A while ago I posted on the of the giant anti Iraq War rally in Washington on 27th january.
Now another major communist organisation, the and its front “Act Now to Stop War & End Racism” (ANSWER) are planning a march on the Pentagon.
On March 17, 2007, the 4th anniversary of the start of the criminal invasion of Iraq, tens of thousands of people from around the country will descend on the Pentagon in a mass demonstration to demand: U.S. Out of Iraq Now! 2007 is the 40th anniversary of the historic 1967 anti-war march to the Pentagon during the Vietnam War. The message of the 1967 march was “From Protest to Resistance”, and marked a turning point in the development of a countrywide mass movement.
In the coming days and weeks, thousands of organizations and individuals will begin mobilizing for the upcoming March on the Pentagon. Organizing committees and transportation centers are being established to bring people to the March on the Pentagon.
The March 17 demonstration will assemble at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Constitution Gardens) at 12 noon in Washington, D.C.and march to the Pentagon.
Tne Party for Socialism and Liberty split from the Workers Wold Party in 2004 and took over the leadership of ANSWER from WWP. Many of ANSWER’s leaders were members of the WWP at the time of ANSWER’s founding and are now members of the PSL
Unlike the Workers World Party, which never maintained a formal position in the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition despite its clear influence, the PSL’s role within A.N.S.W.E.R. is overt. As one the most active members of the coalition, PSL has gained notice for successfully forging ties with Arab and Muslim American groups such as the Muslim American Society, Al-Awda and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
A friend in the US and I have gone through the list of march sponsors and added our comments to the listed affiliations.
Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General-long time WWP frontman
Maxine Waters, Democratic Congresswoman-Congressional Progressive Caucus, close associate of Communist Party USA, Progressive Democrats of America
Alice Walker, Pulitzer prize winning author-communist sympathizer
Cynthia McKinney, Democratic Congresswoman–Congressional Progressive Caucus
Cindy Sheehan, co-founder Gold Star Families for Peace, author–Progressive Democrats of America
Ron Kovic, Vietnam Veteran, author, Born on the 4th of July
Malik Rahim, Founder, Common Ground Collective, New Orleans
Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit–longtime communist sympathiser
Paul Haggis, Director of Crash, 2005 Academy Award for Best Picture
Elias Rashmawi, National Coordinator, National Council of Arab Americans–WWP supporter
Howard Zinn, Author, A People’s History of the United States–avowed marxist
Rev. Luis Barrios, St. Mary’s Church
Heidi Boghosian, Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild-old Communist Party USA front
Chaplain James Yee, former Army chaplain, Guantánamo Detention Center–aquitted on espionage charges
Mahdi Bray, Executive Director, Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation-WWP supporter
Father Roy Bourgeois, Founder, School of the Americas Watch–longtime communist sympathiser
Leonard Weinglass, Attorney for the Cuban Five–longtime Communist Party USA and Socialist Workers Party supporter
Eric LeCompte, National Office, School of the Americas Watch
Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Co-founder, Partnership for Civil Justice–affiliated to National Lawyers Guild and WWP
Brian Becker, National Coordinator, ANSWER Coalition–former WWP leader
Mounzer Sleiman, TV commentator and Vice Chair, National Council of Arab Americans
Waleed Bader, Vice chair of the National Council of Arab American, Chair of NCA NY/NJ Chapter, Former President of Arab Muslim American Federation
Ben Dupuy, Co-Director, Haiti Progres–WWP supporter
Juan Jose Gutierrez, Executive Director, Latino Movement USA
Calvin Gipson, Former President, San Francisco LGBT Pride Committee
Rev. Graylan Hagler, Senior Pastor, Plymouth Congregational Church, Washington D.C– WWP sympathiser
Kay Lucas, Director, Crawford Peace House, Crawford, TX
Iglesia de San Romero, United Church of Christ
Claudia de la Cruz, Director, Dominican Women’s Youth Development Center
Chuck Kaufman, Co-coordinator of the Nicaragua Network–WWP supporter
Al Garcia, Alliance for a Just & Lasting Peace in the Philippines
Macrina Cardenas, Mexico Solidarity Network – Marxist, associated with WWP fronts
Eugene Puryear, Howard University, student leader
Gloria La Riva, Coordinator, National Committee to Free the Cuban Five– formerWWP leader and presidential candidate
Ed Asner, Actor–
Shirley Knight, Actor
Debra Sweet, National Coordinator, World Can’t Wait-Revolutionary Communist Party front
Jim Lafferty, Director, National Lawyers Guild, Los Angeles–former Socialist Workers Party supporter
James Petras, Professor Emeritus, SUNY Binghamton (State University of New York)– marxist
Jennifer Harbury, Human Rights Lawyer, author-leftist supporter of Latin American marxists
Mimi Kennedy, Actor (Dharma & Greg)-Progressive Democrats of America
Is there a pattern here?