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  South Jersey Groups Protest 5th Year of the Iraq War

 

                                   STOP THE WAR, BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW

 

A coalition of several area peace and justice groups will protest the on-going Iraq War with a rally to be held in Camden City:

 

                                Wednesday March 19th at 4:00 to 5:00 pm

                                Walter Rand Transportation Center

    On Broadway between Federal St. and Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd

 

The coalition is concerned that the patently unjust war has dragged on at a staggering cost in American and Iraqi lives, wanton destruction and continuing damage to America's reputation in the Middle East region and worldwide.

 

From its inception in 2003 to the last valiant US troops that have lost their lives, the war has been based on a series of bold-face lies, misdirection and deceptions of the Bush administration and its all-too supportive Republican and Democratic cronies in Congress.

 

Consistently the American people have opposed the war in all its ugly phases, including the current so-called surge. Five years of injustice, death and destruction for the purposes of controlling big oil interests and US corporations like Halliburton is quite enough already!

 

Americans are war weary and are also rightly concerned about the vast billions being wasted on the war, while their economic needs are not being met here at home. The current economic crisis could be alleviated if the funding for war fighting and Pentagon related spending were restricted to our real homeland defense needs and the savings used to redevelop and invest in domestic programs that help with economic recovery.

 

To date the war in Iraq has cost New Jersey residents almost $24 billion of the total $500 plus billion for the whole country. Imagine what $1 billion would do to turn Camden's fortunes around. We could change our decaying, unhealthy water system, save our youth and schools and create new jobs while offering real hope to people who now know only despair. 

 

Since Vietnam and now with Iraq, the imperialist military ventures we seem to find ourselves in have not only unnecessarily killed and maimed our troops, but have unfairly taken needed resources and funding away from our domestic and human needs agenda.

 

Groups forming the coalition are: the SJ Movement for Justice and Peace, South Jersey Progressive Democrats of America, Greater Camden Unity Coalition, SJ Healthcare 4 All Coalition, Delaware Valley Veterans for Peace, the Camden County Green Party and the SJ Peace and Justice Coalition.

                                                                                                                       

The rally's featured speaker is Dr. Mahdi Ibn Ziyad, candidate for New Jersey's 1st Congressional District seat now held by 18 year incumbent Congressman Rob Andrews. Ziyad, a city schools educator and Rutgers-Camden adjunct professor, is a Vietnam era veteran and long time anti-war activist. Ziyad's progressive Democratic position on the war and militarism contrasts rather sharply with Andrews conservative to middle of the road approach. Indeed Andrews has been among the most ardent supporters of the Bush-Chaney adventure in Iraq. He must be brought to account for his own role in promoting the war, its madness and the awful consequences its continuation is having over there and back here.


 

Historically, government, whether in the hands of Republicans or Democrats, conservatives or liberals, has failed its responsibilities, until forced to by direct action: sit-ins and Freedom Rides for the rights of black people, strikes and boycotts for the rights of workers, mutinies and desertions of soldiers in order to stop a war. Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens.

-Howard Zinn

 

Green Party of Camden County

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