Infinite Injustice Challenged
in Santa Cruz and across the globe

September 19th, 2001

By Fhar Miess
The Alarm! Newspaper collective

Even as the U.S. military gears up for war against Afghanistan in what it has dubbed “Operation Infinite Justice”, concerned folks around the globe are mobilizing for a peaceful solution to the conflict and the end of a cycle of violence and terrorism fostered by, and now inflicted upon, the United States. Yesterday, the Pentagon ordered warships into the Persian Gulf and as we go to press, mainstream media report over 100 warplanes have been deployed to bases in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait, from where they could strike either Iraq or Afghanistan, with more to come.

Meanwhile, over 600 people showed up for a forum at Santa Cruz’s Pacific Cultural Center in the Seabright neighborhood. Forum organizers announced that over 450 were in attendance, while nearly 150 more had to be turned away because there was not enough room. The forum, supported by the Doug Rand Action Fund, Santa Cruz Green Party, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Resource Center for Nonviolence, and the United Nations Association, among others, consisted of speakers addressing the topic of “peaceful responses to the terrorist attacks.” This very tired reporter was unfortunately unable to attend in order to get this paper out, and he asks the forgiveness of organizers and the public if his second-hand information proves inaccurate. This space was originally to be set aside to provide a comprehensive listing of peace & justice and anti-war actions which have happened and which are happening around the city and around the globe, but in the last twenty-four hours, that number has so expanded as to make such a listing impossible for the size of this paper, but here are some highlights of actions locally and around the world:

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