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Protests taking place nationwide to oppose U.S. military action

August 27, 2013

The Iraq war took far over 1 million Iraqi lives. Now the U.S. government is using essentially the same rationale to attack Syria.
Washington is on the march toward yet another war of aggression in the Middle East, this time targeting Syria. The ANSWER Coalition is calling on organizations and individuals to take to the streets in opposition to what would be a destructive and criminal war by the U.S. government.

See a list of demonstrations around the country and fill out our Event Listing form so we can help spread the word!

Despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of the American people are clearly opposed to U.S. intervention, the signs all point to war. In a recent Reuters poll, only 9 percent favored direct U.S. military intervention, and 89 percent opposed arming the Syrian opposition. But the tiny elite clique who really run the country are completely discounting the will of the people, making a mockery of their so-called “democracy.”

The U.S. 6th Fleet has deployed war ships to the eastern Mediterranean and is threatening to launch missile and air strikes against Syria. Not only are the White House and Pentagon openly threatening direct intervention, they are also moving to further arm the Syrian opposition. A U.S./NATO attack on Syria could well lead to a wider, regional war with grave and unpredictable consequences.

A staged provocation: a pretext for war

The pretext for attacking Syria is the allegation that the Syrian government used chemical weapons last week in the suburbs of the capital, Damascus, just after a UN team had arrived in the country to investigate an earlier alleged use of chemical weapons. President Obama declared over a year ago that the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government would cross a “red line,” triggering U.S. military action.

The idea that the Syrian government would launch a chemical weapons attack exactly at the moment when the UN team was in the country investigating chemical weapons defies all logic.

In a sign of their total disregard for the truth, the United States government has declared, in advance of any actual investigation, that the Syrian government is guilty of using chemical weapons. U.S. officials have stated that the United Nations weapons inspection team, which is today at the site near Damascus where hundreds of people died last week, is “too late.” In other words, the United States, along with Britain and France – the former colonizers of the region – have decided to use chemical weapons as an excuse to go to war.

We must remember the Iraq War in 2003, where “overwhelming evidence of weapons of mass destruction” was used as the pretext for a war that killed hundreds of thousands and tore Iraq apart. No such weapons were ever found.

If in fact chemical weapons were used in Syria last week, the far greater likelihood is that it was a staged provocation by the opposition to invite U.S./NATO intervention in order to save their weakening military position in the conflict. We have no reason to trust the U.S. government’s version of what happened. This is the same government that has routinely lied and deceived the American people on many issues, as was recently revealed by Edward Snowden’s leaks related to NSA spying.

U.S. foreign policy is not one of benign humanitarian concern, but one of Empire. Washington’s goal is control of the entire oil-rich and strategic Middle East region. To achieve this aim, U.S. leaders – Democrats and Republicans alike – have worked to destroy independent governments and popular movements in the region for more than six decades.

For the people of the United States, fighting against a U.S. intervention in Syria is of paramount importance to prevent the spread of war and destruction. The ANSWER Coalition is calling on all those opposed to this brutal war drive to take action against any U.S. attack on Syria! A broad coalition of organizations worked together in June and July 2013 for days of action opposing the U.S. role in Syria. We expect that the actions in the coming days and weeks will be of a similar unified character.

Don't see the event in your city listed? Fill out our Event Listing form so we can help spread the word!

~ Upcoming actions ~

ALABAMA

Huntsville, AL
Saturday, August 31
Corner of Whitesburg Drive and Airport Road
Initiated by Occupy Huntsville
Contact: annnonm@gmail.com

ALASKA

Fairbanks, AK
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 1:00PM
at the intersection of University Ave. and Giest Rd.
Initiated by Fairbanks Coalition for Peace and Justice, North Star Veterans for Peace
Contact 907-687-6606

CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 1:00PM
at Pershing Square, 532 S Olive St.
Initiated by the ANSWER Coalition and others.
Contact ANSWER in LA at 323-394-3611 or answerla@answerla.org
Join the Facebook event

Sacramento, CA
Friday, August 30
Gather at 5PM
in front of the Sacramento Federal Building
at the corner of 5th and I Sts. in downtown
Contact ANSWER in Sacramento at 916-572-9680 or sac@answercoalition.org
Join the Facebook event

Sacramento, CA
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 11AM
in front of the Sacramento Federal Building
at the corner of 5th and I Sts. in downtown
The ANSWER Coalition is participating in this action.
Contact ANSWER in Sacramento at 916-572-9680 or sac@answercoalition.org

San Francisco, CA
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 12 noon
at Powell & Market Sts.
Contact ANSWER in SF at 415-821-6545 or answer@answersf.org

