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  • DC Encampment: Greens Participate in Press Conference

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on September 26, 2007

    Boston Troops Out Now Coalition <iacboston@iacboston.org> wrote:
    A press conference was held Sept. 24 to announce the Encampment and the
    mass march on Sept. 29. Larry Holmes of the Troops Out Now Coalition
    opened the conference, saying, “The Democrats say they want to cut war
    funding but they can’t get past a veto. We know this isn’t true. They
    could simply make sure the funding question doesn’t get to the floor.
    Meanwhile, Bush is prepared to veto $30 to $35 billion for health care
    for children.”

    Holmes also discussed the serious threat of a new war on Iran: “Iranian
    President Ahmadinejad is being demonized in the media, and we’re not
    naive. We know that they are preparing the population for an expansion
    of the war in Iraq to war in Iran. But the biggest terrorists are in the
    world sit in the White House.”

    Rev. Lennox Yearwood spoke about unity in the people’s struggle against
    multiple wars: “I’m so pleased to see support here at the Encampment for
    the struggle in Jena; I was pleased to hear, in Jena, people talking
    about how the bombs in Baghdad are affecting people in the United
    States. … If it calls for getting arrested, getting in the way, then
    we’ll get arrested and get in the way. Our struggles will continue, but
    we will win.” Yearwood was recently beaten by D.C. police at an anti-war
    press conference.

    Adam Kokesh, Co-Chair of the board of directors for Iraq Veterans
    Against the War described his organization’s demands, including
    immediate withdrawal of all forces from Iraq, “and when we say all
    forces, we mean Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Blackwater,
    Halliburton”; and full payment of reparations to the people of Iraq.

    Nana Soul of Artists and Activists United for Peace, a TONC member
    organization, described the weeklong concert that is being held as part
    of the Encampment. “The movement needs cultural inspiration, talent and
    creativity. Iraq may be the issue today, but we know that this isn’t the
    first time that the United States has invaded a sovereign nation. They
    use tools at home like not funding health care and education. We have a
    chance to translate these actions.”

    Rick Clemens, Ann Wilcox and Joyce Robinson-Paul represented the Green
    Party. Clemens, a Vietnam War veteran, stressed: “This war is about
    imperialism, about the exploitation of labor power and markets of other
    peoples. There is no thing as ending the war without ending the economic
    system that perpetuates war–capitalism.” Wilcox discussed the effects
    of the war at home in Washington, D.C., where neighborhood libraries are
    being closed and thousands of affordable housing units have been lost.

    Toby Blomé of Code Pink Women for Peace described the two encampments
    their group has undertaken at Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s house,
    after she refused to meet with them to discuss war funding for three
    months. They plan on going to her office regularly during the Encampment
    and will be fasting for the week as “another way to show commitment to
    ending the occupation and bringing the troops home.”

    Vernon Hoffman, who biked 4,500 miles with his family from Portland,
    Oregon to join the Encampment, said he’d “rather bike for peace than
    kill for oil.” He described how throughout the country, people took
    opened up their homes for the family and their anti-war message.

    Lastly, a young war resister described how he enlisted in the military
    in 2005 because of limited career opportunities in his hometown.
    However, he says, “I happened to join at the same time as Hurricane
    Katrina, and I saw on TV the bodies floating in the streets. It really
    hit home to me. I got out of training 25 weeks later and nothing had
    changed. Despite all the rhetoric about homeland security and national
    security, this government’s priorities are not for the people.”

    Other actions at the Encampment today included an event on Pelosi hosted
    by Code Pink, and an outreach sound truck caravan through the streets of
    D.C. to mobilize for the march on the 29th.


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    Troops Out Now Coalition

    Boston:
    617-522-6626
    iacboston@iacboston.org
    http://www.iacboston.org

    National Office:
    212-633-6646
    http://troopsoutnow.org

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    One Response to “DC Encampment: Greens Participate in Press Conference”

    1. […] Jennifer Miller wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptThey use tools at home like not funding health care and education. We have a chance to translate these actions.” Rick Clemens, Ann Wilcox and Joyce Robinson-Paul represented the Green Party. Clemens, a Vietnam War veteran, … […]

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