The Indiana chapter of the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) was formed in 2017 by independent, working-class organizers dedicated to progressive political education and mass mobilization in order to put working and oppressed people in the driver’s seat of history. We work to build a multi-national, multi-gendered movement powerful enough to end white supremacy, patriarchy, imperialist war, and the domination of Wall Street.
Since our inception, we’ve organized to successfully defeat the anti-homeless “sit-lie” ordinance, initiated campaigns against gentrification, helped fight racist police brutality, organized street demonstrations against war and imperialism, led marches for reproductive justice, and more.
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Founded just three days after the September 11, 2001 attacks, the ANSWER Coalition initiated the massive antiwar movement opposing the US invasion of Iraq in the months prior to March 19, 2003. The ANSWER Coalition demonstration of 200,000 people on October 26, 2002, in Washington, D.C. ignited a nationwide and global antiwar movement that was nearly unprecedented in history. On January 18, 2003, 500,000 people packed the Mall in Washington, D.C. under the slogan “Stop the War Before It Starts.” The Washington Post described the January 18 demonstration as the largest antiwar protest since the end of the Vietnam War.
ANSWER, which at its core included a partnership between Arab and non-Arab activists, fought a long and successful battle against excluding the Palestinian struggle for self-determination from the anti-war and peace movement. In the years since, we have mobilized across the country to stop the repeated assaults against and massacres of the people of Gaza.
ANSWER has mobilized against the illegal coup and UN occupation of Haiti, against the illegal blockade of Cuba, and the illegal ‘regime change’ war on Libya. We are actively fighting against the ongoing occupation of Afghanistan, the renewed assaults on Iraq and Syria, the drone attacks on Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia, among others.
ANSWER has played an important role in the fight against racist and religious profiling, in support of immigrant and workers’ rights, and for economic and social justice for all. Our members are engaged in a range of struggles, from the local battles against police brutality to the international campaigns against militarism and war.