PAST PDF:

7/19 - Video Resistance

May17/19 - Festival of Peace and Restistance

Fact Sheet: Reasons to Oppose the War


Feb. 15 Protest: (MS Word) English, Spanish.
Urdu and Arabic versions to be posted soon.

Anti-War Resources: Downloadable PDF Flyers Jan. 18 -- March on DC!!

Jan. 11 -- Emergency Regional Mobilization

Friday 12/13 COMMUNITY MARCH for Rabih Haddad

Start of War: Emergency Response Plan

Jan. 11: Emergency Regional Mobilization
Oct. 25: Send-Off Rally National March in DC to Stop the War before It Starts
10/26: Chicago Demo, No War on Iraq!
Oct. 15: PDF Flyer Protest U.S./U.K. Rush to War: Picket Brit Foreign Secretary Jack Straw!
Oct. 6: Not in Our Name Protest - Take the Pledge of Resistance!
Oct. 7: No War in Iraq Demonstration-Iraq Peace Pledge

PAST EVENTS:

BENEFIT FOR LEGAL/JAIL SUPPORT AND RELEASE OF VICTIMS OF MIAMI FTAA POLICE HARASSMENT AND TORTURE

Saturday November 29th, 8:00PM-1AM

WHERE:
buddY Space
1542 N. Milwaukee
1/4 block south of North Ave. in Wicker Park

$5-20 SLIDING SCALE
no one turned away for lack of funds.

FEATURING:
- SPECIAL UPDATES FROM EYEWITNESS CHRIS GEOVANIS AND OTHER ACTIVISTS RECENTLY RETURNED FROM MIAMI
- VIDEO FOOTAGE OF THE MIAMI POLICE RIOT (VS. CORPORATE PRESS COVERAGE)
- REFRESHMENTS, REVELRY, LIVE MUSIC, MERRYMAKING

endorsed by: Chicago Action Medical, Chicago Anti-Bashing Network, the Student Labor Action Project/Chicago, United Students Against Sweatshops/Chicago, the Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism, Midwest Unrest, Students For Social Justice, HammerHard MediaWorks, GeneWise, Nicaragua Solidarity Committee, Chicago Media Action, International Solidarity Movement, Northwestern Suburban SUSTAIN

For More Information: WWW.FTAAIMC.ORG
Benefit for the Chicago chapter of the National Lawyers' Guild and CCAWR
FEATURING:
Dave Lippman - Musician and Political Satirist
with Folklorist/Rabblerouser Chuy Negrete and Poet Maria McCray

Sunday, Nov. 9
2-5 pm at the HotHouse, 31 E. Balboa, 2nd floor

The Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism presents Dave Lippman, including his twisted alter-ego, "George Shrub, the world's only known signing CIA agent," in a rare local performance to benefit the Chicago chapter of the National Lawyers' Guild and CCAWR. The Guild led the legal defense of the hundreds illegally imprisoned by the Chicago Police following the March 20th anti-war protest at the start of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and are coordinating the lawsuit against the City of Chicago for the violence and violations of civil liberties committed by police that night.

"Viciously funny"...Guardian UK

"A national treasurer"...L.A. Herald Examiner

"An expert shredder of today's news"...San Francisco Weekly

"The Dean felt that more harm than good would come from your visit"...Skidmore College, New York.

2-5 pm at the HotHouse, 31 E. Balboa, 2nd floor (wheelchair accessible). $10 suggested donation. Free for the unemployed. No-one will be turned away. Info: CCAWR@aol.com or 888.471.0874

Sat, October 25
March on DC
END THE OCCUPATION
Please join the tens of thousands from across the country and around the world who will be marching in the first national March on the White House and the Pentagon to Bring the Troops Home Now! and to End the Occupation. Info available at the VoteNoWar web site, or at the ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism) web site, www.internationalanswer.org
Charges Dropped Against Anti-War Protester Grant Newberger!

City of Chicago State's Attorney's dropped charges against Grant Newburger at approximately 9:45 am this morning - Tuesday, 10/14. Newberger had been charged in relation to March 20th anti-war protests where police conducted mass arrests of more than 600 persons, injuring at least two.
Preceding the announcement, a demonstration outside the courtroom involving 30-40 individuals called for the charges to be immediately dropped. Speakers included: Salman Aftab of the Afghan News Service, Carolyn Danckaert of American Friends Service Committee, Ald. Joe Moore, Jeff Nafcziger from the Chicago Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, Chicago Coalition Againist War and Racism and others. Other organizations supporting Newberger also included Not In Our Name, Refuse and Resist, Chicago Media Action, and others.
"The prosecution of Grant Newberger is a politically motivated prosecution," said CCAWR's Andy Thayer. "Rather than using the court system as an impartial arbiter of right and wrong, Mayor Daley and the State's Attorney's office are using the courts to pursue a political agenda. It is outrageous for the state and city to spend money prosecuting Grant while taking a pass on prosecuting people like the Duff brothers - mobbed up mayoral cronies - who have bilked the City and the taxpayers for millions of dollars."
Additional reports: Chicago Indymedia
Tues, October 14 -
Drop the charges against antiwar activist Grant Newburger!

