Friday, November 27, 2009

Demonstrations Planned Across New England in Opposition to Anticipated Escalation of War in Afghanistan

Media Advisory
November 25, 2009

Demonstrations Planned in Opposition to Escalation of War in Afghanistan

Hartford, CT - Marissa Janczewska - 860-216-0566
New Haven, CT - Chris Garaffa - 203-803-9066
Boston, MA - Cole Harrison - 617-466-9274
Maine - Lisa Savage - 207-643-2356 or 207-399-7623
Rhode Island - Kathy Lessuck - 401-633-5063

What: Emergency Demonstrations to take place across New England in the event that President Obama announces an increase of troops in Afghanistan.

When: 5:00pm day after announcement made, or at noon Saturday if announcement is made on a Friday
Where: Boston Common, Brewer Fountain, near Park Street Station

When: 5:00pm day after announcement made
Where: Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building @ 202 Harlow Street in Bangor and @ Monument Square, Congress Street in Portland.

When: 5:00pm day after announcement made
Where: Federal Building @ 450 Main Street, Hartford and the Federal Building at 150 Court Street, New Haven

Rhode Island:
When: 5:00pm day after announcement made
Where: Burnside Park, downtown Providence

As President Obama announces much anticipated plans to send tens of thousands more U.S. troops into Afghanistan, residents across New England will take to the streets to oppose the escalation and call for an end to the war. The war in Afghanistan has destroyed Afghan and American communities over more than eight years of occupation. It is draining away hundreds of billions of dollars from an economy in economic crisis.

"Afghans want the U.S. out for very good reasons" says Marissa Janczewska of CT Students Against the War. "The U.S. is destroying their country, flooding it with guns, propping up corrupt war lords and drug lords, and trampling their independence. Sending more troops will only intensify the brutality."

Organizations from across the region are organizing the demonstrations, including: New England United, United for Justice with Peace, Greater Boston Stop the Wars Coalition, the Rhode Island Mobilization Committee to Stop War and Occupation, Connecticut United for Peace, Code Pink, the ANSWER Coalition, and Connecticut Students Against the War.

Participating groups have held a number of recent events in opposition to the war in Afghanistan, including a rally and march against the wars in Copley Square that drew over a thousand marchers from all six New England states.

The emergency demonstrations are part of a national day of action called by United for Peace and Justice, Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, The ANSWER Coalition, National Assembly, National Campaign for Non-Violent Resistance, Pledge of Resistance, Voices for Creative Non-Violence, and World Can't Wait.