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A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism): Profile
By Stand4Facts.org

International Action Center & ANSWER: An ADL Backgrounder
By the Anti-Defamation League
February 5, 2010

The Anti-War Movement in 2004
By John Tierney
April 2004

The Politics of Peace: What's Behind the Anti-War Movement?
By John Tierney
March 2005

The Politics of the Anti-War Movement
By Bill Weinberg
December 1, 2005

The Many Faces of Socialist "Peace" Activists: The International Action Center
By John Perazzo
March 17, 2006

Anti-War Crowd Backs Notorious Dictators, Communists
By Kathleen Rhodes
January 19, 2005

Big Brother for Peace
By Ryan O'Donnell
March 12, 2003

What Is the A.N.S.W.E.R.?
By Michael Tremoglie
March 29, 2002

View From the Left: Peace Kooks
By Michelle Goldberg
October 17, 2002

Behind the Placards: The Odd and Troubling Origins of Today’s Anti-War Movement
By David Corn
November 1-7, 2002

Reds Still
By Byron York
January 23, 2003

When Defeat Is the Answer
By Donald Douglas
October 19, 2009

Gaza War Protest and Anti-Israel Rally
By Zombietime.com
January 10, 2009

A Selective Indifference to War
By John Perazzo
September 5, 2008

Saturday Antiwar Protests Fizzle
By Jack Langer
September 16, 2007

Answering ANSWER
By Michelle Malkin
August 30, 2007

A Clash of Demonstrations
By Bridget Johnson
February 12, 2007

Muslims Team Up with Marxists for D.C. Protest
By WorldNetDaily.com
August 4, 2006

Rally Organizer Tied to Marxist Party
By Jerry Seper
April 11, 2006

Anti-War Movement Casualty of In-Fighting
By Marc Morano
March 15, 2006

Update on Anti-War Groups
By Robert Huberty
January 13, 2006

Give Peace a Makeover
By Ilana Mercer
December 28, 2005

Pro-Terrorists to Meet in Los Angeles
By Rocco DiPippo
November 1, 2005

Another Photoshopped Media Lie
By Zombie
October 31, 2005

Unanswered Questions
By Joel Mowbray
October 4, 2005

Anti-War, My Foot: The Phony Peaceniks Who Protested in Washington
By Christopher Hitchens
September 26, 2005

Infiltrating the San Francisco Intifada Festival
By Adam Balling and Lee Kaplan
October 11, 2004

San Francisco Schools For Jihad
By Lee Kaplan
October 1, 2004

Activists: Anti War Leaders "McCarthyists"
By Sherrie Gossett
May 21, 2004

Welcome to the Liberal Left
By Scott Ewing
March 25, 2004

A Hate-America Anniversary
By Anthony Gancarski
March 22, 2004

Peace Movement or War on the Jews?
By Greg Yardley
October 28, 2003

The Intifada’s Amen Corner
By Roberta Leguizamon
October 10, 2003

Descent into Derangement
By Greg Yardley
June 30, 2003

Fascists, Communists Unite Against President Bush
By Greg Yardley
May 5, 2003

Marching for Saddam
By Michael Waller
March 21, 2003

Communist Peace Movements: Then and Now
By Stephen Schwartz
February 19, 2003

Letter to a War Professor
By Michael Tremoglie
February 17, 2003

Peace Demonstration Bares its Anti-Semitic Teeth
By The Nation and Tikkun Magazines
February 11, 2003

The "Peace" Movement's Korean Connection
By Michael Tremoglie
January 30, 2003

Who Pays for These Demonstrations?
By Stephen Schwartz
January 24, 2003

America Under Siege
By David Horowitz
January 20 2003

Government by the Worst
By Michael Tremoglie
October 29, 2002

The Saddam-Serbia Alliance
By Stephen Schwartz
October 28, 2002

Tracking Down a Fifth Column Front
By Edward Immler
September 18, 2002

 


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  • Anti-war front group for the Marxist-Leninist Workers World Party
  • A major organizer of the massive anti-Iraq war rallies of 2002 and 2003
  • Opposes embargo against Communist Cuba
  • Supports convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal



International ANSWER (an acronym for "Act Now to Stop War and End Racism") is run by Ramsey Clark’s International Action Center, which is staffed by members of the Marxist-Leninist Workers World Party (WWP). ANSWER views the United States as a racist, imperialist, sexist, homophobic nation and the world’s chief violator of human rights -- guilty of unspeakable atrocities, past and present, foreign and domestic.

Founded on September 14, 2001 (three days after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon), ANSWER held its initial mass demonstrations fifteen days thereafter, on September 29th in Washington, DC and San Francisco. These rallies drew 25,000 and 15,000 participants, respectively, to protest the Bush administration's impending invasion of Afghanistan, whose Taliban regime had aided and abetted the al Qaeda terrorist network responsible for 9/11. In July 2002, ANSWER shifted its focus to denouncing the prospect of a possible U.S. invasion of Iraq.

