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Peace conference gets global backing

Issue No. 1973

Anti-war campaigners from around the world are coming together to discuss their opposition to the current occupation of Iraq. Delegates from the US, Britain and Iraq will come together in solidarity.

The Stop the War Coalition are calling on peace campaigners, trade unionists, progressive activists, community organisations and political parties to send delegates to the International Peace Conference on 10 December.

One of the activists attending from the US will be Medea Benjamin, the co-founder of Code Pink: Women for Peace, a women’s group that has been organising creative actions against the occupation of Iraq.

“There has to be much more coordination between anti-war campaigners in Britain and the US,” she told Socialist Worker.

“Both movements have been through very difficult times. The leaders of both our countries have been returned with a new mandate — which they have chosen to interpret as a vote of confidence for the Iraq war.

“It is very important to be part of a global organisation and to return to the level of coordination that made the global demonstrations of 15 February 2003 possible.

“We now have the opportunity to get the troops out of Iraq. Public opinion is on our side. Even the architects of this war are now divided about how to proceed. We can be effective — but we have to move now.

“In June of this year the US polls shifted, with over 50 percent saying they thought the war was a mistake. And in September, for the first time, the majority said that they want the troops out of Iraq sooner rather than later — even if Iraq is not stable. That’s a massive shift.

“Some people might be fooled by the arguments surrounding the constitution, thinking that people coming out to vote means that we have brought democracy to Iraq.

“But even if they do believe that, their conclusion has to be the same as ours — that it is time to get the troops out of Iraq.”

For details of how to sign up for the Peace Conference go to www.stopwar.org.uk


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Sat 22 Oct 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1973
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