Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Black Voices for Peace Calls War on Iraq Unjust

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Black Voices for Peace Calls War on Iraq Unjust

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Representing a segment of American society that has felt the brunt of racism and learned the lessons of political action, Black Voices for Peace issued a call for "at least 100 witnesses for justice and peace" to "take a stand against the march toward more war abroad and the assault on civil liberties and human needs at home." In a month filled with antiwar demonstrations, BVFP drew 1,000 people of all ages and ethnicities to the White House Oct. 12 to join founder Damu Smith in demanding that taxpayers' money be spent on social services and reparations rather than on war. Smith also demanded a repeal of the PATRIOT Act and the cessation of attacks on civil liberties. He also called for the lifting of a decade of lethal sanctions on Iraq, and an end to U.S. military, financial, and political support for Israel's brutal occupation of Palestine. Finally he asked that the U.S. bring development aid and trade to Africa. …

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