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March 20: Stop Funding War and Occupation - Troops Home Now! March and Rally

On the 4th anniversary of the Iraq war, join a march down Michigan Ave. to stop funding war and occupation and bring the troops home now. Rally to follow in Daley Plaza.
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On the 4th Anniversary of the War
Stop Funding War and Occupation!

6:00 PM - Assembly - 24 W. Walton Street
7:30 PM - March - Down Michigan Ave. to Daley Plaza

If you're critical of this war but have never taken part in an antiwar action, now it's even more important than ever to participate. Hundreds of thousands have died, including over 3,000 U.S. soldiers and as many as 650,000 Iraqis - with those numbers growing daily.

Americans have paid roughly half a trillion dollars for the war - including over $20 billion from Illinois residents - all funds that could instead have funded acess to quality health care, housing and education. And leaders from both parties have vowed to keep the dollars flowing. Meanwhile, the U.S. government continues to bankroll the brutal occupation of Palestine, support Israeli aggression in Lebanon, continues its 5 year invasion of Afghanistan and threaten future attacks against Iran.

On March 20th, take a stand. Tell the government we want money for human needs, not war and corporate greed


On January 6th, over 100 individuals and representatives of organizations gathered to begin organizing the Chicago area's response to the 4th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The group voted to host a march on Michigan Avenue on the evening of Tuesday, March 20th, followed by a rally at Daley Plaza. As the scene of the largest mass false arrest in Chicago history and an on-going free speech battle with the city, organizing for the right to march on Michigan Avenue was seen as a symbol of the ongoing battle to defend civil liberties in Chicago, and in the nation at large.

Besides embracing the principles of “Stop Funding War & Occupation! Troops Home Now!”, co-sponsoring organizations are asked to do the following:

1. Contribute a minimum of $25 (more if having a float in the march and/or a literature table at the rally). This said, the coalition does not want lack of financial resources to be a barrier to endorsement, and waivers/reductions in fees will be available for those who need them.

2. Help publicize the march and rally through list serves, snail mailings, and on local web sites.

3. Take responsibility for putting up M20 posters in businesses / schools / community centers and on bulletin boards in a SPECIFIC area of the city or suburbs.

4. Designate 1-2 members as coalition workers for on the day of the event, assisting in things like security, funds solicitation, demonstration facilitators , etc. on March 20th. These volunteers will need to attend an orientation meeting a few weeks before March 20th.

  • For more information, call 773-536-0098, or visit the M20 Coalition website


  • Video: Click here to view a new M20 video.
  • Flyers (PDF): English | Spanish | Polish | Arabic | Urdu
  • Half page handbills (PDF): English | Spanish | Polish | Arabic | Urdu
  • Stickers (PDF): English
  • Posters (PDF): English | Spanish | Polish | Arabic | Urdu
  • 2006 Festival of Rights video: part 1 | part 2 | part 3

    (The pdf posters are designed to produce an 11" x 17" poster. That is why the margins on it appear "wrong." To produce the 11" x 17" poster, simply put a print out of this pdf in a copier and set the "enlarge" function to 155% and set the paper size to "ledger." Voila—you get an 11" x 17" poster. Please note that if your copier is one of the handful on the market that has an automatic image centering mechanism, this default needs to be disabled in order to print the poster properly.)

    CO-SPONSORS: (list in formation - 92 organizations to date) 8th Day Center for Justice; ADAPT; African American Alliance For Peace and Justice; AFSCME Local 2858; Albany Park, North Park, Mayfair Neighbors for Peace and Justice; American Friends Service Committee; ANSWER Chicago; Arab American Action Network; Black Mobilization Committee Against The War In Iraq; Beyond Today; Bloomington Normal Citizens for Peace and Justice; Call to Action / Chicagoland; Campus Anti-War Network; Campus Anti-War Network - Wisconsin Chapter; Chicago Area CodePINK; Chicago Chapter of Fellowship of Reconciliation; Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism; Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights; Chicago Democratic Socialists of America; Chicago Labor Against the War; Chicago Media Action; Chicago National Organization for Women; Chicago Socialist Party; Chicagoans Against War and Injustice;; Chicagoland Coalition Opposed to the Militarization of Youth; Christian Peacemaker Teams; Coalition of Immokalee Workers; Coalition of Pakistani Organizations - Chicago; Committee Against the Militarization of Youth; Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine; Communist Party; Dupage Peace Through Justice Coalition; Families for Peace; Federation of Christian Ministries; Fox Valley Citizens for Peace and Justice; Freedom Road Socialist Organization; Friends of Leon Berger; Gay Liberation Network; Grandmothers for Peace; Greater Chicago Caucus; Hammerhard Media Works; Hyde Park Committee Against War and Racism; Illinois Green Party; International Socialist Organization; International Solidarity Movement; Iraq Veterans Against the War; IWW Chicago General Membership Branch; Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation Peace Dialog Committee, Evanston; Jewish Voice for Peace; La Voz de los de Abajo; Labor Beat / Labor Express; Labor's Militant Voice; League of Revolutionaries for a New America, Chicago / People’s Tribune; Lincoln Park Neighbors for Peace; Logan Square Neighbors for Justice and Peace; Military Families Speak Out; National Lawyers Guild Chicago Chapter; National Nurses Organizing Committee / California Nurses Association; Near West Citizens for Peace and Justice; Neighbors for Peace; North Shore Coalition for Peace and Justice; North Shore Women for Peace; North Suburban Peace Initiative; Northbrook Peace Committee; Northwest Indiana Coalition Against the Iraq War; Not in My Name; Oak Park Coalition for Truth and Justice; Office of Peace, Justice and Integrity of Creation - Sisters of St. Joseph of La Grange; Palestine Solidarity Group; Party for Socialism and Liberation; Pax Christi – St Gertrudes; Pax Christi, Springfield; Peace Action Task Force, First Unitarian Church of Chicago; Peace Pledge; PeaceMajority Report; Peoria Area Peace Network; Potluck Democracy; Printing Arts; Proletariat Productions; Sauk Valley Interfaith (SAVAIPA); Sangat; Social Concerns Committee, Sisters of Charity, BVM; Socialist Alternative; Solidarity; South Siders for Peace; Southern Illinois Peace Coalition; St. Harold Faith Community; Students For a Democratic Society / Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center; Students for Social Justice UIC; Third Unitarian Social Action Committee; Union of Iranian Socialists - North America (Chicago); United Students Against Sweatshops; Veterans for Peace; Vietnam Veterans Against the War; Voices for Creative Nonviolence; Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ; West Suburban Faith-based Peace Coalition; Women for Democracy and Fair Elections; World Can't Wait



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