March 2007 marks the fourth anniversary of the brutal invasion and occupation of Iraq … George Bush is increasing -- despite worldwide opposition and outrage -- the number of American troops in Iraq, meaning more death and devastation for Iraqi civilians … The so-called "War on Terror" expands, with the recent bombardment and occupation of Somalia, and continued torture and abuse at American-run concentration camps at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, Bagram and at secret prisons all over the world.
Meanwhile the Canadian government continues to support US-led imperialism in the Middle East with thousands of troops in Afghanistan, and Stephen Harper describing the deaths of civilians in Lebanon and Palestine as "measured and justified."
In opposition to war, occupation and imperialism, this coming Saturday, March 17, 2007 we take to the streets to demand:
BUSH OUT OF BAGHDAD!
CANADA OUT OF KANDAHAR!
Join the "Block the Empire! Anti-Imperialist Contingent"
Part of a worldwide day of action against the occupation of Iraq.
SATURDAY, MARCH 17, NOON
Norman Bethune Park
Guy and de Maisonneuve
A child-friendly march. Bring your kids!
We begin marching at 12:30pm (sharp) to join other anti-war marches in Montreal.
OCCUPATION ANYWHERE, RESISTANCE EVERYWHERE!
We are denouncing war and occupation, and supporting grassroots resistance and self-determination: Iraq … Afghanistan … Palestine ... Lebanon ... Iran ... Somalia …Bolivia ... ... Mapuche territory ... Oaxaca …Chiapas ... Philippines ... Haiti ... Six Nations ... Kahnawake ...Kanehsatake ... Nitassinan ... Turtle Island ... everywhere!
INFO: email@example.com – 514-848-7583-
HOW TO SUPPORT AND GET INVOLVED:
--> Mobilizing and Outreach: We are actively reaching out to the Montreal community, to spread the word about anti-war mobilizations on March 17, as part of worldwide actions against the occupation of Iraq (and against all military occupations). To help with our efforts, get in touch!
--> Endorsements: In addition to opposing the occupation of Iraq and Canada's involvement in Afghanistan, the Anti-Imperialist contingent is also highlighting support for indigenous sovereignty on Turtle Island, solidarity with grassroots resistance to imperialism, and clear opposition to war, militarization and occupation (including opposition to the complicity of Canadian corporations and so-called "NGOs"). If you endorse the contingent let us know by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (514-848-7583). There are currently at least 30 collectives, groups and organizations that have endorsed the Anti-Imperialist Contingent.
--> Postering and Flyering: We will be postering throughout Montreal, and flyering at metros and community events in the coming weeks. To help with both efforts, get in touch.
--> Art, Theatre and Creative Resistance: One very important part of the anti-imperialist contingent will be art, theatre and other forms of creative resistance. We have an active crew of artists, and a marching band, that are preparing for the contingent on March 17. An art committee will be preparing materials for the demo. To get involved, or to find out about art committee meetings, contact us by e-mail or phone.
--> Organizing: If you have the time, get involved directly with Block the Empire-Montreal, by attending our meetings or events. In addition to organizing the anti-imperialist contingent on March 17, we are also campaigning against armed forces recruitment, organizing against the upcoming deployment of 2000 troops to Afghanistan from Valcartier, supporting indigenous sovereignty efforts at Six Nations, organizing popular efforts, and more.
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ABOUT BLOCK THE EMPIRE-MONTREAL:
Block the Empire-Montreal is an anti-authoritarian, direct-action collective opposed to war and militarization, and their roots and manifestations: colonialism, imperialism and capitalism. We seek to expose the links between capitalist globalization and patriarchy, racism and all forms of oppression, both here and abroad. Our work locally aims to disrupt and directly impact the interests of those who are actively complicit in these systems, from companies who fuel and profit from war and occupation, to the supporters and outposts of US Empire and the Canadian state. We endorse the People's Global Action (PGA) hallmarks, and we act in direct solidarity with all those on the frontlines of resistance and struggle against occupation and exploitation - from those resisting the racist "War on Terror" in the Middle East, Latin America, Africa and Asia, to the struggle for indigenous sovereignty here on Turtle Island (occupied North America).