On Saturday, January 4, thousands of people in many cities all across the country – the New York Times is reporting protests were called for 80 places – took to the streets to demand: NO WAR ON IRAN!
These protests had been planned by a coalition of anti-war groups before Trump’s recent egregious act of war against Iran, but they took on greater urgency and they swelled in numbers and determination as news of Trump’s drone-strike assassination against a high ranking Iranian general shocked people everywhere.
People of all ages, including many who had protested U.S. wars going back to Vietnam as well as significant numbers of young people of many backgrounds, turned out in anger and fear.
Many speakers denounced – and many attending the protests learned about more deeply for the first time – the history of unjust wars and bloodshed the U.S. has inflicted on the people of Iran and others in the Middle East going back decades.
RefuseFascism.org was proud to join these protests and to stand with everyone else who took to the streets against a new war on Iran. We were heartened by how enthusiastically people joined in chanting, “Humanity First, Not America First!” and how deeply the demand we brought in, “Trump/Pence #OUTNOW!” resonated with and was takenup by many who turned out in the streets.
In the Name of Humanity: For People of Iran, For People of Iraq:
We Refuse To Accept A Fascist America: Trump/Pence #OutNow.
— Trump/Pence Must Go NOW—#OutNow (@RefuseFascism) January 4, 2020
In Chicago, the protest flooded the streets and shut down parts of Lake Shore Drive. Hundreds marched to Trump Hotel in Washington, DC. We will be posting more reports as we compile them from around the country.
— Eric Unger (@eric_unger89) January 4, 2020