- WASHINGTON DC -- Over 100
leading peace activists have announced an 'Emergency Anti-Escalation Rally'
at the White House on December 12, from 11a.m. to 4 p.m., to reject President
Obama's planned military escalation in Afghanistan. The rally is organized
by End US Wars, a newly formed coalition of national and grass-roots antiwar
organizations, with endorsements from leading peace leaders.
- Rally organizers are calling for the left wing to end
its support for Obama if he declares a surge in troops, and for condemnation
of Obama's war policy by his own party faithful. In addition, efforts will
begin to cut short his term in office, along with Congress; and protests
will intensify against U.S. war involvement in Afghanistan, Iraq and any
- Speakers include: Cynthia McKinney, Sen. Mike Gravel,
Kathy Kelly, Chris Hedges, David Swanson, Phyllis Bennis, Rev. Graylan
Hagler, Coy McKinney, Debra Sweet, Brian Becker, Mathis Chiroux, Lynne
Williams, Hon. Betty Hall, Elaine Brower, Marian Douglas, Michael Knox,
Ralph Lopez, Ron Fisher, and statements from Col. Ann Wright, Stephen Zunes
and Granny D (turning 100).
- The coalition End US Wars follows a letter, written by
Laurie Dobson of Maine, demanding that Obama keep his promise and end the
Iraq and Afghanistan Wars; call a ceasefire on Predator drone attacks over
Pakistan; and begin immediate reconstruction and recovery in war torn regions.
Along with the rally on Saturday, December 12 at 11 a.m. in Lafayette Park,
the film "Rethink Afghanistan" will be shown Friday December
11, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Busboys & Poets, 14th and V Streets,
NW, Washington, DC. For information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
www.enduswars.org. For press inquiries, phone: 207-604-8988.