Three announcements – sign making, Saturday protest and Obama in Mpls Oct.23

1) To get ready for the Saturday protest, there will be a sign making:

Friday, October 15
5:00 to apx. 6:30PM
Mayday Books
301 Cedar Ave. South
Minneapolis

We will assemble signs (staple and tape) to use at the Saturday protest.

2) Anyone who can help Saturday with peacekeeper activities or other logistic work is asked to come early, meeting at 12:30PM at the corner of 22nd Ave. and Lake Street, this is one block west of Lake & Hiawatha.

3) Press reports are that Obama will be in Minneapolis October 23 (next week) for a campaign rally. There will be a protest, see note below. Location TBA:

Obama:Â Stop the Attacks on the Anti-War Movement!
Saturday, October 23rd, time to be announced, Mpls

President Obama is coming to MN. While he’s here lets take our message to him directly and demand that he call off the grand jury and stop repressing the anti-war movement! We’ll be posting more details soon! Initiated by the Anti-War Committee. For more info go to antiwarcommittee.org or stopfbi.net.

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Meeting Reminder August 28th

The IPAC coalition will be meeting:

Saturday, August 28
1:00 PM
Mayday Books
301 Cedar Ave. South
Minneapolis

Agenda items will include: News updates; possible educational conference; Sept. 11th event (AWC initiated); National week of action/support for Bradley Manning; October 16th event; updates on October 2 Washington DC mobilization.

Also on the agenda will be a discussion to see what we can do to respond to the plans announed yesterday for Obama to make a national speech next Tuesday evening (August 31) on the so-called “end of combat operations in Iraq.” In the past we have organized a group to view such speeches and invite press to come and get responses.

May 18 Demonstration Announcement and Upcoming Meetings

Below are: 1) Upcoming IPAC meeting announcements and 2) Announcement for May 18 demonstration.

1) Upcoming meetings:

The next meeting of the IPAC coalition will be:

Saturday, May 29
1:00 PM
Mayday Books

Also, this coming Saturday there will be a committee meeting of people interested in building the July 23 – 25 National Conference to Bring the Troops Home Now to be held in Albany, NY. This will include helping to get the word out about the conference, fundraising and more.

Saturday, May 15
1:00 PM
July conference committee meeting
Mayday Books
301 Cedar AVe. South
Minneapolis

2) Tuesday, May 18 demonstration (leaflet attached as pdf)

The Twin Cities Peace Campaign, Merriam Park Neighbors for Peace, Anti-War Committee and Women Against Military Madness are organizing a demonstration at the office of Representative Betty McCollum on Tuesday, May 18, at 4:00 pm, to call on her to vote against funding for the escalation of the war on Afghanistan.

No Funding for Escalation of the War in Afghanistan
Say No to U.S. Attack on Kandahar
Out of Afghanistan – Bring the Troops Home Now!

Office of Representative Betty McCollum
Blair Arcade Building
165 Western Ave North, St. Paul
(corner of Selby and Western)
Tuesday, May 18, 4:00 pm

Congress will soon vote on a $33 billion supplemental funding bill for the U.S. war in Afghanistan. The funds will be used to escalate the war, including an attack this summer on the Afghan city of Kandahar. Fourth District Congressional Representative Betty McCollum has made it clear that she intends to support this additional $33 billion for the war.

The war in Afghanistan will not make the world safer; the escalation can only lead to more horrendous loss of life and increased hostility toward the United States.

We hope you will join us on May 18 to let Representative McCollum know that the people of Minnesota do not support this war.

We also ask that you call her office today to tell her to Vote “NO” on the $33 billion supplemental funding for the war in Afghanistan: 651-224-9191 (St.Paul) and 202-225-6631 (Washington, D.C.).

For more information 612-522-1861 or 612-827-5364.

Upcoming meetings

The next meeting of the IPAC coalition will be:

Saturday, May 29
1:00 PM
Mayday Books

Also, this coming Saturday there will be a committee meeting of people interested in building the July 23 – 25 National Conference to Bring the Troops Home Now to be held in Albany, NY. This will include helping to get the word out, fundraising and more.

Saturday, May 15
1:00 PM
July conference committee meeting
Mayday Books
301 Cedar AVe. South

Meeting notice and coverage of March 20 demonstration

The next meeting of the IPAC coalition will be:

Saturday, April 3
1:00 PM
Mayday Books
301 Cedar Ave. South
Minneapolis

Agenda items will include: March 20 wrap-up; finances; news updates; actions called by TCPC in April around vote on Afghanistan war funding; name(s); and more.

Below are links to coverage of the March 20 protest. Chs. 5, 9 & 11 each carried reports on their 5:00, 6:00 & 9:00 PM news, but have not posted the reports to their websites. Some radio coverage was also broadcast but is not available on websites.

http://www.fightbacknews.org/2010/3/21/over-600-join-minneapolis-march-against-us-wars-and -occupations

Protest against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

http://www.circlevision.org/archive/2010/032010nowar/index.html

http://twincities.indymedia.org/2010/mar/video-hundreds-march-against-iraq-afghanistan-war s-minneapolis-nationally#comments

Sunday Meeting Planning March 20th Antiwar Event

This week the planning meeting for the March 20 anti-war protest will be held on Sunday due to conflicting events on Saturday.

The meeting will be:

Sunday, February 28
1:00 PM
Mayday Books
301 Cedar Ave. South
Minneapolis

The outreach committee will meet at 12:15.

