Betreff: After Sept. 24 -- Time to turn up the heat
Von: Troops Out Now Coalition
Datum: Fri, 30 Sep 2005 21:15:24 -0400





300,000 March on White House Dec. 1
What's Next After September 24?

Dec. 1 - Rosa Parks Anniversary
National Strike Against Poverty, Racism, and War




On September 24, Washington, DC saw the largest antiwar demonstration since the war beginning of the war against the people of Iraq, with more than 300,000 people flooding the streets of the capital demanding "Troops Out Now!"  The massive march on Saturday was followed by civil disobedience in front of the White House on Monday in which 370 people, including Cindy Sheehan, were arrested. 

Beyond the size of the demonstrations, there was a tangible new level of energy and enthusiasm among those who came to protest.  Many of those who came had never marched in a protest before, and many veteran protesters felt that the tide is turning in the struggle against the war.

Part of this new energy is the result of the more than 12,000 people who joined Cindy Sheehan, mother of a soldier killed in Iraq, in Camp Casey, Texas.  The month-long roadside encampment near George W. Bush's country estate inspired activists across the country.  The Troops Out Now Coalition (TONC) organized "Camp Caseys" and solidarity rallies in dozens of cities across the country.

The demonstration also took on  a new sense of urgency following the massive destruction and loss of life resulting from the government's criminal neglect in the region impacted by Hurricane Katrina.  The winds of Katrina exposed the brutal racism and greed at the core of an unjust system as thousands were left to die simply because they were poor and Black.

The Troops Out Now Coalition organized a large "Katrina Solidarity Contingent" for the September 24 march, which received an enthusiastic repsonse.  TONC is also working to support local organizers in the impacted area.

The massive turnout for the September 24 demonstration was a clear indication that the tide is turning.  More and more people are opposed to the war and they are inspired to take action to bring the troops home.  The challenge for the antiwar movement is to bring this new energy back to every neighborhood, workplace, and school to build a grassroots movement to end theTroops Out Now Coalition occupation.

Next Step: December 1

The movement to build a truly massive Rosa Parks Anniversary Nationwide Strike Against Poverty, Racism and War is gaining momentum.  Following the phenomenal success of the September 24 antiwar marches, the December 1 strike is a necessary next step to keep the pressure on and broaden the movement that has been reborn.

The time has arrived to take our struggle to a higher level. Let us work together and organize a Nationwide Strike against Poverty, Racism and War on Dec. 1, 2005, the 50th anniversary of the day that Rosa Parks helped launch the modern civil rights movement – no work, school, or shopping – continued protest through Dec.2 and 3 – and a Mass March on Wall Street in New York City.  It is time for the people to demonstrate that they can stop business as usual coast-to-coast when justice requires the people to do so.

We owe it to the victims of Katrina, to poor and working people, to the world and to ourselves to find the way to help turn the outrage over Katrina into a mass grassroots movement for social justice, the likes of which this country has not seen for some time. Moreover, it is vitally necessary, and much more possible now, to forge real unity on a phenomenal scale between the movement against the war and the movements of African Americans, people of color, and poor and working people in a struggle for economic, social and political rights.

The war and occupation of Iraq and the Katrina outrage have demonstrated to the world the urgent necessity for fundamental change and a movement that is big enough and determined enough to achieve the goal. Katrina has exposed the ugly truths about class and race, poverty, war and militarism. Our solidarity with demands of the survivors of Katrina must evolve from empathy, charity and symbolism to a mighty social force to be reckoned with. Key to this mighty potential will be the forging of a strong alliance with activists and leaders within the African American community in the Gulf States, taking direction from them regarding the kind of solidarity that they need and the demands they are making. Our demand to end the war in Iraq and to bring the troops home now must be backed up by the kind of mass tactics that signal that we mean business.

Fifty years ago, Black people in Montgomery, Alabama were forced by law to sit in the back of public buses, and give their seats to any white person who demanded it. When Rosa Parks, a garment worker and civil rights activist, refused to give up her seat to a white man, she sparked the Montgomery bus boycott against segregation on public buses, one of the most successful and truly mass boycotts in history. The Montgomery bus boycott also introduced to the world a young reverend named Martin Luther King Jr., who became the boycott’s principal public leader.

A Dec. 1 Strike Working Committee was set up at a Sept. 10 Natl. Strategy Meeting of the Troops Out Now Coalition (TONC) attended by more than 100 activists. The working committee will develop outreach and building plans for the Dec. 1 strike.
 
Dec. 1 Nationwide strike against poverty, racism and war -- Initiating Organizations: Troops Out Now Coalition, Million Worker March Movement, Teamsters National Black Caucus, Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice.


How Can You Help Build The December 1 Rosa Parks anniversary Nationwide strike Against Poverty Racism and War?

- Set up a strike organizing committee or have your group serve as a strike organizing committee on your college or High School campus – or within the community that you live and work in – or at your place of work; for the purposes of planning your December 1st event/s.

- Draft your own local December 1 strike leaflets, reflecting local issues and struggles or download flyers from http://troopsoutnow.org/flyers/dec1call.pdf

- Circulate a petition/ or introduce a resolution to your student senate, union executive or delegates council, church or mosque, or your city council concerning December
1st.

- Help Build the Rosa Parks Anniversary Nationwide Strike at the Millions More Movement March, Sat. Oct. 15 in Wash. DC.  If you are planning to attend the Millions More March in D.C. on October 15, let us know right away so that you can be a voluteer on one of the many December 1st  outreach and information tables that are being planned for the event.

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Some of the kinds of activities that are being planned for December 1 in cities and towns across the country:


-  Signing pledge cards to take off work, or participate in extended lunch breaks, or sick outs, are amongst the many creative methods that are being planned to get working people involved in the strike.

- Student walkouts are being planned for Dec. 1st.  Some students will be marching to, or assembling at military recruiting stations for rallies and demonstrations.

- Some local organizers or planning rallies in downtown shopping areas, or in front of Walmart stores, to encourage shoppers to boycott several or one major store on Dec. 1

- Some or planning a boycott of all public transportation on December 1, in honor of the Montgomery bus boycott

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Rosa Parks Background Resources:

- For a short essay by historian and author Horace Randall Williams on the significance of the Montgomery Bus Boycott: http://www.troopsoutnow.org/statements/mntgbus.shtml

- For quick and easy reference to Rosa Parks try this website:  http://teacher.scholastic.com/rosa/index.htm

- There are a number of excellent and available film documentaries and dramatizations of the Montgomery bus boycott including The Story of Rosa Parks, starring Angela Bassett, and The Long Walk Home, starring Whoopi Goldberg.


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