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The REAL March for Palestine

These are the pro-Palestinian events that the Committee in Solidarity with the Palestinian People (CISPP) has been planning for months, and that the Stalinists who run the A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition are now ignoring. "Pay no attention to the hard-working organizers behind the curtain..." This has to be one of the dirtiest tricks I've ever seen any Workers World Party front pull.
Show Solidarity To The Palestinian People: Protest War Criminal Sharon

The number of Palestinians who have been killed, injured, or lost their homes, livelihoods, and loved ones during Israel’s latest assault on the Occupied Territories will not be known for some time, if ever. The numbers will most certainly be high but they’ll never capture the misery, humiliation, death and destruction that Palestinians have been through. Join the Committee in Solidarity with the Palestinian People (CISPP) in Washington, DC from April 19 to April 22 to hear about what the Palestinian people have been going through, show solidarity with their resistance to the occupation, and protest war criminal Ariel Sharon’s speech to the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC):

EDUCATION

What: Globalization, US Militarism, and the Struggle for Justice in Palestine

When: Friday, April 19 from 12:00 - 6:00 PM

Where: American University’s Ward Building (www.american.edu/maps/)

This Conference will focus on the Palestinian struggle for self determination and the ways in which it’s connected to the movements against capitalist globalization and the “war on terrorism”.

Speakers on the opening plenary, "Global Intifada: Building Solidarity with the Palestinian People", include: Rafeef Ziadah, Sabra and Chatilla massacre survivor; Rev Graylan Scott Hagler, Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ; a representative from the International Solidarity Movement; Rania Masri, Iraq Action Coalition Coordinator; Steven Rosenthal, Hampton University Professor and member of Al-Awda, VA; a Colombian Trade Unionist, and others.

There will be workshops on National Liberation movements today, Colombia, Argentina, globalization, militarism, legal and direct action trainings, detentions and the attack on civil liberties, immigrant rights, and much, much more.

If you or your organization would like to organize a workshop, send your proposal to globalintifada_workshops (at) yahoo.com. Please include the following information:

1. Title

2. Name(s) of presenter(s) and pertinent organizational affiliation(s) 3. A very brief paragraph description of content 4. Your contact information

SOLIDARITY

What: Palestinian Solidarity feeder-march to protests against globalization, war, and racism

When: Saturday, April 20 @ 10:30

Where: AIPAC Conference at Washington Hilton, Connecticut and T Streets, NW

ACTION

What: Creative Actions and Rally Against War Criminal, Israeli PM Ariel Sharon

When: Monday, April 22 starting at 6:00 PM

Where: AIPAC Conference at Washington Hilton, Connecticut and T Streets, NW

Other planned events include:

- A benefit for Palestine Indymedia and the International Solidarity Movement on Saturday, April 20 @ 8:00 PM at the Maya Angelou Public Charter School, 9th and T Streets, NW. In addition to DJ Bassam, this fundraiser will include opening remarks from author and activist Tariq Ali as well as performances by Palestinian singers and dancers.

- Information tent and tabling at the Colombia Mobilization’s Festival of Hope and Resistance at the Washington Monument on Sunday, April 21 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

- Press conference on Monday, April 22 @ 3:30 outside of AIPAC’s Conference at the Washington Hilton

Members and Endorsers of Committee in Solidarity with the Palestinian People (CISPP) Al-Awda, Virginia; American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, San Francisco Chapter; Anti-Capitalist Convergence, DC; Dennis Brutus, South African Global Justice activist/writer; DC Statehood Green Party; Rev. Graylan Scott Hagler, Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ; Infoshop.org; International Socialist Organization; Jews Against the Occupation; Left Turn; Nicaragua Network; Palestine Media Watch; Progressive Muslim Network, DC; Queers For Racial & Economic Justice; Stop US Tax-funded Aid to Israel Now (SUSTAIN) Campaign; Students for Justice in Palestine; Students for Global Justice

For more info and updates: www.sustaincampaign.org - (866) 860 9311 - cispp (at) mutualaid.org

Call to Action

Just when we thought there couldn't possibly be any more reasons to take part in the April 19-22, Washington DC protests against the War* -- be it the war on "terrorism" in Afghanistan, the drug war in Colombia, or the war on the poor being waged by the IMF and World Bank -- the American Israeli Political Action Committee (AIPAC) gave us another reason: they invited the war criminal Ariel Sharon to town.

Sharon, who was found by his own government to be indirectly responsible for the massacre of as many as 2000 Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in 1982, ignited the current Palestinian Intifada and then led a bloody suppression of the whole Palestinian society. Since September 2000, more than 1000 Palestinians have been killed, over 25,000 have been injured, and close to 600 homes have been demolished by the Sharon-led government.

AIPAC's annual conference brings together all the main forces of reaction and war. This year's conference is being billed as an event "to show support for the war on terrorism being waged by the U.S. and Israel". In addition to Sharon, both Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz have been invited to speak.

To have so many war criminals together at one event is too good of an opportunity to pass up. Therefore, we would like to invite all those committed to justice to join us April 19-22 in Washington, DC to protest another War, the war against the Palestinian people, and demand that Sharon be indicted for crimes against humanity.

For more info on the case against Sharon, see www.indictsharon.net.
 
 


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