March on Washington September 29
The rapidly growing opposition to the anti-people policies of US President Bush and the Republican Right has coalesced into a National March on Washington to Overturn the Bush Program. The march organisers have issued a Call for Mass Action on September 29, claiming the Bush Program is "Anti-People, Racist, Sexist, Anti-Gay, Pro-War: Only the Mobilisation of the People Can Stop It!" The National March on September 29 is planned to coincide with the first day of a Sept 29-Oct 2 "convergence" in Washington against the IMF and World Bank. Hundreds of organisations and prominent individuals have endorsed the Call to Action, including historian and author Howard Zinn, former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, Ossie Davis, former Mayor of New York David Dinkins, and many trade union and religious leaders, as well as peace, ethnic, gay, black, Native American and democratic rights activists and groups. In addition, the Latin American Solidarity Conference, which includes many important national US organisations, will be conducting a rally on September 29 in Washington focusing on US interventionist policies in Latin America. They have decided to then march to the White House to join with the other sectors who are uniting to fight back against the reactionary Bush program. All those sectors of US society that are under attack from the Republican Right will be mobilising in force. They include anti-racist and anti-death penalty groups, women's organisations, trade unions, lesbian/gay/bi/transgender groups, peace organisations opposed to National Missile Defence and Star Wars, and many other organisations. The Call to Action says: "The reactionary administration of George W Bush is moving at record speed to give trillions more to the rich, undermine the labour movement, roll back civil rights, women's, lesbian/gay and disabled rights, gut environmental protections, and escalate militarism and the threat of new wars. "Described as `further right than the Reagan administration', the Bush team is a collection of pro-corporate pirates and bigots who are determined to demolish all rights except those of big business to make unlimited profits. "As one newspaper headline put it, `Happy Days Are Here Again for Business Lobby'. "There is only one force that can defeat the Bush program — the mass mobilisation of the people. "A united and organised campaign bringing together all those who will be hurt by the Bush program ... can succeed in turning back this massive assault... "The Bush Government poses a grave danger to the people and the planet on many fronts. In his first three months in office, Bush has: * attacked the labour movement and all working people, throwing out regulations to protect workers from repetitive motion injuries [RSI]; * blocked airline workers from going on strike, and cut unionised workers out of federal construction projects; * cancelled funding for international family planning and called for ending women's right to choose; * appointed John Ashcroft as Attorney General (Ashcroft has written of his admiration for the Confederate slaveholders and is a racist opponent of affirmative action, lesbian, gay and women's rights. Like Bush, Ashcroft is an avid supporter of the death penalty and building more prisons.); * promoted the racist death penalty (We are demanding freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal); * announced plans to vastly increase military spending, including building a "missile defence system", really part of nuclear first-strike strategy; Bush has bombed Iraq, broken off talks with North Korea, given the green light to Israel to launch new attacks on the Palestinian people, and escalated hostility toward Russia, China and Cuba; * while pretending to be concerned about children and education, called for cutting funding for pre-school, child-abuse and children's health programs; * opposed any limit on what oil, gas and utility monopolies can charge, leading to a 50 percent increase in rates in California, soon to be followed by rates in the rest of the country; * proposed opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve and other federal parks and lands for oil and gas drilling, mining and logging; * threatened to start a new Vietnam-type war in Colombia; * rejected the Kyoto Treaty to stop global warming, broken his campaign pledge to reduce global-warming carbon dioxide from power plants, and rejected lowering the level of arsenic in [US] drinking water; * pushed for a tax cut plan that would make the rich much richer while giving working people almost nothing." The organisers are confident of a large participation on September 29.