7 pm, Wednesday, September 1, 2004
Genesis House, 6018 Delmar, just east of Skinker
do African Americans have to say about issues of war and peace, security
find out, some 100 local black people were interviewed recently by The
Listening Project, a joint effort between the Organization for Black
Struggle (OBS) and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).
Forum will explore the findings of the Listening Project with a panel
of activists, including:
Jamala Rogers, Black Radical Congress
Lori Reed, American Friends Service Committee
Kalimu Endesha, Organization for Black
African-Americans are totally dissatisfied with the Bush administration
and were never duped by the claim of weapons of mass destruction in
Iraq. Several polls indicate that the overwhelming majority of blacks
were opposed to the US invasion of Iraq, more than their white, Latino
or Asian counterparts.
Listening Project key findings were:
Almost 80% felt that US foreign policies and actions since 9-11 made
them feel less secure.
A whopping 96% felt that their tax dollars were being misspent when
informed of the $399 billion defense budget.
About 90% were unwilling to give up their civil liberties to fight terrorism.
About 43% believed the U.S. government engaged in acts of terrorism
at at home and abroad.
a recent poll by Black Entertainment Television revealed that over 3/4
of African-Americans marked President Bush's performance poor in handling
the economy, the 9/11 attacks, race relations, and the conflict in Iraq.
billions of dollars are diverted for war, it means less money for health
care, education, housing and jobs. Civil and human rights are compromised,
leading again to the question: Whose freedom are we fighting for?
Join us for more discussion of The Listening Project. We're listening...What
do you have to say?
OBS at 314.367.5959 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
visit the Gateway Greens' web site: www.gateway-greens.org
by the Gateway Green Alliance and Universal African People's Organization.