New anti-war paper aims to reach the unconvinced
March 2002

Activists based in the San Francisco bay area have recently launched a new national paper to respond to Bush's perpetual 'new war.' The pilot issue of "War Times" was published in February, and the organizers are looking for donations, subscriptions, and people willing to do distribution so that they can publish biweekly and attain mass distribution.

In their mission statement they say, "The terrorist attacks of September 11 marked the beginning of a new and frightening period in our history. Thousands of people died that day, and their families along with the country as a whole are still struggling to recover. But President Bush's response of "permanent war against terrorism at home and abroad" has further endangered the lives and liberties of millions of people everywhere.

"War Times is being produced to help broaden and deepen the fight against the Bush program by compiling information and analysis, and putting them into the hands of large numbers of readers. We are planning for it to be a free, mass produced, biweekly, and nationally distributed tabloid-sized newspaper. It will be a valuable outreach and education tool for organizers on the ground and an entryway for new people into the peace and justice movement."

The 8-page tabliod size pilot issue (including three pages in Spanish) contains the story of the meeting between family members of victims of the World Trade Center attacks and family of victims of the U.S. bombing in Afghanistan. It also features an interview with actor Danny Glover, who was disinvited from several speaking engagements and received threats because he refused to favor the death penalty for Osama bin Laden, an analysis of where the military money to pay for the new war is coming from, a letter to George W. from Guatemalan Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu Tum, and much more.

Endorsers of the paper include such luminary dissidents as Noam Chomsky, Frances Beal, Mel King, Winona LaDuke, Elizabeth Martinez, Jerome Scott, Howard Zinn, Cherrie Moraga, Frances Fox-Piven, Michael Albert and many more. The pilot issue is available on the web at www.war-times.org. It is also available at the Civic Media Center, 1021 W. Univ. Ave.

Donations and subscriptions can be sent to: EBC/War Times, 1230 Market Street, PMB 409, San Francisco, CA 94102. Email, including submissions for publication (not to exceed 700 words) can be sent to wartimes@attbi.com

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