Friday, March 20, 2009
This Weekend: ABQ Protests of Wars of Occupation, Rally to Bring Troops Home
From the Y6C: The New Mexico Year 6 Coalition (Y6C) will hold an “Occupation is a Crime” rally on Saturday, March 21, 2009 from 11 AM to 1 PM at the corner of Second and Copper NW, Albuquerque, at the Galleria Plaza, next to the Convention Center, downtown. The New Mexico Iraq Veterans Against the War will be joining the demonstration.
This local rally is in solidarity with the massive national March on the Pentagon being organized by ANSWER in Washington, DC on the 6th anniversary of the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003. The rally is calling for an end to the expansion by the administration and Congress of the wars of occupation taking place in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Palestine, and the impending invasion or Iran.
The Y6 rally is addressing in specific the vote of the new 1st Congressional District representative, Martin Heinrich, who voted on his first day in office for HR 34. This resolution was the political green light for Israel to continue the massacre in Gaza in January which was only made possible due to their large supply of U.S. weapons. About 1,500 people died, many of them women and children. Many new experimental weapons such as the DIME were tested on the civilian population, which is also a war crime.
Politically many people are calling for a democratic one-state solution, not a two-state apartheid arrangement.
The Y6 Coalition is calling on Rep. Heinrich to work with the national S30 movement to stop the next $30 billion installment of U.S. weapons to Israel. A representative for the Congressman’s office will also address the rally.
Participants are being encouraged to bring signs, bring banners, shout loud. There will be political speakers and music.
PLUS: Early Friday morning, in support of the Saturday rally, the local chapter of the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) will set up a Tower Watch at the rally site. They will stay all day and night through Saturday. The Tower Watch is a national campaign by Iraq war veterans to demand an end to the colonial occupation of Iraq. They are asking supporters to come join them Friday and Saturday.
The Y6C is composed of the following organizations:
- Albuquerque Another Jewish Voice
- Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice
- Albuquerque Chapter Veterans for Peace
- Albuquerque Raging Grannies
- Columbia Solidarity Committee of New Mexico
- Grassroots Press, www.grass-roots-press.com
- Gray Panthers of Greater Albuquerque
- Green Party of Bernalillo County
- Iraq Veterans Against War - Albuquerque
- Los Alamos Study Group
- Middle East Peace and Justice Alliance
- Nob Hill Tutoring
- Nukes Out of Duke City
- The Mission Committee of the Albuquerque Mennonite Church
- Pax Christi Holy Rosary
- School of the Americas Watch Albuquerque
- Social Justice Council of the First Unitarian Church
- Stop the War Machine
- Stop $30 Billion Coalition
- Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Social Concerns Committee