Pack the courtroom!
9:00 am, 1340 S. Michigan, Judge Sheehan's courtroom Send a letter to Dick Devine from the Chicago Media Action website:
Drop the Charges!
Protest George Bush in Chicago
at 12 noon, Tuesday, Sept. 30
Bush will be speaking at a $2000-a-plate fundraiser at the Sheraton Hotel (Columbus Drive, just north of the Chicago River, just east of the NBC Building).
To make a united protest on Sept. 30th, we are asking groups and individuals who wish to co-sponsor to participate in an organizing meeting at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, Sept. 9 at the Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington (lower level).

Downloadable the pdf flyer

To co-sponsor the protest, please contact the Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism at CCAWR@aol.com including your name, phone number(s), e-mail address(es). Thank you.
End the Occupation of Iraq!
BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!

Assemble at Noon, Saturday, August 23
Federal Plaza, Adams & Dearborn, Chicago
The facts:
* The war in Iraq is NOT over. We've lost more troops in the 'second' Gulf war than in the first - and the body count is rising daily.
* Bush lied. Thousands of Iraqis died for a falsehood -- non-existent weapons of mass destruction -- and millions suffer from lack of water, food, shelter, the most basic human needs.
* Politically connected companies like Haliburton, Brown & Root and Bechtel are making millions as war profiteers, while our troops and Iraqi civilians become mired in a deepening cycle of violence and hopelessness.
* State governments are broke and officials are gutting health care and education -- while military spending is soaring and on the largest military machine in history.
* The Pentagon brass has told soldiers they could be court martialed for telling the truth about what's really going on in Iraq. While morale sinks lower daily, G.I.'s are told they may not come home for months or longer, and we are now being told that the U.S. military occupation of Iraq may last for years.

It's time to get back in the streets! Assemble at Noon, Saturday, Aug. 23
Federal Plaza, Adams & Dearborn, Chicago
Event will include a march to Chicago's near north side.

Endorsers: Afghan News Network; Al-Awda Chicago, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition; American Friends Service Committee; American Muslim Alliance; Beyond Today; Bolivarian Circle - Amada Libertad; Chicago Anti-Bashing Network; Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism; Chicago Revolutionary Network; Chicago Socialist Party; Chicagoland Coalition for Civil Liberties and Rights; Coalition of Pakistani Organizations; Colombia Solidarity Committee; Columbia College On The Ground; Eighth Day Center for Justice; Freedom Road Socialist Organization; Illinios Green Party; International Action Center-Chicago; International Solidarity Movement-Chicago Chapter; Islamic Association of Palestine; Muslim Civil Rights Center; New World Resource Center; News and Letters Committees; News Pakistan; Northwest Suburban SUSTAIN; Not In My Name; Not In Our Name; Pakistani American Democratic Forum; Palestine Solidarity Group; Pashtoon Association of North America; Peace Pledge-Chicago; Prairie Fire Organizing Committee; Queer to the Left; Students for Social Justice; United Muslim American Association; Voices in the Wilderness; Weekly Pakistan Express

Sponsored by the Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism.
Email CCAWR@aol.com or call 773-209-1187 for more info. Labor donated.

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
Want to help distribute flyers?

If your organization would like to endorse this action, please email the following info right away and send it to CCAWR@aol.com:

Your name
Your phone number(s)
Your e-mail address
Organization name
Organization phone number(s)
Organization fax #
Organization e-mail address
List the area of the city/suburbs where your group will put up posters
(please post in legal areas only)

CCAWR is asking endorsing groups to donate $25 to cover the cost of rental sound equipment, and agree to distribute posters in a specific area of the city or suburbs. Please make endorsement checks payable to "8th Day Center for Justice," write "August 23rd action" in the memo section, and mail to CCAWR, c/o CABN, 4404 N. Magnolia, #420, Chicago, IL 60640.



Video Resistance:


A screening of local and international independent progressive video
Saturday, July 19, 7:30 PM
Women In The Director’s Chair
Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence, 5th Floor
download flyer

Two blocks east of Lawrence Red Line stop (some limited parking available.) $8 suggested donation, or pay what you can. Food and refreshments.

Join Andersonville Neighbors for Peace, Women In The Director’s Chair and Chicago Indymedia for a benefit kick-off fundraiser for AN4P’s Video Club and the sponsoring groups. Films will include Police! Press! Protest! by Judy Hoffman and Keith Skretch; M20/Chicago by Matt Gains; M20: This Is What Democracy Looks Like? by Thomas Yun; Two Days in Chicago/M20/F15 by Jon Groot; Viggo Mortensen Hijacks the Spectacle by MediaJack; Enduring Search & Seizure – A Surveillance Report by The Surveillance Camera Players/4N6 NYC; Jenin 2002 by Indymedia; and the ever popular Crowd Bites Wolf by Guerillavision.