San Jose, CA
Friday, August 30
Gather at 5:00PM
at 4th and San Fernando Streets
Initiated by San Jose Peace and Justice Center
Contact sjpjc@sanjosepeace.org, 408-297-2299

San Jose, CA
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 11:30 AM
at Stevens Creek and Winchester Boulevards
Initiated by San Jose Peace and Justice Center
Contact sjpjc@sanjosepeace.org, 408-297-2299

San Jose, CA
Sunday, September 1
Gather at 11:30 AM
at Stevens Creek and Winchester Boulevards
Initiated by San Jose Peace and Justice Center
Contact sjpjc@sanjosepeace.org, 408-297-2299

San Jose, CA
Monday, September 2
Gather at 5:00PM
at the intersection of San Carlos and Market streets
Initiated by San Jose Peace and Justice Center
Contact sjpjc@sanjosepeace.org, 408-297-2299

Santa Cruz, CA
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 11:00AM
at Ocean and Water Streets
Initiated by Peace and Freedom Party Santa Cruz, ANSWER Coaliton, and others.
Contact oflaherty@cruzio.com, 831-688-8692 or 831-334-3368

COLORADO

Colorado Springs, CO
Sunday, September 1
Gather at 6:00PM
at Acacia Park, 201 N. Tejon St.
Initiated by Occupy Colorado Springs
Contact 719-243-5238 or 719-460-2836

Longmont, CO
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 5:00PM
at Highway 66 at Main Street (Highway 287) north of Longmont
Join the Facebook event

CONNECTICUT

Hartford, CT
Friday, August 30
Gather at 5:00PM
at the Old State House
Contact cmgauvreau@me.com

New Haven, CT
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 5:30PM
at Church St & Chapel St
Contact ANSWER in New Haven at 203-903-4480 or ct@answercoalition.org

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Washington, D.C.
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 12:00 Noon
at the White House
Initiated by the ANSWER Coalition
Contact ANSWER in DC at 202-265-1948 or dc@answercoalition.org
Join the Facebook event

FLORIDA

Saint Petersburg/Tampa, FL
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 6:00PM
at Gandy Blvd. and Dale Mabry Hwy.
Near MacDill AFB (CENTCOM), Tampa, FL
Initiated by St. Pete for Peace
Contact http://stpeteforpeace.org
Join the Facebook event

Tallahassee, FL
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 3:00PM
at the corner of Railroad and Gaines, a block from All Saints
Contact tallahassee@answercoalition.org
Join the Facebook event

ILLINOIS

Chicago, IL
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 12:00PM
at the Chicago Water Tower (Chicago Ave & Pearson St.)
Contact ANSWER in Chicago at 773-463-0311 or answer@chicagoanswer.net
Join the Facebook event

INDIANA

Indianapolis, IN
Friday, August 30
Gather at 7:00PM
at High steps of Monument Circle
Initiated by Indianapolis Peace and Justice Center
Contact carlrisingmoore@gmail.com

IOWA

Des Moines, IA
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 6:00PM
at Iowa State Capitol, west steps, East Grand Avenue
Initiated by Catholic Peace Ministry, Students Against War, Veterans for Peace, and others.
Contact 515-681-7994, mila.strain1004@gmail.com

INDIANA

Fort Wayne, IN
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 12:00PM
at Courthouse Green
Initiated by Indiana Peace & Justice, Fort Wayne for Peace
Contact fwagitator@comcast.net

KENTUCKY

Louisville, KY
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 2:00PM
at 1722 Bardstown Rd
Join the Facebook event

LOUISIANA

New Orleans, LA
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 2:00PM
at Washington Square, 500 Elysian Fields Avenue
Contact aiglefort@hotmail.com

MASSACHUSETTS

Boston, MA
Saturday, August 31
Rally at 1:00 PM
Park St. T station Entrance - Park & Tremont Streets
Initiated by United for Justice with Peace and supported by ANSWER Boston
Contact ANSWER in Boston at 857-334-5084 or boston@answercoalition.org

NEW JERSEY

Cherry Hill, NJ
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 12:00PM
at Route 38 and Cherry Hill Mall Drive (near the Red Lobster Restaurant)
Initiated by South Jersey Campaign for Peace and Justice
Contact sjcpeaceandjustice@yahoo.com

Highland Park, NJ
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 11:30AM
North of the Albany St. Bridge, Rt. 27N, Raritan and S. Adelaide Avenues
Initiated by Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War
Contact noendlesswar@gmail.com

NEW MEXICO

Albuquerque, NM
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 12:00PM
at the corner of Central and Tulane
The ANSWER Coalition is participating in this action.
Contact ANSWER in Albuquerque at 505-268-2488 or abq@answercoalition.org
Join the Facebook event

