21
Sep
2004

The Million Worker March

(excerpt)

"WORKING PEOPLE YES! WAR NO!

HAVE YOU GOTTEN YOUR BUSES FOR OCT 17 WASHINGTON DC?

Anti-War 4 the Million Worker March
http://antiwar4themillionworkermarch.org

A new website, "Anti-War for the Million Worker March" http://antiwar4themillionworkermarch.org , has just been launched as an organizing tool for the thousands who are planning to go to DC on October 17 to say "Bring the Troops Home Now! Jobs, Healthcare, and Workers' Rights, not War!"


Organizing centers

http://antiwar4themillionworkermarch.org/organizingcenters.htm

are springing up across the country as workers, anti-war activists, students, veterans, and communities of faith answer the call to march on Washington, DC and organize in our own name.

The Growing List of Endorsers includes: Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Jesse Jackson, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, Global Women's Strike, United for Peace & Justice, District Council 37 AFSCME, the United States Green Party, American Postal Workers Union International, and many others.

This historic march and movement needs your help. It is only by organizing in our own name and building our own independent mobilization of working people that we can open the way to addressing our needs and our agenda.

Become an Organizer! We need hundreds of local activists to organize buses and vans. If you are interested in becoming a local organizer, sign up at
http://antiwar4themillionworkermarch.org/organizingcenters.htm.

Help Get the Word Out! Download leaflets from
http://antiwar4themillionworkermarch.org/pdfdownload.htm
and take them to your workplace, union, community center, school, or place of worship.

If you are coming to washington on oct 17 in buses, vans etc - let us know ASAP so that we can list you
http://antiwar4themillionworkermarch.org/organizingcenters.htm

Anti-War 4 the Million Worker March
http://antiwar4themillionworkermarch.org


IMPORTANT BUS PARKING INFORMATION


The Million Worker March is only 4 days away. Momentum is building for this historic event.

Activists and groups: Are you busy e-mailing & phone-banking to "get people on those buses?"

For detailed information, see http://www.antiwar4themillionworkermarch.org

***The Rally

Arrangements have been made with the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police for buses to drop passengers off on Virginia Ave. just North of Constitution Ave. This is in close walking distance to the Lincoln Memorial, 22nd and Constitution Ave. NW.

Bus greeters will be stationed at Virginia Ave. to give information to participants as they arrive. Bus pick up will be at the same location - Virginia Ave off of Constitution.

Buses can park on Virginia Ave on a first come basis and on Ohio Dr. off of Independence Ave., which is on the South side of the Lincoln Memorial.

Volunteers are needed to help greet the buses, set up, security and with a variety of other tasks. There will be a "Volunteers Meeting" on Friday, October 15, 7 P.M. at St. Stephen Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. There will be work sessions throughout Saturday. The Pre-Rally and entertainment will begin at 10:30 am.

The main Rally will begin at 12 noon at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. (The Lincoln Memorial is located between Constitution and Independence Aves. and between 22nd and 23rd St. The closest metro stop is Foggy Bottom on the blue/orange line. The Foggy Bottom exit is at 23rd and I Sts. NW. From the exit walk south on 23rd St.)

Maps, housing information, maps, and other helpful information are available at:

http://antiwar4themillionworkermarch.org/logistics.htm


***Speakers Include:

Actor Danny Glover; entertainer and activist Dick Gregory; Rev. Jesse Jackson; Brenda Stokely, President, AFSCME District Council 1707; Clarence Thomas, co-Chair MWM; Chris Silvera, Teamsters National Black Caucus; Ralph Schoenman, Chair: Communications, MWM; Roger Toussaint, President, Transport Workers Union, Local 100; Donna Dewitt, President South Carolina State Federation of Labor; Mike Hoffman, Co-Founder, Iraqi Veterans Against the War; and more.


***Discussion & Organizing Tents

The main event on Oct. 17 is of course the rally on the steps of the Lincoln monument.

- But there’s more… Oct. 17 will not only be a big rally, but also a genuine opportunity for activists from many different struggles, and many different parts of the country (and the world), to share information and ideas with each other, and talk about strategies to carry our movement forwards.

- In Order to facilitate this process… we will have Discussion & Organizing Tents near the Lincoln Monument on Oct. 17.

- The tents will be situated close enough to be accessible to all who come to the rally, but far enough away so as to not interfere or compete with it.

- Each tent will be issue-based. A partial list of issues includes:

-Workers’ Rights (i.e., organizing, contracts, health/safety issues)
-Anti-War
-Global Women’s issues/the “invisible worker”
-Youth
-Housing
-Reparations (i.e., domestic/international)
-National Health Care For All
-The Corporate Agenda (i.e., free trade agreements, outsourcing, sweatshops)
-International Solidarity (i.e., Haiti, Cuba, Venezuela, Iraq, Palestine, South Africa, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Columbia, The Philippines, Korea etc.)
-Repression, racism, violations of civil liberties, the “Patriot Act”, civil & human rights
-Immigrant Rights
-Quality/Free Education for all
-Criminal Injustice system/political prisoners
-Environmental issues & environmental racism
-Labor Media
-Veterans


***MWM Solidarity With Hotel Workers March

Hotel workers are currently on strike or locked out in San Francisco, on strike in Atlantic City, and preparing to strike in both Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.

Participants in the Million Worker March are invited to participate in a march from the rally to the Hotel Washington, one of the hotels where workers may be on strike soon. The march will take place in the late afternoon, and it is optional for MWM participants as many will want to remain at the main rally, or in the discussion and organizing tents.


HOW YOU CAN HELP

**Get the Word out!

1) download leaflets from http://antiwar4themillionworkermarch.org/pdfdownload.htm and take them to your school, workplace, house of worship, union, and community organization.

2) Link to the Anti-war for the Million Worker March Website : http://antiwar4themillionworkermarch.org/index.htm

3) Forward this email to your email lists

http://antiwar4themillionworkermarch.org

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