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 Peace News: 10 Years Too Many!

Action Alert
UFPJ announces a Fall Campaign of Resistance and Renewal

From: United For Peace & Justice (unitedforpeace.org)

From the World Trade Towers to Afghanistan
Honor Those Who Have Sacrificed and Take Action to
Stop War and Build a Just World!


September 7 – October 15, 2011: Decade of War Awareness Month in communities near you! October 6 -7, 2011 Washington DC-- Education and Action to Stop War and Build a Just World!

September 11, 2011 marks 10th anniversary of the attacks against the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93 which led to the disastrous Global War on Terror. October 7, 2011 will mark the tenth year of war and occupation in Afghanistan that have left hundreds of thousands dead and injured while bankrupting our nation. The violence of these wars can be seen daily in decimated homes, sky-high suicide rates, communities starved of critically needed resources and a radically changing environment. ...




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Despite politician’s promises of impending full withdrawal, the U.S. military continues to occupy Afghanistan and Iraq and there is little indication that this will change. Civilians and the well-armed alike continue to die. Hundreds of thousands of U.S. military personnel remain on the ground; military bases remain in place; and the numbers of security contractors are increasing. Additionally NATO with full support from the U.S. has initiated a new war in Libya and the U.S. use of drone attacks is leading to increasing civilian casualties in Pakistan. Armed U.S. drones are also being used in Yemen and Somalia. These wars, military attacks and occupations bleed our economy dry and engender hatred of the U.S. around the world

At home in the United States we are facing multiple collapses; collapse of the environment, collapse of the housing industry, and the collapse of municipal, state and federal budgets all because of Wall Street greed. We are seeing more and more people out of work, lacking health care and denied access to quality education. We see veterans coming home haunted by PTSD, many losing their homes and --along with millions of other people -- struggling to find jobs. We are seeing the greatest economic inequality ever, with the richest 5 percent of the population owning 65 percent of the nation’s wealth and with white Americans controlling more than double the wealth of African Americans and Latino’s.

Despite the challenges ahead we are inspired by the unprecedented movements for democracy and freedom that have sprung up across the world from Middle East to Wisconsin to Europe! Led by youth, millions of people are marching for self-determination and dignity. Weary of years of repression and the global economic collapse, they are leading a transformation before our eyes.

Starting in September and building into October a number of groups are organizing creative actions to commemorate these past 10 years from 10 Years + Counting to Stop the Machine, Create a New World action starting October 6th in Washington DC.

On October 7th United for Peace and Justice, coordinating with Military Families Speak Out, War Resisters League, IVAW and more will help sponsor WAR VOICES a program that will bring together impacted communities from the US to Afghanistan to learn about each other’s struggles and how we can build power to end war and save our communities and the planet itself!

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Email your event to info@unitedforpeace.org to have it added to our calander!

Sept. 7: Kick Off "Decade of War Awareness Month" – organize local educational events using new popular education curriculum on the U.S. war economy as well as organizations and artists working for positive social change in Afghanistan. FInd out more and sign up your events at warvoices.org

Sept. 11: 10th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks is an important opportunity to renew the call that our grief is not a cry for war. Vigils to kick off Decade of War Awareness Month are encouraged on this anniversary of the attacks that lead to the disastrous Global War on Terror!

Sept. 11-17: Reflecting on Our Loss and Reclaiming Our Rights, National Week of Action, Between the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and Constitution Day, Rights Working Group members across the country will host events to reflect on our losses in the past ten years, and to reclaim our rights.

10 Years + Counting invites artists and others to take this historic moment as inspiration and use the power of creativity to illustrate the costs of war and imagine a more peaceful world. Find out more at 10yearsandcounting.org

Oct.6: Stop the War Machine, Washington DC, Freedom Plaza, join with thousands of others who are demanding that all US troops come home now! October2011.org

Oct. 7: 10th Anniversary of War in Afghanistan, War Voices, a national forum in Washington DC and live webcast, bringing together people directly impacted by U.S. militarism and the U.S. war economy with ally groups, as well as writers, musicians, and artists. UFPJ also encourages everyone to commemorate this day with actions demanding to bring our war dollars home!

Oct 15: Local action to mark the 10th Anniversary of War called by United Anti-War Committee

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[19 August 2011]





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