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April 18, 2002
Wake up washington rally on April 20th



SATURDAY APRIL 20, 11:55 a.m. gathering, noon - 1 p.m.
Rally at Westlake Park, 4th & Pine, downtown Seattle
"Prevent Global Destruction, Defend Human Rights: WAKE UP WASHINGTON!"

In solidarity with the demonstrations in Washington, DC; A gathering at five minutes to noon and a rally noon to 1 p.m. to OPPOSE WIDER WARS, SUPPORT CIVIL LIBERTY, AND SUPPORT MONEY FOR HUMAN NEEDS.

For info.: Fred Miller, Peace and Justice Alliance, 206-527-8050 or Dick Blakney, INOC, 206-522-4934 or rbblakn@aol.com, WEBSITE www.wakeupwashington.org

WHY: The "Wake Up Washington" rally was called by diverse church, peace, justice, human rights, and social service groups to oppose wider wars, support civil liberty, and support money for human needs. In solidarity with the large "A20" rallies in Washington, DC, the noon Seattle rally is an effort to raise public awareness to changes in US policy which present a growing threat to peace and liberty at home and abroad. Participants will express opposition to expanding the "anti-terrorist" war to Iraq or any other country; to U.S. foreign policies which contribute to the oppression of people in Palestine, Philippines, and many other countries. We gather to support civil liberties and to condemn such abuses as the indefinite detention of immigrants; harassment and closure of local businesses without probable cause or due process, and the ongoing racial profiling which far pre-dates 9/11. We oppose the current administration's request for $45 billion additional defense funds, and the President's unilateral breaking of long-standing disarmament treaties. Rather we support tax spending on education, health care, housing, job training, and other means of long-term investment in a just society.

Cameo appearance by DAVID BARSAMIAN, founder and director of the nationally distributed Alternative Radio
REV. HARRIETT WALDEN, community activist and spiritual leader, co-founder of Mothers for Police Accountability
LENA KHALAF TUFFAHA, Palestinian American, volunteer with American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
SHULAMIT DECKTOR, Jewish American, works as a consultant to Native American tribes, raised in South Africa, lived in Israel, active in Fellowship of Reconciliation
REV. ROBERT JEFFREY, SR., Senior Pastor, New Hope Baptist Church, director of the Black Dollar Days Task Force
GERRI HAYNES, R.N., pediatric hospice specialist, President, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, has traveled to Mid-East and Iraq
MARTIN FLECK, Convener of Northwest Disarmament Coalition & Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility's Executive Director
ED MAST, playwright, MC

MUSIC-WITH-A-MESSAGE will be presented by:
Seattle LABOR CHORUS, in solidarity with all workers
Seattle RAGING GRANNIES, irreverent satire by a group of elders

SPONSORS include 911 Peace Coalition; Act Now to Stop War and End Racism; American Friends Service Committee; American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee; Arab American Community Coalition; Center for Contemplation & Nonviolence; Church Council of Greater Seattle; Citizens Concerned for the People of Iraq; Education for Peace in Iraq Center; Fellowship of Reconciliation, Seattle Chapter; Filipino Workers Action Center; Gray Panthers; Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action; Interfaith Network of Concern for the People of Iraq; International Socialist Organization; Jam for Justice; Jubilee Northwest; Kitsap Citizen Action Network; Mental Health Association of Washington; Mothers for Police Accountability; Northwest Disarmament Coalition; Palestine Information Project; Palestine Solidarity Committee; Peace & Justice Alliance; Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee; Seattle International Human Rights Coalition; Social Justice Law Center; Trinity United Methodist Church; United Nations Association/Seattle; University of Washington Muslim Students Association; University Temple United Methodist Church; Washington Association of Churches; Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility ; Washington State Communist Party; Western Division of the Sisters of St. Joseph's of Peace; Whitman Campus Greens; Whitman Insurgency

For more (and many other) events, see www.scn.org/activism/calendar

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