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The October 11 National Day of Antiwar Action

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Are we a country at peace with being at war?

Have Americans finally reached the point where they are ready to rise up and fight for their country? Are they ready to wrest control from those in power that have perpetrated atrocities on innocent people and who are now engaging in one of the worst acts of economic terrorism in the history of this country?

The Wall Street bailout and our nation’s financial turmoil have become the elephant in the room that will be on the minds of everyone, but today, thousands across America will go out into the streets to once again call for an end to wars being waged in the Middle East.

The Oct 11th action originated in Boston and was brought to a National Antiwar Assembly in Cleveland, OH in June. The idea gained support and collectively antiwar forces agreed to a national day of action on the anniversary of the Iraq War authorization.

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Boston will demand the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all occupation forces from Iraq and the closing of all military bases at 11:00 am.

Chicago will make a pre-election demand of ALL candidates running this election year and call for no more death and destruction/bring all troops home now, legalize the undocumented/stop the raids and deportations, and fund human needs, not wars abroad and Wall Street bailouts at home at 2 pm at the corner of Devon Avenue and Leavitt Street right in the heart of the Pakistani community in Chicago.

Cleveland will at 1:30 pm at 128th & Buckeye Passport Project Community Center gather to demand an end to wars and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, money for jobs, education, health care, and housing instead of wars and occupations, and no sanctions or attack on Iran. They will demand the racist scapegoating of Arabs and Muslims, the assault on human rights and civil liberties, and the bailout of Wall Street come to a halt now.

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Columbus, OH, will hold a “How Can We Help Fix the Economy?” event that calls for us to stop the war now so we can do just that. At noon at the corner of North Broadway and High and at the corner of North High St. and Rt 161 in Worthington people will gather to protest.

In Connecticut, students will be taking a stand. An event was held on Oct 9th to call for troops to be brought home and this Saturday, to coincide with all other national antiwar actions, Connecticut students at Trinity College will from 11 am to 1 pm protest the war. From 3 to 6 pm, at the University of Connecticut, a “Funk the War!” event will occur. And then on Oct 13th, a Sir! No Sir! screening will take place.

Dayton, OH, will “broaden [their] reach to those who want to see an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and want to avoid a broadening of the war into Iran and potentially other countries in the Middle East and beyond” by holding an event to grow a grassroots opposition. At noon at Far Hills and Stroop Rd the event will take place.

In Duluth, MN, from 11:30 am to 12 pm at the Leif Erickson Park on London Road music and entertainment and then a march to a rally will take place to bring attention to the unfortunate anniversary of the October 11 Iraq War authorization.

Englewood, NH, will at noon meet at the Monument on Palisades Ave. and protest the war as called for by the Bergen Peace and Justice Coalition. 

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Minneapolis/St. Paul will hold an event hosted by the Iraq Peace Action Coalition.

New York, at 7 pm will hold a forum on 11th St. at 6th Ave. in Manhattan. Organizers say, “Whether Obama or McCain is elected in November, the drive by those who control the policies of this nation for global military hegemony will continue. And the war at home—to destroy civil liberties in the name of “national security,” to further the interests of the rich at the expense of the poor and oppressed—will continue as well.”

Philadelphia conducted a demonstration and informational picket on Friday from 4 pm to 6 pm where they made demands similar to Cleveland.

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