Monday, February 12, 2018

Initial Endorsers for Women's March on Pentagon




Women's March on the Pentagon to Confront the Bi-partisan War Machine

On October 21, 1967, 50,000 people marched on the Pentagon in opposition to the escalation of US imperialist aggression in Vietnam. An anti-war rally was held at West Potomac park near the Lincoln Memorial where 70,000 people had gathered for a concert by musician and peace activist Phil Ochs. Both groups joined together and marched; this action was to be known as the March on the Pentagon. 
During 1967 there were numerous anti-war marches across the nation in all major cities including New York, Boston, San Francisco and Washington, DC. 

 These actions and the protests and demos of the 1968 presidential elections would lead to the call for a general strike which culminated in the mobilization of 500,000 protestors in another march on the Pentagon known as the Vietnam Moratorium which took place on October 15, 1969. A month later, due to the success of the first march, another rally was held. 
 


On October 7th, 2001, the US invaded Afghanistan under the pretext of apprehending those behind the attacks on the Twin Towers in 2001. US forces have remained in active occupation, making the illegal and immoral war in Afghanistan the longest foreign occupation in US history. In response to ongoing US military aggression across the globe and the continuing bi-partisan increases in Pentagon funding we are calling for a 21st century March on the Pentagon on the 51st anniversary of the massive 1967 march and all the subsequent marches. The bloated military budget is draining our communities and families dry of precious blood and treasure while decimating nations and peoples who have done nothing to us. 





The title, “Women’s March on the Pentagon” is in direct response to a leader in the recent women’s march who said,  “I appreciate that war is YOUR issue Cindy, but the Women’s March will NEVER address the war issue as long as women aren’t free.” 
It is the belief of many of us that NO woman is free while the US spends trillions of dollars bombing millions and militarily occupying over 150 countries around the world. 

Our demands are simple: The complete end to the wars abroad; closure of foreign bases; dramatically slash the Pentagon budget to fund healthy social programs here at home: the only good empire is a gone empire. 

The antiwar/peace, anti-Imperialist voice has been shut out of, or marginalized by many protests and movements especially since Trump was inaugurated. We are in solidarity with most social and environmental movements, yet many refuse to address war and the preparations for war. War affects us all in one way or another. War destroys the natural environment. This March will not degenerate into a Get out the Vote Rally for the complicit Democrats. 

The "nuclear clock" is at two minutes to midnight, and with the threat of nuclear annihilation becoming an incomprehensible reality, WE MUST MARCH FOR PEACE AND AGAINST THE WAR MACHINE. 

To create a space in which to connect the dots of US Militarism back to the liberation and emancipation of all people around the world and to reverse the effects that the US War Machine has on the degradation of the environment we call for endorsement of this action. Although the working title is “Women’s March on the Pentagon” we invite all participation. At the moment our only web presence is on Facebook at: Women’s March on the Pentagon. We are furiously catching up with the excitement generated by the initial proposal. 

We are also planning on calling for solidarity marches around the world to march, or rally in front of military installations, US embassies, or war profiteers for those who cannot make it to the March on the Pentagon.

If we missed you, or you'd like to endorse, please email Cindy at: CindySheehan@MarchonPentagon.com

Website (under construction): MarchonPentagon.com

INITIAL ENDORSERS:

CINDY SHEEHAN, Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox

BONNIE J. CARACCIOLO, Peace & Justice Activist, Boston

CODEPINK Women for Peace

CODEPINK, Long Island

ANN GARRISON, Activist/Author

ANN WRIGHT, Mega-activist

MEDEA BENJAMIN, Co-founder CODEPINK Women for Peace

JODIE EVANS, Co-founder CODEPINK Women for Peace

CYNTHIA MCKINNEY, PHD, US Congress

Andrea Mérida Cuéllar; National Co-Chair of the Green Party, USA (for ID purposes only)

MNAR MUHAWESH: Mint Press 

MATT SEDILLO, LatinX, Poet and Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox

IRENE SANCHEZ, LatinX, activist, professor and Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox

MARY KNAPP, Author 

CHELSEY SPENGLER: Chair of FURIE: Feminine Uprising to Resist Inequality and Exploitation

MARGARET KIMBERLEY, Editor and Senior Columnist
Black Agenda Report

BRUCE DIXON, Managing Editor, Black Agenda Report

GLEN FORD, Executive Editor, Black Agenda Report 

COLEEN ROWLEY, Former FBI agent, Peace Activist


PRISCILLA STAR, Director Coalition Against Nukes

MALACHY KILBRIDE,  Peace & Social Justice activist,
National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance

RICK STERLING, Task Force of the Americas

ABBY MARTIN,  Host of The Empire Files 

THE EMPIRE FILES 

MICHAEL PRYSNER, Iraq War Veteran and Founder of March Forward 

KEVIN ZEESE, co-director of Popular Resistance

MARGARET FLOWERS, co-director of Popular Resistance

LUCIANNA BOHNE, Professor Edinboro University in Pensylvania; Author 

DAVID SWANSON, Peace Activist/Author

WORLD BEYOND WAR

NJ ANTIWAR AGENDA  

RIVA ENTEEN, National Lawyer's Guild

RAY MCGOVERN, activist/author

PAKI WEILAND, Antiwar activist 

KATHY KELLY, Co-coordinator, Voices for Creative Nonviolence

STACY BANNERMAN, Author

WOMEN'S ECO PEACE

RAEL NIDESS, M.D.

DON DEBAR, Community Public Radio News 

CHUCK KAUFFMAN, National Co-Coordinator, Alliance for Global Justice

ELANE SPIVAK RODRIGUEZ, National Co-Coordinator, Alliance for Global Justice
 
JIM LAFFERTY, Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild, L.A. & Former National Coordinator, National Peace Action Coalition.

JOE LOMBARDO, co-coordinator, United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)

JOY FIRST, NCNR National Convenor

UNAC, United National Antiwar Coalition
International Labor Solidarity Committee of Doro-Chiba, Japan 

ANSWER COALITION 

JOHN DEAR, Campaign Non-Violence

JOHN WALSH, Author and Veterans for Peace

HISAKO HIRUTA,  Secretary-general
Democratic Women's Club National Conference, Japan


DR. MICHAEL D. KNOX, Chair - US Peace Memorial Foundation

HADI JAWAD,  'Stop The Militarism Madness"

ANTHONY FREDA: Antiwar Artist

SIMON WOOD, Writer

KEVIN HESTER, New Zealand
GINNIE DAUGHERTY
SUE THOMPSON, Global Peace Activist 

RON JACOBS, writer

DAKOTAH LILLY, Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox and Students and Youth for a New America (SYNA)

STUDENTS AND YOUTH FOR A NEW AMERICA

VFP, Ch. #45 North Shore MA (Samantha Smith)

NATIONAL LAWYER'S GUILD  

1040 FOR PEACE, Lancaster, PA 

PEACE ACTION NETWORK, LANCASTER, PA 




 

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