[R-G] All Out Sept. 24-26: End the War!/Kanye West Was Right!
david.mcr at earthlink.net
Thu Sep 22 17:58:27 MDT 2005
Thanks, will pass on to concerned folks. And of course will be there
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> From: War Times <info at war-times.org>
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> Date: 9/22/2005 7:41:25 PM
> Subject: All Out Sept. 24-26: End the War!/Kanye West Was Right!
> All Out Sept. 24-26: End the War!/Kanye West Was Right!
> A dynamic weekend of antiwar activities will kick off 48 hours from now
with a giant march and rally in Washington, D.C. The September 24-26
actions can make a big difference. Discontent with Bush's Iraq policy, and
with appalling government priorities generally, is at record levels. The
antiwar movement has a chance to mobilize and influence millions. Add your
voice and your presence to all those going to D.C. or turning out in other
cities: END THE WAR ON IRAQ, BRING THEM HOME NOW, JUSTICE FOR THE PEOPLE OF
THE GULF COAST! For complete information and for flyers and other resources
to help build for September 24-26, go to http://www.unitedforpeace.org/
> It is also an urgent time to step up support for vital humanitarian and
political initiatives in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Take a look at War
Times/Tiempo de Guerras' statement "Katrina and The Antiwar Movement: Lend
Our Hand and Our Voice" at http://www.war-times.org/ We also want to share
with you the important call below, "Kanye West Was Right. Now Let's Do
Something About It": see http://www.colorofchange.org/ for full information.
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> Thanks, peace, and please forward this e-mail to a friend!
> The War Times/Tiempo de Guerras Staff
> Kanye West Was Right. Now Let's Do Something About It.
> When Kanye West said George Bush doesn't care about Black people, he told
the truth. You don't let people you "care about" linger on roof-tops for
days without a drop of water or scrap of food while you attend
fund-raisers. And you don't leave 20,000 people you "care about" stuffed in
a sweltering stadium for nearly a week. If a hurricane hit Martha's
Vineyard or Kennebunkport, you can bet Bush would have been there the next
> But it's not only George Bush. The folks we saw on TV were left behind a
long time ago--by most politicians--because they don't have the money or
provide enough votes to demand their attention. And honestly, we also left
them behind. We're the folks who could have had their backs all along, but
we've done way too little to support and protect them. It's shameful, but
we can do something about it. And we will. Please join us:
> As we know from history, when we stand together, we can change this
country. That's why we're writing. Our goal is to build a group of 250,000
Black folks and others who are willing to take a simple pledge: to protect
those of us who are struggling at the margins, to make sure they're not
left behind again, and to help them gain a political voice. The question is
whether enough of us care--and are willing to step up. We believe so, and
> When 250,000 committed African-Americans and our allies speak in a loud
voice, it's hard to ignore. We will use the Internet and national media to
put pressure on elected officials, to help everyone stay informed, and to
empower all of us by creating a way to come together and take action.
> By signing the pledge, you will help to create that new force--a powerful
community of hope and action that can start making a difference right away.
> We'll begin by focusing on folks from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast
who've been displaced and making sure their interests are protected. Those
who have lost the most should be first in line for a chance to rebuild
their homes, their lives, and their communities. And they should be paid
well for their work.
> Unfortunately, Bush and his crew have already started to show their true
colors and whose side they're really on. They've given companies involved
in rebuilding special breaks so they can pay workers lower wages than
normal. They've given Halliburton and other companies friendly to the Bush
administration exclusive deals, preventing others from bidding. And Bush
has vowed to keep the tax breaks he gave to the richest 1% of Americans.
That means the money needed to pay for reconstruction will likely come from
cutting government services for those who already have the least.
> It's time to start standing up for our people. With hard work and
coordinated efforts, 250,000 of us can make even George Bush act right. We
will monitor and expose the reality of what he and other elected officials
do vs. what they say.
> But first we think it's important to start from a place of integrity.
Before we demand anything of the government, we believe we need to look
within and demand more of ourselves. For us, this has been a big wake-up
call. We need to check ourselves, admit that we've probably been doing less
than we could, and vow to step up. After we do that, we can insist that the
nation's leaders to do the same thing.
> We will change the way this country deals with those left behind,
everywhere. It comes down to how many will join us by standing up and
having their voices count. At this point, we need to know who's down. We
hope that you are. And we hope that you will help spread the word out to
your family and friends. Click the link below to join us:
> Together, we can change the balance of power in this country--and make
sure what we saw on TV, we never see again.
> Thank you,
> -- James Rucker & Van Jones
> National Coordinators, ColorOfChange.org
> info at colorofchange.org
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