WORLD PEACE NOW March 18 Action in Tokyo
-End the occupation of Iraq! End this era of war!
-Bush and Koizumi should apologize to Iraqi people!
-Bring back all our troops home!
Date: March 18, Saturday 2006
Time: the gathering starts at 13:30, the peace march starts at 15:30
Venue: Hibiya Park Open-Air Concert Hall, Tokyo (3 min. walk from Tokyo
Metro Kasumigaseki Sta. or Hibiya Sta., 2 min. walk from Tokyo Metro
Speakers: Kei Ishizaka (comic artist), Michiko Nakajima (lawyer), Keiko
Itokazu (member of the House of Councilors) and more (with sign language
Peace Concert: Seoul Flower Mononoke Summit
No Foreign military bases in Iraq and Japan
Article 9 is our no-war commitment to the rest of the world
March 18th is the third memorial day of the outbreak of the Iraqi war but
Iraq is still in the midst of sufferings with no end to them in sight. In
December 2005, U.S President George W Bush at last admitted that much of
the intelligence about the Saddam’s mass destruction, which was the
grounds for Iraqi war, turned out to be wrong and that he was responsible
for the decision to go into Iraq. However, he stressed it was right to
remove Saddam Hussein from power and the U.S. and its allies’ troops are
still operating in Iraq. Bush also admitted that 30,000 Iraqi people were
killed in the war, but the co-research conducted by Colombia University
reports the war actually cost 100,000 Iraqi lives.
The U.K. and the Australian troops that protect the JSDF stationed at
Samawah in the southern part of Iraq are likely to withdraw in spring or
summer 2006, but the Japanese Government in December 8, 2005 decided to
extend the term of the JSDF “reconstruction aid” operation for one year
by changing its basic troops deployment plan made under the special law on
aid to Iraq.
It should be noted that in the new implementation plan accompanying the
decision the number of airports the Air SDF can use from 13 to 24, that is,
all the airports existing in the country. This assures the ASDF to further
activate its transportation of personnel and supplies for the coalition
forces, thus making Japan’s commitment in the war even deeper.
However, Iraqi people are voicing louder and louder opposition to the
presence of the JSDF which they regard as part of the foreign occupation
forces. The JSDF’s camp in Samawah has been repeatedly attacked. Nowadays
scenes of Iraqi people throwing stones at the JSDF vehicles are often
The JSDF troops’ further stay in Iraq will not only be of any help to the
Iraqi people, but also is a vast waste of our tax money. The Iraqi people
are telling the world that they urgently need the basic services such as
water, electricity and fuel supply. However, the Japanese government’s
“reconstruction aid” which actually aims to send and station JSDF in Iraq
for its own sake, does not meet their needs. This has caused Iraqi
citizens’ distrust of Japan.
We call for our troops’ repatriation before they begin to kill or be
President Bush who admitted his responsibility for the decision of starting
this war and Japanese Prime minister Koizumi who unreservedly approved
Bush’s war must now apologize to the Iraqi people for the massive
destruction and loss of lives they have caused in the country. And Japan
should leave the war coalition, withdraw all troops immediately and support
genuine reconstruction of Iraq by and for the Iraqi people.
It has by now become clear that the Japanese government dispatched the SDF
troops in order to strengthen the Japan-U.S. military alliance and also to
establish fait accompli for the removal of Article 9 of the Constitution.
It has also become clear that the United States government was the
behind-the-scenes promoter of the Japanese postal service privatization
program as well as the privatization of the procedures of certification of
construction applications that is connected with the recent scandal of
falsified quake-resistance data.
Let’s raise our voice in order to put an end to the era of war and to halt
Koizumi’s dangerous policy of making Japan a war-making state.
