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February 15, 2013
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Busboys & Poets
1025 5th Street NW
Washington, DC, USA

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The Day the World Said NO to War!

Join us as we commemorate the 10 anniversary of February 15, 2003, a mobilization that changed the world.

photo collage of demosWe will watch an extended teaser of the soon-to-be-released film We Are Many.

We Are Many is a documentary film about one historic day, and its legacy. On 15 February, between 10-14 million people took to the streets in nearly 800 cities around the world, to protest against the impending war on Iraq. Filmed in six countries over 7 years, this film also reveals unexpected legacies, from the influence on the Egyptian democratic movement to the Occupy Movement. Told by first hand participants, organizers and the public alike as well as leading public figures, this film is the first documentary account of the biggest single protest in the history of humanity. We Are Many is both the untold story of a powerful movement, and a witness to the rise of the 'Second Superpower.' The film is due for worldwide release in this year, the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War and of the Day the World Said No to War.

Followed by a panel discussion on the legacy of February 15, its connection to other movements, including Tahrir Square and the Arab Spring, with:

  • Amir Amirani, filmmaker and director of We Are Many joining us by video link from London
  • Bill Fletcher, Jr., co-founder of United for Peace & Justice; co-chair of UFPJ 2002-3; co-author of 'Solidarity Divided,' and author of 'They're Bankrupting Us - And Twenty Other Myths about Unions.
  • Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies, participant in Feb 15 mobilizations and author of Challenging Empire: How People, Governments & the UN Defy U.S. Power, the first book analyzing the significance of Feb 15, 2003.
  • Andy Shallal, Busboys & Poets founder and Iraqi peace activist and an artist and social entrepreneur.