Saturday, March 19 Anti-War Protest
1:00 p.m. gathering at Martin Luther King Community Center, 270 North Kent Street in St. Paul. Followed by march and rally at the Minnesota State Capitol building.
March 19 Twin Cities Anti-War Protest Part of National Day of Local Peace Actions
Anti-war events will be held in cities across the U.S. on Saturday, March 19, calling for an end to the U.S. war in Afghanistan, an end to the continued U.S. occupation of Iraq and for a redirection of resources from war to human needs.
In St. Paul, a protest will assemble at 1:00 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Community Center, 270 North Kent Street. A march will start at 1:30 p.m. and travel down University Avenue, ending at the State Capitol building for a rally at 2:15 p.m.
“The U.S. wars and occupations in Afghanistan and Iraq continue to cost billions of dollars, while need social services, schools, health care and housing are facing huge budget cuts,” a statement issued by organizers says.
The statement goes on to say, “The people of Afghanistan and Iraq want an end to the wars and occupations, people throughout the Middle East are taking to the streets against repressive governments, many supported by U.S. military aid. The wars, occupations and meddling by the U.S. government in the affairs of the people of the Middle East must end.”
The March 19 date was designated a day for nationally coordinated local actions to mark eight years since the start of the U.S. military intervention in Iraq.
“Even as we mark ten years of the war in Afghanistan and eight years of the war in Iraq, the U.S. government is considering yet another military intervention, this time in Libya. U.S. intervention cannot bring peace or democracy. The U.S. meddling must end and the peoples of the Middle East must be allowed to determine their own futures,” the statement concludes.
The March 19 protest in St. Paul is part of a series of Spring Actions to Bring the Troops Home Now. As a follow-up to the March 19 local protests across the U.S., national anti-war protests will be held the weekend of April 9 in New York City and San Francisco.