ANSWER’s first "six-figure" rally took place on April 20, 2002, when more than 100,000 people protested outside the White House and marched through Washington, DC “in support of justice for Palestine.” According to ANSWER, this demonstration “broke the existing taboo in the United States among the traditional peace movement against open solidarity with the Palestinian people’s struggle,” and “revealed that the U.S. anti-war movement … could successfully organize with tens of thousands of Arab-American, Muslim and South Asian people to form a united front.” The aforementioned communities, says ANSWER, “have been under siege” in the U.S. since 9/11.

On January 18, 2003, ANSWER initiated the first internationally coordinated day of action against the impending war in Iraq, when some 500,000 people demonstrated in the District of Columbia, as did 200,000 in San Francisco and millions more in cities around the world.

On February 15 of that year, ANSWER, in conjunction with United for Peace and Justice, helped mobilize another set of massive antiwar demonstrations; some 500,000 attended in New York City, as did 100,000 in Los Angeles and many others in San Francisco, Chicago, and elsewhere across the United States.

ANSWER-organized rallies are all conducted in a similar fashion: Protestors gather at a mustering ground flanked by information and merchandise tables that are manned by a variety of leftist and communist organizations, which have paid ANSWER a fee for permission to distribute literature or sell their wares. An elevated stage is set up at the front of the rally site, complete with a massive sound system. After a musical prelude, a number of speeches are delivered -- usually, over a dozen. Once this initial round of speeches is completed, the attendees march along a short route to the location of the final rally, where they encounter more literature and merchandise tables and are treated to another round of speeches. At both rally locations and along the course of the march, ANSWER volunteers raise funds by moving through the crowd with large buckets into which attendees deposit cash donations.

The speakers at ANSWER rallies are generally members of the political far left who oppose not only America's role in the current war on terror, but also many additional aspects of the nation’s foreign and domestic policies. Such speakers include prominent members of activist and communist organizations; celebrities and entertainers; and politicians -- often members of the Democratic Party’s Progressive Caucus. Some -- such as Brian Becker, Teresa Gutierrez, Larry Holmes, Sara Flounders, and Sarah Sloan -- are members of the Workers World Party. When addressing the crowds, these speakers accuse the U.S. of a broad spectrum of transgressions, including its alleged pursuit of colonialism, imperialism and world domination; its current "occupation" of Afghanistan and Iraq; its purportedly unjustified and immoral trade embargo against Fidel Castro's Cuba; its “attacks” on the “civil rights and civil liberties” of Americans, as embodied in the Patriot Act; its mistreatment of "political prisoners" like cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal; its allegedly excessive military-related spending coupled with its “cuts in social programs”; and the discrimination, institutional racism, and police brutality it supposedly directs against minorities.

ANSWER's policies and activities are guided by a steering committee that includes Alliance for Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines; the Free Palestine Alliance; the Haiti Support Network; the International Action Center; the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organizing / Pastors for Peace; the Kensington Welfare Rights Union; the Korea Truth Commission; the Mexico Solidarity Network; the Middle East Children's Alliance; the Muslim Student Association of the U.S. & Canada; the Nicaragua Network; the Partnership for Civil Justice Legal Defense and Education Fund; and the Party for Socialism and Liberation.

The Houston chapter of ANSWER was a signatory to a February 20, 2002 document, composed by the Maoist C. Clark Kissinger’s radical group Refuse & Resist, condemning military tribunals and the detention of immigrants apprehended in connection with post-9/11 terrorism investigations. The document read, in part, "[T]hey [the U.S. government] are coming for the Arab, Muslim and South Asian immigrants. … The recent 'disappearances', indefinite detention[s], the round-ups, the secret military tribunals, the denial of legal representation, evidence kept a secret from the accused, the denial of any due process for Arab, Muslim, South Asians and others, have chilling similarities to a police state.”

ANSWER supports an immigration policy that calls for open borders as well as amnesty and full civil rights for illegal aliens residing in the United States. Along those lines, the organization’s website features a link to a petition that reads: “Neoliberal economic policies targeting Latin America, like NAFTA and CAFTA, have pushed millions of people into abject poverty. Immigrants are forced to come to the U.S. to look for work. Nobody should be criminalized for attempting to survive. No human being is illegal. Racism against immigrants emanates from the same forces behind the U.S. war to conquer and control the wealth of Iraq.”

ANSWER opposes the U.S. military's detention center at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba. "Today," said ANSWER in May 2003, hundreds of people -- including children under the age of 16 years -- are being imprisoned and interrogated by the U.S. at Guantanamo with no recourse whatsoever to due process."

 

 

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