The screenings will be followed by a freewheeling discussion with some of the video directors and representatives of Chicago Indymedia and Andersonville Neighbors for Peace, who will talk about the anti-war movement, independent video as a tool for progressive change – and where the peace movement is going in the wake of growing government militarism and the increasing resistance in Iraq to U.S. occupation.

For more info, email tekjames@earthlink.net or call 773-271-3837.

Sponsored by Andersonville Neighbors for Peace, Chicago Indymedia and Women in the Director’s Chair. Labor donated.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE
  • End the Occupation Now!
  • End Israeli Apartheid!
  • Stop U.S. Tax-Funded Aid To Israel Now!

When: Thursday, June 5 ? 4 PM
Where: Daley Plaza ? Chicago (Dearborn & Washington)
Memorial March: 4:30 PM, with stops at Boeing and the Israeli
Consulate.

On June 5, 2003, the thirty-sixth year anninversary of the illegal Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, we call for linked actions by Palestinians, international, and Israeli peace groups to protest the escalating violence against the Palestinian community and international human rights workers in the occupied territories. We demand protection for Palestinian civilians and for internationals, a moratorium on construction of the apartheid wall and its associated land confiscations and home demolitions, and an end to the occupation.

Our funeral procession will stop at the Boeing headquarters. Boeing is the world?s second-largest defense contractor ? and the manufacturer of Apache helicopters that are used in attacks against the Palestinian people.

On June 5, our action will not be one of silent mourning but of spirited resistance!

We will remember International Solidarity Movement activists Rachel Corrie, Tom Hurndall, Brian Avery, the journalists and the medical personnel that have been killed and injured by Israeli Occupation Forces. We will take this action in solidarity with the Palestinian and Israeli activists that will be conducting similar actions on the same day. This action will be a nonviolent and legal protest.

# For more information: Please contact: Northwest Suburban SUSTAIN at 847-359-7267 or email SUSTAINnwburbs@aol.com

Endorsers List: (in formation) Northwest Suburban SUSTAIN (Stop U.S. Tax-Funded Aid To Israel Now!), Al-Awda - The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, Chicago Coalition Against War And Racism, Chicago Coalition for Justice in Palestine, Chicago Citwide Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade, DePaul Students for Justice in Palestine, Free Palestine Alliance, International Socialist Organization, International Solidarity Movement, Not In My Name, Palestine Aid Society, Pax Christi Illinois, Students for Social Justice, United For Peace & Justice.


Festival of Peace and Resistance:
A Space for People of Color to Discuss War & Racism
sponsored by Racial Justice 911 Chicago

SOCIAL FORUM:
SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2003
12:30 pm ­ 5:00 pm
At the Southwest Youth Collaborative
6400 S. Kedzie · Chicago, IL 60629

Workshops, performances, speakers, food and more! Join us for an afternoon of political analysis around issues such as U.S. militarization and empire building, global racism, and "Homeland Security." Featuring popular education and organizing skills workshops, and cultural resistance performances! CHILD CARE AVAILABLE. Both locations are accessible.

PRESS CONFERENCE & CULTURAL RALLY:
MONDAY, MAY 19, 2003
5:15 pm ­ Gathering & press conference
at Adalberto United Methodist Church,
2716 W. Division St. · Chicago, IL
6:30 pm ­ Rally for Peace & Resistance
at La Casita Community Garden (Division between Rockwell & Washtenaw)

For more information on the RACIAL JUSTICE 911 Coalition or the 5/17 SOCIAL FORUM contact Jeremy Lahoud at 773.476.3534 x25, via email at jlahoud@juno.com, or visit rj911.org. For information on the 5/19 PRESS CONFERENCE & RALLY contact Nina Farnia at 773.476.3534 x62 or via email at nfarnia@hotmail.com

Sponsored by the members of the RACIAL JUSTICE 911 CHICAGO COALITION including the Adalberto United Methodist Church, Arab American Action Network, Arab Youth Leadership Academy, Generation Y, INCITE Women of Color Against Violence, Korean American Resource & Cultural Center, National Boricua Human Rights Network, Nicaragua Solidarity Committee, Philippine Solidarity Committee, Project VOZ of AFSC, Southwest Youth Collaborative, Video Machete, Young Koreans United & many others! Endorsers: Beyondmedia Education, Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism, International Action Center.


7 Reasons to Oppose War on Iraq
Reason #1 - There is no evidence that Iraq possesses weapons of mass destruction. UNSCOM chief Richard Butler reported in 1998 that his team was satisfied that Iraq no longer had nuclear or long-range missile capability and that chemical and biological inspections were nearly finished. Former U.N. in- spector Scott Ritter says UNSCOM confirmed that Iraq had destroyed all biological, chemical, missile, and nuclear weapons (Chicago Tribune, 9/ 10/02). The U.S., however, DOES have nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons of mass destruction - and has used them, including depleted uranium ordnance during the 1991 Gulf War and in the Balkans. The U.S. has refused to sign treaties that ban chemical weapons or institute weap- ons inspections in all countries, and George Bush recently threatened to use nuclear "bunker buster" weapons against the so-called 'Axis of Evil.'

