EMERGENCY ANTI-ESCALATION RALLY Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 • 11am-4pm • Washington DC
Lafayette Square | White House
Metro: Farragut West or Farragut North
Speakers: Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Rep. Cynthia McKinney, Sen. Mike Gravel, Kathy Kelly, Chris Hedges, David Swanson, Rev. Graylan Hagler, Gael Murphy, Brian Becker, Debra Sweet, Mathis Chiroux, Elaine Brower, Coy McKinney, Chioma Oruh, Lynne Williams, Hon. Betty Hall, Marian Douglas-Ungaro, Dr. Michael Knox, Ralph Lopez, Dr. Sahar Shafqat, David Zirin, Chris Towne, Cpt. Ron Fisher.
Plus: Statements from Rabbi Michael Lerner, Col. Ann Wright, Kevin Zeese, Dr. Stephen Zunes, Granny D (turning 100), and others.
Under Obama-Pelosi-Reid, the US has already sent about 35,000 more troops into the Afghanistan graveyard of empires. Now, Obama has announcedanother round of re-enforcements—an Afghan surge of 30,000 additional GIs, thereby betraying his supporters on the left and ignoring the majority of Americans, 55% of whom disapprove of his handling of the war. Instead, Obama is taking the advice from the war party—from Petraeus, McChrystal, and Mullen. It’s high time Obama, Pelosi, and Reid heard a clear message from a resurgent antiwar movement demanding no escalation and an immediate pullout of all US forces from Afghanistan and Iraq, including an immediate halt to Predator drone attacks and CIA operations in the region.
Come to the rally and let our united voices be heard!
Pre-Rally Meetup: “Rethink Afghanistan” Film & Discussion – Friday, Dec. 11, 8:00 PM, Busboys & Poets, 14th & V Sts. NW, DC. Admission FREE. Special musical performance by Huda Asfour.
Put Obama on Notice Against Afghanistan Escalation
Sign the Open Letter From the Peace Movement to President Obama
Please send your endorsement to sign[at]enduswars.org
End US Wars Director Laurie Dobson’s Personal Appeal to Peace Leaders
*Update, December 7:
There has been great interest from the peace community regarding this upcoming rally, and response from many who wish to become involved in our outreach and media efforts. We have a guide for this on our Spread the Word page, to assist people in learning what they can do to conduct immediate “guerilla-style” media efforts.
The importance of this emergency rally cannot be overstated: we are the only national collective action against Obama’s call for extended war in Afghanistan and beyond. As such, it is imperative that all those who can must gear up to answer this call for a massive outcry. We must come together to oppose this abominable war plan and we must do so now, not later.
We are counting on your help. If you are at all able to assist, the focus at this point is on outreach and media contacts. Please do what you can to get the word out. Please let us know what you are doing and where you are getting the message across.
Thank you for all you are doing – and are going to do this week, in order to make this rally a success! It takes every one of us to do this, and we count on you and on each other.
PS. For those with specific suggestions and leads, please reach us at this email and at the numbers listed at the top of this page.