NEW YORK

Albany, NY
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 12.30 PM
at Towsend Park (intersection of Central and Washington avenues)
Contact: 518-281-1968, BethlehemNeighborsforPeace@yahoo.com

New York City, NY
Friday, August 30
Gather at 6:00PM
at 125th St. and 7th Ave.
Initiated by Black is Back Coalition. The ANSWER Coalition is participating in this action.
Contact ANSWER in NYC at 212-694-8720 or nyc@answercoalition.org

Syracuse, NY
Friday, August 30
Gather at 12:30PM
at Syracuse University main quad
Initiated by Youth and Student ANSWER Coalition - SU chapter
Contact syracuse@answercoalition.org

Syracuse, NY
Friday, August 30
Gather at 11:00AM
At Federal Building, 100 S. Clinton St.
Contact: 315-472-5478, spc@peacecouncil.net

OHIO

Columbus, OH
Sunday, September 1
Gather at 5:00PM
at 15th and High Streets at the Main Entrance of the OSU Columbus Campus
Initiated by Sunday Night Peace Action Group
Contact markstansbery@gmail.com or cmhammond11@att.net

Portland, OR
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 2:00PM
at Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave.
Join the Facebook event

PENNSYLVANIA

Horsham, PA
Saturday, Augut 31
Gather at 12:00PM
at Horsham Air Guard Station, Route #611/Easton Rd & County Line Rd
Contact: http://www.brandywinepeace.com

Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 4:00PM
at 15th and Market Streets
The ANSWER Coalition is supporting this action.
Contact ANSWER in Philly at 267-281-3859 or philly@answercoalition.org

TENNESSEE

Nashville, TN
Friday, August 30
Gather at 4:00PM
at 3322 West End Avenue
Initiated by Nashville Veterans for Peace and Nashville Peace Coalition
Join the Facebook event

TEXAS

Dallas, TX
Friday, August 30
Gather at 4:00PM
Outside the Earle Cabell Federal Building, 1100 Commerce St
Initiated by North Texas Veterans For Peace, CODEPINK Greater Dallas, Middle East Peace Committee of the Dallas Peace Center
Contact jharris866@aol.com

Dallas, TX
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 5:30PM
at The Grassy Knoll, 400 Elm Street
Initiated by Muslim Students for Justice
Contact info@dallasjustice.org or 214-718-5778
Join the Facebook event

VERMONT

Montpelier, VT
Friday, August 30
Gather at 12:00 PM
At VT Post office, State Street
Contact 802-522-2376

VIRGINIA

Richmond, VA
Friday, August 30
Gather at 5:00PM
at Richmond Federal Courthouse
701 E. Broad St.
Initiated by I3ainbridge Collective; Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality
Contact 804-644-5834, DefendersFJE@hotmail.com

WASHINGTON

Bremerton, WA
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 3:00PM
at Evergreen Park
Contact nkeegel@gmail.com, 206-842-7417

Seattle, WA
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 12:00PM
at Westlake Park, 4th and Pine
The ANSWER Coalition is participating in this action.
Contact ANSWER in Seattle at 206-568-1661

Spokane, WA
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 2:00PM
at the Clocktower in Riverfront Park
Initiated by Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane
Contact http://www.pjals.org or 509-838-7870

WISCONSIN

Milwaukee, WI
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 12:00PM
at the intersection of Water Street and Wisconsin Ave
Initiated by Peace Action Wisconsin
Contact 414-964-5158 or website@peaceactionwi.org

~ INTERNATIONAL ~

AUSTRALIA

Sydney
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 2:30PM
at Martin Place
Initiated by HANDS OFF SYRIA, Australia
Contact 61(0)401758871
Join the Facebook group

Adelaide
Friday, August 30
Gather at 5.30PM
at end of Rundell Mall
Initiated by HANDS OFF SYRIA, Australia
Contact 61(0)401758871
Join the Facebook group

Melbourne
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 2:00PM
at State Library
Initiated by HANDS OFF SYRIA, Australia
Contact 61(0)401758871
Join the Facebook group

Brisbane
Saturday, August 31
Gather at 2:30PM
at Rome St train station
Initiated by HANDS OFF SYRIA, Australia
Contact 61(0)401758871
Join the Facebook group

~ DAY OF / AFTER PROTESTS IN THE EVENT OF AN ATTACK ~

Costa Mesa, CA
Day of
Gather from 5:00PM - 7:00PM
at 3300 Bristol
Initiated by Orange County Peace & Freedom Party
Contact: 714-956-5037

Los Angeles, CA
Day of
Gather at 5:30PM
at LA City Hall (West Steps): 200 N. Spring St.
Contact ANSWER in LA at 323-394-3611 or answerla@answerla.org