Reason #2 - Iraq has not banned weapons inspections. Iraq agreed in 1991 to admit UN weapons inspectors, but for four years the U.S. has thwarted inspections to provide an excuse for more aggressive policy towards Iraq. U.S.-dominated inspections teams carried out 9,000 inspections over nearly 8 years, but the Clinton administration called for inspectors to withdraw in 1998 - because they would be unsafe during upcoming U.S. bombing. (Washington Post, 12/17/98) The administration then claimed Iraq was not "fully cooperating," creating the erroneous im- pression that Iraq was obstructing inspectors. In a typical time period be- tween Nov. 18-Dec.12 1998, during 423 inspections UNSCOM cited only 5 "obstructions," including Iraq's refusal to allow a U.S. inspector to interview all undergraduate students in Baghdad University's Science Department, and Iraqi opposition to UNSCOM's demand - against a prior agreement - to inspect on Friday, the Muslim holy day. U.S. officials publicly admit that many inspectors were intelligence agents who provided the Pentagon with bombing coordinates for the 1998 bombing (New York Times, 1/7/99).

Reason #3 - U.S. plans to overthrow the regime in Iraq violate international law. Article VI of the U.S. Constitution establishes that ratified treaties like the U.N.Charter are the "supreme law of the land." Article 2 of the U.N. Charter establishes that "All members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered... All members shall refrain in their inter- national relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial in- tegrity or political independence of any state..."

Reason #4 - War on Iraq is, in part, a power play for the world's most valuable commodity - oil. Iraq has the second largest oil reserves in the world. U.S. oil companies like ExxonMobil and their banking partners already make trillions of dollars from the Middle East oil they now control - and access to Iraqi reserves will increase their economic clout. Only 20% of U.S. oil comes from the Middle East - but Europe and Japan get most of their imports from the region. Control over Iraqi oil could translate into huge economic and politi- cal leverage over economic rivals in Europe, Japan, and China.

Reason #5 - This war fits with a foreign policy of economic and political domination to benefit U.S. 'interests'. The administration laid out this plan - "National Security Strategy of the U.S." - in September 2002 It says: "The president has no intention of allowing any foreign power to catch up with the huge lead the United States has opened…Our forces will be strong enough to dissuade potential ad- versaries…" The plan also says the U.S. is in "a battle for the future of the Muslim world" and advocates 'pre-emptive' attacks - attacks that are un- provoked. (See #6) While the U.S. has covertly and overtly supported re- pressive dictatorships and illegal wars for decades - in places that include Nicaragua, Colombia, Palestine, Afghanistan and the Philippines - Bush's National Security Strategy enshrines this strategy in U.S. foreign policy.

Reason #6 - The U.S. government is giving itself the 'right' to overthrow other countries' governments. "Regime change" will simply allow the U.S. to replace Hussein with a thug more pliant to U.S. wishes. The U.S. government has a long history of supporting 'friendly' regimes like that of Papa and Baby Doc Duvalier in Haiti, Augusto Pinochet in Chile, and most recently forces seeking to over- throw Venezuela's democratically elected government.

Reason #7 - The war will cost hundreds of billions of dollars and create greater insecurity here and abroad. Unemployment, lack of health care, and economic hardship are growing problems in this country. War spending will undercut resources for health care, housing, education, environmental protection and other public pro- grams. Rather than help solve Third World catastrophes like AIDS, malnu- trition, the debt crisis and access to potable water, this war will create chaos in the Middle East and beyond.

Our tax dollars should fund human need, not wars of conquest and corporate greed.

Oppose the U.S. government war on Iraq!

This information is brought to you by the Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at 312.458.9559 or CCAWR@aol.com. Also, check out our Calendar of Events and learn more about CCAWR. We also encourage you to be part of our Emergency Response telephone tree, to be informed of emergency demonstrations in the case of escalated U.S. attack on Iraq or attacks on civil liberties, on activists, etc.

No war on Iraq!

Solidarity with the Lockawanna, NY Community!
The Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism has proudly opposed attacks by the U.S. government on the heads of Islamic charities, such as Rabih Haddad and Enaam Arnaout, on the disappearances of hundreds if not thousands of immigrants by the U.S. government, and attacks on mosques and immigrants by the followers of the racist U.S. government. It is important for all Americans to stand up against such injustices and attacks on our basic human rights. So, we proudly and wholeheartedly send you our solidarity and best wishes on the Lackawanna community standing up to the illegal acts of intimidation, harassment, and profiling by the government, its media, and its racist followers there. --Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism, 10/2/02

 

- MARCH 5th NATIONAL STUDENT STRIKE -
Books Not Bombs!
Metro Chicago Student Moratorium Against the War

MASS CONVERGENCE

Go To Student Strike Page

No War on Iraq!
Stop the Attack on Immigrants!
Protest:
- 12 noon -
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003
2200 W. Devon, Chicago IL

Go to the Chicago Feb. 15 Mobilization Website

(Devon & Leavitt in the heart of the Pakistani community)
Download flyer (MS Word 6.0) English, Spanish.
Urdu and Arabic versions to be posted soon.
February 15th is an international day of protest against war on Iraq, with protests planned in New York and all the major capitals of Europe. It is also just 6 days before the "registration" deadline for many Pakistanis in the United States, the same "registrations" which led to the arrests of more than 1000 Iranians in Los Angeles a few weeks ago.

