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Historians Against the War marches against the war in New York City at the Republican National Convention on August 29, 2004.
Photo by Patrick Merino.

August 10, 2004

Dear HAW members,

Things are really heating up in New York: United for Peace and Justice has just announced it is rejecting the Mayor's insistence that they (and we) can rally only on the hot, out-of-the-way, dangerous West Side Highway. UFPJ affirms that "We Will March!" on August 29, straight up 7th Avenue past Madison Square Garden where the Republicans are meeting. New permits have been filed to rally in Central Park at three different locations, to protect the "grass museum." Go to http://www.unitedforpeace.org/ for posters, news stories and more.

People will begin gathering at 10 AM, at 7th Avenue and 14th Street, and the march itself will begin at Noon. The HAW contingent will gather from 9 AM on, underneath the Arch in Washington Square (at the bottom of Fifth Avenue, below 8th Street). Look for the HAW banner and blue balloons holding it up. At approximately 10 AM, we'll walk to the assembly point. We strongly urge as many HAW members as possible to come into the city for this historic march; several local HAW members have signed up to host out-of-towners (go to http://yachana.org/housing/ for information on housing, or if you have a bed or sofa to offer).

To kick the weekend off, HAW has also organized a Town Hall Meeting of Historians on Saturday, August 28, to discuss how far to the right the Bush Administration has moved in its global war on terror. Ellen Schrecker of Yeshiva University, Renate Bridenthal of Brooklyn College (emerita), Thomas Bender of NYU, and Andrew Bacevich of Boston University will consider the question: Have we broken with the mainstream American past? We expect a lively debate that will also include the audience. The location is the main auditorium at the CUNY Graduate Center, 34th Street and Fifth Avenue, from 2 to 4 PM. Color and black-and-white flyers are available in pdf format, and we urge you to distribute them widely, especially if you are in the New York area, or know people coming to New York for the August 29 march.

To make all this work happen, we urgently need your help-financially and otherwise. The rental of the auditorium at the CUNY Graduate Center alone will cost almost $1,000. If you have not already done so, please either mail a check to Historians Against the War, PO Box 88, Lancaster PA 17608 or donate on-line at http://www.historiansagainstwar.org/donations.html

There's much more to report-a full publishing schedule, our participation in a major lawsuit challenging the legality of the war in Iraq, and plans for a tour and building regional networks in the fall. We'll put all of that into a back-to-school electronic newsletter. Right now we hope to see hundreds of you in New York, on both the 28th and 29th. And we hope for your financial support-whatever you can send.

In solidarity,

HAW Executive Committee
(Marc Becker, Van Gosse, Margaret Power, Andor Skotnes)

A Town-Hall Meeting with Leading Historians. Bush's global war on terror: How far to the right have we gone? Saturday, August 28, 2-4 PM, Proshansky Auditorium, CUNY Graduate Center, 34th Street and Fifth Avenue. Here are the audio files of the presentations from the meeting:

The UnConvention, an American Theater Festival, is a voice for political change. From August 27 to September 11, The Kiva Company, The Management Co., One Year Lease, Stages 5150, Stone Soup Theatre Arts, and The Subjective Theatre Company will present The UnConvention: An American Theater Festival, featuring six pieces of provocative, political theater.

August 29, 2004: This Is What History Looks Like, By Van Gosse, also on History News Network.

patriots_2k4. The images in this collection were shot in the streets of NYC on 08/29/04 and in Union Square Park on 09/02/04. They are here for you to see what was not fully televised by the mass media.