ON THE GROUND NEWSLETTER:
Columbia College Chicago September 25, 2002 (second posting)


FOUR PROTESTS:

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Wednesday 9/25 [sorry, I just found out about this Tuesday--Spencer]
SLEEP-IN PROTEST IN FRONT OF 600 S MICHIGAN
4pm
600 south Michigan

lullabaic, a performance art group around Columbia, is going to be laying on the ground and sleeping in front of 600 south Michigan from at least 4pm to 5pm. They invite anyone to join this protest. The text of a handbill they will be passing out reads:

"come slEEp with lullabaic wednesday 25 september 4 ... to protest the lack of passion . to protest the lack of protest . to protest the war . to protest the marginalization of artists . to call attention to the method-logies of totaliarian states, in which displays of governmental brutality force the public into complacency . to invigorate those communities marginalized daily on this street corner: students, the poor, youth, those of size, queers, allies, the middle-class, those H.I.V. positive, those with no recourse, those who haven't accepted thier disempowerment, those who reject overconsumption, those who refuse intellectualization, who resist definition .

lullabaic is jennifer ha and sean r slive and me and i and you and they and hers and his and us and may be contacted at tragicday@hotmail.com, or kokokazuo@hotmail.com."


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Sunday 9/29
NATIONAL RALLY FOR PALESTINIAN RIGHT OF RETURN
organized by Al-Awda Chicago - http://chicago.al-awda.info/
10am - 4pm
Assemble at the Israeli Consulate (111 E Wacker) and march to Federal Plaza (Dearborn and Adams, blue line Monroe stop)

This is going to be a very large (in the thousands presumably) and impassioned demonstration. Al-Awda has a handbill that states their reasons for the rally:

"To commemorate the two year anniversary of the start of the Al-Aqsa Intifada and to demonstrate our solidarity with the Palestinian people's inalienable right to return to all of Palestine, from which they were and continue to be, forcibly expelled by Israel. We protest the continued deterioration of conditions in Palestine; the excalation of military strikes, home demolitions, expulsion, slaughter and other tactics of ethnic cleansing against the indigenous Palestinians! Israel's Apartheid system, and those who profit from it, must be confronted!"

If you attend, look for a large brown banner with an IOF soldier, a handcuffed palestinian, and Uncle Sam. That's one of ours from last semester.


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EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROTESTS
5pm
Federal Plaza

The Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism (CCAWR) has developed an Emergency Response Plan to protest the spread of war abroad and further attacks at home:

1) If the U.S. starts bombing another country (or dramatically increases its current bombing of Iraq and Afghanistan), a protest will take place at 5 p.m. at the Federal Plaza the day the bombing begins, with a follow up protest at the same time and place the day after.

2) In the event of a provocative attack on community leaders or their organizations in the Chicago area, CCAWR has constructed a phone tree to mobilize the community to quickly protest the attack, whether at a police station, federal government office, or other appropriate place. To become part of the emergency response phone tree, please call CCAWR at 312.458.9559 and leave a message. To get updates on current actions, please call that same number and listen to the out-going message. Also, please subscribe to our emergency response e-mail list by writing to CCAWR@aol.com


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Sunday 10/6
NOT IN OUR NAME
PROTEST, FESTIVAL OF RESISTANCE
1 pm
Tribune Plaza (435 N. Michigan Avenue just north of the Chicago River)

Not in our name is a group formed around a "pledge of resistance." You can read the pledge @ www.notinourname.net. Thousands of people, and many notable artists and writers, have signed on to this pledge. They also had a very good full page ad in the New York times on September 19th. They want everyone to bring a lot of noise and art and creative energy to this. Its not a march; I don't think there will be many chants either, which could be very cool. The text of their flyer reads:

"On October 7th, 2001, U.S. bombs began dropping on Afghanistan, killing thousands and signaling the beginning of the “war on the world.” In the past year we have witnessed widening military intervention, round-ups of immigrants and drastic restrictions on civil liberties. U.S. bombing is already increasing in Iraq. Our government is preparing for a full scale, unprovoked, first strike assault, invasion, and ongoing occupation. The U.S. government claims this is all for “our” security. Together as one, we say "NOT IN OUR NAME".
     On October 6th, 2002, people all across the country will be joining together taking the pledge of resistance en masse to send the message throughout the world that the government does not speak or act for all the people here, that we refuse to allow these atrocities to be committed in our name, and that we pledge to resist and to stop this course. Another world is possible!"
      

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2002