Saturday, May 12, 2012
MARCH FOR JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION
Sunday May 20th supported by thousands of people Afghanistan and Iraq veterans will march to NATO Summit to ceremoniously return their military service medals.
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10AM - Music at Petrillo Music Shell (E. Jackson Dr. & S Columbus Dr.)
1030AM - Musical Guest Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman
2PM - Step off from Petrillo Music Shell (E. Jackson Dr. & S. Columbus Dr.)
3PM - Ceremony to return military service medals (Michigan Ave. & E. Cermak Rd.)
5PM - Post event hang out with musical guest Watermellon Slim at Simones 960 W. 18th St.
IVAW Members register today to March and return your medals.
We, Afghanistan and Iraq veterans, from around the country have united with CANG8 Coalition aginst NATO/G8 war and poverty agenda to converge in Chicago on May 20th for a unity march to the NATO summit and ceremoniously return our service medals to NATO generals. We were awarded these medals for serving in the Global War on Terror, a war based on lies and failed polices. This endless war has killed hundreds of thousands, stripped the humanity of all involved, and drained our communities of trillions of dollars, diverting funds from schools, clinics, libraries, and other public goods.
Iraq Veterans Against the War calls on fellow service members, veterans, Chicagoans, and everyone who believes in justice, dignity, and respect for all peoples to join us in the streets on May 20th. On this day, we will hold a nonviolent march to the site of the NATO summit where we will ceremoniously return our military service medals. We will demand that NATO immediately end the occupation of Afghanistan and relating economic and social injustices, bring U.S. war dollars home to fund our communities, and acknowledge the rights and humanity of all who are affected by these wars. We wish to begin a process of justice and reconciliation with the people of Afghanistan and other affected nations, fellow service members, veterans, and the American people.
The city of Chicago will host the NATO summit from May 20th-21st. NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, is an organization of western military superpowers whose combined military might is the world's largest and most powerful military force. The NATO mission in Afghanistan has dragged on for over a decade, to the detriment of the people of Afghanistan, military service members and their families, and our communities.
The recent news that the G8 summit, originally set to take place in Chicago this May, has been moved to Camp David shows that the world's large economies fear the mass mobilization and collective organizing of the people of Chicago. NATO should also be advised that the world's military superpowers, responsible for unjust wars, occupations, and militarism, are also not welcome in our hometown. We are emboldened by the knowledge that Chicagoans' call for popular mobilizations was enough to move the G8 out of our city. We must now harness this same people power to send the message loud and clear to NATO that they too will be met with resistance. Furthermore, even though the G8 and NATO will now be held apart from each other, we know that these two summits, and the interests they represent, are linked. War, austerity, poverty, and economic exploitation by the 1% go hand in hand.
It is time for us to take a stand and make our voices heard. We stand in international solidarity with the people of Afghanistan and all the people of the world who are demanding their right to self-determination, their human rights, and economic justice.
To cosponsor the march or for more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org 217-898-9083
American Friends Service Committee
Chicago Democratic Socialists of America
Chicago Jobs With Justice
Civilian Soldier Alliance
Delaware Valley Veterans for America
Military Families Speak Out
Military Law Task Force of the National Lawyers Guild,
Move the Money
National Nurses United
Network for a NATO Free Future
Protest Chaplains of Chicago
Rogers Park Food Not Bombs
Social Justice Council of the First UU Church of Chicago
UE Western Region
UIUC GEO's Solidarity Committee
United for Peace and Justice
US Labor Against the War
Veterans for Peace
Vietnam Veterans Against the War
Vietnam Veterans Against the War/Old School Sappers
Voices for Creative Nonviolence
WI Network for Peace and Justice