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From: NYC Labor Against the War
Subject: [NYCLAW] Report: 1.15 Press Conference for 3.19 NYC Antiwar Demo
Date: January 15, 2005 10:39:03 PM EST
Troops Out Now! - the Momentum is Building!
On Saturday, January 15, the anniversary of Dr. Martin
Luther King's birthday, activists and representatives from
dozens of labor, community, anti-war, and international
solidarity organizations joined veterans clergy and military
family members on the steps of New York City Hall to
announce their intention to march to Central Park on March
19 under the slogan, "Troops Out Now!"
Nearly one hundred activists assembled at City Hall despite
the bitter cold, carrying placards with pictures of Dr. King
and the words "Troops Out Now! March on Central Park, March
*NY City Council Member Charles Barron
*Brenda Stokely, President, AFSCME DC 1707; Co-Convener, NYC
Labor Against the War (NYCLAW); Co-Chair, Million Worker March
*Larry Holmes, International Action Center
*Rev. Herbert Daughtry
*Former Attorney General Ramsey Clark
*Chris Silvera, Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 808;
President, Black Teamsters Caucus
*Leilani Dowell, Queers for Peace and Justice
*Kim Rosario, mother of a soldier currently stationed in
*Amos Hoff, New York AIDS Housing Network
*Nora Soul, Artists and Activists United for Peace
*Mel Stephens, ACT UP
*Nellie Bailey, Harlem Tenants Council
The coalition announced its plans to march to Central Park
on March 19 to demand the immediate, complete, and
unconditional withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Speakers
also stressed the importance of ending, not only the war in
Iraq, but the war against working people here in the U.S.
and the ongoing occupation of Haiti, Afghanistan, and
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NY 1 video of press conference:
Activists Gear Up To Protest Iraq War On 2nd Anniversary Of
JANUARY 15TH, 2005 from NY1
Lawmakers and anti-war activists are planning to mark the
two year anniversary of the Iraqi war, by rallying in
City Council member Charles Barron joined dozens of
protesters in front of City Hall Saturday afternoon to
announce the event, which will be held on March 19th.
The group says the billions of dollars being spent on the
war should be better spent on health care, education, and
The protesters took time to honor the Reverend Martin Luther
King Jr., and say he would have been protesting with them,
if he were alive today.
"Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. who went beyond civil
rights, went to human rights in his anti-war stance against
the war in Vietnam, is appropriate for everyone who loves
Dr. King should be against the Iraqi the war today," said
"On March 19, 2005 Ð second anniversary of this terrible
invasion and war in Iraq Ð New York is going to rock. The
people of this city, the people of the surrounding area, are
going to march on Central Park," anti-war activist Larry
"We're going to be out there on the 19th; we're going to try
to get as many people about there, because most people, the
people they don't poll, those are the people that are
against the poll and they're going to be speaking up," said
Brenda Stokely of Million Worker March.
The group says they have already obtained a city permit for
the rally and march.
Newsday, January 16, 2005
Anti-war advocates plan March rally
BY DEBORAH S. MORRIS STAFF WRITER
On the birthday of civil rights activist the Rev. Martin
Luther King Jr., anti-war advocates yesterday demanded that
U.S. troops be withdrawn immediately from Iraq and announced
plans for a March 19 demonstration in Central Park.
"Mayor Bloomberg and President [George W.] Bush barred us
from holding a rally in Central Park during the Republican
convention. That was unnecessary, undemocratic,
unconstitutional and it's not going to happen this time,"
said City Councilman Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn), referring
to the GOP national convention last summer.
Barron was joined on the steps of City Hall by former U.S.
Attorney General Ramsey Clark, the Rev. Herbert Daughtry of
Brooklyn and about 40 other anti-war activists from a group
called the Troops Out Now Coalition.
In the weeks and months before the convention, Central Park
became a controversial touchstone after the Parks Department
denied the umbrella activist group United for Peace and
Justice a permit to use the Great Lawn for a rally expected
to attract 250,000 people. The department said a crowd that
large would damage the lawn.
Dustin Langley, an organizer of yesterday's rally, said the
Troops Out Now Coalition applied last month for a permit to
march in Central Park and members of the group already have
met with Parks Department officials.
"We applied for the permit very early, so that if there is a
problem getting a permit we have plenty of time to deal with
that problem," Langley said. "Whether if it's by legal
action, whether we have to protest outside City Hall or
outside Bloomberg's house, [Police Commissioner] Ray Kelly's
house. Because we are going to the park one way or the
Participants in the march, scheduled for the second
anniversary of the day the U.S.-led coalition invaded Iraq,
are expected to step off at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem and
head south to Central Park.
"We are being flexible. We have asked for several different
areas within the park," Langley said. "We are going in with
good faith. Central Park has become symbolic of civil
Kim Rosario of Bushwick, whose son, Pvt. Joshua Morales,
19, has been stationed since September in Ramadi, Iraq, was
one of many speakers at the rally, which rang with chants of
"Bring the troops home now" and the display of signs
demanding the same. She said true support for the troops
does not come with just putting a magnet on your car.
"If you truly support our troops, you want them to come home
and be safe," Rosario said. "You would speak out and write
to politicians, march, you'd protest, because they don't
belong there. Bring the troops home now."
Copyright © 2005, Newsday, Inc.
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Posted January 16, 2005 at http://www.grassrootspeace.org