Tuesday News Conference After Escalation Speech

With the Obama Afghanistan war escalation speech occurring Tuesday evening, the plans that we have discussed at recent IPAC coalition meetings are being put into motion.

1) News Conference – Tuesday, December 1
There will be a news conference Tuesday evening right after the speech ends. A news release is going out inviting the press to the Mayday Bookstore at 7:00 PM. When the speech is over there will be very brief 1 (one) minute statements. The reporters will be in a big hurry to make deadlines, so we will need to be fast.

After the news conference there will be a brief organizing meeting for the Saturday, December 5 protest. This meeting will deal with logistics, signs, banners, peacekeepers etc.

2) A leaflet is being prepared for the Saturday protest. Copies will be available at Mayday Tuesday evening.

3) An IPAC meeting had been set for this Saturday, December 5 at 1:00, with the understanding that if the escalation was announced, the protest would change the meeting time. The meeting will be held shortly after the protest ends. A location will be announced.

IPAC coalition meeting – Saturday, November 7 1:00 PM

The IPAC coalition will be meeting:

Saturday, November 7
1:00 PM
Mayday Books
301 Cedar Ave. South
Mpls

agenda items will include: News updates; October 17 wrap-up; Afghanistan escalation action(s); Rethinking Afghanistan movie; March 20th anniversary date(s); and more.

Thursday, Sept 3: Program with award winning journalist Dahr Jamail in Minneapolis

The Endless Wars in Iraq & Afghanistan…
And Those Who Refuse to Fight

DAHR JAMAIL, the award-winning journalist, will discuss his new book
The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thursday, September 3rd
7pm, Willey Hall, Room 125
U of M West Bank Campus
Minneapolis

The event is free and open to the public.

Parking on the West Bank U of M Campus:
19th Avenue Ramp 300 19th Avenue S
 one block off Cedar Ave. on 3rd Street
Surface parking lot at 1920 SOUTH 2ND ST, next to the U of M Law School.

ABOUT DAHR JAMAIL

In late 2003, weary of the overall failure of the U.S. media to accurately report on the realities of the war in Iraq for the Iraqi people and U.S. soldiers, Dahr Jamail went to the Middle East to report on the war himself. Since then, he has become world-renowned for documenting the human cost of the Iraq war: the everyday violence and terror, the deterioration of the healthcare system, the shortages of clean water and the resulting rise in sickness, the lack of jobs and economic opportunity, the refugee crisis, and the detention and torture of civilians and resistance fighters. Through his uncompromised reporting and news photos, Dahr reveals a map of Iraq’s misery and resistance, politics and everyday survival in the face of overwhelming military destruction. Most recently, he has covered the stories of U.S. soldiers resisting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He is the author of Beyond the Green Zone (Haymarket Books, 2007) and The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan (Haymarket Books, 2009). Jamail writes for the Inter Press Service and many other outlets and is a regular guest on Democracy Now! Dahr’s reporting has earned him numerous awards, including the prestigious 2008 Martha Gellhorn Award for Journalism, The Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage, and four Project Censored awards. His ongoing coverage of the occupations and soldiers’ resistance can be read at http://www.facebook.com/l/;dahrjamailiraq.com

Sponsored by: Socialist Alternative, Twin Cities Peace Campaign – Focus on Iraq, and Mayday Books. Endorsed by: Anti-War Committee, Youth Against War & Racism, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans for Peace, Iraq Peace Action Coalition, Students for a Democratic Society. For more information contact 612-522-1861 or 612 827-5364.

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Dahr Jamail will also be speaking on Friday, Septmber 4 at:
JUNKYARD EMPIRE’S REBELLION POLITIK CD RELEASE SHOW – FEATURING DAHR JAMAIL
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH, Doors open at 7pm, ALL AGES
Junkyard Empire will release their new album REBELLION POLITIK with special guest speaker DAHR JAMAIL plus CARNAGE, GUANTE, AND SAMOSA! Co-Sonsored by SUBSTANCE

Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave. S
Tickets: $10 advance / $12 at the door
For more info contact junkyardempire@gmail.com /
6123382674

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Next IPAC meeting and Thursday, August 27 AWC protest

Two announcements:

1) Next IPAC meeting
2) IPAc at our meeting yesterday endorse a protest planned by Anti-War Committee for this Thursday.
!) The next meeting of the IPAC coalition will be:

Saturday, September 12
1:00 PM
Mayday Books
301 Cedar Ave. South
Minneapolis

There will be a Program Committee for the October 17 protest meeting at 12 Noon that day before the full coalition meeting.

Agenda items for the 1:00 PM meeting will be October 17 plans and build-up.

2)
Foreclose the War Not People’s Homes!
Thursday, August 27th @ 5pm @ Rosemary William’s home, 32nd Street and Clinton Avenue in Minneapolis
As people in the United States like Rosemary Williams fight to keep their homes, the US government continues to fund wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Join with us as we demand the end of the US occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq and stand in solidarity with Rosemary, her neighbors, and fellow activists as they reclaim her home from GMAC. We say money for housing not for war! Co-sponsored by the Anti-War Committee, sds – U of M, and WAMM. Endorsed by IPAC.

IPAC coalition meeting – Saturday, August 8 1:00 PM

The IPAC coalition will meet:

Saturday, August 8
1:00 PM
Mayday Bookstore
301 Cedar Ave. South
Minneapolis

Agenda items will include News updates; Kathy Kelly visit event; October 17th protest; and more.