Oct. 25th: March for an end to the occupation of Iraq
October 2003

The following is a joint statement by two U.S. peace coalitions:

September 5 -- Act Now to Stop War & End Racism (A.N.S.W.E.R.) and United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ), are joining forces to call on all those who oppose the war, invasion and occupation of Iraq, to unite on Saturday, October 25 in Washington, D.C., for a truly massive outpouring reflecting the growing popular opposition to the Bush Administration's foreign and domestic program.

It was the peace and antiwar movement in the 1960's and 70's that proved to be one of the decisive factors ending the US war in Vietnam. The October 25th demonstration will be a powerful repudiation by the people of the United States of Bush's criminal war and occupation of Iraq and will be a signal of the new antiwar movement's potent political force countering the Bush Administration.

UFPJ and A.N.S.W.E.R. have both organized antiwar demonstrations numbering in the hundreds of thousands in the last year and have now agreed to join forces for the purpose of organizing the October 25 National March on Washington, D.C. under the banner: End the Occupation of Iraq, Bring the Troops Home Now! The protest will also condemn the vast cuts in vital domestic social and economic programs and demand: Money for jobs, education & healthcare, not war and occupation. As the October 25-26 weekend is also the second anniversary of the passage of the so-called Patriot Act, authorizing political arrests, indefinite detentions, domestic spying, and religious and racial profiling, the demonstration will also be a call to Fight Back Against the Patriot Act.

By working together we are optimistic that this mobilization will be an expression of the wide-spread opposition to the ongoing occupation of Iraq. We urge you to do everything possible to help bring massive numbers of people to Washington, D.C. on October 25th.

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