The drive to war is being fueled by the scapegoating of innocent Muslims, South Asians, Arabs and immigrants, fanning fears so that citizens feel it is "necessary" for the United States to launch a new war on Iraq. Please join a community march to say stop the attacks on immigrants, repeal the registration act, and NO to war on Iraq!

* Pakistanis and Muslims: Stand up for your rights!
* All others: Stand in solidarity with your brothers and sisters - your rights could be next!
Co-sponsored by (list in formation): American Muslim Alliance-Midwest, Andersonville Neighbors for Peace, Arab American Action Network, Arab-American Community Center , Blue Triangle Network, Campaign For Collateral Compassion, Chicago Anti-Bashing Network, Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism, Chicago Labor Against the War, Chicago Peace Response, Chicago Professional Taxi Cab Drivers Association, Chicago Quarterly Review, Church & World Concerns Committee-Broadway United Methodist Church, Coalition of Pakistani Organizations, Committee For a Democratic Palestine, Communist Party, USA - Illinois District, Council on American Islamic Relations, DePaul Students Against the War, Eighth Day Center for Justice, Free Palestine Alliance, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Freedom Socialist Party , Generation Y, Granada Muslims and Jews for Human Rights, Hyde Park Committee Against War & Racism, International A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition-Chicago Chapter, International Action Center-Chicago Chapter, International Socia list Organization, Iraq Peace Pledge, Islamic Association for Palestine, La Voz de los de Abajo, MARC, Mohammadan Muthida Minority Movement, Muslim Civil Rights Center, The Muslim League USA, National Lawyers Guild-Chicago Chapter, Neighbors For Peace, Not In Our Name, Pakistan American Democratic Forum, Pakistan Memon Association, Pakistan News, Pakistan Times, Pakistani American Association of North America, Pakistani American Congress, Pakistani American Democratic Forum, Pakistani Business Association, Palestine Solidarity Group, Queers For Peace And Justice, Real Conditions Writers' Collective, Refuse & Resist!, Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade, Sangat-Chicago, Sargam Radio Channel 1240 AM, Socialist Action, Socialist Party USA, Southwest Youth Collaborative, Students For Social Justice, Weekly News Pakistan
For information or to co-sponsor, e-mail CCAWR@aol.com or call 888.471.0874

NATIONAL MARCH on WASHINGTON, D.C.

STOP the War on Iraq!

Jan. 18, 2003
Buses leave Chicago 5:30 p.m. Fri. January 17
Buy tickets now! - $80 round trip

Protest War on the Martin Luther King anniversary weekend and the 12th anniversary of the Gulf War.

"The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today is my own government."
"The problems of racism, the problem of economic exploitation, and the problem of war are all tied together."
--April, 1967

The way to honor Dr. King on his holiday weekend is to oppose the war on Iraq, as he opposed the Viet Nam War. Bush's aggressive war on Iraq could take tens of thousands of innocent lives and cost up to $1.9 trillion. We say spend this money on housing, heating, food, education, and medical care including AIDS treatment and research. Volunteers needed! Call (773) 250-7006 Issued by Chicago volunteers for International ANSWER [Act Now to Stop War and End Racism] www.internationalanswer.org

DOWNLOAD PDF: Jan. 18 -- March on DC!!

Endorsers and initiators include: ANSWER Coalition - Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general - San Francisco Labor Council - Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Detroit - Rev. Herbert Daughtry, House of the Lord Pentacostal Church - Rev. Jesse Jackson - Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney - Rev. Graylan Hagler, Phymouth Congregational Church - Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation - New York City Labor Against the War - Black Voices for Peace - Women's Strike for Peace - National Lawyers Guild - Dr. Hans Christof von Sponeck, former director of the UN Oil for Food Program - IFCO/Pastors for Peace - Free Palestine Alliance - Partnership for Civil Justice-LDEF - Nicaragua Network - Bayan USA International - Korea Truth Commission - International Action Center - Kensington Welfare Rights Union - Middle East Children's Alliance - Muslim Student Association of the US/Canada - Mexico Solidarity Network - Global Exchange - Palestine Aid Society · Palestine Solidarity Group · Not in Our Name Project - Ron Kovic, author - National Alliance against Racism and Political Repression - Charles Barron, NYC City Councilmember - Rev. John Dear - Howard Zinn - Patti Smith - Green Party USA - 8th Day Center for Justice - DuPage Against War Now (DAWN) - Progressive Direct Action Research Group - Zengakuren (All-Japan Federation of Student Unions) - California Peace + Freedom Party - United Church of Christ, Nat'l Office - VoterMarch - Queers for Racial + Economic Justice - GRANMA, Inc. - Colombia Solidarity Committee · Chicago Coalition against War and Racism

See www.answerchicago.org for payment information, or call (773) 250-7006 or e-mail chicagoANSWER@attbi.com

Emergency Regional Mobilization

STOP the War on Iraq!

