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Open Letter from OCA and Climate Change Activists to Mobilize April 29 Against the War & Climate Chaos

Please circulate widely!!
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Mid-March, 2006


An historic March for Peace, Justice and Democracy is taking place on April 29th in New York City.

We are writing as environmental activists to urge you to join us in helping to spread the word and make this a huge success. A unique coalition of labor, peace, environmental, environmental justice, women's, civil rights, community-based, veterans and youth/student groups initiated the organizing for this action. It is being organized because our lives depend on it.

In 2006, Bush's policies of lying and spying, of war, increasing poverty, budget cuts and environmental destruction will be put to a referendum all around the country in the midterm congressional elections. By marching in large numbers we will send a clear message to the policy makers of this country: either stand with us or stand aside! We are coming together to march, to vote, to speak out and to turn our country around!

As people who care about the environment we are encouraged that this coalition, while prioritizing a call to end the war in Iraq, agreed to include as a major demand, "Act now to reverse the climate crisis and the war on nature." There is no question but that environmental issues are directly connected to the issue of the war, a war being fought for oil and control of the oil-rich Middle East. We say:

*End the war, and stop the long-term nuclear poisoning of Iraq via the widespread use of depleted uranium.
*Get serious about conservation and efficiency and dramatically accelerate the urgently needed transition to a clean and sustainable energy economy.
*Support environmental justice for Indigenous, low-income and people of color communities most affected by community-destroying energy policies.

There are many things you can do to support this mobilization--endorsing it, circulating this email, making a donation, reproducing and circulating leaflets, ordering buttons, stickers or posters to distribute, talking to friends, neighbors and co-workers, and announcing it at meetings you attend.

Please go to www.april29.org to find out more or call 212-868-5545.

Let's unite for change to turn our country around!

Sincerely,

Sharon Abreu, Director, Irthlingz
Brent Blackwelder, President, Friends of the Earth
May Boeve, Middlebury College student
Roberto Borrero, United Confederation of Taino People
Jose T. Bravo, Executive Director, Just Transition Alliance
Mary Bull, Greenwood Earth Alliance
Waverly de Bruijn, Student Environmental Action Coalition
Valorie Caffee, environmental justice activist
Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association
Prof. M.K. Dorsey, independent intellectual
Michele Fox, environmental activist
Ted Glick, Climate Crisis Coalition
Eban Goodstein, Green House Network
David Gordon, Pacific Environment
Dave Hamilton, Director, Sierra Club Global Warming and Energy Program
Loie Hayes, Parents for a Better Future
Jamie Henn, Middlebury College student
Connie Hogarth, Hogarth Center for Social Action
Mike Hudema, Independence from Oil Director, Global Exchange
Alderperson Pete Karas, City of Racine, Wi.
Deb Katz, Executive Director, Citizens Awareness Network
Jane Kelly, environmental activist
Tom Kelly, environmental activist
Steve Kretzman, Executive Director, Oil Change International
Alana Lee, Director, Peace Through Art
Russell Long, Ph.D., Founder, Bluewater Network
Coraminita Mahr, Vice-President, 1199/SEIU
Richard H. McNutt, Chairman, STAND of PA.
George Naylor, President, National Family Farm Coalition
Mike Neuman, Wisconsin activist
Nokomis, Native American Alliance of Bucks County, Pa.
Kathleen Rogers, President, Earth Day Network
Lorna Salzman, N.Y. Green Party
Alice Slater, Abolition 2000 N.Y.
Mike Tidwell, Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Rabbi Arthur Waskow, The Shalom Center
Julia Willebrand, Green Party of the U.S.
Annie Wilson, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter
Daphne Wysham, co-Director, Sustainable Energy and Economy Network