US Greens in March 20 Afghanistan peace march


This video from the USA is called War veterans and resisters say “All Out for March 20th-National March on Washington!”

From the Green Party of the United States:

Greens to participate in the ‘US Out of Afghanistan and Iraq Now’ march in Washington, DC, on March 20

GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES

For Immediate Release:
Thursday, March 11, 2010

Contacts:
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614, mclarty@greens.org
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene@gp.org

March 20 is the 7th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq

Green Party Speakers Bureau: Greens available to speak on the wars, foreign policy, and related topics: http://www.gp.org/speakers/speakers-foreign-policy.php

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party candidates, leaders, and other members will participate in the ‘US Out of Afghanistan and Iraq Now’ march in Washington, DC, on Saturday, March 20.

Greens will join hundreds of thousands of others to demand an end to the wars and occupations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, and Haiti and threats of war against Iran. March 20 is the seventh anniversary of the invasion launched by the Bush-Cheney Administration against Iraq, in which hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have died and tens of thousands of US troops have been killed or been maimed.

For more information on the march, which has been organized by the ANSWER Coalition, visit March20.org (http://www.march20.org).

Related events will take place in Washington throughout the week leading up to the March 20 march: see the Washington Peace Center’s ‘Iraq Anniversary Special Alert’ (http://washingtonpeacecenter.org/node/2756).

The Green Party of the United States opposed the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan from the very beginning, and more recently criticized President Obama for expanding the Afghanistan War into Pakistan and for his announcement of 30,000 additional US troops to be sent to Afghanistan (http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=267).

Greens participated in the “Rally to tell Obama No You Can’t!” on December 12, 2009, in Washington, DC in Lafayette Park near the White House, which was sponsored by the End US Wars Coalition (http://www.enduswars.org). Among the Green Party speakers at the rally were Cynthia McKinney, the Green Party’s 2008 presidential nominee; Lynne Williams, 2010 Green candidate for Governor of Maine (http://www.lynnewilliams2010.org); and Marian Douglas-Ungaro of the DC Statehood Green Party.

On November 25, Ms. McKinney sent an open letter to President Obama urging a reversal of his warhawk policy on Afghanistan (http://dignity.ning.com/profiles/blogs/cynthia-mckinneys-letter-to).

Green Party leaders have disputed President Obama’s claims that the invasion of Afghanistan was “the right war.” The invasion has resulted in a catastrophe for Afghan civilians, with thousands killed and maimed and the destruction of property and infrastructure. The Taliban has won greater popular support because of its defiance of foreign troops, while President Karzai‘s corrupt administration have betrayed any hope for democracy and regional warlords have turned Afghanistan into the world’s leading producer of opium. Human rights for most Afghans, especially women, have not advanced because of the US invasion.

“The expansion of the Afghanistan War with drone attacks inside Pakistani borders has created even greater regional instability and animosity towards the US,” said Craig Thorsen, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States and former US Navy Lieutenant. “We’re dismayed that President Obama has embraced the Bush-Cheney doctrine of ‘preemption’ — the idea that the US may attack any country around the world to replace that country’s government. This doctrine was expressly outlawed in the wake of World War II.”

“The Democratic leadership in Congress rubberstamped the GOP war agenda. Both parties have voted to spend enormous amounts of taxpayers’ money to feed a military machine that bullies other nations and ultimately sustains corporate war profiteers. The Green Party urges all Americans who desire peace to speak out with their voices and votes, join us on March 20, call on Congress to cut military spending, and demand that President Obama call our troops home now,” said Mr. Thorsen.

4 thoughts on “US Greens in March 20 Afghanistan peace march

  1. Meet you in DC March 20 & 21 – Saturday, Anti War March & Sunday, Immigrant Rights Rally

    Travel with or meet up with the International Action Center in Washington DC this weekend. Bus Tickets and vans seats are still available. BUSES return on Sat evening. Vans and cars from many cities are staying for both demonstrations. Call for more information.

    The International Action Center will be traveling to DC this weekend with activists from Bailout the People Movement, BAYAN, FIST-Fight Imperialism Stand Together, Peoples Organization for Progress, May 1 Coalition for Workers and Immigrant rights, Women’s Fight Back Network, Free Mumia Coalition and many others in cars, vans and buses.

    Saturday, MARCH 20

    On March 20 a Peoples Fight back Contingent will focus on linking the war and racism at home and the wars abroad., The endless wars and expanding U.S. occupations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Honduras and the billions to Israel to make war on the Palestinian people mean expanding war and racism against poor and working people in the U.S., demonization of Arab and Muslim peoples, attacks and deportation of immigrant workers and devastating cuts in all essential programs.

    The march gathers at noon at Lafayette Park across from the White House.

    Look for our signs and banners at 16th and H Streets and at 16th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. Ask about the IAC special internship program. Help distribute placards, carry banners and pass out flyers for the United May 1 Rally in Union Square , NYC to demand full legalization all immigrant workers and Jobs for all, not war.

    SUNDAY, MARCH 21

    On Sunday, March 21 the International Action Center and Bail Out the People Movement will be working with the May1 Workers and Immigrant Rights Coalition to raise the urgent demand for immediate and full legalization of all immigrant workers. Building solidarity with the most oppressed workers is an essential way to strengthen the movement against war and racism in the U.S. today.

    We will help to distribute thousands of cards announcing the Saturday, MAY 1 Workers and Immigrant Rights March gathering at Union Square in NYC. For the past 5 years tens of thousands of immigrant workers have gathered each year at Union Square in NYC on May Day. This year the United May Day Coalition is comprised of over 100 organizations.

    To endorse, support or find out more about MAY DAY in Union Square go to: http://www.may1.info

    The Sunday, March 21 Immigrant Rights Rally will gather on the Mall starting at 7th St and flowing back to 14th St.

    Look for the May 1 Coalitions signs, banners and canopies between 9th and 10th St and Jefferson. We will set up starting at 11 am.

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