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Join Us on Sunday, October 6th at the Federal Building in Westwood
to Protest the War against Iraq and Demand an End to Militarism

Hello everyone. As many of you know, I have been working for the past 8 years with the East Asia-US-Puerto Rico Women's Network - an anti-militarist women's organization comprised of women from Okinawa, the Philippines, South Korea, Japan, the U.S., and Puerto Rico. The Network formed in 1997 to share and develop strategies for addressing the negative impacts of the U.S. military on communities, particularly women, children and the environment.

In August our Network met in Seoul, Korea to share how our communities have been impacted by militarism and specifically the War on Terrorism. We heard first hand experiences with hate crimes and rollback of civil rights for people of color and immigrants in the U.S., the expansion of live artillery fire practices in Hawaii and in Vieques, Puerto Rico, the deaths of 2 middle school girls who were killed by a US Army vehicle in South Korea, and the pending bilateral agreement between the US and the Philippines which would give the US military unhampered access to areas in the Philippines. It is clear that local communities - particularly women, children, and the environment - bear the brunt of the unfolding War on Terrorism led by the U.S. and President Bush. Based on our experiences and shared commitment to our Network, we developed and signed a Final Statement outlining our demands to our elected officials. The Statement is attached in English and in Spanish. Feel free to circulate and share it with as many networks and people as possible.

To protest the increasing US militarism around the world, we agreed to stage an internationally coordinated day of action on October 6-7, the anniversary of the beginning of the bombing of Afghanistan a year ago. These actions can be of any scale, and in any place. The point is to participate in a coordinated action across national boundaries, and to increase our visibility by doing something in our various communities on the same day. We will be compiling a list of all of our actions to send to our elected officials and others to raise visibility of the scope of activism for justice and peace. Network women outside of the U.S. will be protesting in front of US Embassies and conducting a range of actions - large and small - with other individuals and organizations to demand peace and justice.

In Los Angeles, we will be joining together with others as part of the Not in Our Name/ANSWER action on October 6th at 1:00 p.m. at the Federal Building in Westwood (Wilshire and Veteran). March to U.S. Army Reserve Training Center/California National Guard Headquarters (Wilshire and Federal) at 2PM. Our message will be clear: to oppose US military intervention in Iraq, demand withdrawal of the US Navy from Vieques by May 2003 as promised by President Bush, and stand united in our commitment to a oppose militarism and redefine security so that it protects us all, including women, children and the environment.

Hope you can join us on the 6th. Bring a friend. Spread the word.

Click here to download the statement of the East Asia-U.S. - Puerto Rico Women's Network Against Militarism from the conference in Seoul, Korea on August 15 - 19, 2002.

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