"WALKIN' TO NEW ORLEANS" -
March 14-19, 2006
Veterans' and Survivors' March for Peace and Justice to New Orleans
Friends and allies,
Antiwar veterans groups and Katrina survivors are planning a very
politically significant action this coming March 14-19.They need
your endorsement and support.
Hurricane Katrina is in the news again, as thousands of hurricane
survivors who were housed at hotels in New Orleans and other cities
are now being summarily evicted.In New Orleans, evictees were not
even allowed to collect their belongings.The National Guard, which
was sent in at night almost as a surprise attack in conjunction with
police, was tasked to collect people's meager possessions, as these
serially-displaced residents were herded aboard buses to be shipped
off to overcrowded shelters in other cities, or left to fend for
themselves as homeless people.
Concurrently, the lunatic-right that
advises the Bush administration is not only stubbornly adhering to
the disastrous course of militarily occupying Iraq, the same clique
is now advocating military action against Iran (Perle), and
publishing enemies lists (Horowitz) of antiwar activists even in the
midst of a domestic spying scandal.
The colonial treatment being meted out to poor people and people of
color on the Gulf Coast is mirrored in the viscious neo-colonial war
the Bush administration is continuing against Arabs and Muslims.It
is hard to decide whether Iraqis are being treated like African
Americans by the Bush administration, or African Americans are being
treated like Iraqis.
March 19, 2006 is
the 3rd anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Vietnam Veterans
Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, Gold Star Families for
Peace, and hurricane survivors' organizations (SOS, PHRF, Common
Ground, United Peace Relief, MS Immigrant Rights Alliance, and
others) are organizing a five-day march along Gulf Coast Highway 90
(1) the immediate
return of our troops from Iraq, and to call for U.S. tax dollars to
be spent on human priorities and
(2) rebuilding of
the devastated Gulf Coast, under the democratic direction of the
residents of the Gulf Coast, instead of the illegal occupation of
HERE ARE FIVE
THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP
1. ENDORSE the march as an individual or organization.
http://www.vetgulfmarch.org/article.php?list=type&type=9 and type in
your information.If you have difficulty (the web site is not quite
finished.), email your endorsement (name, occupation, location) to
2. SUPPORT the march.
http://www.vetgulfmarch.org/article.php?list=type&type=6 and find how
to DONATE financial support (donate button on page) or in-kind support.
We still have a substantial amount to raise, so this is very important.
3. PUBLICIZE the march, by sending this along to as many individuals and
lists as you can.
4. HOST events (house parties to public venues) to raise support for the
Contact Iraq Veterans
Against the War http:/www.ivaw.net or Veterans For Peace
http://www.veteransforpeace.org to determine if there are vets
available to speak at your event.Also contact The Empowerment Project to
obtain a copy of "Soldiers Speak Out"
http://www.empowermentproject.org (a 28-minute film featuring Iraq
Veterans Against the War) to use in conjunction with your event.
5. IF YOU ARE A VETERAN, A MILITARY FAMILY MEMBER, OR A GULF COAST
SURVIVOR, you are encouraged to JOIN part or all of THE MARCH.