Leilani Dowell spoke at a MECAWI Teach-In on September 30, 2006 about a fact-finding mission to Lebanon.
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Join us in Washington, DC and Los Angeles during the Encampment, September 22 -29th. Friday, September 28th will be the Youth and Student Day of Action.
Youth and students from the US to Iraq are under attack. Military recruiters prey on our communities and our campuses, trying to get us and our friends to kill and be killed in a criminal war. Money that should be being spent to make education affordable for everyone and provide scholarships is instead being spent to continue the four and half year old occupation of Iraq. Police harass us for simply being young, for being a person of color, or for being lesbian/gay/bi/trans/queer. Bush's top war adviser, Army Lt.Gen. Douglas Lute, says that "it makes sense to certainly consider [reinstating the draft]." It's time to raise our voices and our fists and fight back.
Organizers and activists from around the country will be flooding D.C. with a sea of resistance during the Encampment and March to Stop the War, and youth and students must be there too! Youth organizers have been organizing a day during the Encampment solely for youth and students.
The Youth and Student Day of Action will be held on Friday, September 28, at the Encampment site. We'll gather at the Encampment on Thursday night and Friday morning to discuss and plan direct actions that will happen in D.C. on September 28.
But tickets for the van from the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area now!
Leading up to the Youth and Student Day of Action, regional meetings will be held. Regional meetings in the Southeast and Northeast are already scheduled with others being organized. In the Southeast, the regional meeting will be in Raleigh, NC on Sunday, September 16, hosted by antiwar groups at North Carolina State University's campus. In the Northeast, in New York City (more info TBA). We envision that these regional meetings will be places for youth and students to meet others who are planning to come to the Day of Action and the Mass March on Saturday, September 29, and begin getting ideas about what we can do on Friday, September 28, to impact the war.
We've set-up a website (http://youthantiwarweek.wordpress.com) where we'll continue to post fliers, information about the regional meetings and about logistics for Thursday night and Friday. Also, if you are interested in adding your name or your organization to the list of endorsers below, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Sept 28th on Encampment site there will be An Outdoor Concert for Human Rights in the Philippines called 'NEVER AGAIN!' f eaturing Blue Scholars, Kiwi (formerly of Native Guns), Koba, Deep Foundation, Kinding Sindaw, Anakbayan Youth, and Kadena Join Filipino-American Artists Call for a Withdrawal of US Military Aid to the Philippines and an End to the Undeclared Martial Law Under the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Regime. Sept. 21 marks the 35th anniversary of Martial Law as declared by theMarcos dictatorship in the Philippines back in 1972.
We're really excited for this unprecedented day of action where youth and students from around the country will be able to come together and decide collectively how we want to take a stand against the war machine. If there is not already a transportation center in your area, please consider organizing one so you can get yourself, your friends, or your campus/community organization to D.C. on Friday to join with hundreds of other youth to shut down the war. Stay with us through Saturday and join the youth and student contingent in the March to Stop the War.
Initial List of Endorsers of Youth and Student Day of Action at Encampment:
I Am Hiphop, Georgia State University*, Atlanta, GA
Yoel Britan, Princeton Campus Antiwar Network*
Shoshana Schwartz, Columbia Coalition Against the War*, NYC
Anusar Farooqui, Columbia Coalition Against the War*, NYC
Daniel Kolaric, student, Zephyrhills, FL
Eve Blazo, The Calhoun School*, NYC
Laura Bullard, Charlotte, NC
Ben Carroll, UNC Chapel Hill Students for a Democratic Society*
Student Worker Alliance, NC State University
Los Angeles Fight Imperialism Stand Together
Namibia Donadio, Rutgers University*
Fight Imperialism-Stand Together (F.I.S.T.)
Solidarity with Palestine Through Education and Action at Carolina (SPEAC), UNC-Chapel Hill
Caleb Maupin, Baldwin Wallace College, Cleveland
Lila Goldstein, Hampshire College*
Abraham Mwaura, Huntington, West Virginia
Miya Campbell, Boston Women's Fightback Network
Catalina Garcia, San Diego, CA/Tijuana, Mexico
Larry Hales, Denver, CO
*for identification purposes only