On Saturday, January 4 CODEPINK, Veterans for Peace, United AntiWar Coalition (UNAC), ANSWER Coalition, World Beyond War, Popular Resistance and Voices for Creative Nonviolence are calling on people from around the United States to organize local demonstrations to demand: NO MORE U.S. TROOPS TO IRAQ OR THE MIDDLE EAST! U.S. OUT OF IRAQ NOW! and NO WAR/NO SANCTIONS ON IRAN!
In response to the massive protests in Iraq following the latest U.S. aerial assault that killed scores of Iraqis, Donald Trump has ordered 750 more U.S. troops to the Middle East and potentially 3,000 more. This is in addition to the 5,200 U.S. troops already stationed in Iraq. Every U.S. president over the last 28 years has ordered the bombing of Iraq. The decision by Donald Trump and the Pentagon to launch new air assaults against Iraqis in the past week ignited nationwide resistance by Iraqis who want to reclaim their full sovereignty and do not want Iraq to be used in a U.S. war on Iran.
More than a million Iraqis have died during the past 28 years as a consequence of U.S. occupation, bombings and sanctions. Tens of thousands of U.S. troops have either been killed or suffered life-changing wounds. The U.S. 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, Trump is building up U.S. forces in the region and threatening a war with Iran.
Initiators for this call include CODEPINK, Popular Resistance, Veterans For Peace, ANSWER Coalition, World Beyond War, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, and many other antiwar and peace organizations.
Rallies will take place on Saturday, January 4 in the following cities.
- The White House – Washington D.C.
12 noon at the White House
- Albuquerque, NM
2 pm at Kirtland Airforce Base, San Mateo and Gibson Blvd
- Chicago, IL
12 noon at Trump Tower
- Los Angeles, CA
1 pm at Pershing Square
- New York City, NY
11 am at Time Square
- San Francisco, CA
12 noon at Powell and Market
- Miami, FL
1 pm Torch of Friendship, 301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33032
- Arlington, MA
12 noon at Broadway Plaza, Mass. Ave. and Medford St
- Seattle, WA
2 pm at Westlake Park
- Atlanta, GA
3 pm at Little Five Points
- Denver, CO
Event details to be announced
To have an event organized in your city email Carley@codepink.org