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On March 18, thousands of people from across the country and the world gathered in Lafayette Park, just outside the White House, demanding an end to the endless U.S. wars of the past 20 years and in particular the proxy conflict in Ukraine.
Almost 300 groups endorsed the event from a wide variety of struggles, including environmental organizations, antiwar veterans organizations, Black liberation fighters, African solitary groups, and many more. Rachel and I were both thrilled to have been there to experience this resurgence in the peace movement in the United States, coming at such a critical time when the U.S. is waging a deadly and costly proxy war with Russia in Ukraine with no end in sight, and aiming its guns at China at the same time.
From its start at Lafayette Park, the event marched to the White House, and then to the warmongering Washington Post, carrying caskets draped in flags of nations impacted by the U.S. war machine. The event ended at the historic New York Avenue Presbyterian Church with an indoor rally.
For today’s episode, we bring you a selection of speakers from this historic event. Some of you may have heard of Jill Stein and Noam Chomsky. Others are voices that everyone needs to hear more of, shining light on the crimes of imperialism from Eritrea to Guam.
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About the Author
Rachel Hu is a journalist with “BreakThrough News,” a new independent media project, where she hosts the podcast “It’s Not You, It’s Capitalism.”
She is also a host on WBAI 99.5FM in NYC and has been an anti-war and anti-racist activist with the ANSWER Coalition for the last decade.
Rachel can be reached at: email@example.com.
Chris Garaffa has been an anti-imperialist and social justice organizer since joining the movement against the Iraq war in 2003.
Chris is a weekly guest on Sputnik Radio’s “By Any Means Necessary,” and co-hosts the podcast “The Reboot,” focusing on the intersection between technology and human rights.
Chris can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.