World Peace Now, Japan was started at the end of 2002 as a broad coalition
of people in Japan from various groups such as citizens' peace groups,
religious groups and international NGOs and individuals who have agreed on
four principles: no more war, opposition to the attack on Iraq, opposition
to Japanese government's cooperation for the occupation of Iraq, and
non-violent action. Since then, many citizens, young and old alike, have
participated in actions against the Iraq war. The numbers of participants
has reached proportions similar to those during the anti Vietnam war
movement 35 years on in the history of Japanese peace movement.
Call to Action
This Call to Action was adopted at the November 6 Youth and Student
A.N.S.W.E.R. Strategy Meeting held in New York City at Hunter College.
This is not our war. The Bush administration has sent hundreds of thousands
of young people in the armed forces to Iraq to kill and be killed in a war
for Empire. Iraq has the second largest oil reserves on earth. It has been
targeted for destruction by the imperialists because the Iraqi people dared
to nationalize their oil and other natural resources. Every rationale
provided by the Bush administration for the war has been exposed as a lie.
Iraq possessed no weapons of mass destruction. Iraq had no connection to the
events of September 11.
The U.S., on the contrary, has nearly 10,000 nuclear weapons, has a military
budget of $500 billion per year, constituting half of all arms production in
the world. The U.S. government is the only one in the world that has ever
used nuclear weapons, which it did against the civilian cities of Hiroshima
and Nagasaki in August 1945. More than 100,000 Iraqis have died since March
2003. Their country has been destroyed. Electricity, food, medicine,
drinkable water all the things necessary to sustain life are now in a state
of ruin. More than 2,000 U.S. soldiers have been killed and 20-30,000 have
been horribly wounded. The U.S. government has spent $300 billion to carry
out this war of aggression; that comes to more than $200 million every day.
The war and occupation of Iraq cannot be seen in isolation. The U.S. is
actively attempting to destroy every government that resists the Empire.
People in Iraq, in Palestine, in Haiti, in Venezuela, in Cuba, in the
Philippines are resisting but the people of the United States must become
their allies. Their resistance is part of the universal aspiration to live
free from foreign domination or threats of a military or economic character.
While the Bush administration and Congress allocate limitless resources for
their war for Empire, these so-called elected representatives of the people
are carrying out massive cutbacks in Medicaid, Medicare, tuition aid, food
stamps and other vital social programs. Of the $50 billion in projected
cutbacks in the coming fiscal year, more than 1/3 are targeting programs
designed to help young people, especially education programs.
This is a racist war. The Bush administration has targeted and demonized
Arab and Muslim peoples. It is a racist war too because it constitutes a
systematic diversion of resources from African American, Latino and other
oppressed communities directly into the coffers of the corporate and banking
establishment through the agency of military spending.
While the Bush administration cut hundreds of millions of dollars from flood
and hurricane relief and from the restorations of the levees in New Orleans
between 2001 and 2005, the same government reallocated these resources for
the so-called “war on terrorism.”
Our massive mobilizations will not simply target the Bush administration.
Bush and the neo-conservatives share the same fundamental class interests
with all sectors of the leadership in the Republican and Democratic Parties.
It is naïve and an exercise in misleadership to focus all of the
attention of the rising progressive movement against the Bush administration.
Such an orientation implies that the removal of Bush and his replacement by a
Democrat will fundamentally alter the imperialist war drive and the assault
against working class communities and young people at home. The Republicans
and the Democrats alike are the twin parties of the war machine. They share
the same corporate and banking contributors, their real constituents are big
oil, the big banks and the military-industrial complex.
We have learned the lessons of the civil rights, women’s, LGBT, labor, and
anti-war movements: Real change comes not as a gift from the politicians but
from the sustained mass mobilization of the people. In order to realize the
demand “Money for jobs, housing, education, and healthcare, Not for war and
occupation” we must create a national grassroots movement.
* From Iraq to New Orleans, Fund People's Needs - Not the War Machine
* Stop the War in Iraq - Bring all the troops home now
* Military Recruiters out of our schools & communities
* End Colonial Occupation from Iraq to Palestine to Haiti
* Support the Palestinian People’s Right of Return
* Stop the Threats Against Venezuela, Cuba, Iran & North Korea
* U.S. out of the Philippines - U.S. out of Puerto Rico
* Stop the Racist, anti-Immigrant and anti-Labor Offensive at Home, Defend
Three Years Too Many !