San Francisco, CA
Day of or day after depending on the time
Gather at 5:00PM (weekday) or 12:00PM (weekend)
at Powell & Market Sts.
Contact ANSWER in SF at 415-821-6545 or answer@answersf.org

New Haven, CT
Day of - if before 12 noon / Day after - if after 12 noon
Gather at 5:30PM
at 141 Church St.
Contact ANSWER in New Haven at 203-903-4480 or ct@answercoalition.org

Chicago, IL
Day of if before 12 noon / Day after if after 12 noon
Gather at 5:00PM
at Federal Plaza
The ANSWER Coalition is initiating this action with partners, including the Anti-war Committee - Chicago and the Albany Park, North Park, Mayfair Neighbors for Peace and Justice
Contact ANSWER in Chicago at 773-463-0311 or answer@chicagoanswer.net

Boston, MA
Day of - if before 12 noon / Day after - if after 12 noon
Gather at 5:00 PM
Park St. T station Entrance - Park & Tremont Streets
Initiated by United for Justice with Peace and supported by ANSWER Boston
Contact ANSWER in Boston at 857-334-5084 or boston@answercoalition.org

Albuquerque, NM
Day of
Gather at 5:00 PM
at UNM Bookstore (Central & Cornell)
Initiated by the ANSWER Coalition
Contact ANSWER in Albuquerque at 505-268-2488 or abq@answercoalition.org

Philadelphia, PA
Day after
Gather at 4:30PM
on the Northwest corner of 15th and Market Sts.
Co-sponsored by the ANSWER Coalition and Philly Against War
Contact ANSWER in Philly at 267-281-3859 or philly@answercoalition.org

SOUTH CAROLINA

Hilton Head, SC
Day after
Gather at 4:00 PM
at Rt. 278 & Beach City Rd. (park in HH Library lot)
Initiated by Hilton Head for Peace
Contact fintaylor@hargray.com

Burlington, VT
Day of or day after depending on the time
Gather at 6:00PM
at top of Church St. by Unitarian Church
Initiated by Ad Hoc Committee Against US War in Middle East
Contact ronj1955@gmail.com

VIRGINIA

Richmond, VA
Day of
Gather at 5:00PM
at Richmond Federal Courthouse
Initiated by the Defenders For Justice and Equality
Join the Facebook event

Seattle, WA
Day after
Gather at 5:00PM
at Westlake and Pine
Initiated by the ANSWER Coalition
Contact 206-568-1661 to confirm

~ ARCHIVE OF PAST ACTIONS ~

San Francisco, CA
Thursday, August 29
Gather at 5:00PM
at Powell & Market Sts.
Contact ANSWER in SF at 415-821-6545 or answer@answersf.org

Washington, D.C.
Thursday, August 29
Gather at 6:30PM
at the White House
Initiated by the ANSWER Coalition
Contact ANSWER in DC at 202-265-1948 or dc@answercoalition.org

Miami, FL
Thursday, August 29
Gather at 6:00PM
at Torch of Friendship
Biscayne Blvd. between N.E. 3rd & 4th streets
Initiated by POWIR, Veterans for Peace
Join the Facebook event

Tallahassee, FL
Thursday, August 29
Gather at 4:00PM
in front of the Old Capitol, 400 S Monroe St
Initiated by Tallahassee ANSWER Coalition and Tallahassee Veterans for Peace
Contact tallahassee@answercoalition.org

Chicago, IL
Thursday, August 29
Gather at 5:00PM
at Federal Plaza
The ANSWER Coalition is participating in this action.
Contact ANSWER in Chicago at 773-463-0311 or answer@chicagoanswer.net

Twin Cities, MN
Wednesday, August 28
5:00-6:00 PM
Lake Street Bridge over the Mississippi
Contact 612-827-5364 or scsm@yahoo.com

New York City, NY
Thursday, August 29
Gather at 6:00PM
at Times Square, 43rd Street and 7th Ave
Contact ANSWER in NYC at 212-694-8720 or nyc@answercoalition.org

Rochester, NY
Thursday, August 29
Gather at 7:00PM
at the Liberty Pole, corner of Main St and East Ave
Contact 585-943-8148

Austin, TX
Thursday, August 29
Gather at 5:00PM
at West side of the state Capitol building emptying into Congress Avenue at 11th Street
Initiated by Occupy Austin
Contact 504-239-2764

Jefferson, WI
Thursday, August 29
Gather at 6:00PM
at State Street side of the Capitol
(Lady Forward at corner of State Street and Mifflin Street)
Initiated by the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice and others.
Contact 608-250-9240 or diane@wnpj.org
Join the Facebook event

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