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U.S. Out of Afghanistan & Iraq Now - National March on Washington

When: Saturday, March 20, 2010, 9:00 am
Where: Lafayette Park • across from the White House • Washington, DC

March 20 peace march

Peace activists will hold a march and rally in Washington March 20 targeting the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, occupation of Palestine, and calling for reparations for Haiti.   They will call for money to be directed for jobs, healthcare and education.

The protest is organized by the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition and endorsed by the National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations, U.S. Labor Against the War, and others.    The event is not organized by UJP or UFPJ.

A.N.S.W.E.R. writes:

We will march together to say “No Colonial-type Wars and Occupations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Haiti!" We will march together to say "No War Against Iran!” We will march together to say “No War for Empire Anywhere!”

Instead of war, we will demand funds so that every person can have a job, free and universal health care, decent schools, and affordable housing. 

The National Assembly's demands include:

  • Close Military Bases and Bring the Troops Home Now from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan!
  • End the Bombing of Afghanistan and Pakistan Now!
  • Money for Jobs, Human Needs and the Environment, Not Wars and Corporate Bailouts!
  • End U.S. Support for the Israeli Occupation of Palestine and End the Siege of Gaza!
  • No Attacks Against Iran!
  • End War Crimes Including Torture

The U.S. Labor Against the War assembly in December 2009 endorsed the March 20 demonstrations and "urges labor contingents to march behind banners containing demands consistent with our antiwar program".

Peace of the Action, a new antiwar coalition initiated by Cindy Sheehan, says that "We cannot allow business as usual to go on in the Capital of the American Empire.   On a daily basis, Peace of the Action will perform courageous deeds of civil resistance until our demands are met... We will begin Peace of the Action on March 13th when we gather in Washington, DC to erect Camp OUT NOW on the lawn of the Washington Monument, directly across the street from the White House and our actions will begin on March 22nd."

Bus transportation to Washington

Buses depart on Friday, March 19 at 10:00pm and return on Sunday, March 22 at approximately 2:00-3:00am from Forsyth St., outside the Ruggles stop on the Orange Line. Additional public transportation available are buses to Ruggles, the #39 bus to Forsyth St. & Huntington Ave., or the Green E Line to Northeastern University. Private parking at Northeastern's Renaissance Garage is available for $12 for the entire weekend ($6 per 24 hours).  Limited street parking is also available. Please note that the T will not be running when we return. Please make every effort to make prior arrangements to get home. We will organize car pools and cab shares to the best of our ability. Additional departure locations are possible.

Purchase tickets: Tickets are $50 regular, $40 low-income. Please consider donating an additional $5 to $20 for our scholarship fund for youth and students, veterans, unemployed and others. Click here to buy your tickets online.

Contact: ANSWER Boston at boston@march20.org or 857-334-5084

Get involved: Weekly organizing meetings, which include political discussion and community outreach, are scheduled for every Saturday at 1:00 PM until March 20th: 2/27 - Roslindale Library - 4238 Washington St.; 3/6 - encuentro5 - 33 Harrison Ave., 5th Floor - Chinatown; 3/13 - Grove Hall Library - 41 Geneva Ave.

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