[WSF-Discuss] Fwd: Eight Years in Iraq and Pushing Back!
jai.sen at cacim.net
Sun Mar 20 00:47:39 CDT 2011
Sunday, 20 March 2011
Some information and news on what is happening in today’s times of
upsurge, in a part of the world of authoritarian regimes that we –
here in India, at least - have heard less about : Iraq.
(PS : And, lest we forget, in the midst of all else that is going on :
Holi Mubarak (‘Holi Greetings’) to all, from the land of Holi ! (Holi
is the legendary and ancient, pre-everything festival of colours,
celebrated across much of South Asia, and everywhere where the South
Asian diaspora now is.)
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> From: War Resisters League <wrl at warresisters.org>
> Date: March 19 2011 1:28:32 pm GMT+05:30
> To: jai.sen at cacim.net
> Subject: Eight Years in Iraq and Pushing Back!
> Reply-To: wrl at warresisters.org
> Iraq: Eight Years On
> March 19th, 2011 marks eight years since the United States led a
> devastating military and economic invasion of Iraq. Over a million
> Iraqi civilan, and nearly 5,000 US solider deaths later, Iraq is now
> festooned with milatary bases and faces an aggresive campaign to
> privatize its natural resources and national industries. This is in
> addition to an essentially nonfunctional and repressive "government"
> installed by the United States and regional forces, and that often
> does not provide basic serives - such as eletricity and clean water
> - to its citizens.
> Iraqis though - mainly the young and unemployed - have been swept up
> in the democractic wave blasting through the Middle East, and have
> begun fighting back.
> Defying Iraq's Police State
> Yesterday the 18th, was called 'Friday of the Imprisoned' by various
> Iraqi facebook pages, which led to several thousands of protesters
> marching in Baghdad, Ramadi, Falluja, and other cities. This was
> amidst extreme state security measures, check points (centered
> especially around the Green Zone) and the use of sound bombs, tear
> gas, and sometimes live ammunition to break up the demonstrations.
> The call for a focus on prisons came partially in response to a
> prison riot that took place in Tikrit on March 13th. Also though,
> many of the protest organizers from the past several Fridays (the
> day demos have been held regularly since February 18th) have been
> locked up, in addition to the fact that Iraq has had a soaring
> prison population since 2007. Chants heard during marches were 'Free
> Government Prisoners!' and also included 'Improve Social Services!'
> and even 'Bring down Maliki's Government!' and 'Leave, Leave
> Labor Solidarity from Iraq to Wisconsin
> Back in the U.S., people have been fighting the government attacks
> on collective bargaining and labor rights over the past few weeks in
> key states like Wisconsin and Michigan. In a powerful show of
> solidarity, two Iraqi labor union leaders wrote letters of support
> for the ongoing people's movement in Wisconsin, which WRL organizer
> Ali Issa translated and released on the WRL blog late last week.
> These labor leaders, Hassan Jum’a and Faleh Abood, are facing
> intense repression from their government for their organizing. To
> us, it is clear that the U.S. government corruption and corporate
> greed that is attempting to strike down the U.S. labor movement is
> the same corruption and greed that belied the U.S. invasion of Iraq
> in 2003, as well as the ongoing occupation of Iraq and the attempts
> at a corporate takeover of the Iraqi oil industry.
> March 19: National Day of Action
> Commeorating the tragic day this all began, as well as the
> continuing wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the War Resisters
> League and people throughout the US are holding demonstrations
> demanding peace! Check out our actions in Portland, OR, NYC and DC.
> Elsewhere you can find a demonstration in your city or organize your
> own rally.
> Veterans for Peace is calling for increased nonviolent civil
> resistance and are gathering for action at the White House on the
> 19th. Check out stopthesewars.org and the VFP website for more
> Early April Mobilizations
> Looking past March, on April 8th, antimilitarist activists from all
> over the U.S. will converge on the Pentagon during a time of
> increasing international focus on the environmental and human costs
> of corporate greed to call out one of the largest culprits of
> environmental devastation and violent takeover of people's
> sovereignty across the globe--the U.S. military. We will come
> together for a nonviolent civil resistance action on April 8th and
> will be meeting on April 7th for nonviolence training and planning
> in affinity groups. For more information about April 8th, contact
> Joy First at joyfirst5 at gmail.com or kimber at warresisters.org.
> On April 9th and 10th, War Resisters League will join partner
> organizations, including WESPAC and Brandywine Peace Community, for
> mass mobilizations led by members of the United National Antiwar
> Committee in New York City and Los Angeles against ongoing U.S. led
> and backed wars and occupations. In NYC, we will march with banners
> pointing to the 48% of our tax dollars that will be used this year
> to support the ongoing U.S. military occupation of Iraq and
> Afghanistan and the maintenance of the 800+ U.S. military
> installations throughout the world, along with the militarization of
> our borders and communities within the U.S. For more info, contact ali at warresisters.org
> To get involved with the War Resisters League email Field Organizer,
> Ali Issa, at ali at warresisters.org or call 212.228.0450 x13.
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