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September 18th, 2001

- For Immediate Release -

AUSTIN AGAINST WAR
September 17, 2001


NEW GROUP OPPOSED TO WAR EMERGES IN THE HEART OF TEXAS
JOINS CALL FOR NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST WAR ON SEPT. 20
JOINS CALL FOR TEXAS RALLY AGAINST WAR AND RACISM ON SEPT. 29

Austin, TX -- About 100 people met Sunday evening for an anti-war
organizing and planning meeting in East Austin. The group,
now calling itself Austin Against War, agreed to three
broad points of unity: to oppose war, to defend
against racist attacks and to protect civil liberties.

Austin Against War is joining the call for a National Day of Action
on Thursday, Sept. 20, and will be holding a 5:30 p.m. rally
in Austin at the Texas State Capitol at 11th & Congress.

The formation of the new group comes 5 days after terrorists
attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Many at Sunday's
meeting had attended a large community meeting last Wednesday at
the University of Texas and two rallies held on Friday, one at UT
and the other at the Capitol.

At these events sadness was expressed over the tragic loss of life
in the Sept. 11 attacks. But concern was also voiced over how the
United States is responding - fears that the U.S. could push us
into World War III.

Besides this Thursday's rally, Austin Against War joins the Austin
Democracy Coalition in calling for a Texas Rally Against War And
Racism to be held in Austin on September 29. On this day people
will gather at 3:00 p.m. in Kealing Park at Rosewood and Angelina
and march to the Capitol for a 4:30 p.m. rally.

Also, the group is calling for a regular presence at the Capitol
at 5:30 p.m. every day.

Until Austin Against War's web site is up and running, more
information about Austin's new anti-war efforts can be found on
these web sites:


http://austin.indymedia.org
http://www.progressiveaustin.org
http://www.nowarcollective.com
http://austindemocracycoalition.org

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