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Thousands take to the streets to demand: U.S. out of Afghanistan and Iraq now!
Report back from March 20 March on Washington

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March 20: Stand with the Palestinian People!
An urgent message on repression and resistance taking place Palestine today

If you are in D.C. prior to the 20th ...
... here's how you can help!

March 20: Show Them Why You Are Marching and Make Some Noise!
What you can bring to the March 20 National March on Washington

An appeal to anti-war organizations & activists to oppose the increasing threats against Iran
Statement from Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran

Labor organizations and unions speak out: "Why we're marching on March 20"
U.S. out of Afghanistan and Iraq!

A message from Brian Becker: Urgent alert from ANSWER
ANSWER volunteers hit with felony charges for promoting March 20 action

What you can do on March 20
Several ways to be a part of this important action

United University Professions (UUP) resolution in support of March 20th
"Build UUP participation in the March 20 demonstration in DC as part of the labor contingent"

Anti-war leaders speak out: "Why I'm marching on March 20"
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World Can't Wait Statement on March 20th demonstration
Join World Can't Wait Saturday, March 20 in protest!

Get on the bus to the March 20 National March on Washington!
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Anti-war and community organizations mobilize for March 20 demonstration
National Council of Arab Americans Statement on March 20th Demonstration

U.S./NATO slaughter of civilians in Afghanistan
All out on March 20!

IVAW and other veterans groups mobilize for March 20 March on Washington
What is needed now is for thousands of people to come into the streets

Powerful Vets Video Promotes March 20 Demonstration
Join veterans and service members as they take to the streets on March 20!

New England mobilizes for March 20 in D.C.!
Almost 400 attend New England regional anti-war conference

We won't sit by ...
Why we're marching on March 20

Get on the bus to the March 20 National March on Washington!
This is a critical time for the anti-war movement

Call for Latin America Solidarity Contingent on March 20
Initiated by the Latin America Solidarity Coalition (LASC)

High school students and teachers speak out: "Why I'm marching on March 20"
Join the March 20 National March on Washington

Veterans, military families speak out: "Why I'm marching on March 20"
Join the veterans, active-duty service members and military families contingent!

March 20th Coalition Planning Committee sets plans for March on Washington
Momentum for National March grows

Call to Action
National March on Washington on Saturday, March 20

Veterans, military families speak out: "Why I'm marching on March 20"
Join the veterans, active-duty service members and military families contingent!



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Thousands take to the streets to demand:
U.S. out of Afghanistan and Iraq now!

March 20 2010 ANSWER banner, 03-20-2010
Photo by Bill Hackwell

On Saturday, thousands of people converged at the White House for the March 20 March on Washington—the largest anti-war demonstration since the announcement of the escalation of the Afghanistan war. By the time the march started at 2 p.m., the crowd had swelled up to 10,000 protesters.

Transportation to Washington, D.C., was organized from over 50 cities in 20 states. Demonstrators rallied and marched shoulder to shoulder to demand “U.S. Out of Iraq and Afghanistan Now,” “Free Palestine,” “Reparations for Haiti” and “No sanctions against Iran” as well as “Money for jobs, education and health care!”

Speakers at the Washington rally represented a broad cross section of the anti-war movement, including veterans and military families, labor, youth and students, immigrant right groups, and the Muslim and Arab American community.

Following the rally, a militant march led by veterans, active-duty service members and military families made its way through the streets of D.C. carrying coffins draped in Afghan, Iraqi, Pakistani, Somali, Yemeni, Haitian and U.S. flags, among those of other countries, as a symbol of the human cost of war and occupation. Coffins were dropped off along the way at Halliburton, the Washington Post, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and other institutions connected to the war profiteering, propaganda, and human suffering. The final coffin drop-off was at the White House—the decision-making center of U.S. imperialism.

Click here to see a slideshow of the March 20 March on Washington.

The demonstration received substantial media coverage. It was featured in a major story on page A3 on the Sunday Washington Post (click here to read it). An Associated Press article on the March on Washington was picked up by a large number of newspapers and media outlets in the United States and abroad.

Joint demonstrations in San Francisco and Los Angeles drew 5,000 protesters each.

In San Francisco, the demonstration included the participation of UNITE HERE Local 2 hotel workers, who are presently fighting for a contract; students, teachers and parents who have been organizing against education budget cutbacks; and community members and activists who have been engaged in a struggle to stop fare hikes and service cuts.

In Los Angeles, demonstrators marched through the streets of Hollywood carrying not only coffins but also large tombstones that read “R.I.P. Health care / Jobs / Public Education / Housing,” to draw attention to the economic war being waged against working-class people at home in order to fund the wars abroad. Essential social services are being slashed to pay for the largest defense budget in history.

The March 20 demonstrations mark a new phase for the anti-war movement. A new layer of activists joined these actions in large numbers, including numerous youth and students from multinational, working-class communities. A sharp connection was drawn between the wars abroad and the war against working people at home. Though smaller than the demonstrations of 2007, this mobilization was larger than the demonstration last year—the first major anti-war action under the Obama administration. The real-life experience of the past year has shown that what we need is not a change in the presidency, but a change in the system that thrives on war, militarism and profits.

These demonstrations were a success thanks to the committed work of thousands of organizers and volunteers around the country. They raised funds, spread the word through posters and flyers, organized buses and other transportation, and carried out all the work that was needed on the day of the demonstration. We took to the streets in force even as the government tried to silence us with tens of thousands of dollars in illegal fines for postering in Washington, D.C., and felony charges against activists for postering in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

We want to especially thank all those who made generous donations for this mobilization. Without those contributions, we could not have carried out this work.

March 20 was an important step forward for the anti-war movement. We must continue to build on this momentum in the months ahead. Your donation will help us recover much-needed funds that helped pay for this weekend's successful demonstration, as well as prepare for the actions to come. Please make a generous donation to support the anti-war movement.

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