12 noon, Saturday, Jan. 11th Federal Plaza, Chicago (corner of Adams & Dearborn Streets)
The last U.S. war killed over 100,000 people and up to 1 million more have died due to continuing U.S.-led sanctions. With the massing of U.S. troops and escalating threats from the Bush administration, it is clear that a devastating new war is but a pretext away.

The Administration claims war is necessary to stop Saddam Hussein from using weapons of mass destruction, yet with the U.S. military budget almost equal to that of the rest of the world combined, it is absurd to suggest that Iraq poses a serious threat to the United States. With troops in over 100 countries around the world, U.S. "aid" is already playing a devastating role in Palestine, the Philippines, Colombia and other countries.

The threat of war abroad is being matched by a war at home: Arabs, Muslims, Latinos and other immigrants are receiving the brunt of sweeping attacks on all of our civil rights, which are being sacrificed to whip up a pro-war hysteria. The freedom to oppose the policies of this government is under the severest assault since the repression of the movements of the 1960s. The living standards of working people and oppressed communities are under attack, and many social programs cut during the current recession will be gutted if the Administration diverts hundreds of billions more to spend on a war and occupation of Iraq. We say no more!

Download pdf: Emergency Mobilization, Jan. 11

Endorsers (list in formation): A.N.S.W.E.R.-Chicago Chapter Chicago Anti-Bashing Network Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism Coalition For Justice In Palestine Colombia Solidarity Committee Eighth Day Center for Justice Free Palestine Alliance International Action Center-Chicago Chapter International Socialist Organization National Boricua Human Rights Network Nicaragua Network-Midwest Nicaragua Solidarity Committee Neighbors For Peace Northwest Suburban SUSTAIN Not In Our Name Palestine Aid Society Refuse & Resist! Students For Social Justice Workers World Party-Chicago Branch

For more information or to endorse this emergency regional mobilization, please call 888.471.0874 or e-mail CCAWR@aol.com. Endorsers are asked to make a donation to defray the costs of the action (suggested donation, $30). Organizations that wish to have literature tables at the event are asked to donate an additional $25. Please make checks payable to "CABN" and write "Jan 11 mobilization" in the memo section. Please mail the checks to: CABN, 4404 N. Magnolia, #420, Chicago, IL 60640

PRESS CONFERENCE: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2002
3 p.m. 20 North Wacker Drive
(in front of the Consulate of Venezuela)
Contact: Rafael Cervantes (312) 316-6759 Alexy Lanza (312) 656-8655
No to U.S.Intervention in Venezuela –Support the Constitutional Government
December 18th:International Day of Action for Venezuela
The government of Hugo Chavez Frias was democratically elected twice by a large majority of Venezuelans and governs in agreement with the country’s constitution. Nonetheless, the United States government is interfering in Venezuela and supporting a minority movement to overthrow the elected presidency. It is now public knowledge that during the failed coup attempt in April of this year, high-ranking U.S. State Department officials were in direct contact with the coup leaders. Furthermore,some Venezuelan military officials, trained at the U.S. School of the Americas,discussed the coup with the U.S. embassy in Caracas, in February of 2002.

The current crises in Venezuela is the result of the same type of destabilization campaign and interference efforts used last April and bears a striking resemblance to previous U.S. interventions in other Latin American countries such as in Chile from 1970-73.

A coalition of Chicago organizations are expressing support for the constitutional government of Venezuela and calling for an end to U.S.interference. Letters and petitions with that message will be turned over to the Venezuelan Consul General at the press conference on December 18th at 3pm. Questions from the press will be taken.

Organizations sponsoring the press conference as of December 16, 2002: Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism; Chicago Cuba Coalition;Colombia Action Network; Colombia Solidarity Committee-Chicago; Coordinador a Internacional en Apoyo al Pueblo de Mexico; La Voz de los de Abajo; Rojo.net

December 18th National Actions called by theLatin American Solidarity Conference (LASC)

