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Boston crowd says, ‘No war on Libya!’
Published Aug 12, 2011 7:24 AM
McKinney with Boston School Bus Union
Local 8751 delegation.
A multinational audience packed the hall of St. Katherine Drexel Church in
the heart of Boston’s African-American community in Grove Hall on Aug. 6
to rally against the U.S./NATO war on Libya. Former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney
had recently returned from a fact-finding delegation to Libya to report the
truth on the devastation there. The 200 people in attendance welcomed McKinney
to the podium with a five-minute standing ovation.
Myia X greets
McKinney described how the Libyan people defied U.S./NATO bombs to gather at a
memorial site where U.S. bombs had killed Col. Gadhafi’s daughter in
1986. She called the aggression “a war on Africa” and “a war
on poor and working people and African people” around the globe,
including in the U.S.
Minister Don Mohammad of Mosque 11, Nation of Islam, opened the program, which
was co-chaired by Bishop Felipe Teixeira, OFSJC, Diocese of St. Francis of
Assisi, CCA and Myia X of the Women’s Fightback Network and SistaCipher.
Other speakers included Libyan graduate student Khalifa Elderbak and Sara
Flounders, co-director of the International Action Center. Organizational
solidarity statements were contributed by Marilyn Levin, national
co-coordinator of the United National Antiwar Committee; Carole Helas, of Fanmi
Lavalas of Boston; and Andre Francois, of the Boston School Bus Union.
Askia Toure, activist and pioneer of the Black Arts Movement; African drumming
by Doumafis and Alex; Ti’Ella G of SistaCipher; and Op from hip-hop group
The Foundation Movement contributed cultural solidarity.
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