Workers Party Launches Peace Petition

August 24, 2004

In late July, the Workers Party initiated a "Peace Petition" campaign as part of its program for using the 2004 election period to strengthen the anti-war struggle and the people's independent political movement.

The "Peace Petition," which is reprinted below, is designed to bring the people's agenda for peace to the center of public opinion. It is also designed as an organizing tool for strengthening the independent organizations and initiatives of the people.

We encourage organizations and individuals to join in this campaign. Work together with the Party to circulate the Peace Petition as widely as possible and bring more and more people into the organized, pro-active peace movement.

Peace Petition

Recognizing that the U.S. war against Iraq is an aggressive, imperialist war;

Recognizing that within the last 3 years, the U.S. government has also invaded Afghanistan and Haiti, escalated its direct intervention in counter-insurgency wars in Colombia and the Philippines, and is threatening and pressuring scores of countries including North Korea, Syria, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, etc.

Recognizing that both the Republican and Democratic parties have declared that they will continue this aggressive foreign policy as part of a so-called "war against terrorism" which will last for decades;

We, the undersigned -- determined to use the period of the 2004 elections and afterwards to take positive steps on the road to peace -- resolve to:

1) Demand the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. and foreign troops from Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti and Palestine!

2) Demand an end to U.S. aggression and intervention and the withdrawal of all U.S. troops stationed abroad!

3) Denounce and oppose the Republican and Democratic Parties as parties of war and imperialism!

4) Take steps to further organize the people as the only force capable of winning the peace!

We Demand Peace!