Action Program to Guide the National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations in the Period Ahead
by the National Antiwar Conference Held July 10–12, 2009 at La
1. G-20 Protests
and actively build demonstrations at the third G-20 summit being held in
2. October 17 Local and Regional Actions
has several dates with significance for the peace movement. October, 2009
will mark the eighth year of the
Designate October 17 as a day for mass rallies, marches, coordinated local and regional demonstrations and other forms of protest with unequivocal antiwar demands:
3. Two Weeks of United Mass Actions October 3–17
In addition, we support and endorse a two-week period of united mass actions beginning October 3 and culminating on October 17. This includes Monday, October 5, as the date for a national mass march and non-violent civil resistance at the U.S. House of Representatives office buildings and the White House.
4. Campaign for October 17 Endorsers
a campaign to secure endorsements for the October actions from the
broadest possible array of forces in the
Initiate a series of national and regional speaking tours of prominent antiwar and social justice activists to help lay the basis for coordinated mass protests in the spring.
6. Week of Student Antiwar Activities
In consultation with student antiwar groups, project a week of coordinated student antiwar activities – featuring rallies, teach-ins, slide shows, petition campaigns, debates, film-showings, and class presentations — aimed especially at deepening the involvement of youth in building a united, mass action antiwar movement. Include actions protesting a military presence in our schools and all forms of the economic draft primarily directed at youth from the poorest communities, especially immigrant youth.
7. Support Other Forms of Protest
While the National Assembly strongly believes that periodic mass demonstrations are the antiwar movement's most effective way of building the movement and conveying its “Out Now!” position, the Assembly recognizes that many movement activists believe in combining mass action with lobbying. The Assembly supports a wide range of strategies and tactics to create a broad, inclusive movement in order to reach its goals. Accordingly, the Assembly will help publicize lobbying initiatives aimed at disseminating and highlighting its immediate withdrawal and end to war funding demands. The same with standouts, vigils, non-violent direct action and related activities.
a working committee to help ensure that the
antiwar movement stands in solidarity with the people of
9. United National Mass Demonstrations Spring, 2010
and expand the National Assembly's efforts to engage all organizations and
constituencies currently involved in the antiwar movement and other formations
that can be involved to unite in nationally coordinated mass demonstrations in
selected sites, including
10. Emergency Actions When Needed
readiness to help initiate and organize emergency actions, as occurred January 10, 2009 when 20,000 demonstrated in