Monday, October 10, 2011

Chicago Antiwar March - October 8, 2011

This is a posting of resources on the October 8, 2011, march against the Afghanistan War in Chicago headed "US/NATO Out of Afghanistan NOW!"

Speaker List
Blog Posts


Pat Hunt, Chicago Area Code Pink and Joe Scarry, Midwest Anti War Coalition (Emcees)

Silent Echoes
The youth activist group from the Arab American Action Network

Mary Dean, Voices for Creative NonViolence
Mary Dean is a co-coordinator with Voices for Creative Nonviolence. She has been a peace activist for 25 years and has traveled to conflict zones in Central America, Israel/Palestine and Iran. Mary served 6 months in federal prison for nonviolently protesting the US Army School of the Americas at Ft. Benning, Georgia. This year she led 2 delegations to Afghanistan with Voices, spending 7 weeks there.

Hatem Abudayyeh, Arab American Action Network
Hatem Abbuddayyeh has been with the Arab American Action Network since 1999, and was appointed Executive Director in 2003. The son of Palestinian immigrants who themselves were leaders in Chicago’s Arab community. In 2006 Hatem was elected Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Coalition of African, Arab, Asian, European, and Latino Immigrants of Illinois; he is a founding Advisory Board member of the National Network for Arab American Communities, and sits on the National Coordinating Committee of the United States Palestine Community Network.

Alejandro Villatoro, Iraq Veterans Against the War
Alex has spoken out about the situation of troops and veterans.

Bruce Dixon, Black Agenda Report
Bruce Dixon is a habitual troublemaker and incorrigible activist, Bruce has been confronting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable since the 60s. As a rank and file member of the Black Panther Party in the late 60s and a 70s rank and file union activist in a string of factories, plants and workplaces, an 80s community organizer in some of the nation’s poorest neighborhoods, to organizing and consulting through the 90s, Dixon has built an impressive record of service in and to the cause of human liberation. In 2002 he began writing articles for Black Commentator, the predecessor of the Black Agenda Report. Dixon is managing editor of Black Agenda Report, currently residing in metro Atlanta.

Christine Geovanis, Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism
On the need to support the mobilization effort.

Vicky Cervantes, La Voz de Los de Abajo
La Voz de los de Abajo is a Chicago community based organization working in solidarity with Honduras and Latin American and in the migrant community in the U.S.

Rick Rozoff, StopNATO
Rick Rozoff lives in Chicago and has been a dedicated opponent of war and militarism for 43 years. Has also opposed U.S. policy in Afghanistan since 1978. His is manager of the Stop NATO website

Chris Eagan, 8th Day Center for Justice
According to its mission statement, the center exists to promote "a world of right relationships in which all creation is seen as sacred and interconnected. In such a world all people are equal and free from oppression, have a right to a just distribution of resources, and to live in harmony with the cosmos."

Andy Thayer, Gay Liberation Network (GLN)
Andy Thayer is a co-founder of the Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism and the Gay Liberation Network a Chicago based LGBT direct action group which has been at the forefront of gay rights, anti-police brutality and anti-war organizing. He’s helped organize most of the city’s large anti-war protests for the last several years, including a march of 15,000 on Lake Shore Drive at the start of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. He’s been arrested numerous times in various protests and was recently found not guilty of two felony counts from a January 2008 protest against a Chicago visit by then president George W. Bush. In May he was among a handful of Western LGBT activists arrested along with dozens of Russian activists at a government banned gay pride demonstration in Moscow, Russia. He’s among the many activists organizing against the May 2012 NATO and G8 summits in Chicago.

Denis Kosuth, International Socialist Organization
Denis Kosuth is a socialist who has been a member of the International Socialist Organization for many years, and currently works as a nurse in the emergency department at Cook County and is active in his union.

Joe Iosbaker – CANG8 and Committee Against Political Repression
Joe Iosbaker is an organizer for CANG8 (Coalition Against NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda); and one of 24 anti-war and international solidarity activists targeted by the FBI, and subpoenaed to a grand jury last year.

Meg Groves, Occupy Chicago
Meg Groves is on the Press Relations Committee for Occupy Chicago.


Chicago Tribune coverage of October 6 press conference
Chicago Tribune coverage of October 8 march


Photo album from ANSWER Chicago
Photo album from Christine Geovannis (FB)
Photo album from Razia Ahmed (FB)
Photo album from Greg McCain (FB)

Related posts

Many entities have already started the work of taking on the NATO war-makers when they are in Chicago. Below is a list of some of the most prominent: please support their efforts!

(See Who Will Be Taking On NATO In Chicago? )

It's not enough to just pull U.S. combat troops out of Afghanistan - we need to ground the drones, clear the prisons we've filled with detainees, remove the bases, get rid of the contractors, stop the training activities -- DEMILITARIZE Afghanistan!

(See DEMILITARIZE Afghanistan)

#AfghanistanTuesday on Twitter is starting to get traction. It's time to ask, "What -- besides awareness -- might be achieved by having everyone talking about the war in Afghanistan every week?"

(See Six Outcomes from #AfghanistanTuesday )

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