On October 16th, please come to Chicago
For a Midwest Regional March for Peace and Justice!
Many hoped that the end of the Bush Presidency would mean an end to illegal U.S. wars and a focusing on human needs. Yet nearly two years into the Obama administration, the occupation in Iraq continues, with more private military contractors taking the place of departing soldiers and the world's largest embassy set to squat in the heart of Baghdad.
The "peace president" has dramatically escalated the Afghanistan invasion ― at nine years, America's longest war. He's spread war into Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. He's supported a brutal coup in Honduras, is building threatening new U.S. military bases in Colombia, and ignores Israel's war crimes against the Palestinians and those seeking to aid them.
The Bush-era attacks on civil liberties have if anything escalated, with Obama pushing for an even more powerful and unaccountable executive branch, assassinating people abroad at a far greater rate, and increasing the deportations of undocumented immigrants by more than 50%.
Yet while the economy continues to stumble, with ever-higher foreclosure rates, stagnate wages and persistent unemployment, the income gap between the rich and the rest of us gets ever wider. Adding insult to injury, President Obama has pledged a domestic spending freeze at the same time that he's brought U.S. military spending to its highest level ever. 57% of the federal budget is spent on war.
On October 16th on the eve of the 2010 bi-elections, please join us in President Obama's home town to demand:
END the Wars & Occupations NOW!
Money for Human Needs, Not Corporate Greed!
The October 16th protest will begin with a short 12:30 PM rally in the heart of Chicago's downtown – Michigan Avenue and Congress Parkway – followed by a march on Chicago's busiest thoroughfares.
We invite your community, student, religious, political or labor group to endorse and participate in this event.
To be considered an endorser of the October 16th Midwest Regional Mobilization for Peace and Justice, organizations are requested to:
i. Organize as many of your own members as possible to attend the October 16th march and associated activities.
ii. Publicize the October 16th march and associated activities to your group's members and others thru emails, Facebook messages, blogging, tweeting, webpage postings and distribution of posters, stickers, flyers and handbills.
iii. Make a financial contribution to the October 16th events. Local organizations are asked to contribute $35 or more, and national organizations with Midwest chapters are asked to contribute $50 or more. Lack of financial resources are not to be a barrier to sponsorship. For groups with very limited means or that lack a treasury, we suggest "passing the hat" at one of your meetings and have that collection constitute your group's contribution.
Checks should be made payable to "8th Day Center for Justice" and mailed to:
4404 N Magnolia, Ste 420
Chicago, IL 60640
Please write "October 16th Mobilization" in the memo section and indicate exactly how you would like your organization's name to appear on promotional materials.
For more information, email CCAWR@aol.com