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MARCH 18 - 19: A Call to Action

On March 18 and 19, the Third Anniversary of the War--

World Unity Against The WAR - Bring All the Troops Home Now!

End All Occupations

Stop the War Abroad and the War at Home

Justice for Katrina Survivors

Money for Peoples' Needs, Not War

Unite Against Racism, Poverty & War

In New York City - March from Harlem to Times Square!

Demonstrations in Boston; Detroit; Denver; Baltimore; Atlanta; Los Angeles; San Diego; Raleigh, NC; Washington, DC; Buffalo; and across the country!

The Troops Out Now Coalition joins the world movement against the war in calling for coordinated mass protests and resistance to the war and occupation of Iraq on the weekend of March 18 and 19, the third anniversary of the U.S. invasion. It must be clear that the people will not be fooled by partial withdrawal plans. We demand the withdrawal of all occupation troops now.

Let's stand together with our sisters and brothers across the world against all colonial occupations from Iraq and Palestine, to Afghanistan and Haiti, to the Philippines, South Korea and Puerto Rico. Stop the threats on Iran and Venezuela. Hands Off Cuba. Together we demand no more new wars.

Bush's arrogant response to the demand to withdraw the troops from Iraq is a renewed vow to continue the criminal colonial occupation of Iraq and elsewhere until "victory". The leaders of the Democratic Party, for all their criticism of the way that the Bush regime has conducted the war, remain war supporters.

If we've learned anything over the past 3 years, it is that the only force that we can rely on to stop the war and occupation, bring the troops home, and to stop the plan for world empire by military force is the people mobilized into a mass, militant movement that makes itself felt in the streets.

In the U.S., TONC urges all anti-war caolitions and organizations, at the national and local level, to work together on the mobilizations in March for this is the best way to insure that the popular opposition to the war be turned into mass opposition in the streets. It is not necessary that all coalitions have identical views BUT it is necessary that we not allow differences to be an obstacle to unity.

With the level of opposition to the war stronger than ever, we could bring the entire country to a halt on March 18 and 19. We, as a movement, can do that only if we commit to forging unity.

TONC will be organizing for March 18 and 19 in every city large and small, from Boston, to Los Angeles, from Atlanta to Detroit. In New York City, TONC invites everyone to join us in a mass march from Harlem to Times Square for a rally on Saturday, March 18. By marching from the capital of the African-American community in the U.S. to the center of the city, we hope to underscore the reality that we are fighting to stop two wars-- the war abroad and the war at home against racism and poverty.

Amongst the many challenges that we face as anti-war activists and organizers, nothing is more important than linking the concrete struggles of poor and working people, especially people of color in this country, to the anti-war struggle. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's denial of clemency to death row inmate, Stanley "Tookie" Williams, is only the latest example of the systemic racism that oppresses, tortures and kills people in many different ways.

Our unity is strengthened by supporting full rights for immigrant workers here in the U.S. - not sweeps, arrests, deportation and fear. And our unity is strengthened by standing with people struggling for the right to return to their homes - this includes tens of thousands of people in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast kept from their homes by the criminal neglect and racism of FEMA to the Palestinian people struggling for the right to return to their historic homeland.

The racism and lethal hostility of the government towards poor and working people, exposed by the response to Hurricane Katrina, has made the strengthening of links all the more urgent. TONC proposes that all anti-war and progressive forces demonstrate solidarity with the struggle of Katrina survivors by making the demand for justice for Katrina survivors central to the March protests by engaging communities of color; making the protests relevant to these communities; coordinating with the survivors of Katrina and the activists involved in the Katrina struggle.

Let's keep the movement where it needs to be-- in the streets and let's work together like never before.

Troops Out Now Coalition
39 W 14th St Suite 206
New York NY 10011




West Papua self-determination petition

NOTE: Yes, I know, it's a petition directed at statists, but in this case the UN is apparently acting against its own mandate, so I don't see it as particularly problematic that I as an anarchist should draw their attention to this - even though I also realise that freedom for Papuans will not ultimately come through organisations like the UN, this will at least raise a bit of pressure regarding the current Indonesian occupation.


To: United Nations Secretary General

To: Secretary General United Nations UN Plaza New York NY 10017, USA

Appalled by the ongoing suffering of the people of West Papua, we join a growing list of international parliamentarians and non-governmental organizations, and call on you as United Nations Secretary General to initiate a review of the UN's conduct in relation to the "Act of 'Free' Choice" in West Papua, 1968-69.

West Papua has entered its fifth decade of occupation by the Indonesian military.

Crimes against humanity have been and continue to be perpetrated against the West Papuan people. An estimated minimum of 100,000 West Papuans have died since Indonesia took over in 1963. There have been systematic violations of the human rights of West Papuans at the hands of the Indonesian regime, including extra-judicial killings, rape, torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, violations of the rights of freedom of assembly and freedom of speech, and denial of free access to NGOs, human rights groups, international observers and the media to freely carry out their work.

