov7_LA_jena6On Nov. 7, many hundreds of people around the country rallied to demand freedom for the Jena 6. The actions were organized in response to a national call for locally coordinated actions by the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism).

The Jena 6 are six young African American students originally charged with second-degree attempted murder resulting from a schoolyard scuffle with a white racist classmate in December 2006. A growing movement to defend the Six has swept the United States. On Sept. 20, more than 50,000 people marched in the small town of Jena, La.

Protests happened on Nov. 7 in at least 12 cities and towns, including Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Seattle, New Haven, Conn., Boston, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Reno, Nev., Sioux Falls, S.D., California, Penn. and elsewhere. Click here for reports and photos from some of the actions.

Click to download the petition. 
Click to download an informational flyer on the Jena 6.
Click here to donate to the Jena 6 Defense Committee.
 


Oct. 27 Protests Throughout the United States
Coverage from Associated Press, San Francisco Chronicle & more

The October 27 demonstrations represented another important step forward for the anti-war movement in the United States.

Oct 27 SF 2Over 100,000 people took to the streets in coordinated regional and local protests to demand an immediate end to the war in Iraq. The October 27 demonstrations took place just six weeks after the September 15 National March and Die-In in Washington, D.C. that was led by Iraq War Veterans and family members of soldiers and marines.

To read a brief summary from some of the events that took place yesterday, along with Associated Press, San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco television coverage, click here. (San Francisco march of 30,000 pictured here.)


Sept. 15: 100,000 March on Washington!
To read the report and AP story, click here
Read "Sept 15: A new movement is emerging"
Read a Reflection on the March from an Iraq War Veteran 

 

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