(11 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
This is going to be an action packed weekend in DC and around the nation. On Friday, there will be protests of Yoo. On Saturday, there will be a massive antiwar demonstration (there will also be demonstrations in Philly, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and South Dakota, among other places). On Sunday, there will be a large march for immigration reform. And there will be other related events around the country, along with the small protests and events that happen all the time.
So join me below the fold to see how you can effect change this weekend.
(Let me know if I miss anything – and post local events in the comments)
Since I live in Philadelphia, I try to keep up to date on what’s happening in my area. Probably the best source for this is the Bucks/Mont Progressive Events Email, which you can view in blog form here. For Friday, they’ve got this listed:
Fri. March 19, Noon to 1 PM – 7th Anniversary of the Iraq War Events sponsored by the Coalition for Peace Action
– 7:30AM-9AM, Peace Vigil at Silver Lake Park on Rt. 413 Bypass in Newtown, next to Lockheed Matin
– Noon to 1 PM, Regional Rally in Trenton on the State House Steps, 125 W. State St.
– 4:30PM-6PM, Vigil on the Morrisville side of the Trenton Makes Bridge on Bridge Street in Morrisville.
Near DC, war criminal and torture lover John Yoo will be on his book tour. Related events start at 2 PM.
March 19, 2010, Charlottesville, Va.
Year 8 Begins in Iraq War, as Afghanistan escalates
2 p.m. March With Funk the War: meet on grass across from The Corner at the University of Virginia.
3 p.m. Rally to Protest John Yoo: meet in front of Minor Hall at the University of Virginia to protest John Yoo, who speaks in Minor Hall at 3:30.
Speakers at Protest include: Cindy Sheehan (Peace of the Action), Susan Harman (National Accountability Network), Ray McGovern (Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity), Charlotte Dennett (Robert Jackson Steering Committee), Mike Ferner and Ann Wright (Veterans for Peace), Debra Sweet (World Can’t Wait), Shahid Buttar (Bill of Rights Defense Committee), Nancy Mancias (CODE PINK: Women for Peace), Dahr Jamail (journalist), Mark Lane (attorney).
This is the big day for me. My brother and I are going down to DC from Philadelphia with a video camera and a peace flag. Hopefully I’ll be able to interview some interesting people and post a few videos about it on Youtube. I’ll also be helping World Can’t Wait do twitter updates from my phone (I’ll text them, they’ll post it, since I ain’t got one of them newfangled blackberries or anything like it).
Info for March 20 in DC:
The March 20 National March on Washington to demand “U.S. Out of Afghanistan and Iraq Now” is shaping up to be a dramatic and highly significant demonstration.
People will be coming to D.C. by bus, van, car, train, plane and metro from over 50 different cities and towns across the East Coast, South and Midwest. Large numbers of veterans, service members, and their families; members of the Arab and Muslim community; students and teachers; representatives of local anti-war and peace groups; and many others are mobilizing to join the demonstration.
We will gather at 12 noon at the White House (Lafayette Park on the north side).
This is not only an antiwar march, but a celebration of Cindy Sheehan’s new encampment on the national mall called Camp OUT NOW.
Info for different locations:
MARCH & RALLY TO STOP THE WAR
This Saturday, 12 noon
Gather @ Hollywood & Vine, LA
In an exciting development, the March 20 anti-war protest will show solidarity with UNITE-HERE Local 2 workers by marching to two of the hotels being boycotted by Local 2. Local 2 represents more than 9,000 hotel workers who are fighting for a new contract. The big transnational hotel chains are trying to force the Local 2 workers to make huge co-payments for their health care benefits. Most Local 2 members are immigrant workers who can barely get by as it is due to the Bay Area’s high cost of living.
Vigil Rally Memorial Protest
Saturday, March 20, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Army Experience Center/Franklin Mills Mall
Knights & Woodhaven Roads, Northeast Philadelphia
Saturday, March 20, 10 AM – “After Seven Years, War is STILL Not the Answer” Vigil at the intersection of Rt. 29 and Rt. 663 in Pennsburg. Unami Quaker Meeting Peace and Social Concerns Committee ask you join them for a silent, peaceful vigil commemorating the seventh anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq. Contact Joyce Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 610-966-6127 for details.
Chicago (this one’s actually on Thursday)
Assemble, 5:30 pm at Federal Plaza (Adams and Dearborn)
March on Michigan Ave.
For more info call 773-463-0311
Saturday, March 20 – 12pm
at the Battleship Memorial
west of Kiawanis and 12th St.
Sioux Falls, SD
Before I get to the immigration march, there will be an antiwar demonstration in Seattle on Sunday.
Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Haiti…End US War and Occupation! Fund Human Needs! Iraq war anniversary March and Rally
Sunday, March 21, 2010 12:01 PM
Westlake Park 4th and Pine
March and Rally with street theater on the 7th anniversary of the Iraq War. Held in coordination with the national March 20 march on the Pentagon. (Local action on Sunday to avoid logistical conflict with St. Patrick’s day parade.)
Details for the immigration march:
Today we are at a pivotal moment in the history of this nation. We are faced with a choice. We can do nothing, and watch as our families and communities continue to be torn apart by the broken immigration system; watch as profiteers continue to take advantage of people desperate for work; watch as due process is taken away from our understanding of justice; and watch as our leaders work on economic solutions that simply aren’t bold enough to turn this country around. Or we can stand up for our families and our communities.
Join thousands from across the country at the March For America in Washington, DC on March 21st. It is up to us.
March For America!
This is your call. We need you in DC to show our collective power and energy. Join the March For America. Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 21st.
Whether you can make it or not, there’s a great page for online organizing and general information (and to see a few people who are going) that you can go to right here.
And some general progressive events in or near Philly:
Sun. March 21, 2-4 PM – Peace Event near the home of Senator Arlen Specter, West Schoolhouse Lane (at Vaux St) in East Falls, Phila. For more info call 215-843-4256. (3rd Sun)
Sun. March 21, 6 PM – Northeast Philly for Peace and Justice Monthly Meeting at Holy Spirit Evangelical Lutheran Church, Robbins Avenue & Loretto Avenue, Phila. The meeting starts with a potluck supper. For info – Harvey Chanin at 215-698-2422 or nephillyactivist @ yahoo.com. (3rd Sun)
Sat. March 20 and Sun. March 21 – Democracy for American (DFA) Campaign School Training Sessions in Chester County at Stetson Middle School, 1060 Wilmington Pike (Route 202) in Westtown. Cost is $60 for the 2-day weekend training all inclusive ($30/weekend for low income, students, and seniors.) Open to local and regional Democratic and progressive activists. More details and sign up at http://democracyforamerica.com…
Sun. March 21 – Providence Meeting Peace and Justice Committee presents “Can We Stop Paying for War?”. For info go to http://www.Providencemeeting.o…
Sun. March 21, 6 PM – The Lower Bucks Lyme Disease Support Group will meet at the Middletown Municipal Building at 3 Municipal Way Langhorne PA. For info email evelyn @ lowerbuckslymegroup.org or call Evelyn at (215) 741-5902 or go to http://www.lowerbuckslymegroup…
Hope to see you there!