End the War on Iraq
Bring All the Troops Home Now
A Call for a Week of Local Action
March 15-22, 2006
March 19th will mark the third anniversary of a war that never should have
happened -- a war based on lies that continues to devastate the lives of
thousands, both in Iraq and the United States.
United for Peace and Justice joins our partners in the global antiwar
movement in calling for a massive outpouring of opposition to the war in
Iraq. We are urging opponents of the war to organize a wide array of events
in their hometowns for the entire week surrounding this anniversary. As
important as our periodic large national gatherings are, we believe it is
vital that we bring antiwar sentiment out into the streets of every community
around the country.
Last year, on the second anniversary of the war, more than 765 actions were
organized in response to the call from UFPJ for local antiwar protests. This
year we want to increase that number significantly, and expand participation
at each event.
Our national coalition will help local groups organize a range of events and
activities throughout the week of March 15-22, with the goals of increasing
the visibility of grassroots antiwar sentiment and bringing new people into
this movement. We encourage groups to plan educational events and protest
actions, including vigils, marches, rallies, non-violent civil disobedience
and other creative activities and to publicize them by listing them on the
UFPJ website calendar.
In any given community, these activities might include:
* actions to expose the local costs of the war
* efforts to support the growing movement against military recruitment
* activities aimed at pressuring members of Congress and other elected
officials to speak out against the war
* events to highlight the attacks on our civil liberties
* programs that address issues of corporate accountability
* protests demanding that all of our troops be brought home now!
In the coming weeks, UFPJ will provide resources and materials to support
local groups in this organizing, including how-to guides, leaflets that can
be modified for local use, and much more. We will update you with news about
organizing efforts around the country and from around the world. (If this
message was forwarded to you by a friend, make sure to receive our updates by
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Whether or not you belong to a local antiwar group, there are many things
you can do right now -- today -- to start building momentum for the
1) Forward this email to everyone you know who agrees that it's time for the
war to end. We are the majority and we need to make our voices heard!
2) Post this call to action on your website or blog (and be sure to link to
3) Visit our online peace group directory to find an organization in your
area that you can work with to plan March 15-22 events. Or, if there's no
antiwar group in your community, start one!
4) Help ensure we have the financial resources we need to move this work
forward and raise an unprecedented national outcry against the continued
bloodshed in Iraq.
Three years of persistent anti-war organizing are having a significant
political impact. A majority of people in the United States now agree with
the peace movement that this war never should have happened, and calls for
immediate withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq are growing. More members
of Congress, retired generals and state department officials, newspaper
editorial boards and people from all walks of life are demanding the truth
and calling for an end to the war.
But the horrors continue. Three years of war have resulted in the deaths of
more than 2,000 U.S. service people, and thousands have come home with
horrific wounds they will carry for the rest of their lives. Estimates of
Iraqi deaths number in the tens of thousands, and more Iraqis are killed
every day. The schools, hospitals and homes hard hit by the U.S. military
have not been rebuilt. Foreign investors like Halliburton - not the Iraqi
people - control the Iraqi economy while the IMF and World Bank "give" a $100
billion loan to Iraq, intent on locking the economic future of that country
into the same policies that have punished people around the world.
The war has already cost well over $200 billion in U.S. taxpayer money, and
there is no end in sight. At the same time, the people of Louisiana,
Mississippi and Alabama have yet to receive the resources they need to
recover from Hurricane Katrina and communities around the country are
impacted every day by drastic cuts in social spending. And the war has
brought new assaults on civil liberties and democratic rights.
The Bush administration is on the run as the foolhardiness and arrogance of
their "stay the course" policy has been exposed. Let us work together to make
this the last anniversary of this war. Join the week of local action in March
and help build the movement to end the war in Iraq and bring all our troops