March 9, 2009

March and Rally Against War and Occupation!

On March 21, 2009, Northland citizens will take to the streets in solidarity with protesters around the country, to demand the U.S. immediately cease its military intervention in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere.

Protesters will gather at 12 noon at the Minnesota Power Plaza, at the corner of Lake Avenue and Superior Street in downtown Duluth. We will march to the Civic Center for a rally featuring speakers and artistic performances. The public is welcome, and there is no cost.

The protest is being held on March 21 to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the illegal U.S. invasion of Iraq. Other protest actions will be taking place that day in large and small communities across the U.S., the largest being a March on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

The slogans of the protest are "From Iraq to Afghanistan to Palestine, occupation is a crime" and "The time for change is now--bring all the troops home." The rally will take place in front of Duluth City Hall to highlight the irresponsibility of spending trillions of dollars on unwanted military occupations while local communities face economic crisis, layoffs, and massive cutbacks in public services.

The protest will include the demand to stop sending military aid to Israel. Several billion dollars' worth of U.S. military equipment was used to slaughter Palestinians during the January, 2009 invasion of Gaza, and Israel continues to enforce a strict blockade that denies Gazans access to such staples as medical supplies, paper and macaroni.

The Duluth protest is sponsored by the Northland Anti-War Coalition. Endorsers include: UMD Students for Peace, Peace North, Lake Superior Greens, Veterans for Peace Chapter 80, Grandmothers for Peace, Women in Black, Socialist Action, Every Church a Peace Church, Unitarian-Universalist Peace & Justice Committee, Duluth Fathering Project, Duluth Free Speech Corner, and North Star Republic.

For more information, contact or (715) 394-6660.

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