Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Come plan CT Dec. antiwar action!!

- Please circulate widely -
Statewide Meeting to Call and Build a December Demonstration to End the War and Bring the Troops Home Now!

Sunday, October 26th, 2008
2:00 pm
Quaker Meeting House
144 South Quaker Lane
West Hartford, CT 06105

On October 9th and 11th students at Central Connecticut State University, Trinity College and UConn held inspiring actions to end the war in Iraq and bring the troops home now. They joined activists across the country in a nationally coordinated week of local actions against the war which included a rally in Boston of over 1000.

Earlier, in a late summer fight to prevent the closure of two neighborhood libraries in Hartford, children and adults tied their struggle to the war with signs demanding, "Money for Libraries, not for War!"

The pressure to oppose the U.S. war machine is only growing. The war in Iraq roars on with an approximate 1.6 million dead Iraqis, 5 million refugees, over 4,000 dead US soldiers, a shattered infrastructure, and trillions going up in smoke. Anti-Iran venom grows, with officials commonly labeling its national guard a "terrorist organization." U.S. operations are already spreading into Pakistan where they killed 11 Pakistani troops in a recent June airstrike. Rather than admit defeat, the war-makers are attempting to extend combat into new terrain.

As the world economy tumbles into depression, the drive for war will only intensify. Investors will look more towards arms spending to turn a profit. The rush to control resources and trade routes; to attain regional hegemony; to smother discontent and dissent in a tsunami of war-mongering nationalistic fervor - will escalate. Conflicts between Georgia and Russia could very well turn into war between Russia and the U.S.

Amidst an economic crisis involving hundreds of billions in corporate bailout dollars, skyrocketing home foreclosures, rising unemployement, loan freezes, and collapsing pensions, war funds are needed at home more than ever before.

Now more than ever it is time to bring anti-war forces across Connecticut together to oppose this war! Activists across the country will demonstrate against the war on the week of December 9-14 as part of nationally coordinated actions responding to the proposal put forth by anti-war activists across the country, including the National Assembly to End the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Let us unite in Connecticut for a mass action in December to Bring the Troops Home Now! Join us on October 26th at the Quaker Meeting House in West Hartford for a meeting to call and begin organizing a state-wide anti-war demonstration in Connecticut!
Initial signers:

Trinity College Anti-War Coalition
CCSU Progressive Student Alliance
Students for Change, Norwich
Students for Justice, WCSU
Stop the Raids! Students of Trinity College
Progressive Alliance, Quinepaug Valley Community College (Danielson branch)
Queers without Borders
Middle East Crisis Committee
Iranians for Peace and Justice
Colectivo Puertorriqueño Pro-Independencia
Iraq Veterans Against the War, CT
Socialist Action, CT
People of Faith, CT
Socialist Party, CT
International Socialist Organization, CT

Individuals (All below organizations for identification purposes only):
Joyce McKelvey, AFSC
Jason Ortiz, Idealists United, UConn
Hannah Kluger, UHart, Greater Glastonbury for Peace and Justice
Brittany Kilburn, Tim MacSweeney and Juan Veliz, Students for a Culture of Peace, Naugatuck Community College
Marissa Blaszko, Opinion Editor, CCSU Recorder
Wayne DeRoy and Paul Ofori, Africana Students Organization, CCSU
Erin McAuliffe, CCSU PRIDE
Gabrielle Pierce, CCSU Art Club
Erin Kenney, CCSU Central Counseling Society
Laura Lockwood, Director of Trinity Women & Gender Resource Action Center
Christopher Hutchinson, Manchester Community College
Harold Burbank, Green Party, running for CT 5th district Senate
Opton Martin, CCSU
Ebony Murphy, Hartford
Barbara Byrd, Bloomfield
Sharyn Murphy, Southington

If you are interested in joining the call for the meeting to call a mass action against the war in December, or want to find out more about the October 26th meeting contact Beth @ 203-448-9140 or

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