Participants will gather on the plaza at 3rd Street and Cedar Ave South on the West Bank in Minneapolis. At 1:30 pm there will be a march through the neighborhood that will return to the starting point at 3rd and Cedar.
In addition to marking the anniversary, activists will focus on the escalation of war planning by the Trump Administration. Trump has plans, and has taken steps, to dramatically increase the level of U.S. military intervention in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Korea and elsewhere.
The protest is sponsored by the Minnesota Peace Action Coalition (MPAC) and is organized under the call of:
Stop Endless U.S. Wars – Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Pakistan - From Iraq to Standing Rock – NO more oil wars! - Say NO to new U.S. war threats – Iran, Korea... & everywhere! NO bans – NO walls – NO wars! - Say NO to racism & Islamophobia - Funds for human needs, not war.
A statement issued by organizers says, in part, “March 2017 will mark 14 years since the U.S. invasion of Iraq. After years of endless war, Trump wants a massive increase in the Pentagon budget and is moving to escalate the multiple wars and interventions. We say enough!”
The statement goes on to say, “The U.S. is very much at war today. With troops, air strikes, drone attacks under way in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and more countries. In addition, the Trump Administration has threatened military action in Iran and Korea.
“U.S. intervention will do nothing to fight terrorism. U.S. wars, air strikes and drone attacks are terrorism. The U.S. war machine does not intervene to protect people or to fight terrorism, but to serve U.S. economic interests. The peoples of the Middle East must be able to set their own course and future without U.S. intervention,” the statement concludes.
The protest will include speakers from a number of organizations, including Anti-War Committee, Veterans for Peace and others. For more information, call 612-275-2720 or 612-827-5364.
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