A CALL... OUT NOW!

THE WHOLE WORLD WILL BE MARCHING AND WATCHING

March 20, 2005, Global Day of Action

Wednesday 9 March 2005

The world-wide antiwar movement has called for massive demonstrations against the war on the weekend on March 19-20 — the second anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.

We have a responsibility to respond with renewed determination and commitment in the face of the Bush Administration’s launching of a new phase of the war against the Iraqi people. The International Call further propose to set up an OUT NOW coalition, open to all individuals and organizations willing to work together to stop the war. The reason why we are proposing that we call this movement "OUT NOW!" is because these two simple words convey the absolute zero tolerance for the occupation of Iraq that must drive our organizing hence forth. We need everyone to know that the mass movement is re-opening a full-scale campaign to stop the war and end the occupation and that the movement means business.

year ago, on February 16, more than 12 million people the world over took to the streets to oppose the war on Iraq. It was the largest antiwar mobilization in history. These millions were right. This was a war based on
lies. There is no evidence Iraq was involved in 9-11. Iraq posed no imminent threat to the United States. No weapons of mass destruction have been found there.

The call further clarify:
* We need to demand the immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. occupation troops from Iraq. The occupation’s sole purpose is to control the natural resources of Iraq and render the Iraqi people and its institutions subservient to US corporate interest by military force. The principal function of the occupation is the destruction of all who dare to resist it, no matter the cost in Iraqi lives, in the destruction of Iraq’s infrastructure, and the resulting devastation of Iraqi society.

* The most important thing to know about the January 30 "elections" that are being organized under the US-created Allyawi regime, is that their purpose is to legitimize the occupation and the objectives of the occupiers. In the days ahead it will become more important for us to reject and expose any excuses put forward to justify the continuation of the colonial occupation of Iraq for even one more day, or the sending of more troops which is already under way. There is only one issue and that is ending the criminal occupation - immediately.
* It is time for the antiwar movement to acknowledge the absolute and unconditional right of the Iraqi people to resist the occupation of their country without passing judgment on their methods of resistance. Even the
founding charter of the United Nations clearly affirms the right of an occupied people to resist by force of arms.

* Bush’s doctrine of preemptive war, the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan and the growing threats against Iran and North Korea make it incumbent upon us to reject that notion that smaller countries must disarm and leave themselves defenseless at the demand of Bush and the Pentagon. Such demands are not only hypocritical, irrational and unjust; they amount to little more than a pretext for more invasions and occupations.

Millions of people across the globe will once again take to the streets to
say,

No to War & Occupation - Iraq, Palestine, Haiti, Afghanistan, Cuba &
Everywhere!
Bring the Troops Home Now!
Money for People’s Needs, Not War!

ROLL OF TRADE UNIONS

U.S. LABOR AGAINST THE WAR CALLS FOR LARGE LABOR TURNOUT AT MARCH 20 GLOBAL ANTIWAR PROTESTS
The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition in the United States issued a call in early October to mobilize for the March 19 Global Day of Mass Action. This is the second anniversary of Bush’s criminal aggression against the people of Iraq. More than 100,000 Iraqis have died, and yet the resistance to occupation by the Iraqi people has not been stifled through the resort to high tech massacres. U.S. soldiers are being killed and maimed in a war for conquest. In these ways Iraq parallels the U.S. war against Vietnam. While the U.S. government is spending billions to kill in Iraq, Palestine and Haiti, it is destroying social programs and working peoples’ Social Security. At the same time, the U.S. is threatening new military action in Iran, Cuba, North Korea, the Philippines, Sudan and other countries.

On March 20, the one-year anniversary of the U.S. bombing and invasion of Iraq, millions of people across the globe will once again take to the streets to say,

"The world still says NO to war!"

A year ago, on February 16, more than 12 million people the world over took to the streets to oppose the war on Iraq. It was the largest antiwar mobilization in history.

These millions were right. This was a war based on lies. There is no evidence Iraq was involved in 9-11. Iraq posed no imminent threat to the United States. No weapons of mass destruction have been found there.

Bush lied ... and U.S. troops and innocent Iraqi civilians died.

Hundreds of U.S. soldiers have sacrificed their lives; thousands have been injured - physically or emotionally scarred for life. Tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians have suffered casualties and death. All this suffering for what? To make Iraq safe for Halliburton, Bechtel and a host of other corporate cronies of the Bush administration!

One year of U.S.-led occupation of Iraq has only brought chaos and disaster to that country.

Unemployment among Iraqi workers has reached 70%. There are no unemployment benefits. Wages for most Iraqi workers have been frozen at $60 per month, while all bonuses, profit sharing and subsidies for housing and food have been eliminated.

Iraqi workers have been denied the right to organize unions of their choice. While claiming to bring democracy to Iraq, the U.S.-run Occupation Authority continues to enforce a 1987 Hussein-era law that prohibits unions in the public sector and state enterprises where most Iraqis work. The Occupation Authority just issued a new decree, Public Order 39, allowing 100% foreign ownership of Iraqi businesses and the repatriation of profits.

Iraq teeters on the brink of malnutrition, chaos and civil war while multinational corporations scramble to divide up Iraq’s national resources and wealth - the same corporations that violate workers’ rights, fight unions, and downsize, outsource and export jobs in the United States.

CALL for LABOR TURN OUT on MARCH 20

US Labor Against the War calls on organized labor and all working people to join veterans, military families, students, senior citizens, religious leaders, immigrant rights and other social justice advocates and millions of others on March 20th to protest the war and occupation in the mass demonstrations in New York, San Francisco and many other cities across the U.S. and around the world.

