and TAX DOLLARS HOME
March 20 marks the start of the 8th year since the invasion of Iraq and into the 9th year of the occupation of Afghanistan.
JOIN WITH OTHER PEOPLE OF CONSCIENCE ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO TELL THE POLITICIANS TO
BRING OUR TROOPS AND DOLLARS HOME
INVEST IN HEALTHCARE NOT WARFARE
BUILD SCHOOLS NOT BOMBS, AND
CREATE JOBS AT LIVING WAGES FOR EVERYONE WHO NEEDS ONE
Those who want to march with labor should gather in front of the AFL-CIO Headquarters at 815 Sixteenth Street, NW at 11:00 a.m.
(Exist Farragut North on the Red Line; Faragut West on the Blue & Orange Metro Lines.)
People from all over the country are organizing to converge on Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles for marches and rallies. Local actions may also take place in other cities. USLAW has endorsed these demonstrations and urges unions and their members to participate.
Get more information about the DC demonstration HERE.
We will march together to call for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan, no war against Iran, and to call for the billions of dollars now squandered on war to be used to restore vital social services, create jobs at living wages, get the economy back on track and protect our environment for future generations.
Not only are these wars wrong, they are bad for U.S. national security, undermine the economy, and weaken the rule of law and democracy. The United States cannot afford to borrow money to fund these wars. We cannot afford $1 million per year for each troop to be in Afghanistan when 19% of Americans are unemployed or underemployed, 45,000 die in the U.S. due to lack of health care, teachers and other public employees are being laid off, our states and cities are in a fiscal crisis, and we are seeing record bankruptcies and foreclosures as well as record personal and government debt.
Seven years after the U.S. illegally invaded Iraq, one million or more Iraqis have died. Tens of thousands of U.S. troops have lost their lives or been maimed, and continue to suffer a whole host of enduring problems from these terrible wars. Just last week the U.S. suffered its 1,000th death of a soldier in Afghanistan and other war theaters of "Operation Enduring Freedom" - just a few days after three busses of civilians were killed in an air strike ordered by the U.S. military.
It's time to put a halt to the slaughter, to the waste of resources that support a corrupt regime of warlords and drug lords. It's time for the people to assert our will. It's up to us to lead and for the politicians to follow (or get out of the way).