Jan. 11, 2007 – Anti-war activists are busy staging a "surge" of their own to counter President Bushâ€™s Wednesday-night announcement that he intends to expand the US occupation force in Iraq.
"It's unbelievable that after the voters, the soldiers, and the Iraqis said they want an end to this war, President Bush is going to escalate it," said Leslie Cagan, United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) national coordinator, in a press statement.
UFPJ, a national coalition of peace groups, is among the organizers of a nationwide response planned for the 24 hours following the presidentâ€™s prime time announcement that the overall US military presence in Iraq will increase by 21,500 personnel.
According to Win Without War, another coalition involved in the protests, anti-war activists are planning hundreds of protests in at least 26 states for Wednesday and Thursday. The groups have set up a website in which would-be demonstrators can search for actions near them or register a new action.
"Event registrations continue to pour in from throughout the country," said, Tom Andrews, national director of Win Without War, in a Wednesday press statement. "We have obviously struck a raw nerve."