Scores of organizations coming together for worldwide protests
Saturday, March 19, 2011, the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, will be an international day of action against the war machine.
In Washington DC on March 19, 2011 there will be an even larger veterans-led civil resistance at the White House initiated by Veterans for Peace. People from all over the country are joining together for a Noon Rally at Lafayette Park, followed by a march on the White House where the veterans-led civil resistance will take place.
The ANSWER Coalition is fully mobilizing its east coast and near mid-west chapters chapters and activist networks to be at the White House.
In San Francisco, the theme of the March 19 march and rally will be “No to War & Colonial Occupation – Fund Jobs, Healthcare & Education – Solidarity with SF Hotel Workers!” 12,000 SF hotel workers, members of UNITE-HERE Local 2, have been fighting for a new contract that protects their healthcare, wages and working conditions. The SF action will include a march to boycotted hotels in solidarity with the Lo. 2 workers. The first organizing meeting for the SF March 19 march and rally will be on Sunday, Jan. 16 at 2pm at the Local 2 union hall, 209 Golden Gate Ave. In Los Angeles, the March 19 rally and march will gather at 12 noon at Hollywood and Vine.
"Obama's State of the Union address" (Jerry White, WSWS):
President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night demonstrated the insular, sclerotic and reactionary character of the American political system.
The annual presidential address before the US Congress long ago degenerated into a hollow ritual. What was remarkable about Obama’s address, however, was how completely it revealed the obliviousness and indifference of the political establishment to the social disaster confronting tens of millions of Americans.
No aspect of social reality can be openly and honestly addressed by any section of the American ruling class or the corporate-controlled media. This is itself a reflection of the staggering levels of social inequality and the intensity of class tensions that permeate American life. The fear is that any acknowledgment of the real state of American society could become a focus for the social anger building up just below the surface.The speech was little more than a 'we must sacrfice' lecture with a bunch of tired expressions tossed in. When Ronald Raygun used to deliver his speeches, you could get "lost in the music" if you were simple-minded like Chris Matthews, or you could pay attention to what was said and grasp that his words were as empty as his head.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):