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HAW Steering Committee Statement: Historians Against the War Support Justice in July Demonstration, July 4, 2003, Philadelphia

We, Historians Against the War, call for rigorous and vigorous defense of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. We demand an immediate halt to illegal searches and seizures, and full restoration of the guarantees of due process. We call upon the Supreme Court to exercise its historical authority, overturn unconstitutional laws, and empower our judges to end the tyrannical abuses of power by the Bush Administration. We demand congressional investigations of racial profiling, assaults on freedom of religion, graft, war profiteering, and corruption at the highest levels of government.

We call for creation of an international provisional administration in Iraq, an immediate transfer of power from the occupation forces, expeditious withdrawal of US troops, and international action to guarantee democratic political and administrative control of Iraq by the peoples of Iraq.

Finally, we oppose any future exercise of unilateral, preemptive war by the United States or any other nation, and call for multilateral resolution of outstanding conflicts. We stand opposed to empire in all of its forms.


Justice in July - July 4 event schedule:

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Gather at Franklin Square (7th and Race) for protest to coincide with opening events at National Constitution Center, including presentation of Liberty Medal to Sandra Day O'Connor.

We can gather at the Southeast corner of 7th and Race at 10 AM. I hope to have a blow-up of the HAW statement for identification of the group.

10 a.m. – 12 noon: Rally at Franklin Square — mixed event with a mix of speakers and cultural presentations, with more emphasis on national speakers.

12 noon – 2 p.m.: March: From the 6th & Race corner of Franklin Square Park South on 6th to Arch Street West on Arch Street to 15th Street South on 15th Street, around City Hall to South Broad Street South on South Broad Street to Locust Street East on Locust Street to 13th Street North on 13th Street to Market Street East on Market Street to 5th Street North on 5th Street to Arch Street West on Arch Street to 7th Street North on 7th Street back to Franklin Square Park

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Rally at Franklin Square — mixed event with a lot of variety: speakers, performances, etc. Food and water will be provided.

For more information, email David Applebaum at david_applebaum@yahoo.com. A flyer for this protest is on the HAW images page.

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