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BY: ATHER MASOOD
THE REBELLION HAS BEGUN IN CHICAGO! Let's BRING
THE TROOPS HOME!
REPORT FROM THE GROUND!
On July 23 no less than 500-600 people from all
walks of life gathered at the
Federal Plaza to rally against the continuing
Christians, Black, White, Rich and Poor have
again started to protest against
The Christian community spoke in force
about the events taking place.
Seven giant-sized metallic boards, with the names
of ALL victims was erected
at 5:30 PM CST. The metallic boards had the names
of each Muslim, Christian,
Iraqi scripted for all to see. As this
reported is begin written, the
boards still stand in Federal Plaza.
Ms. Kathy Kelly from Voices of the Wilderness
declared that a cultural
war is being directed at the world from the
United States. Ms. Kelly has
spent much time in Iraq defying the
Administrations ban on travel to the now
ravaged nation. Voices of the Wilderness is one
of the few organizations which have
fearlessly defied sanctions on Iraq FROM THE
BEGINNING. Their website is as
A heartfelt letter written was made public from a
20-year old Latino man
killed in Iraq.
The letter brought home the horrors of war and
how a young man sacrificed his
life in a war to help his family financially. We
were also told by family
members, his funeral was about $7,000. The young
man's family was unable to cover
the expenses until the U.S. Marines offered to
pay all costs. However, the
official told this family all expenses would be
covered if they refused to
discuss anything publicly. Hence, family member
came to the rally and made all
The event ended with all participants shouting
"PRESENTED," with flowers at
the erected walls. We were told this is the
Latin-American tradition. Each
casualty of the war had their named read out loud
with flowers being laid at the
wall for everyone to see.
Imam Malik Mujahid represented the Muslim
community and read out loud the
total number of
and INS casualties in
America. The event was very well
done and the Christian religious Community came
out in force to condemn this
war, putting Islamic organizations to shame. IT
WAS INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT
NOT ONE PERSON PROTESTED, ABUSED, OR MOCKED OUR
GATHERING. This was very
different from the beginning of this war.
The rebellion against Mr. Bush shall continue in
this city. WE URGE ALL
SUPPORTERS TO BEGIN SIMILAR
ACTIVITES IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. THE
PEOPLE ARE NOW AGAINST THIS WAR AND SO ARE THE
VERY PEOPLE FIGHTING IN IRAQ.
This even is being sponsored by: American Friends
Chicagoans Against War and Injustice (CAWI),
Circle of Life Affinity Group, 8th Day
Center, Episcopal Peace Fellowship, IL SOA Watch,
Peace Pledge -Chicago,
Resources Unlimited Foundation, Voices in the
The BeyondToday organization has been graciously
working with all Muslim and
Non-Muslim organizations to further the process
of struggle within all
communities. Organizers have now asked to link
New Trend to their website. Their
organizational webpage can be seen on the
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