Thursday, November 01, 2007


"If you stop struggling, then you stop life."
~ Huey P. Newton.

To confirm some email I've gotten over the last few days:

From DC Indymedia:

This week, several Kurdish communities across the United States are expected to demonstrate in several cities in opposition to the Turkish government's approval for the invasion of Iraqi Kurdistan. The youth of the Kurdish-American communities in each city have coordinated with one another to launch demonstrations on the same dates in order to express a unified opposition to the recent developments in Turkey and the Turkish government's decision to invade Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Kurdish communities have organized protests in several cities including Atlanta, GA, Los Angeles, CA, Dallas, TX, Nashville, TN, Phoenix, AZ, San Francisco, CA, New York, NY, and Washington DC. The demonstrations in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Nashville, Phoenix and San Francisco are expected to take place on November 2nd, 2007 and in Dallas, TX on November 3rd, 2007. The demonstrations in New York and Washington DC will take place on November 5th, 2007 to coincide with the visit of the Turkish prime minister in Washington DC.

Demonstrations will be highlighting the importance of preventing a Turkish invasion of the only peaceful part of Iraq, and recognizing the legitimacy of the Kurdistan Regional Government and its potential role in a peaceful process to solve the conflict existing in the region. The demonstrations will also highlight the importance of belief that a political and peaceful solution is the only viable solution to the conflict, and that the peace offerings and Kurdish rebel ceasefires negotiated and supported by members of the Iraqi government should be recognized as important developments to the progression of peace in the region.

Representatives in each of the cities are urging members of Kurdish and non-Kurdish communities in America to show their support and join the demonstrations.

Contact information for specific communities is listed at the link.


Janice said...

Wow! I didn't realize there were so many Kurds back in the States! This is pretty amazing to organize across a continent like this although Kurds quickly worked together following Mr. Ocalan's arrest in 1999, correct? Great Blog, by the by!

Mizgîn said...

The demonstrations over Ocalan's betrayal were mainly in Europe, where the Kurdish Diaspora is much larger and is mainly Bakuri Kurd. The reason they quickly worked together on that was because they were much better organized, thanks to ERNK, the political wing of the PKK.