Barack Obama travels to Harlem later today to ask for money from Democratic Party contributors. But another group of Americans will be there in protest. Harlem Fight Back Against War is organizing a demonstration against the war in Libya for today at 5 pm. Protesters will meet at Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard between 125th and 126th streets, and all comers are welcome.
A flyer advertising the protest declares:
Harlem Fightback Against War at Home & Abroad condemns racist right wing attacks against President Barack Obama, the first African American President of the US. However, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, we should judge a man by the content of his character instead of the color of his skin. We will hold President Obama’s administration accountable for its injustice, immoral and illegal actions at home and abroad. We will not join the silence of others in our Black communities.
The anti-war protest is being promoted at the AFL-CIO’s We Are One website, which puts the Libya war in economic perspective:
On March 29th Obama attends a $30,000 plate dinner in the gentrified up-scale Red Rooster. Harlem’s annual median income is $25,000 less than the $30,000 plate dinner for one night. Nearly 50% of Black men in NYC are jobless. A cruise missile cost $1 million each. 126 cruise missiles were fired on Libya the first day.