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March 20, 2003

NYC- Converge on Times Square 5pm

[Those in other cities, check your local activist lists or the main UFPJ site.]

United for Peace and Justice NYChttp://www.unitedforpeace.org/nyc
212-603-3700

EMERGENCY PROTEST 5:00PM TODAY
CONVERGE ON TIMES SQUARE
FROM ALL DIRECTIONS

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NYC Anti-War March this Saturday, 3/22
Assemble at noon
Broadway between 36th & 41st Streets
March to Washington Square Park
details at http://www.unitedforpeace.org/nyc
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The war has begun; it's time to get out in the streets! However you choose to express your eelings on this sad and ominous day - through solemn vigils, loud marches, or nonviolent direct action - we urge you to take immediate and visible action.

Converge on Times Square from all directions today at 5:00PM. If the police have blocked access to the Square, we will flood the surrounding streets with our cries for peace. After the Times Square protest has run its course, people will proceed to Washington Square Park for a candlelight vigil.

*Bring a portable radio tuned to WBAI 99.5 for important news & updates.
*Program these legal support numbers into your cellphone before you go,
& call if you see arrests happen, or are arrested yourself: (212) 679-6018 and (917) 807-0658
*The weather forecast calls for rain and temperatures in the 40s. Dress appropriately! Sturdy boots, wool socks if possible, rain gear, and a hat. Avoid cotton clothing, which draws heat away from your body when wet.
*Carry a valid photo ID, and don't bring anything that the police could construe as a weapon (e.g., a pocketknife or Leatherman tool)
*Bring signs, whistles, pots & pans, drums

There will be no permit for the emergency protest at Times Square. You have the legal right to protest on the sidewalk without a permit, providing pedestrian traffic is not obstructed, but we cannot predict how the police will actually respond to our presence. Marching or protesting on the street would be an act of civil disobedience.

We expect substantial numbers of people to show up for the Times Square emergency protest, and we will have the strength, solidarity, and support of one another. But if you are someone who absolutely cannot risk arrest at all - for example, if you are an immigrant who might face deportation - you might choose to attend one of the other NYC emergency protests:
http://www.unitedforpeace.org/calendar.php?caltype=8&area=33

Groups that will take part in today's protest are strongly encouraged to meet at one of the following spots and proceed to Times Square in a
group. We've listed the groups that have lready signed up for different meeting spots; please call UFPJ at (212) 603-3700 to let us know where your group will be meeting, and to give us a cellphone contact so we can communicate with you during the protest.

COLUMBUS CIRCLE, 59th Street & Broadway
Mobilize New York (meet at 4:30PM)
Reclaim the Streets (meet at 4:30PM)
Carnival Bloc (meet at 4:30PM)
Youth Bloc

CARNEGIE HALL, 57th Street & 7th Avenue
Peace Williamsburg
R.U. for Peace

BRYANT PARK, 42nd Street & 6th Avenue
War Resisters League

NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY (42nd Street & 5th Avenue)
Jews Against the Occupation
Free Palestine Contingent (meet at 4:00PM)

MAIN POST OFFICE, 34th Street & 8th Avenue
New Yorkers Say No to War
MADRE
Peace Initiative Turkey

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United for Peace and Justice NYC
330 West 42nd Street, 15th floor
http://www.unitedforpeace.org/nyc
212-603-3700
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Posted by Nathan at March 20, 2003 08:38 AM

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