On October 21 and 22, women in the United States are organizing an anti-war march on the Pentagon to demand the complete end to the wars the U.S. is conducting abroad; the closure of foreign bases; and a significant cut to the Pentagon budget, to instead fund healthy social programs in the U.S. There will also be sister actions across the country.
The march is taking place on the 51st anniversary of the 1967 anti-war event in Washington, DC of more than 50,000 people, and subsequent marches on the Pentagon. It is in response to continuing military aggressions by the U.S. and to table an anti-war agenda for activists at this time. The organizers point out:
More than 50,000 people marched on the Pentagon on October 21, 1967 in opposition to the escalation of U.S. imperialist aggression in Vietnam. An anti-war rally was held at West Potomac Park near the Lincoln Memorial where 70,000 people had gathered for a concert by musician and peace activist Phil Ochs. Both groups joined together and marched; this action was to be known as the March on the Pentagon. During 1967 there were numerous anti-war marches across the country in all major cities, including New York, Boston, San Francisco and Washington, DC.
These actions and the subsequent protests and demonstrations of the 1968 presidential elections would lead to the call for a general strike which culminated in the mobilization of 500,000 protestors in another march on the Pentagon known as the Vietnam Moratorium, which took place on October 15, 1969. A month later, due to the success of the first march, another rally was held.
On October 7, 2001, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan under the pretext of apprehending those behind the attacks on the Twin Towers in 2001. U.S. forces have remained in active occupation, making the illegal and immoral war in Afghanistan the longest foreign occupation in U.S. history.
In response to the ongoing U.S. military aggression across the globe and the continuing bi-partisan increases in Pentagon funding, we are calling for a 21st century March on the Pentagon on the 51st anniversary of the massive 1967 march and all the subsequent marches. The bloated military budget is draining our communities and families dry of precious blood and treasure while decimating nations and peoples who have done nothing to us.
The organizers explain the title, “Women’s March on the Pentagon,” was chosen in direct response to a leader of the recent Women’s March who said, “I appreciate that war is your issue, Cindy [Sheehan, initiator of the Women’s March on the Pentagon], but the Women’s March will never address the war issue as long as women aren’t free.”
“It is the belief of many of us that NO woman is free while the U.S. spends trillions of dollars bombing millions and militarily occupying over 150 countries around the world,” the organizers point out. They explain further:
“The anti-war/peace, anti-imperialist voice has been shut out and marginalized. We are in solidarity with pro-social and environmental movements, [and urge them] to address war and the preparations for war. War affects us all in one way or another. War destroys the natural environment. This is not, nor will it turn into, a Get Out the Vote Rally for the Democrat half of the War Party. This is a principled call to action: We Must March for Peace and Against the War Machine.”
For more information:
Cindy Sheehan: CindySheehan@MarchonPentagon.com
Emma Fiala: Emma@MarchonPentagon.com
Bonnie Caracciolo: firstname.lastname@example.org
March on the Pentagon, October 21, 1967