In 1969, instead of a proper independence referendum, 1,022 West Papuans were rounded up and forced to declare - unanimously and in public - their "wish" to integrate West Papua into the Republic of Indonesia, then ruled by the brutal dictator Suharto. The population at the time was estimated at some 800,000 people, so a fraction of one percent of the people took part.

The Act has been widely dismissed as a farce, yet no action has been taken to redress the injustice to date.

Former United Nations Under-Secretary General Chakravarthy Narasimhan, who handled the takeover, has since admitted that the process was a "whitewash":

"It was just a whitewash. The mood at the United Nations was to get rid of this problem as quickly as possible. Nobody gave a thought to the fact that there were a million people there who had their fundamental human rights trampled. How could anyone have seriously believed that all voters unanimously decided to join his [Suharto's] regime?. Unanimity like that is unknown in democracies."

The United Nations had certain responsibilities in relation to the Act, as specified in the New York Agreement, an international agreement signed at UN Headquarters by Indonesia and the Netherlands on August 15, 1962. However there is strong evidence that the UN failed to fulfill its obligations under the Agreement. A representative of the UK mission to the UN said in July 1969:

"Our strong impression is that the great majority of United Nations members want to see this question cleared out of the way with the minimum of fuss as soon as possible. the Secretariat, whose influence could be important, appear only too anxious to get shot of the problem as quickly and smoothly as possible."

In the years 1962-69, an estimated 30,000 West Papuans were killed and an atmosphere of fear and intimidation pervaded the country at the time of the Act.

Moreover, in the report of the Act by the then UN Secretary-General's Representative Ortiz Sanz, it was stated that "an act of free choice has taken place. in accordance with Indonesian practice". The New York Agreement referred to "in accordance with international practice". Evidence of what was considered international practice at the time can be found in UN General Assembly Resolution 1541 (XV) of 1960. This Resolution states that the integration of one territory with another should result from the "freely expressed wishes of the Territory's peoples acting with full knowledge of the change in their status, their wishes having been expressed through informed and democratic processes impartially conducted and based on universal adult suffrage". This crucial discrepancy was not pointed out to the UN General Assembly, which voted to "take note" of the report of the Act.

Detailed substantiating documentation on the case for a review was presented to your office on 26 March 2002.

An outline briefing is available at
http://westpapuaaction.buz.org/unreview and more background detail is provided in "The United Nations and the Indonesian Takeover of West Papua, 1962-1969" by Dr. John Saltford.

De-classified US documents released in 2004 and edited by Brad Simpson available at
http://www.gwu.edu/%7Ensarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB128/index.htm have further underlined the complicity. The US Embassy in Jakarta for example told the US State Department in a cable dated July 2, 1969 that "[private] political views of the UN team are. 95 per cent of the Irianese support the independence movement and that the Act of Free Choice is a mockery".

Former Indonesian Ambassador to Australia Sabam Siagian said in March 2004 that the Act of Free Choice in 1969 was never viewed as a truly democratic exercise.

In December 2004 a British foreign office minister admitted in parliament that the handpicked representatives were coerced into declaring for inclusion in Indonesia.

Given the overwhelming evidence, and appalled by the ongoing suffering of the people of West Papua, we therefore call on you as United Nations Secretary General to initiate a review of the UN's conduct in relation to the "Act of 'Free' Choice" in West Papua, 1968-69.


The Undersigned

Informant: Andy


Reduce Fine-Particle Emissions in Cities



From: Joe Pendze
Subject: Protect Our Environmental Laws petition

Despite their success in helping to make our air cleaner, our clean air laws are under attack! Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) has proposed a bill to remove clean air rules from refineries.

While we're all concerned about the availability of gasoline, this is the wrong solution. Please let Congress know that this is the wrong track. The price shocks in the aftermath of the hurricane must not be used to line the pockets of the refining companies!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/401470832 (for all)

Campaign to Reduce Fine-Particle Emissions in Cities

We undersigned urge the Government of Finland immediately to tranpose The Directive (2003/30/EC) that requires 2% of all road traffic fuels sold be biofuels in 2005 progressively increasing to reach a minimum of 5.75% of fuels sold in 2010.

Thank you!!

This message was sent by Care2 Connect member: Naira P.



CPAWS Action Centre News Sept. 19, 2005


Help protect Alberta’s caribou

CPAWS Edmonton is working to convince a forestry company and the Alberta government to stop logging in an area where the Little Smoky caribou herd is at immediate risk of extirpation. Only 60 animals are left, clinging to life in the last intact part of their range. CPAWS needs your help to encourage the government and West Fraser Timber Company to defer industrial activities in their remaining intact habitat while a plan for their recovery is developed.



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