Join us in expressing our opposition to the "Patriot Act" and erosion of our rights in the name of "fighting terrorism."

Join us to demand an end to the mass detentions and deportation of immigrants in the name of "national security."

Join us to say NO to vast cuts in vital domestic social programs to pay for massive increases in military spending.

Join us to demand respect for labor and human rights in both Iraq and the United States.

Join us in demanding that the U.S. government respect national sovereignty and uphold the right of self-determination for all peoples, beginning with the people of Iraq.

Join us in demanding that the U.S. government solve disputes by diplomacy not war, strengthen international treaties, reject preemptive military aggression, and promote global economic and social justice rather than the race-to-the-bottom, job-destroying, discriminatory practices favored by multinational corporations.

Together, let’s send a message loud and clear - "NO to occupation, NO to war profiteering, NO to labor rights violations! Bring the troops home now!"

USLAW also calls upon all trade unionists, labor and antiwar activists in the United States to support our Campaign for Labor Rights in Iraq. Urge your elected representatives to join Reps. Sam Farr, Barbara Lee, Dennis Kucinich and others in demanding the Bush Administration respect labor rights in Iraq and here at home.

Join USLAW on March 20th in labor contingents at demonstrations in a city near you.

END THE OCCUPATION! — BRING OUR TROOPS HOME NOW!

MONEY FOR JOBS, HEALTH CARE AND SCHOOLS NOT FOR PROFITS & WAR!

USLAW

A Note for Discussion form International Action Center

THE CHALLENGES FACING THE ANTIWAR MOVEMENT

The following points are not submitted as the basis for unity that all must agree to before working together. They are points of discussion that merit movement-wide attention at this crucial juncture.

* We need to demand the immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. occupation troops from Iraq. The occupation’s sole purpose is to control the natural resources of Iraq and render the Iraqi people and its institutions subservient to US corporate interest by military force. The principal function of the occupation is the destruction of all who dare to resist it, no matter the cost in Iraqi lives, in the destruction of Iraq’s infrastructure, and the resulting devastation of Iraqi society.

* The most important thing to know about the January 30 “elections” that are being organized under the US-created Allyawi regime, is that their purpose is to legitimize the occupation and the objectives of the occupiers. In the days ahead it will become more important for us to reject and expose any excuses put forward to justify the continuation of the colonial occupation of Iraq for even one more day, or the sending of more troops which is already under way. There is only one issue and that is ending the criminal occupation - immediately.

* We must support politically, morally and organizationally members of the U.S. armed services who are resisting the war, moreover, we must encourage this resistance.

* We must organize to fight any attempt by the Bush Administration to re-instate the draft and prepare to support resistance if conscription returns.

*It is time for the antiwar movement to acknowledge the absolute and unconditional right of the Iraqi people to resist the occupation of their country without passing judgment on their methods of resistance. Even the founding charter of the United Nations clearly affirms the right of an occupied people to resist by force of arms.

* Bush’s doctrine of preemptive war, the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan and the growing threats against Iran and North Korea make it incumbent upon us to reject that notion that smaller countries must disarm and leave themselves defenseless at the demand of Bush and the Pentagon. Such demands are not only hypocritical, irrational and unjust; they amount to little more than a pretext for more invasions and occupations.

* We must continue to draw the connections between and build solidarity all of the people in every part of the world that are resisting the empire - in Korea, the Philippines, Cuba, Venezuela, Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Haiti, where the people are actively resisting the “coupnapping” of President Aristide.

* There must no longer be any hesitation on the part of our movement regarding our support of the struggle of the Palestinian people to free themselves from occupation. As a movement we have made a huge step forward in this regard. There must be no turning back.

* We must work to facilitate the widest unity between all of the forces that are seriously organizing against the war and occupation. The world demands no less of us inside of the US. If there is a will to forge unity, then those with wide differences in political positions and even a history of poor working relations will find the basis to unite in the interest of the struggle to stop the war.

* Now that the election is over, it is clear more than ever that only a peoples’ mass movement can stop the war. The antiwar movement should never again sacrifice its independence and demobilize itself on behalf of a political party that supports the war. The first and most immediate task of the antiwar movement is to be back in the streets.

* It is up to us to revitalize the mass struggle against the war and to insure that it is serious, uncompromising, unrelenting and supportive of a wide array of tactics from the mass marches to the militant tactics of the youth, to the tactics that are most effective for the inclusion of workers, labor unions and people of color.

* One way of accomplishing greater fusion between the antiwar movement and the working class and the poor is through linking of the issues that affect the mass of the people with the struggle against the war in a much more strategic and substantive way. For example, very soon the Bush administration will ask congress to approve between $70 and $120 billion more for the war on top of the more than $200 billion that has already been allocated for it. Congress will be voting to fund the war and occupation at the same time that students, workers, single parents, the unemployed and retirees are being hit with the most sweeping budget cuts in the government programs that they depend on since the Reagan years. Our challenge: Can we help galvanize those who will be outraged by the specter of their money being stolen from critical needs to pay for more death and destruction into a struggle against the war budget vote? The time frame for this struggle will the period between the counter-inauguration protest in DC and around the country on Jan.20 - through the 2nd anniversary of the start of the war on the March 19-20 weekend.


* We propose to strategize and reach out to other forces with the goal of implementing this perspective. The Million Worker March Movement has issued a call for all of the various antiwar organizations and workers struggles to unite on the weekend of March 19-20 and we endorse this call for broad unity.

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