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Sunday, February 11, 2007

US Communists Organise March on Pentagon

A while ago I posted on the Communist Party USA/Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, leadership of the giant anti Iraq War rally in Washington on 27th january.

Now another major communist organisation, the Party for Socialism and Liberation and its front "Act Now to Stop War & End Racism" (ANSWER) are planning a march on the Pentagon.

On March 17, 2007, the 4th anniversary of the start of the criminal invasion of Iraq, tens of thousands of people from around the country will descend on the Pentagon in a mass demonstration to demand: U.S. Out of Iraq Now! 2007 is the 40th anniversary of the historic 1967 anti-war march to the Pentagon during the Vietnam War. The message of the 1967 march was "From Protest to Resistance", and marked a turning point in the development of a countrywide mass movement.

In the coming days and weeks, thousands of organizations and individuals will begin mobilizing for the upcoming March on the Pentagon. Organizing committees and transportation centers are being established to bring people to the March on the Pentagon.

The March 17 demonstration will assemble at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Constitution Gardens) at 12 noon in Washington, D.C.and march to the Pentagon.

Tne Party for Socialism and Liberty split from the Workers Wold Party in 2004 and took over the leadership of ANSWER from WWP. Many of ANSWER's leaders were members of the WWP at the time of ANSWER's founding and are now members of the PSL

According to Wikipedia

Unlike the Workers World Party, which never maintained a formal position in the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition despite its clear influence, the PSL’s role within A.N.S.W.E.R. is overt. As one the most active members of the coalition, PSL has gained notice for successfully forging ties with Arab and Muslim American groups such as the Muslim American Society, Al-Awda and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

A friend in the US and I have gone through the list of march sponsors and added our comments to the listed affiliations.

Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General-long time WWP frontman

Maxine Waters, Democratic Congresswoman-Congressional Progressive Caucus, close associate of Communist Party USA, Progressive Democrats of America

Alice Walker, Pulitzer prize winning author-communist sympathizer

Cynthia McKinney, Democratic Congresswoman–Congressional Progressive Caucus

Cindy Sheehan, co-founder Gold Star Families for Peace, author–Progressive Democrats of America

Ron Kovic, Vietnam Veteran, author, Born on the 4th of July

Malik Rahim, Founder, Common Ground Collective, New Orleans

Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit–longtime communist sympathiser

Paul Haggis, Director of Crash, 2005 Academy Award for Best Picture

Elias Rashmawi, National Coordinator, National Council of Arab Americans–WWP supporter

Howard Zinn, Author, A People's History of the United States–avowed marxist

Rev. Luis Barrios, St. Mary's Church

Heidi Boghosian, Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild-old Communist Party USA front

Chaplain James Yee, former Army chaplain, Guantánamo Detention Center–aquitted on espionage charges

Mahdi Bray, Executive Director, Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation-WWP supporter

Father Roy Bourgeois, Founder, School of the Americas Watch–longtime communist sympathiser

Leonard Weinglass, Attorney for the Cuban Five–longtime Communist Party USA and Socialist Workers Party supporter

Eric LeCompte, National Office, School of the Americas Watch

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Co-founder, Partnership for Civil Justice–affiliated to National Lawyers Guild and WWP

Brian Becker, National Coordinator, ANSWER Coalition–former WWP leader

Mounzer Sleiman, TV commentator and Vice Chair, National Council of Arab Americans

Waleed Bader, Vice chair of the National Council of Arab American, Chair of NCA NY/NJ Chapter, Former President of Arab Muslim American Federation

Ben Dupuy, Co-Director, Haiti Progres–WWP supporter

Juan Jose Gutierrez, Executive Director, Latino Movement USA

Calvin Gipson, Former President, San Francisco LGBT Pride Committee

Rev. Graylan Hagler, Senior Pastor, Plymouth Congregational Church, Washington D.C– WWP sympathiser

Kay Lucas, Director, Crawford Peace House, Crawford, TX

Iglesia de San Romero, United Church of Christ

Claudia de la Cruz, Director, Dominican Women’s Youth Development Center

Chuck Kaufman, Co-coordinator of the Nicaragua Network–WWP supporter

Al Garcia, Alliance for a Just & Lasting Peace in the Philippines

Macrina Cardenas, Mexico Solidarity Network – Marxist, associated with WWP fronts

Eugene Puryear, Howard University, student leader

Gloria La Riva, Coordinator, National Committee to Free the Cuban Five– formerWWP leader and presidential candidate

Ed Asner, Actor–Democratic Socialists of America

Shirley Knight, Actor

Debra Sweet, National Coordinator, World Can't Wait-Revolutionary Communist Party front

Jim Lafferty, Director, National Lawyers Guild, Los Angeles–former Socialist Workers Party supporter

James Petras, Professor Emeritus, SUNY Binghamton (State University of New York)– marxist

Jennifer Harbury, Human Rights Lawyer, author-leftist supporter of Latin American marxists

Mimi Kennedy, Actor (Dharma & Greg)-Progressive Democrats of America

Is there a pattern here?


Blogger mah29001 said...

Hmm, why don't we see people protesting the Kremlin?

1:48 PM  
Blogger Chris Dickson, F.L.A. said...

Why would they protest in the town they love so much?

Actually, it might not ba such a bad idea to ship them all over to either Moscow or Havanah, Cuba. After all, that's where they all belong anyway.

6:30 AM  

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