NO TO WAR NO TO RACIST ATTACKS DEFEND CIVIL LIBERTIES

The Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism mourns the victims of September 11th and all victims of war. The attacks on September 11 cannot be justified under any circumstances. We believe, however, that waging war on Afghanistan or any other nation will neither serve justice nor guarantee security. The coalition seeks to build public support for the following three points:

NO TO WAR
The military action taken in Afghanistan is harming countless innocent civilians and is sowing further hatred and distrust of the U.S. This will likely lead to counter-reprisals and an unending escalation of retaliatory attacks. We call for an immediate end to the war in Afghanistan and we oppose attacks on any other
possible target.

NO TO RACIST ATTACKS
The anti-immigrant hysteria and renewed racial profiling of Arabs, Arab-Americans, South Asians, and Muslims must end. The war hysteria promoted by the government has fueled vigilantism and racism. We urge people everywhere to stand together with their neighbors of all nationalities and religions to oppose violence and hate crimes.

DEFEND CIVIL LIBERTIES
In the name of the "war on terrorism," the government has implemented sweeping changes that provide law enforcement and intelligence agencies with more power at the expense of hard-won democratic and constitutional rights. Increased electronic surveillance, the criminalization of dissent, indefinite detention of immigrants and citizens without charges, and other curbs on our rights will not guarantee greater security. We call on all people to defend our democratic rights and civil liberties.

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INCREASE NATIONAL DIALOGUE

We encourage a national dialogue in the U.S. that questions WHY the attacks of September 11th occurred. In particular, we in the US should take this opportunity to examine the government's foreign policy. Such a dialogue should examine how such policies may have led in various ways to the September 11th attacks.

We should all look into whether U.S. government policies have thwarted the legitimate aspirations of people from Palestine to Colombia. As well, to what extent have corporate policies such as those of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization led to the impoverishment of nations and the plundering of their wealth. An examination of the role oil in the Middle East and near Afghanistan has played in corporate and US policy should likewise be included. A national dialogue will help build a movement to reject war and find alternative solutions to the crisis.

What You Can Do:
JOIN our future actions-- teach-ins, marches, speak-outs, street theater, and vigils to show your opposition to this war. Join our emergency response telephone tree to defend threatened communities. Visit our website for details.

ORGANIZE a speak-out in your community, place of worship or school, looking
at peaceful alternatives. The coalition can assist with providing speakers,
publicity and organizing ideas.

CALL or write Senators or Representatives and demand that they oppose the
curtailment of civil liberties, call for an immediate end to the U.S.
military actions in Afghanistan, and support the pursuit of peaceful
resolutions to the problems in the world.

 

NO TO WAR NO TO RACIST ATTACKS DEFEND CIVIL LIBERTIES

From the Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism
Website:
www.chicagoantiwar.org E-mail: CCAWR@AOL.COM