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‘Protesters’ Decry Ahmadinejad’s Treatment

From an approving Washington Post:

Brenda Stokely of Troops Out Now Coalition

Antiwar Protesters Decry Handling of Iran

By Michael E. Ruane
Wednesday, September 26, 2007; A11

A group of antiwar protesters demonstrated outside the White House yesterday to condemn what they termed the government’s “demonization” of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and said they think the Bush administration is preparing the public for an attack on Iran.

The 25 protesters, most of them from the Troops Out Now Coalition, walked in a circle on the sidewalk north of the White House, chanting “Get out of Iraq! Stay out of Iran!” and holding signs that read: “Don’t Terrorize Iran” and “Don’t Appease Israel.”

They dismissed the criticisms this week of the Iranian president, saying the United States had criticized Saddam Hussein before invading Iraq.

There’s a hysteria in the media emanating from New York . . . against the president of Iran,” coalition spokesman Larry Holmes said. “We’re here in response to what’s been going on in New York: the Columbia debate, the front pages of the tabloids, the electronic media, demonizing the president. And we know what it’s about.

“We know that the government is in very advanced stages of planning for a war in Iran. They’ve got a naval armada” in the Persian Gulf, he said. “The Pentagon’s got its plans. And now we see the psychological preparation.” …

“The focus here is stop the war at home and abroad,” coalition spokesman Dustin Langley said Monday. “We think there’s a real connection between the fact that they’re spending $750 million a day on the war and people here die because they don’t have access to health care.” …

And just who are these professional protesters?

From their website

Who we are: The Troops Out Now Coalition

The Troops Out Now Coalition (TONC) is a national grassroots coalition of antiwar activists, trade unionists, solidarity activists and community organizers.

TONC activists first assembled in New York City for a December 3, 2004 National Strategy Meeting and issued a call for a day of protest on March 19, the second anniversary of the beginning of the war.

The Troops Out Now Coalition March 19 protest began with a historic rally in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park,followed by a march to Central Park and then to the residence of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Thousands marched under the banners “End the Occupation of Iraq, Haiti, and Palestine;U.S.Troops Out Now;Money for Jobs, Housing, Education, and Healthcare,” and “Harlem’s Legacy is Fightback: Bring Our Children Home from Your Dirty War for Oil and Greed.”

In May of 2005, TONC issued a call for all antiwar activists and coalitions to join forces for a united mass demonstration, saying (in part): “Nothing is more important at this moment than for all to walk together on the high road to unity. We believe that what we all do will be decisive. We must and we can stop the war and get every U.S. soldier out of Iraq. It is up to all of us to do whatever is necessary for our movement to rise to this challenge.”

On June 11,TONC hosted a Unity Meeting, attended by activists from scores of local and national antiwar organizations, to prepare for the Fall antiwar activities and to call for principled unity in the struggle to stop the war.

In August,TONC sent activists to Camp Casey in Texas to join Cindy Sheehan’s roadside encampment. Across the U.S. TONC activists established local Camp Caseys and held solidarity rallies and vigils in numerous cities,including New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Detroit, Baltimore, and Washington,D.C.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, TONC activists organized a fact-finding delegation to visit the impacted area and to network with local activists and community organizations. TONC helped organize solidarity rallies on September 12, the National Day of Outrage, in more than 100 cities.

As we enter a new phase of the antiwar struggle, we believe that the only force that will stop the war is a militant, multinational, grassroots movement

The site goes on to list some of the worthies that comprise this noble organization:


Some of the organizations and individuals that are affiliated with TONC include:

Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General
Brenda Stokely, Million Worker March
Charles Barron, NY City Council Member*
Chuck Turner, Boston City Council Member*
Steve Gillis, President USWA Local 8751*
Leslie Feinberg, Co-Chair LGBT Caucus National Writers Union*
Million Workers March Movement
International Action Center
NY Committee to Defend Palestine
New Jersey Solidarity– Activists for the Liberation of Palestine
Harlem Tenants Council
Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle
Korea Truth Commission
Artists & Activists United for Peace
NYCHRP – NY Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
NYC Labor Against the War
Queers for Peace & Justice
Fanmi Lavalas
Committee to Support the Iraqi People
Jersey City Peace Movement
No War Westchester
Action Center for Justice
Al-Awda Palestine Right to Return Coalition NY-NJ
All Peoples Congress
American-Iranian Friendship Committee
Arab American Civic Organization
Asia Pacific Action
Association of Mexican American Workers
Central New Jersey Coalition for Peace and Justice
Citizens for Peace, Cobb County
FIST – Fight Imperialism, Stand Together
Haiti Support Network
International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal
High County Peace & Justice
Louisiana Activist Network
Louisville Peace Action Community
MLK Bolivarian Circle
Metro Justice, Rochester
Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice
Minneapolis Anti-War Committee
Movement in Motion Arts Collective
New College Alliance for Peace
New England Human Rights Organization for Haiti
New School Human Rights Group
NISPOP– Network in Solidarity with the People of the Philippines
No Draft No Way Network
Northeast Ohio Antiwar Coalition
NY Committee to Free the Five
Olean Area Coalition for Peace & Justice
People Judge Bush
Peoples Video Network
Progressive Action for the Common Good
Richmond Action Center
Somerville 5 Defense Committee
South Jersey Coalition for Peace & Justice
South Mississippi United for Peace
Stonewall Warriors
United American Indians of New England
Virginia Anti-War Network
Women’s Fightback Network

In other words, the usual suspects. America-haters, Communists, anti-Semites. All birds of Ahmadinejad’s feather.

Weirdly enough, however, their courageous efforts get a lot of coverage from the Communist organ, the Workers World.

Isn’t that odd?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, September 26th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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