March 20 NYC Unity Statement

On February 5, the U.S. antiwar movement took an important step forward when the March 20 National Coalition and the March 20 Mobilizing Committee agreed to hold a unified demonstration in New York City. As part of this agreement, more than 20 organizations present from both coalitions (including New York City Labor Against the War) unanimously decided that:

(1) By February 6, the two coalitions would issue the joint statement below.

(2) Organizations and coalitions will also have the right to produce their own materials for the demonstration.

(3) The two coalitions will share equally in decisions, permits, responsibilities and rally time.

(4) Participating organizations and coalitions pledge to express their points of view in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

These and other decisions will be formally summarized in a subsequent statement.

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STATEMENT FROM FEBRUARY 6 MEETING BETWEEN MARCH 20 NATIONAL COALITION & MARCH 20 MOBILIZING COMMITTEE

On March 20th, the one year anniversary of the U.S. war against Iraq, a Global Day of Action will bring hundreds of thousands of people into the streets in cities around the world. In New York City the March 20th Mobilizing Committee and the March 20th National Coalition are organizing a unified demonstration opposing the criminal and empire-building policies of the Bush administration and their impact abroad and at home. We will march for an end to the occupation and corporate control of Iraq and to bring the troops home now. We will march for an end to the occupation of Palestine. We will march to fund human needs, restore cuts in social programs and against the ever-expanding attacks on all immigrants, labor rights and everyone’s civil liberties – and we will stand united against racism here and abroad. We represent diverse communities and organizations opposed to the Bush Administration policies for many reasons, but on March 20th we will march together. By working together our two coalitions are confident we will mobilize a massive turnout on March 20th and send a strong, clear message.

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