The September 29th Anti-War, Anti-Racist rally and march was a great success with over 20,000 people in attendance arriving from all points around the nation. There were also extremely successful solidarity rallies in the US and abroad that took place on Saturday.
Initially there was skepticism over whether it was too soon or inappropriate to have an anti-war, anti-racism demonstration so soon after the events of September 11th. The overwhelming positive support and endorsements from individuals and organizations representing a broad cross section of the nation and abroad showed that this was not the time to shrink away from the escalating war drive. Rather, it is the time to stand united and show the world that there is a strong, growing anti-war movement both here in the U.S. and in countries around the world.
The vast majority of the participants on Saturday were students and youth from around the country. Their presence reflected a broad spectrum of support from various cultural, social and religious backgrounds.
The International ANSWER Coalition wants to keep the momentum from Saturday going by encouraging all individuals around the country and abroad to organize a day of local and regional actions for October 27th. This way we can continue to build the visibility and voice of this new anti-war movement. We also encourage people to set up ANSWER chapters in their schools, community centers and towns to take on the organizing for this day of action.
We will be developing a factsheet on U.S. policy in the Middle East that will be available very soon on the www.internationalANSWER.org Web site.
C-Span broadcast the rally several times on Saturday and it is still available to view by internet on their Web site. We are encouraging people to email, call and write to C-span to rebroadcast the rally in the coming weeks.
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