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THE COALITION FOR A JUST CINCINNATI

We appeal to the citizens of Cincinnati to demand that their leaders bring justice and civil rights, and an end to economic apartheid and racial discrimination, to our own fair city. Democracy must be an attainable goal, for all.
THE COALITION FOR A JUST CINCINNATI
P.O. Box 14954, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0954
www.cincyboycott.org
cincyboycott (at) yahoo.com

CONTACTS:
Rev. James W. Jones
Baptist Ministers Conference and
Coalition for Justice and Equality
(513) 761-5237

Rev. Steven Scott
Coalition for Justice and Equality
(513) 921-4140

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2001

As more American warplanes are sent to the Persian Gulf, as American troops are mobilized to be sent to the Arabian Sea, Pakistan, Afghanistan or other sites in the Middle East and Asia, in short, as the United States readies a military response to the tragic attacks on September 11th, the Coalition for a Just Cincinnati finds it necessary to issue a statement. We call on our leaders, at the highest levels, to examine the root causes of the deep and constant hatred against us, that drove at least 19 people, at last count, to plan over a series of years missions that took their own lives.

As Americans, we can not condone those actions, and we grieve for our dead, wounded and missing. We express our concern for those families and individuals affected by the attacks. We care. We have mourned.

However, we have questions. We ask why this hatred, in some places generations deep, has festered and grown to the extent that it now supports a large network of terrorists. We ask if our government has supported governments and institutions that violate human rights. We ask if our democratic government has thwarted democracy around the globe. We ask if there will be any security on our soil before there is peace, and hope for delivery from brutal poverty, in the Middle East, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

We urge the citizens of the United States and the world to cry out for justice, but not revenge. We urge the citizens of the United States, Cincinnati, and our government not to engage in racial stereotyping or racial profiling targeted against Muslim or Arab individuals. We urge our leaders to take the high road and bring civil rights and democracy to the world, not more violence and destruction.

In the same way, we appeal to the citizens of Cincinnati to demand that their leaders bring justice and civil rights, and an end to economic apartheid and racial discrimination, to our own fair city. Democracy must be an attainable goal, for all.

The Coalition for a Just Cincinnati, can not, and will not loose its focus on the problems we encounter on a daily basis at home. In addition to our nation's security, police brutality, police/community relations, equal justice across the board, and both economic and human rights are real issues that effect our lives. So as our country prepares a response to these horrific attacks, we will continue to fight for justice at home.
 
 

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