Call For A United Antiwar Movement — We Must All March Together on September 24!
[For individuals and organizations wishing to sign this statement, please see below.]
September 24, 2005 has been set as the date for national demonstrations
But we have been asked to divide our energies on September 24
between two competing antiwar coalitions, UFPJ and ANSWER. Both have announced
mass mobilizations in
There can be no justification for such a division. It is unthinkable that we can most effectively confront the warmakers by marching separately in what will inevitably be portrayed as two rival protests. People who want to end the war and occupation will never understand.
Is the destruction of
We cannot offer those who oppose the war and occupation a divided house. The divisions in our movement must give way to united action. There is still time!
We the undersigned propose that both coalitions join in support of these unifying demands: Bring the Troops Home Now! Money for Jobs, Education, Health Care and Housing, Not for War and Occupations!
This appears to be a sound basis for unity, in accord with what both coalitions have always championed.
The ANSWER coalition has called for a number of additional demands going beyond Iraq including: End Colonial Occupation from Iraq to Palestine to Haiti; Support the Palestinian People’s Right of Return; Stop the Threats Against Venezuela, Cuba, Iran, and North Korea; and U.S. Out of the Philippines. The unifying demands in bold above provide the framework for advancing these demands, which can be reinforced by speakers, banners, contingents, signs and leaflets. It is understood that both ANSWER and UFPJ, through their own coalitions, would be free to express their demands as they see fit.
We are convinced that new forms must be employed to ensure that we do not constantly repeat the present divisive scenario so that the democratic expression of the ranks of the antiwar movement, which urgently call for unity, can be brought to bear.
Our differences pale before the power we can marshal with a united, independent and massive movement that visibly expresses our strength and unity.
We offer our good will and experience to help resolve the differences now and move forward united and stronger.
We propose to meet as soon as possible with representatives of the national antiwar coalitions to resolve all outstanding issues. There is no time to waste.
Issued by the Emergency Ad Hoc Committee
For A United Demonstration in
[Titles and organizations for purpose of identification only]
Akin — State Chair,
Mike Alewitz — Labor Art and Mural Project
Jahahara Amen-RA Alkebulan-Ma’at — Foundations for Our Nu Alkebulan/Afrikan Millennium (FONAMI)
Khalil Barhoum — Palestinian Scholar
Behrend — Co-Chair, National Network on
Alan Benjamin — Member, Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 3; Member, Executive Board, San Francisco Labor Council AFL-CIO; Member, Steering Committee, United States Labor Against the War
Bernstein — Producer, Flashpoints, KPFA,
Peter Camejo — Green Party
Dr. Colia Clark — Longtime civil rights activist, co-organizer with Medgar Evers of Mississippi NAACP Voter Project in early 1960s; Fighter for reparations and against war
Coleridge — Program Director, Northeast Ohio American Friends Service
Chris Farrand — President, Graphic Communications Union Local 546M
Ferner — Member, Veterans for Peace; Former Member,
Conny Ford — Secretary-Treasurer, Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 3
Gauvreau — Organizing Committee,
Kathleen Geathers — Coordinator, Women for Racial and Economic Equality
George — Director, Peninsula Peace and
Gordon — Former International Representative, United Food and Commercial
Workers Union; Member,
Griggs — Board of Directors, United Teachers
Milly Guzmán — Latinos Contra La Guerra
Jeremy Haiken — Organizer, UNITE HERE Local 217
Fred Hirsch — Vice President, Plumbers and Fitters Local 393
Abdeen Jabara — Past President, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Walter Johnson — Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus, San Francisco Labor Council AFL-CIO
Vicki Knight — Convenor, Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice
Lacey — Northern State Chair,
Jeff Mackler — Founder, Mobilization for Peace, Jobs and Justice; West Coast Coordinator, Lynne Stewart Defense Committee
Mason — President,
McCabe — International Committee of the Green
Meeropol — Executive Director,
Saladin Muhammad — Black Workers for Justice
Newash — Director,
Onasch — Retired Vice President, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 287; Chair,
Park — Member, American Federation of State, County and Municipal
Employees Local 1938; Delegate to the
Pierce — Retired International Vice President, Communications Workers of
Rasmus — Chair, National Writers Union,
Don Rojas — Journalist; Past General Manager, Station WBAI
Rosario — Business Agent, Amalgamated Lithographers of
Scata — Organizing Committee,
Chris Silvera — Secretary-Treasurer and Chairman, Teamsters National Black Caucus
Lynne Stewart — Attorney
Clarence Thomas — Co-Chair, Million Worker March Movement
Tucker — Former International Executive Board Member, United Auto Workers
Vigezzi — Co-Chair, National Network on
Walden — Vice Chair,
Leonard Weinglass — Civil Liberties Attorney
Kevin Zeese — Director, Democracy Rising
Howard Zinn — Professor, Radical Historian, Progressive Political Theorist, Social Activist and Author
[Organizations and individuals wishing to subscribe to the above statement are urged to write UnityForSept24@aol.com no later than July 31 asking that your name be added to the list. Please be sure to include city and state, phone number and e-mail address.]