SpringRising.org -- an Antiwar Intervention
Washington DC March 18 – 21
(Scroll Down for Friday, 3/20 Teach-In information)
12 Years Since “Shock & Awe” Invasion of Iraq:
NO MORE U.S. War on Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen...Stop the Endless War
Four days of creative resistance; theater, teach-ins; rallies and marches marking the anniversary of the United States’ "shock and awe" attack on Iraq and occupation in a completely illegitimate, immoral war.
To endorse, volunteer, get involved or learn more, go to: SpringRising.org 866 973 4463
Join and share the Facebook event. To Donate: http://www.gofundme.com/springrising
Wednesday March 18
5 – 7:30 pm Meet & Greet 7:30 pm Concert – David Rovics & friends
Plymouth United Church of Christ 5301 N. Capital Street NE Donation
Thursday March 19
9:00 am – 1:00 pm "Challenging Congress" – a morning of lobbying against U.S. wars
Meet in Rayburn House Office cafeteria 45 Independence Avenue South
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm People’s Uprising BUS Tour: From Empire and War to Justice with Peace.
1:00 pm pick-up U.S. Capitol (specific place TBA) End, White House. Bus tour organized by the Peoples' Soapbox Network to offices of those agencies & companies who plan, profit from and are complicit in war crimes of empire.
The Bus tour will be interactive and we will be getting off of the bus at most locations in protest.
Date and Times: Thursday 03/19 12:30pm-5pm
12:30- Press Conference- Bus will depart at 1pm
Pick Up Location: The US Capital (Specific location TBA)
Tour Ending Location: The White House
Reservations required and a $10.00 fee (go SpringRising.org)
(Locations or order of stops subject to change)
US Capitol: Speakers, Cindy Sheehan, Medea Benjamin
Pentagon/911 memorial: Speaker- Bob McIlvane
Department of Energy
DOJ/FBI/The Carlyle Group
American Enterprise Institute
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
AIPAC: Speaker- Medea Benjamin
Victims of Communism Memorial: Speaker- Richard Korditz
Community for Creative Nonviolence
US Federal Bureau of Prisons
General Atomics: Speaker- Nick Mottern
The White House
We are asking a minimum $10.00 donation for the tour. We are also sensitive to those who can not pay or pay in advance. Please consider a larger donation to help those who can't.
Teach-In Part One: The Threat of Climate Catastrophe and Militarism: The Imperial Agenda's Assault on People and the Environment
Thursday March 19
7:00 – 10:00 pm La Casa 3166 Mount Pleasant St., NW
(4 blocks from Columbia Hts Metro stop, Green line; near S2, S4, 42, 43, H2, H4, H8 buses).
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The Threat of Climate Catastrophe and Militarism: The Imperial Agenda's Assault on People and the Environment
Synopsis: With approximately 1000 bases around the world, the US military and NATO is the enforcement arm of the Military Industrial Complex and its imperial agenda, fighting wars and occupying countries to ensure strategic access to oil and other resources and serving the interests of transnational capital. For example, U.S. imperialism maintains a critical client state relationship with Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Arab states in the Middle East. U.S. military aggression plays a vital role in enforcing a pattern of global ecological destruction. Its weapons of mass destruction, such as nuclear devastation in Japan, Agent Orange in Vietnam and depleted uranium in the former Yugoslavia and in Iraq cause horrendous suffering including cancer and birth defects and remain over time as potent environmental toxins. The ecological effects of war, such as the burning of oil fields and the destruction of large urban areas, spread poisonous fumes and dust, with devastating effects on humans and nature.
Peter Kuznick (Author, Professor of History and Director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University, Nuclear Education Project) will present and discuss The Bomb, (Epi. 3 of The Untold History of the United States, his Showtime documentary film series and book with Oliver Stone). The atomic bomb did not end the war with Japan, it was a threat to the Soviet Union that the US would dominate the post-war world.
We will discuss the parallels and pattern of demonization, dehumanization and destruction of target populations, exemplified by the US nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Mai Abdul Rahman (Palestinian Author, Organizer and Producer; Commissioner, DC Office of Human Rights (fmr), Tent of Nations, Love Thy Neighbor, Iqraa, Muslim Women's Association, DC Muslim Caucus, African Amer. for Peace in the Middle East and North Africa) will present Greenwashing: The Ecological War on the Indigenous Population of Palestine.
David Schwartzman (Professor Emeritus, Howard University, DC Statehood Green Party, DC Metro Science for the People, Metro DC Committee of Correspondence for Democracy and Ecosocialism) will discuss the threat of climate catastrophe and militarism, why the Military Industrial Complex must be terminated, with an emphasis on how the U.S./Nato military serves as the enforcement arm of the MIC, and its imperial agenda.
Moderator: John Tharakan (Professor Howard University College of Engineering, Architecture & Computer Sciences, Dir. Graduate Studies Dept. of Chem. Engineering (Fmr.), Faculty Adviser, Howard Univ. Engineers Without Borders student chapter, Co-Chair Int’l. Conferences on Appropriate Technology, DC Metro Science for the People).
Friday March 20
11:00 am – 9:30 pm Teach-In Part Two
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, DC (Corner of Connecticut and Yuma, 1.5 blocks north of Van Ness/UDC Metro)
For more info, contact: 866 973 4463
11:00 – 12:30 From Ukraine to ISIS to Drones: Why We Must Demilitarize US Foreign Policy
Marjorie Cohn, Matthew Hoh, Raymond McGovern
12:45 – 2:15 Stopping Targeted Killing by the U.S. Around the World & Stopping Killing with Impunity by U.S. Police; Connections & Challenges Marsha Coleman-Abedayo, Carl Dix, Nick Mottern
2:30 – 4:00 End These Endless Wars: Perspectives from Veterans and Military Families
4:15 – 5:45 Tax Resistance
6:00 _ 7:30 World Beyond War: An Alternative Global Security System
David Swanson, Matthew Hoh, Robert Fantina
7:45 – 9:30 U.S. Wars of Aggression and Islamic Jihad: What is the Danger, and How Should the Anti-war Movement Respond? William Blum, Alan Goodman, Raed Jarrar, Cindy Sheehan, Dalia Wasfi
Saturday March 21
12:00 pm Rally at Lafayette Park in front of the White House
1:00 pm March from the White House, through Chinatown to the Capitol
Warming Centers will be available for music, cultural exchanges, meeting up, banner making…
As additional events are organized, we will post them.
For info on the following Warming Centers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- St. Stephen’s 1525 Newton St., NW (Northeast corner of 16th and Newton Sts., NW).
Thurs. March 19 Noon-5PM
Fri. March 20 10AM – 5PM
- La Casa 3166 Mount Pleasant Street NW
Wed. March 18th 5PM – midnite
Thurs. March 19th 5PM- midnite
Friday March 20th basement only 5PM – midnite