OPEN LETTER TO UFPJ
[Editor's Note: this open letter is being circulated on various listservs. I have decided to sign on in the hopes that unity in the anti-war movement is an achievable goal. Panama Vicente Alba, one of the signatories, is an MDS board nominee and a long time freedom fighter and friend of SDS]
Please sign on to the following letter by directly replying to this email, and circulate the letter widely to other progressive list serves and individuals. Below are only initial signers:
Dear sisters and brothers in the leadership of United for Peace and Justice,
It is with deep concern, sincerity and hope that we the undersigned appeal to you to cancel the protest that you have only recently announced for March 18 in New York City, well after plans had been announced for a D.C. mobilization, thus setting up misconceptions and promoting confusion.
We urge you to support and work for a united mobilization in Washington and use the power of your outreach to endorse and support the march on the Pentagon on March 17 to mark the fourth anniversary of the war.
Surely you must know that the activists in the antiwar movement view your late announcement of a March 18 event as little more than a deliberate attempt to undermine the long scheduled mobilization to Washington and the Pentagon on Saturday, March 17; the talk already going around is: “Why isn’t UFPJ supporting the March on the Pentagon?” People do not see it as uniting.
The hard working rank and file activists of the anti-war movement, as well as the millions of people who have come out to antiwar demonstrations don’t care which coalition calls the march, or what the political differences are between the various coalitions, or about the history of problems that the coalitions have had working together; what they want is for us to march together, especially now.
Indeed, hardworking anti-war activists have attended all rallies called by UFPJ as well as the other coalitions; therefore, demonstrating a consistent expression of unity. We should then expect nothing less from those who have taken leadership responsibility within the U.S. anti-war movement.
The broad array of forces that comprise the resistance to the Iraq war, and new looming wars i.e. Iran expect the people in decision making positions to take the high road, focus the peoples’ energy on common, united actions and pave the road together to strengthen our unity for peace with justice.
Would it not be an enormous step forward, indeed a step towards revitalizing the anti-war movement, if all concerned abandoned the cynical infighting and divisiveness that only serves to make the movement more fragmented, and weak? UFPJ can make that possible, by calling on its supporters to JOIN ONE LARGE AND STRONG ACTION IN WASHINGTON ON MARCH 17. Anything short of that spreads more negativity than positive unity.
Dear friends, please take this appeal to heart and help unite us all on March 17, 2007.