March 20 Permits Secured for March and Rally in NYC
- Major Anti-War Coalitions Issue Unity Statement
We are pleased to announce that permits have been secured for the New York City March 20 demonstration. Thousands of people from the Arab and Muslim community, military families and veterans, trade unionists, students and youth and others are uniting to participate in this massive, permitted demonstration demanding "Bring the troops home now!", "End colonial occupation from Iraq to Palestine and everywhere!", "Money for jobs, education, healthcare and housing - Not war!", and "Stop the attacks on civil rights and civil liberties!"
On Saturday, March 20 we will meet at 12 noon in New York City, for an opening rally at Madison Square Park, which is at Madison Avenue and 23rd Street. (the crowd will flow north along Madison Ave.) We will march west on 23rd Street, north on 6th Avenue, east on 40th Street, and south on Madison Avenue back to Madison Square Park on 23rd Street. We'll be marching through several busy commercial areas, so our march will be seen by huge numbers of people. A closing rally will follow the march.
VoteNoWar members are organizing Bring the Troops Home Now! contingents for the demonstrations in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles and around the country, and at the demonstrations we will be circulating the Bring the Troops Home Now Referendum. There will be banners, placards, buttons, signs and more. See below to help build the March 20 demonstrations.
Major Anti-War Coalitions Issue Unity Statement
The March 20 National Coalition, which includes the A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism) Coalition, and the March 20 Mobilizing Committee, which includes UFPJ, are uniting to bring together the largest number of people possible in the streets of New York City. This spirit and enthusiasm reflects the sentiment of the broad progressive movement in the U.S. that we should all stand united and march together on March 20.
Unity Statement Between the Anti-War Coalitions:
"On March 20th, the one year anniversary of the U.S. war against Iraq, a Global Day of Action will bring hundreds of thousands of people into the streets in cities around the world. In New York City the March 20th Mobilizing Committee and the March 20th National Coalition are organizing a unified demonstration opposing the criminal and empire-building policies of the Bush administration and their impact abroad and at home. We will march for an end to the occupation and corporate control of Iraq and to bring the troops home now. We will march for an end to the occupation of Palestine. We will march to fund human needs, restore cuts in social programs and against the ever-expanding attacks on all immigrants, labor rights and everyone's civil liberties - and we will stand united against racism here and abroad. We represent diverse communities and organizations opposed to the Bush Administration policies for many reasons, but on March 20th we will march together. By working together our two coalitions are confident we will mobilize a massive turnout on March 20th and send a strong, clear message."