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Liberation Not Occupation!: March & Rally on 8th Anniversary of the invasion of Iraq

Liberation Not Occupation!: March & Rally on 8th Anniversary of the invasion of Iraq

Saturday, March 19, 2011 - 4:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Liberation Square
CHICAGO, IL, 60605-1602
Intersection of Michigan Avenue and Congress Parkway, downtown Chicago

Organization: March 19th Mobilization


Description: 12 Noon, Saturday, March 19, Michigan Avenue & Congress Parkway -- our own 'Freedom' Square! Short rally followed by a march on Michigan Avenue

Funding for Jobs, Healthcare & Education, not for War and Occupation
Iraq, Palestine, Egypt: US Out of the the Middle East
End FBI raids, political repression and corporate welfare at home

Why we march:

March 19th marks 8 years of US war and occupation in Iraq, where despite President Obama's claim that combat operations have 'ended', more than 50,000 troops remain, backed by tens of thousands of mercenary private contractors. This war has lasted longer than WW II and cost more than $1 Trillion -- more than $200 Billion this year alone. 4,436 American soldiers and over 1 million Iraqis have died, with millions more maimed and displaced.

The US occupation of Afghanistan has extended into Pakistan, where last year alone the US military dropped more drone bombs than in the last decade combined. The US government continues to back and bankroll Israel's war against Palestinians and the siege of Gaza. While the US government claims to support 'democracy and freedom', it continues to back repressive regimes and right-wing movements across the Middle East, Latin American and beyond. The toppling of US backed Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak has inspired millions the world over, exposing the great gulf between US rethoric and reality.

Here at home, antiwar activists and whistleblower projects like Wikileaks are targeted for jail or worse. Our Muslim brothers and sisters are scapegoated. Our undocumented immigrant brothers and sisters face deportation and discrimination. Millions are unemployed and uninsured while the government is slashing funds for basic needs like heat and food for poor children. Funding for public education, environmental protection and job safety is being gutted. Workers rights are under attack, while the government continues to pour billions into the coffers of the banksters and corporate predators that created the current economic catastrophe. Our tax dollars are bankrolling a corporate welfare system that funds CEO salaries and war and occupation abroad at the expense of basic human needs right here at home.

We reject war and bloodshed. We demand jobs, healthcare, education, justice and equality -- and the real democracy that puts people before profits and human needs before corporate greed.

Join us on March 19 to demand an end to the US occupation of Iraq. March in solidarity with the great struggles raging from the Mideast to the Midwest and across the world for liberation and self-determination.

12 Noon, Saturday, March 19
Michigan Avenue & Congress Parkway
Short rally followed by a march on Michigan Avenue

Please join our Facebook event and help spread the word:

Current endorsing organizations are:
Albany Park, North Park, Mayfair Neighbors for Peace and Justice
ANSWER Chicago
Chicago Area CodePINK
Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism
Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights (CCDBR)
Chicago Vietnam Veterans Against the War
Chicago World Can't Wait
Committee Against Political Repression
Freedom Road Socialist Organization
Gay Liberation Network
Industrial Workers of the World – Chicago Branch
International Socialist Organization
International Solidarity Movement – Chicago
Near West Citizens for Peace and Justice
North Shore Coalition for Peace, Justice and the Environment
Oak Park Coalition for Truth & Justice
Palestine Solidarity Group – Chicago
Southsiders For Peace
U.S. Boat to Gaza-Chicago Network
Unity Temple Social Mission Committee
Veterans for Peace – Chicago Chapter

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