March 19/20 AntiWar Action
Reports from hundreds of cities Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Help break through the media blockade of the March 19/20 demonstrations!
The big business mass media suppressed or downplayed coverage of the March 19 antiwar protests that took place in more than 800 cities and towns throughout the United States. Many of these demonstrations were the largest in that local area in some time. Every progressive movement is confronted with the problem that the mainstream media represents the political establishment of society. We have to count on ourselves to spread the word – and that’s just what the movement is doing. More than 150 cities have sent in reports and photographs so that they can be circulated by others. The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition is bundling these reports so that they can receive massive circulation on the internet and elsewhere.
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Because of the large number of reports, it is not possible to include them all in one email. All of the reports, listed in alphabetical order by state, can be found on the March 19 reports section of the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition website, which also includes a photo album.
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Below is a sampling of the March 19/20 reports and photographs:
New York City, New York
Brenda Stokely, President of AFSCME District Council 1707 and Co-Convener of New York City Labor Against the War:
“It is very important that the demonstration began in Harlem. Not only because the people of Harlem, and especially its young people, have had rain on them the costs of militarism, war and racism. Harlem is also important as a symbol of resistance. Every nationality in New York was represented in the march from Marcus Garvey Park to Central Park.”
The Troops Out Now Coalition reports that more than 15,000 marched from Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem to Central Park, where thousands were already gathered.
Excerpted from report:
“As they marched through Harlem, they were greeted by cheers and applause from the community. People came out of stores and apartments to join the march. Others hung out of their windows and flashed the peace sign or raised their fist.
“Speakers at the Central Park Rally included Representative Charles Rangel, New York City Council Members Margarita Lopez and Charles Barron, former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, and attorney Lynne Stewart.
“After the Central Park Rally, thousands marched to the Upper East Side mansion of billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg with the slogan, ‘Fund Cities, Not War!'”
Organizers with the Troops Out Now Coalition announced a May 1 rally in New York City to demand “Jobs, Not War! Bring the Troops Home Now!”