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We Are All Guilty!

By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich


It is the echo or our silence that triggers the bombs; the lethal indifference that disguises itself in civilization while claiming lives half way around the world.  We cannot declare the dignity that is due to humanity, nor the glory of our forefathers when we witness atrocities and partake in them by being mute in the face of such barbarism. 


On a soft pillow, for the night we forget their wars, their deaths; while their night is rubble that brings with it more death and blood and tears.  Their home becomes their graveyard while their blood brings more comfort to our homes – our logic being this is not our war – not yet.


Every war is our war – not only an assault on life and civilization, but battlefields which are inching their way to the ultimate war – that being declared on Iran.  To borrow and rephrase from the monolith outside the Freedom Trail in Boston:


They invaded and killed the Iraqis, and I did not speak up, for I was not an Iraqi;

They invaded and killed the Palestinians, and I did not speak up, for I was not a Palestinian;

They invaded and killed the Lebanese, and I did not speak up, for I was an Iranian,

Then they came for the Iranians – and there was no one to speak up for me.


If ever there was a need for unity against aggression, injustice and the preservation of life, it is on August 12th.  Please join me in Washington to make our voices heard.


This is not simply an Israeli assault -- this a joint partnership between the Israeli government and the Bush Administration. We, in the United States, must do everything in our power to build the largest possible mass opposition to this war against the people of Lebanon and Palestine not only for humanity’s sake, but before the battlefield is extended to our homeland. The August 12 National Emergency March on Washington will bring together people from all over the United States. The White House will be surrounded by a sea of protestors. The August 12 Emergency March was initiated by the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism), the National Council of Arab Americans (NCA), and the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation.


The Congress of Arab American Organizations in Michigan has reserved 25 buses to bring people to Washington, D.C. on August 12. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is mobilizing people to come to the demonstration. The National Lawyers Guild is also calling for its members and supporters to mobilize and attend the Washington demonstration. Anti-war, labor, civil rights  and community organizations, hundreds of whom are endorsing the August 12 demonstration, are in a full mobilization mode to bring buses and car caravans to Washington that day. August 12 will be the single largest demonstration to date in the United States opposing this war. It is crucial that the people of the Middle East and people throughout the world see a huge show of opposition right here in Washington, D.C. and that this government gets the message clearly that we will not stand by and will not support its war against the people of the Middle East.


This is a huge undertaking and is being done on an emergency basis, and we can only succeed with your generous donation. Last week we announced that we immediately needed to raise $50,000 and we received a tremendous response but have not met this goal. The stage, sound system, port-a-johns, rental of buses, the production of hundreds of thousands of leaflets and flyers, posters, placards and other essential expenses must be paid. We can succeed but only with your help. Please make your donation now by clicking here.

Each bus from New York City costs $1,700. Please try to come to Washington, D.C., but if you are unable to come you can make a real contribution by helping to ensure that others can come. To help pay for buses and transportation costs, click here.

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A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition
Act Now to Stop War & End Racism
National Office in Washington DC: 202-544-3389
New York City: 212-694-8720
Los Angeles: 323-464-1636
San Francisco: 415-821-6545
Chicago: 773-463-0311


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