Anti-war marchers on the move

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If there ever were a time for waves of people to take to the streets and demonstrate vast popular opposition to the U.S. war machine, it’s now. On Oct. 17, just days past the anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan eight long years ago, marches and rallies across the country are setting up in at least 30 cities.

Loosely coordinated by the National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations, the protests feature demands that are bold and inclusive.

Immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. troops, military personnel, bases, contractors, and mercenaries from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan!

• End U.S. support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine!

• End the siege against Gaza!

• U.S. hands off Iran and North Korea!

• Self-determination for all oppressed nations and peoples!

• End war crimes, including torture!

The anti-war movement has yet to recover from persistent divisions and new varieties of police tactics against demonstrators post-9/11. And these are compounded by cheerleaders for the Democratic Party determined to give Obama “space” to clean up his act.

On Oct. 17, and during events in the week before, help change this! Wherever you are, register a protest, march, write a letter, blog — help get anti-war forces on the same track. For more information, visit

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