On Oct. 2, tens of thousands of people from across the United States — members of civil rights organizations, labor unions, community groups and religious institutions — will rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to demand “Jobs, Justice and Education!” (See www.onenationworkingtogether.org.)
As part of this effort, the peace movement is mobilizing its members to demand “Money for Jobs, Not for War!”
And, as part of that effort, the Campaign Against Sanctions & Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII) and the interfaith Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) have initiated a contingent to demand “Money for Jobs, Not for War or Sanctions Against Iran!” As of Sept. 30, that contingent has more than two dozen co-sponsors. (See list below.)
On Sept. 29, the U.S. government — which supports repressive regimes around the world — used the pretext of supporting human rights in Iran to impose a new round of sanctions, this time against specific Iranian government bodies and officials. These kinds of actions only create more obstacles to diplomacy and direct negotiation.
CASMII and FOR are asking all those who believe that war and sanctions are not the way to achieve peace and mutual understanding between peoples, countries, and governments to join with us. Regardless of how we may view the internal situation in Iran, all peace-loving people must take a stand now to prevent war and the escalation of hostility against Iran.
On Oct. 2, we will gather at 9 a.m. at the corner of 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, a few blocks east of the White House, on the north side of the National Mall. Along with many other peace and anti-war organizations, we will rally from 9:30-11 a.m., then march to the Lincoln Memorial for the main rally, scheduled to start at noon.
For more information, contact:
Phil Wilayto, Board Member, Campaign Against Sanctions & Military Intervention in Iran
Phone: (804) 247-3731; E-mail: email@example.com>
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Oct. 2 Contingent to demand:
“Money for Jobs, Not War or Sanctions Against Iran!”
Initiated by the Campaign Against Sanctions & Military Intervention in Iran and the Fellowship of Reconciliation
Abayomi Azikiwe — Editor, Pan African News Wire
Amiri & Amina Baraka — Activists
Black Workers League
Rev. Roy Bourgeois — Founder, School of Americas Watch
Campaign Against Sanctions & Military Intervention in Iran
Columbus Campaign for Arms Control — Columbus, OH
Colia L. Clark — Green Party Candidate for U.S. Senate
Ana Edwards — Chair, Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project, Richmond, Va.
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Yoshie Furuhashi — Editor, MRZine
International Action Center
Marilyn Levin — Co-Chair Admin. Comm., United Nat’l Anti-War Committee; Co-Chair Nat’l Assembly to End U.S. Wars & Occupations
The MOVE Organization — Philadelphia
Saladin Muhammad — Labor & Community Activist, North Carolina
Robert Naiman — Policy Director, Just Foreign Policy
Shafeah M’Balia — Community Activist, Rocky Mount, N.C.
Cynthia McKinney — Former U.S. Congresswoman; 2008 Green Party presidential candidate
Simin Royanian — Co-founder, Women for Peace & Justice in Iran
War Is A Crime.org
Phil Wilayto — Author, “In Defense of Iran: Notes from a U.S. Peace Delegation’s Journey through the Islamic Republic”
Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) — Minneapolis
Ann Wright — Retired US Army Reserve Colonel and U.S. diplomat who resigned in opposition to the Iraq War