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Oppose the Dramatic Escalation of Violence In Palestine / Lebanon

The Gay Liberation Network has long opposed war and occupation as direct attacks on other peoples' rights. LGBT people cannot in good conscience ask for solidarity for our struggles if we remain oblivious to the struggles of others. The recent Israeli attacks on Lebanon and the Gaza Strip are no different.

GLN signed on as a co-initiator of a protest at 5 -- 6 PM, today, Friday, July 14th in front of the Israeli consulate. Here is the ad hoc coalition's call for the protest:


Against the Israeli Attack

on Lebanon/Gaza:

5-6 PM, Friday (today)

On Wednesday afternoon, Israeli forces began raids deep into Lebanon, with air strikes coming within ten miles of the Lebanese capital, Beirut.

According to the Associated Press, "Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz warned that the assault would widen, Israeli TV reported. If the soldiers are not returned, he said, the military would target infrastructure and 'turn back the clock in Lebanon by 20 years.'"

Meanwhile, Israel continued its collective punishment of the Palestinians living under occupation, completely leveling the Palestinian foreign ministry office and conducting multiple air strikes across the Gaza Strip.

This dramatic escalation of the conflict by the United States' closest ally and largest recipient of military aid demands a strong and immediate response from the peace movement in the U.S.

Please join an emergency protest against the Israeli attack on Lebanon:

5 -- 6 PM, Friday, July 14th
Picket of the Israeli Consulate in Chicago
111 E. Wacker Drive
(Wacker Drive, ½ block east of Michigan Avenue)

Initiating Organizations:

8th Day Center for Justice
Chicago A.N.S.W.E.R.
Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism
Chicago Committee to Free the Cuban 5
Evanston Neighbors for Peace
Gay Liberation Network
Hammerhard Media Works
International Socialist Organization
International Solidarity Movement
Islamic Association for Palestine
Palestine Aid Society
Palestine Solidarity Group
Party for Socialism and Liberation
Southwest Youth Collaborative
Workers World Party

For information or to have your organization added to the call for this emergency demonstration, email CCAWR@aol.com


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