Action Alert: National Call to Remove Troops from Iraq on January 4
(January 2, 2019) — On Saturday, January 4 in cities across the country there will be protests against a new war in the Middle East and calling for the withdrawal of all US troops and bases in the region.
Momentum is growing quickly for this Saturday’s National Day of Action US Troops Out of Iraq! Over night more than 100 endorsers have joined the call and additional actions have been called for in cities in every region of the country.
In the last 28 years more than a million Iraqis have died as a consequence of US occupation, bombings and sanctions. Tens of thousands of US troops have either been killed or suffered life-changing wounds. The US government has spent more than $3 trillion dollars in the on-going occupation and bombing of this oil-rich country.
Instead of taking the United States out of this endless war, Donald Trump has ordered 750 more US troops to the Middle East and potentially 3,000 more. This is in addition to the 5,200 US troops already stationed in Iraq.
Trump Orders Assassination of Top Iranian Official
The Trump administration and Pentagon have moved to start a war with Iran by assassinating Qassem Soleimani, the top military leader of that country. If Iran openly assassinated a top US general and bragged about it, there is no question that the United States would initiate full-scale war. Trump and the Pentagon have acted illegally, in violation of the Constitution, the War Powers Act and international law.
The targeted assassination and murder of a central leader of Iran is designed to initiate a new war. Unless the people of the United States rise up and stop it, this war will engulf the whole region and could quickly turn into a global conflict of unpredictable scope and potentially the gravest consequences.
The Pentagon high command is recklessly bragging about this illegal, targeted assassination in the most crude and false manner. “This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans,” stated the lying generals. They know that the objective of the strike is just the opposite. They want a war with Iran — a country of more than 80 million people. Trump wants it too because he thinks it will guarantee his re-election in 2020.
For all who believe in peace, for all who are opposed to yet another catastrophic war, now is the time to take action.
These endless acts of violence by the US empire are why on Saturday, January 4 the ANSWER Coalition, CODEPINK and others are calling on people from around the United States to organize local demonstrations to demand:
NO MORE US TROOPS TO IRAQ OR THE MIDDLE EAST!
US OUT OF IRAQ NOW! and NO WAR AND NO SANCTIONS ON IRAN!
Endorsers (partial list):
- ANSWER Coalition
- Popular Resistance
- Veterans for Peace
- World Beyond War
- Voices for Creative Non-Violence
- American-Iranian Friendship Committee (AIFC)
- United AntiWar Coalition (UNAC)
- Dorothy Day Catholic Worker – D.C.
- Environmentalists Against War
- Minnesota Peace Action
- Pierre Labossiere, Haiti Action Network
- Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoners Solidarity Network
- Rev. Graylan Hagler, Senior Minister, Plymouth Congregational Church Washington, D.C.
- Maine WTR Resource Center
- Hilton Head for Peace
Demonstrations will take place on Saturday, January 4 in the following cities.
- The White House – Washington D.C.
12noon at the White House
- Chicago, IL
12noon at Trump Tower
Initiated by ANSWER Chicago
- Los Angeles, CA
1pm at Pershing Square
Initiated by ANSWER LA
- New York City, NY
11am at Time Square
Initiated by ANSWER New York
- San Francisco, CA
12noon at Powell and Market
Initiated by ANSWER San Francisco
- Miami, FL
1pm at Torch of Friendship, 301 Biscayne Blvd
Initiated by CODEPINK
- Albuquerque, NM
2pm at Kirtland Airforce Base, San Mateo and Gibson Blvd
Initiated by ANSWER New Mexico
- Brimingham, Alabama
5pm at Five Points South
Initiated by CODEPINK
- Arlington, MA
12noon at Broadway Plaza, Mass. Ave. and Medford St
Initiated by Arlington United for Justice with Peace (AUJP)
- Seattle, WA
2pm at Westlake Park
Initiated by ANSWER Seattle
- Minneapolis, MN
1pm at Mayday Plaza
Initiated by Minnesota Peace Action Coalition
- Atlanta, GA
3pm at Little Five Points
Initiated by ANSWER Atlanta
- Ithaca, NY
10 am at Corner of Clinton and Meadow Streets by CVS
Initiated by CODEPINK
- Santa Monica, CA
12noon, at Santa Monica Promande
Initiated by CODEPNK
- New Haven, CT
3pm Sunday, January 5 at Church & Chapel Street
Initiated by ANSWER Connecticut
- Portland, Maine
12noon at Congress Square Park
Initiated by Peace Action Maine
- Pittsburgh, PA
12noon at Schenley Plaza
Initiated by ANSWER Pittsburgh
- Denver, CO
2pm at Colorado State Capital Building
Initiated by ANSWER Colorado