Reminder: NYC Anti-war Rally Sunday 12/16
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Reminder: Come Out This Sunday, December 16, for
Rally and March for Peace and Justice!!!
Join Our Call for Peace and Justice
STOP THE WAR * DEFEND CIVIL LIBERTIES * STOP RACIST VIOLENCE
During this holiday season, we march for Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward All.
STAND FOR PEACE
Sunday, December 16, 2001 – 1:00 pm
At the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Rockefeller Plaza (off 49th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues)
New York Coalition for Peace and Justice 212-228-0450 – http://www.nycpj.org
(The coalition that organized the October 7 mass anti-war march and rally.)
OUR GRIEF IS NOT A CRY FOR WAR
During this first holiday season since the horrible events of September 11, a war is raging in Afghanistan. Throughout this country people are celebrating the spirit of the season, while here in New York we enter these holidays still mourning the loss of thousands of lives. At the same time, one of the poorest nations on earth, Afghanistan has been all but destroyed by decades of warfare and weeks of constant bombing and intense fighting. As winter begins millions of Afghan people face starvation and an ongoing war.
Instead of seeking diplomatic measures to decrease terror in the world, the United States government has mobilized the largest, most powerful military force in history and unleashed it on the people of Afghanistan. In the planning for a new government, the women of Afghanistan are still kept out of the process. And in Washington there is talk of military actions against other countries around the world. We must raise our voices to stop this ever-expanding war now!
DEFEND CIVIL LIBERTIES
Since 9-11, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Immigration and Naturalization Service has rounded up thousands of Arab Americans and Muslims. They have been detained without trials, hearings or legal advice as a result of racial profiling, not because there is any evidence of wrong-doing.
On November 13, in an unconstitutional action described by the New York Times as a “travesty of justice,” President George W. Bush issued an executive order permitting the trial by military tribunal of non-U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism. Military tribunals are held in secret, without juries, and with none of the protections
(limited as they might be) that the Constitution gives to all residents of this country. If a president can annul the rights of some with the stroke of a pen, what is to stop him from suspending the rights of all of us?
STOP RACIAL, ETHNIC AND RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY AND VIOLENCE
Paralleling the official actions of many law enforcement and other government agencies, some people have become suspicious of their own neighbors – cab drivers, students, gas station attendants, doctors, storekeepers, journalists – merely on the basis of their nationality or religion. Reports have come in from around the country of assaults against people believed to be Arab or Muslim, in some instances going as far as murder.
In a city of people who have come from around the world, we cannot allow anti-immigrant attitudes and actions to go unchecked. We must uphold our cherished values of diversity and respect for all. We must say no to racist attacks.
As Washington prepares for new military actions in other nations, as the threat to our civil liberties deepens every day, and as racial profiling and racist assaults go unchallenged we must make our voices heard. Please help us build for December 16. Contact us to find out how you can help:
212-228-0450 – http://www.nycpj.org
New York Coalition for Peace and Justice
List of Confirmed Speakers at 12-16 Rally (others TBA)
Suzanne Adely, Palestinian-American activist, Al Awda
Afseneh, New York Students Against the War
Nellie Bailey, tenant organizer, Harlem Tenants Council
Charles Barron, City Council member (D-Brooklyn)
Reverend Billy, performance artist
Dave Cline, Vietnam Veterans Against the War
Bharavi Desai, New York Taxi Workers Alliance
Rabbi Michael Feinberg
Pat Humphreys, folk singer
Father Paul Mayer
Dennis O’Neil, Legislative Director, NY Metro Area Postal Union (APWU)
Michael Ratner, staff attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
Carlos Rovira, Vieques Support Committee
Brenda Stokely, President, Local 215, AFSCME
The Welfare Poets
Press Release December 14, 2001
For immediate release December 14, 2001
For additional information, contact: Jane Hirschmann at 212-222-6721 or Tristin Adie at 718-826-4833
Holiday Rally Calls for an End to War and the Defense of Civil Liberties
WHAT: Major antiwar, anti-racism and pro-civil-liberties demonstration
WHO: The New York Coalition for Peace and Justice (NYCPJ)
WHERE: Rockefeller Center near the Christmas tree, New York City, followed by a march to Times Square and back.
WHEN: 1:00 pm on Sunday, December 16, 2001
On Sunday, December 16th, as holiday shoppers assemble in Rockefeller Center, an alliance of New Yorkers from many organizations, the New York Coalition for Peace and Justice (NYCPJ), will evoke the cherished values of the season — brotherhood and goodwill — by leading a demonstration against the war and for a world of economic and political justice and peace.
Speakers will include a relative of one of the victims of the September 11th disaster, who will condemn the actions being taken by the government in those victims’ names. Also appearing will be acclaimed hip-hop artist Michael Franti; the activist-entertainer the Reverend Billy and the Welfare Poets; Brenda Stokely, Vice President of Local 215 (Social Service Employees) of D.C. 1707 of AFSCME; Nellie Bailey of the Harlem Tenants Council and other distinguished guests.
During this first holiday season since the horrible events of September 11th, we still mourn the loss of thousands of American lives. Meanwhile, instead of seeking legal and diplomatic solutions to terrorism, the US government has unleashed the most powerful force in history against the people of Afghanistan. As winter begins, millions of Afghans face starvation. In Washington actions are being taken that will lead to military aggression against Iraq and other countries around the world. We are raising our voices to stop this ever-expanding war!
Since 9/11, the Department of Justice and the Immigration and Naturalization Service has rounded up thousands of Arab Americans and Muslims. These people have been detained without trials, hearings or legal advice as a result of racial profiling. In almost all these cases, there has been no evidence or even suspicion of terrorist activity. And in an unconstitutional action described by The New York Times as a “travesty of justice,” President Bush has issued an executive order permitting the trial by military tribunal of non-US citizens. If a president can annul the rights of non-citizens, what is to stop him from suspending the rights of all of us?
As Washington prepares for new military actions against other nations, as the threat to our civil liberties deepens every day, and as racial profiling and racist assaults go unchallenged, we must — and will — make our voices heard. –John Riley