LA this weekend

Tom and I are headed to LA this weekend.  We will be participating as representatives of the Green Party in the mass march and rally that will be the culmination of a weeklong encampment, organized by the Troops Out Now Coalition (TONC).  The parallel encampment is being held in Washington, D.C.

I will be a speaker at the rally on Saturday.  I will be speaking in my capacity as Co-Chair of the GPUS Peace Action Committee.
I’m excited and nervous at the same time!

Reports and photos are currently being posted at these sites:

GPAX Blog
TONC Encampment Blog
For anyone participating in the LA action – look for me and Tom carrying the GPAX banner!

Here is an update of this week’s activities in LA.

1.2 Million Iraqi Civilians Dead.
Over Four Million Driven From Their Homes. Nearly 4,000 US Soldiers Killed. More Than 600,000 Iraqi Widows. Five Million Orphans. 
Not One More!
Troops Out Now Coalition
https://mail.wwpublish.com/Redirect/www.troopsoutnowla.org http://www.troopsoutnowla.org
On to Sept. 29th Mass March and Rally
at Olympic & Broadway 12 Noon!!
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15-Mile March
Picture 1: Militant Chants Along Wilshire Blvd
Picture 2: Network News Interviews Stopover Protest at Israeli Consulate
Picture 3: From left – Bev Tang of BAYAN-USA and Namibia Donadio of youth organization FIST (Fight Imperialism Stand Together)
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Encampment at Westwood Day Before 15-Mile March
T
ent City Organizers Set Up Encampment
at Downtown Federal Building
After 15-Mile March
Prepare for
Massive March and Rally
on Sept. 29th at Olympic & Broadway
Encampment Anti-War Film Showings Every Night till 29th
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACTS:
John Parker: 323 936-7266, c- 323 899-2003.Carlos Montes: 213-712-0370 (Spanish or English) TONC Press Coordinator-Page Getz 323-377-1530. Javier Rodriguez- March 25 Coalition- 323-702-6397 (Spanish/ English)
Tent Cities Continue at the Downtown Federal Building at 300 North Los Angeles St.
Organizers Prepare for Sept 29th Mass March and Rally!
WHAT:
Tent City Downtown Prepares for Mass March on 29th.
WHEN:
Wednesday, September 26
WHERE:
Downtown Federal Building, Aliso & Los Angeles streets
DAY 5
WED SEPT. 26
Theme: Race & Repression/ LGBT/ Women’s Rts/ Int’l Solidarity
NOON POTLUCK- BRING SOMETHING!
2 p.m. International Action Center on Haiti
*3 p.m. Jena 6 Teach-in on Racism/ Prison industrial complex/ Police Brutality
4 p.m. Coalition in Solidarity with Cuba presents Cuba Panel, including Paula Solomon, AFSC’s Eisha Mason, Carol Frances Likins and others
5 p.m. Arab-American Teach-in with Al Awda’s Mazen Almoukdad
6 p.m. March 25 Coalition Immigrant Rights Teach-In in solidarity with Colombia
Film Screening – 7 p.m. The Fire This Time- The LA Uprising & King Drew Update
_________________________________________________
TH SEPT 27 DOWNTOWN
Theme- Labor Rights/ Immigrant Rights
NOON POTLUCK- BRING SOMETHING!
1 p.m. National Security & Immigrant Rights Teach-in with Hamid Kahn of the South Asian Network
*3 p.m. Bienestar vigil for Victoria Arellano
David Bacon Photo Exhibit of Iraqi Workers in Basra and Baghdad.
4 p.m. US Labor Against the War- Iraq Oil Law Workshop
6:30 p.m. Short Version: “Meeting Face to Face” on Iraqi workers
7 p.m. The Garment Workers Center- presentation & film, labor & immigrant rights
Film Screening – 9 p.m. Wallk Out, on the Chicano Moratorium with Carlos Montes, Latinos Against the War
__________________________________________
F SEPT 28 DOWNTOWN
Theme: Youth/ End Occupation, Human Needs, Not War
9 a.m. City Council demonstration & March to LA Times Protest
NOON POTLUCK- BRING SOMETHING!
5-6 p.m. Philippines Teach-in on History of US Occupation- BAYAN USA
7p.m. FMLN El Salvador Wkshp
8p.m. Eyewitness Palestine- Photo Presentation Teach-in
9 p.m. Journal of Ascetics  & Protest Theater
___________________________________________
SAT SEPT 29 DOWNTOWN
Noon- Mass March & Rally to Bring the Troops Home
_____________________________
Baghdad is covered in tent cities to shelter the two million internally displaced by US occupation. Now DC and LA are covered in tent cities to occupy the occupiers!
Thousands of peace and justice advocates are uniting on the doorsteps of the nation’s federal buildings to make it impossible to ignore the people’s mandate. British polls announced this week that 1.2 million Iraqis have met violent deaths as a result of nearly five years of U.S. occupation and more than four million have been displaced. According to Time magazine, there are now five million Iraqi orphans. Over 70 percent of the country opposes this war, but despite lipservice, congress continues to fund this bloodbath. Veterans, activists, Gold Star families and students are setting up mock tents as a result of the General Services Administration’s attempt to deny our first amendment right to demonstrate, but we will not back down!

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