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Press Release from Philly Against War on Egypt

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   31 January, 2011

Philadelphia organizations to protest in solidarity with Egyptian democracy movement.
 
What:  Protest in Solidarity with the Egyptian People
Where:  The Federal Building, 6th and Market Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
When: 4:30 PM, January 31, 2011
Contact: phillyagainstwar@gmail.com   or 267.994.9448 (John Kirkland)

 
Peace and justice organizations from the Philadelphia area will hold a protest outside the Federal Building on January 31 at 4:30 PM. The historic of struggle of the Egyptian people for democracy and economic justice is an inspiration to us all.
We want to send a message to the people of Egypt that we support them in their fight for justice. The United States government has funded and propped up the authoritarian regime of Hosni Mubarak for 30 years. Egypt is the second largest recipient of US military aid worldwide; second only to Israel. This military aid has been used to repress the democratic aspirations of the Egyptian people.
 
Philly Against War calls for an end to all US military aid to Egypt andfor the US government to allow the Egyptian people to choose their own government freely and without interference.  Philly Against War is an antiwar coalition made up of different peace and justice organizations in the Philadelphia region. Our goals are the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and an end to the dispossession of the Palestinian people. We oppose all attempts by the US government to infringe on democratic rights both at home and abroad. We believe that the solution to our economic crisis at home is to stop these wasteful wars and to spend the wars dollars at home to support job creation, education and health care.
 
US policy in the Middle East has been one of war, occupation and support for repressive regimes in the name of stability. The fruits of this mistaken policy is misery and poverty for the people of the Middle East and a less secure world.
 
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