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met als onderwerp: NATIONAL MARCH APRIL 27 IN PHILA.
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NATIONAL MARCH IN PHILADELPHIA--APRIL 27, 1997
Mumia Abu-Jamal, Political Prisoner
Leonard Peltier, Native American Political Prisoner
Pam Africa, Int'l Concerned Family
and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Brian McWilliams, International President,
International Longshoremen's & Warehousemen's Union
Iris Baez, Anthony Baez Foundation, Bronx, NY
Dennis Banks, American Indian Movement
Noam Chomsky, political analyst
Alice Walker, Author
Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General
Leslie Feinberg, Author, Transgendered Activist
San Francisco Labor Council
Juan Jose Gutierrez, One Stop Immigration Center, LA, CA
Pride at Work, National Org. for Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Labor
Michio Kaku, Professor Theoretical Physics, CCNY
Student Assembly of the State University of New York
1199 National Health Care & Human Service Employees
Garry Murchison, Pres. USWA 8751, Boston School Bus Drivers
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Casey Kasem, TV & Radio Personality
Gloria La Riva, National People's Campaign
Anya Mukarji-Connolly, Center for Women's Concerns,
SUNY Stonybrook, NY
Rev. Lucius Walker, IFCO, Pastors for Peace
Dottie Stevens, VP Nat'l Welfare Rights Union
Mary Tong, Director, Support Ctte for Maquiladora Workers
Howard Zinn, Historian
and hundreds of other organizations and individuals
Call upon you to join the National March in Philadelphia for
Jobs, Justice & People's Needs--Fight for Our Future!
Say NO to Racism, Repression & Poverty!
Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Leonard Peltier, Geronimo Pratt and
all political prisoners!
SUNDAY APRIL 27, 2:00 P.M.
President Clinton, ex-Presidents Bush, Carter, Ford, General Colin
Powell, and the most powerful figures in the political and economic
establishment are holding a sham "Summit for the American Future"
in Philadelphia on April 27 to promote "volunteerism." This summit
is a fig leaf to cover up their plans to destroy our social
programs. The "future" they foresee looks more like the 19th
century, a time when there was no Social Security, no food stamps,
no Medicare or Medicaid, no Aid to Families with Dependent
Children, no disability insurance -- in short, no government social
programs at all.
In the richest country in the world, the only "safety net" would
once again be private charity, which never could - and never will
- meet the needs of the people. Just ask any charitable
organization and their volunteers who are trying to feed, house or
in any way assist the thousands in need of these services.
Overextended and underfunded, these organizations are trying to do
their best. But it is like emptying the ocean with a slotted spoon.
Imagine how it will be when the full effects of the new welfare
"reform" take their toll.
Substituting charity and volunteerism for government programs is
part of the corporate privatization drive. It threatens the jobs of
millions of federal, state and municipal workers, and is aimed at
weakening and destroying public sector unions. This summit is
carefully crafted propaganda to put a "human face" on the federal
government's sweeping attacks on the majority of people.
It is Phase Two of the Contract on America, now embraced by the
White House and Congress. The assaults upon basic rights and social
gains are being justified by demonizing poor and working people
with racist and anti-poor stereotypes. The government plans to
offer young people "volunteerism and community service," instead of
jobs. The real aim is to cut education and affirmative action
programs, while building more and more prisons.
We call upon all who oppose this anti-people course to join
together in Philadelphia on Sunday, April 27, in a mass march to
defend our future against the designs of corporate America and
their loyal politicians. We will march for jobs, justice and
people's needs, and to say NO to racism, repression and poverty! It
is time to build a new people's movement! It is time to say no to
"lesser evil" politics! We can't wait on the sidelines hoping for
"damage control" from the Clinton administration, which did much of
the damage in the first place. There is no time to "wait and see"
when millions of people are being thrown off welfare; millions of
children are in poverty; immigrants are being
attacked; workers everywhere live in fear of downsizing; women, the
elderly, students and youth live in a state of permanent
insecurity; the lesbian/gay/bi/trans community is under assault;
disabled people face devastating cutbacks in SSI; corporate and
government union busting is the order of the day.
We will march in Philadelphia because Washington's racist policy
stands for more prisons, harsher punishments, expanding the death
penalty and more police to brutalize people of color. The cases of
Mumia Abu-Jamal, Leonard Peltier, Geronimo Pratt and the Puerto
Rican political prisoners embody the struggle against racist and
political repression. Churches are burned; the CIA puts drugs in
the Black and Latino communities. We will demand: "Schools & Jobs,
Not Jails -- Dismantle the CIA, now!"
We will march in Philadelphia because Medicaid is on the chopping
block and Wall Street is trying to hijack Social Security. Social
services, Aids funding and public housing are being sacrificed on
the altar of the "balanced budget." Affirmative action is being
abandoned, Native American sovereignty is being further
infringed, anti-Asian violence is increasing, women's abortion
clinics are being bombed, same sex marriage is condemned, the
environment is being destroyed. We will demand: "Put people's
needs before corporate profits."
We will march in Philadelphia to protest handing over hundreds of
billions of dollars to the Pentagon for military intervention
around the world, from Cuba to Korea to the Middle East. While
social and economic needs go unmet, one trillion dollars is
projected to pay for thousands of new and deadlier Joint Strike
Fighters. We will demand: "Dismantle the Warfare State."
We must break the corporate stranglehold on politics in Washington
by reviving the spirit of mass struggle. Civil rights to Social
Security, union rights to welfare -- these rights were won in the
streets, campuses and workplaces.
The fight for our future begins now! Build the movement! Be in
Philadelphia April 27!
To join the march, endorse or become a mobilization center get in
touch with us!
Initiated by: National People's Campaign
39 West 14 Street, Room 206, New York, NY 10011
212 633-2889 fax
Philadelphia: 215 724-1618
San Francisco: 415-821-6545