Stop the Attacks on Arab, Muslim & Immigrant communities!
COMMUNITY MARCH on the one-year anniversary of the imprisonment of Rabih Haddad without criminal charges.
7 pm, Friday, Dec. 13
Corner of Lawrence & Kimball, Chicago
(last stop on the Brown line el)
On December 14, 2001, the Federal government imprisoned Rabih Haddad and shut down and seized the assets of the Chicago area Muslim charity he co-founded, Global Relief Foundation. Almost a year later, without any criminal charges, Brother Haddad remains imprisoned in solitary confinement in a Michigan jail.
The unconstitutional attack on Haddad is emblematic of the wholesale erosion of our civil liberties, with Arab, Muslim and immigrants facing the brunt of the assault. The Chicago area’s Benevolence International Foundation, its co-founder, Enaam Arnaout, and others have joined a steady parade of citizens and non-citizens facing officially sanctioned racial profiling and flimsy charges by John Ashcroft’s “Justice” Department.
Rabih Haddad, Enaam Arnaout and others are political prisoners held hostage to a domestic policy which considers all Arabs and Muslims suspects, and a foreign policy overwhelmingly opposed by most people in the world. Both policies tear at the heart of what a democracy should be.
With our civil rights under attack, we will work to defend them in the same manner they were won in the first place – organizing people to demand that government leaders respect EVERYONE’S rights. Please join a community march for freedom on the one-year anniversary of the illegal imprisonment of Rabih Haddad.
Friday, December 13 7:00 PM
Neighborhood march beginning at the corner of Lawrence & Kimball, Chicago (last stop on the Brown line “el”)
Download a copy of the flyer
For more information or to endorse, call the Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism, 888.471.0874.
President Bush is visiting Springfield this Sunday.
STOP His War on Iraq!
President Bush is visiting Springfield this Sunday. Local organizations including the Springfield Peace Coalition, the Women's International League for Peace & Freedom, the Heartland Peace Center, and The Space are organizing a non-violent, legal protest against Bush's war on Iraq.
The Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism is organizing rides from Chicago to the protest, matching up drivers with those who need rides. Cars will need to leave Chicago at 7 am.

If you can offer a ride or if you need a ride, please call 888.471.0874.
"Anti-war demonstrators committed to nonviolence should meet on Sunday, November 3 at 11 a.m. on the SE corner of the Old State Capitol plaza -- where it borders 6th street just at the point Adams deadends across the street. The SE corner of the Old State Capitol mall can also be described as across the street from the big gray 1930s office building and katty corner some restored law offices on 6th and Adams. If there isn't room there, the public sidewalks on 6th St. would be a good place to gather. We'll have to play it by ear a bit." There is paid parking underneath the Old State Capitol, entrance on 6th Street -- which runs one-way north. The Old State Capitol plaza is bordered by Washington St. on the North, 6th Street on the East, a closed-to-traffic Adams St. on the South, and 5th Street on the West. 5th and 7th streets are one-way South. 4th and 6th streets are one-way North. 2nd is two-way.Jefferson is one-way west, Washington is one-way East, Adams one-way West, Monroe one way East, Capitol is two way. Parking can be found along these streets on weekends -- though you may have to park a couple of blocks away if there are a lot of people at the rally.

Coming into Springfield on I-55 or I-72, you get off at Clear Lake Ave. exit and go West on Clear Lake. Clear Lake turns into a one-way expressway that takes you east into downtown Springfield. The Old State Capitol Mall is between 5th and 6th and Washington and Adams. You would take the 5th Street Exit -- but as I say, you may have to opt for parking on 4th (one-way north) or 7th (one-way) south or some of the cross streets.

Please see our calendar for a full listing of anti-war/anti-racist events organized by various groups in the metro area. Following that is information about contacting various committees of the Coalition so you can get involved. Finally, there is information about CCAWR's Emergency Response Plan.

Thank you again for wanting to get involved!

Stop the War on Iraq BEFORE IT STARTS
National March on Washington DC

Fri Oct 25 4:30 PM Federal Plaza
(corner of Adams & Dearborn Streets, Chicago)
See also: Chicago Demo on 10/26
GET ON THE BUS FROM CHICAGO to the October 26 National March on Washington DC. Buses will be leaving from Chicago’s Grant Park at 5:30 PM on October 25. The buses will be parked behind the Art Institute on Columbus Drive between Jackson and Adams. Chicago’s buses will arrive in DC at approximately 9 AM on October 26 and will be leaving DC at 6 PM, October 26 to arrive back in Chicago at approximately 8 AM, Sunday, October 27. The cost of a bus ticket is $70 round trip. To buy a ticket or for more information, e-mail billbeth@rcnchicago.com or call 773.878.0166. Checks may be made payable to International Action Center. Space is available on a first come first serve basis.
www.internationalANSWER.org 212.633.6646 (NYC) 202.332.5757 (DC)
PDF Flyer: Send-Off Rally / Oct. 26 National March in DC to Stop the War before It Starts
Sponsored by the Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism Endorsers list in formation. 888.471.0874 and CCAWR@aol.com
Sponsors include: A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition | Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation Dorothy Day Catholic Worker | National Lawyers Guild | Black Voices for Peace New York City Labor Against the War | Fellowship of Reconciliation | Global Exchange San Francisco Labor Council (AFL-CIO) | Student Liberation Action Movement (SLAM) Dr. Hans Christof von Sponek, former director of the UN Oil for Food Program Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general | Mumia Abu-Jamal Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Auxiliary Bishop, Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit Rev. Graylan Hagler, Senior Minister, Plymouth Congregational Church Howard Zinn, Peoples' Historian | Kathy Kelly, Voices in the Wilderness* Dr. Helen Caldicott, founder, Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Alamos Study Group | Not In Our Name/Pledge of Resistance 1199/SEIU New York Health and Human Services Union, Delegates Assembly I-V Muslim Student Association | Partnership for Civil Justice - LDEF IFCO/Pastors for Peace | Free Palestine Alliance Mexico Solidarity Network | Nicaragua Network | Korea Truth Commission International Action Center | Kensington Welfare Rights Union Middle East Children's Alliance | Bayan USA-International & many more

No War on Iraq! Protest in Chicago Sat. Oct. 26
Let Your Voice Be Heard. Oppose the Bush War on Iraq.
Download PDF: Chicago 10/26 Protest
The U.S. embargo of Iraq has killed more than a million people in the last ten years - half of whom are children - from bombing, disease, malnutrition, lack of medicine, polluted water and environmental damage. A stepped-up war will further decimate an already devastated civilian population, and cost the American people hundreds of billions of dollars that could be used to fund healthcare, housing, jobs and environmental protection. We've already been at war with the people of Iraq for a decade. It's time for it to end.

