I just got an e-mail from an anti-war listserv I belong too (I know, I know) and I was sure it would announce the cancellation of an anti-war rally.
63rd street anti-war rally on April 12 cancelled!!
But this is what the e-mail said …
Arabs and Muslims Against War and Occupation–the community rally on 63rd St. in Chicago, scheduled for 3 pm, Saturday, April 12th, HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
Organizers of the rally cite the pervasive atmosphere of fear and anxiety in the Arab and Muslim community as the main reason for the cancellation.
These feelings have been perpetuated by a series of anti-immigrant, U.S. government policies, which have led to thousands of detentions of Arabs and Muslims in this country.
The “War on Terrorism” and the war on Iraq have intensified the criminalization of Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims, making them even more fearful of, and vulnerable to, racist attacks. The 63rd Street community, which has many Palestinians among its residents, is staunchly opposed to the war and the illegal occupation of Palestinian land, and will continue to affirm its right to speak out against these U.S. sponsored atrocities. This right of dissent and protest has been under attack by the Bush administration and local law enforcement, and our community will not accept the criminalization of Chicago’s anti-war movement.
The organizers appreciate the broad support for this rally from the citywide anti-war movement, including groups from other immigrant and oppressed nationality communities. We are regretful that we had to make this decision to cancel the rally, but will continue to support and organize anti-war, Palestine solidarity, and other racial and social justice movements. Thank you all.
The Coalition for Justice in Palestine
I mean, do I need to comment on this?