Convened by the Committee of 100, an interfaith group of local pastors and priests from the Chicagoland area who have each committed to mobilize 100 people from their congregations on October 26th against the war in Iraq. Program Committee: Rev. Walter L. Coleman, Rev. Oscar Carrasco, Father Larry Dowling, Father Mike Fleger, Rev. Thomas Jackson, Rev. Paul Jakes, Father Raul Martinez, Rev. Myron McCoy, Father Mike Shanahan, Rev. Hycel Taylor.

Endorsers (list in formation): ACORN, American Friends Service Committee, Chicago Anti-Bashing Network, Chicagoans Against the War on Iraq, Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Commit- tee/Chicago Chapter, Palestinian American Community Center, Free Palestine Alliance, A.N.S.W.E.R., Southwestern Community Coalition, Pueblo Sin Fronteras, Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Arab American Media Guild, Palestin- ian American Council.
Protest the U.S./ British War on Iraq! Protest Jack Straw!
Guess who’s coming to Chicago to promote the U.S./ British war on Iraq? British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw – a key player in the Bush war team. His agenda? To promote a new global empire – with U.S. corporate interests at the top of the heap. British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw will speak in Chicago on October 15. Let’s give him a Chicago-style welcome.

Skeptical about the Blair/Bush imperial agenda? Don’t take our word for it. Take theirs:

"If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator...heh, heh (nervous laughter)." ...Pres. George W. Bush

“What is needed is a new kind of imperialism…like in the old empire…deal with old-fashioned states outside the postmodern continent of Europe with the rougher methods of an earlier era – force, pre-emptive attack,
deception, whatever is necessary.” ...British diplomat Robert Cooper


“Let us reorder this world…from the slums of Gaza to the mountain ranges of Afghanistan… This is a battle with only one outcome: our victory.” ...British Prime Minister Tony Blair

“It does not follow that we should sever relations with every country whose observance of human rights falls below standard.” ...British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw

Jack Straw is a crucial point man in the U.S./British plan to attack Iraq and solidify U.S. domination in the Middle East – and beyond. Despite Straw’s recent trip to Arab states to force support for the war from local regimes, 80% of British people still oppose war on Iraq, and less than a third of Americans support a unilateral war that includes U.S. casualties. The Bush/British war on Iraq will cost at least $200 billion dollars and kill untold numbers of American soldiers and Iraqi civilians – more than one million of whom have already died under UN sanctions supported by the U.S. and Britain. U.S. oil companies and their British partners stand to reap billions in profits by regaining control of Iraqi oil – the second-largest oil reserves on the planet. Britain is the world’s third largest arms trader – and Jack Straw led the charge to increase British arms sales this year. More than two-thirds of British arms are sold to governments with appalling human rights records, including Israel.

PDF Flyer Protest U.S./U.K. Rush to War: Picket Brit Foreign Secretary Jack Straw!
Add your voice to the global call for peace – and oppose the Bush/Blair endless war! No New U.S./British Corporate Empire! No War On Iraq!
Convened by the Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism. For more info, email ccawr@aol.com or call 312-458-9559. Labor donated.

Northwest Suburban SUSTAIN (Stop U.S. Tax-Funded Aid to Israel Now) Teach-in on the Middle East situation—Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
1-5 p.m., free, at the Palatine Public Library, near Northwest Highway and Hicks Road. For information: 847.359.7267.

10/11 Emergency Response Demo

Emergency Action in Response to the War Vote
12 noon Friday, 10/11
Federal Plaza

At midnight Thursday night the Senate voted for Bush's war resolution -- please join this important action of protest:
Adams & Dearborn Streets, Chicago
The Federal Building will be cordoned off by yellow tape and declared a crime scene. Please come with signs and prepare to join or support the drama.

On trial for crimes of international law and human rights will be Bush, Cheney, Chicago-area Congressional delegation who voted "yes" on the war, Rumsfeld, Rice, Powell, and any member of the resolution.

This is a nonviolent action of the Iraq Peace Pledge/Pledge of Resistance. Sponsors include AFSC, Christian Peacemaker Teams, DePaul Campus Ministry, Illinois Peace Action, Pax Christi-Chicago, Voices in the Wilderness, and others.

For more information, contact Tom Webb, Iraq Pledge of Resistance coordinator, at 312-427-2533, ext. 38.