Logistics for New York Rally

Here is the Logistical Information for the mass rally of many thousands of people that is starting at Union Square at 14th St & Broadway at NOON.

There will be 2 Rallies, at Union Square and at Foley Square, each with a stage, speakers and music. There will be media check-in and packets for all media. We encourage all alternative media and video activists to be especially active in posting immediate coverage.

See for more information and to sign up to volunteer and to donate.

The UNAC Volunteer Table will be at Union Square South, 100 feet in from 14th St, in front of the George Washington on horseback statue. We NEED Volunteers starting at 9:00 am for bus greeting, literature distribution, guides, unloading, set-up and take-down crews, and clean-up crews after both rallies. Everything about this march has been based totally on our volunteer labor.

Rally at Union Square (14th and Broadway) NOON


The March leaves Union Square going south down the densely packed shopping street of Broadway at about 2:00 to 2:30 to Foley Square.

The March is 1.7 miles and takes 30 min to under 1 hour, depending on our pace.

There are several subway stops along Broadway and of course at Union Square for those for whom walking is difficult. To get to Foley Square take the subway to Brooklyn Bridge, or City Hall stop.

On the march, drums, cymbals, horns, whistles and our voices chanting are allowed.

In NYC amplified sound is permitted only at the rallies.


The End Rally and Peace Fair is at the Fountain at Foley Square until 6 pm.


REMEMBER !! Based on NYC regulations: NO wooden, bamboo, PVC or metal poles are permitted for signs and flags. Cardboard tubes, such as those used in fabric stores, are permitted. Police will confiscate poles made of other material. We welcome signs and banners. UNAC has made hundreds of signs that we will be distributing.


There are 6 scheduled PEACE TRAINS times of activists coming in on the Long Island RR lines to Penn Station and walking down to Union Square.

BUS Drop Off is at Union Square - Broadway at 15th St.


BUS Parking and Pickup is 2 blocks from the ending rally at Foley Square along Church St, from Worth St. going north


How to get to the UNION SQUARE, NYC RALLY:

From points north of New York City in New York and Connecticut, see the Metro North website:


From New Jersey, use the Path Train:


From points further afield, use Amtrak:


To Union Square:


From the Port Authority (New York’s major bus station):


Follow signs within the terminal for the Subway, then follow signs for the Q train.  Take the Q train “Downtown/To Coney Island”.  Get off at 14th St.Union Square. 


From Penn Station (New York’s Amtrak hub):


Follow signs within the terminal for the Subway, then follow signs for the 1 train.  Take the 1 train from 34 Street - Penn Station heading “Uptown / to Van Cortlandt Park”.  Get off at the first stop, 42nd St.Times Square.  Follow signs for the Q train heading “Downtown/ to Coney Island”.  Get off at 14th St.Union Square. 


From Grand Central Station (New York’s major MetroNorth station):


Follow signs within the terminal for the Subway, then follow signs for the 4, 5, or 6 trains.  Take any of those “Downtown/ to Crown Heights”.  Get off at 14th St.Union Square. 


For more information, consult the web page of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Subway system:




We are hearing from so many people coming into Union Square on Saturday, April 9 that we are behind on posting some of this information. Here is what we have heard about where contingents plan on gathering in the area around Union Square.

Brooklyn for Peace Contingent is gathering on Broadway between 13th & 14 St

A Woman’s Contingent is gathering in front of CitiBank on the SE corner of 14th & Broadway

A Student Contingent is gathering at Washington Square Park and marching up University to Union Square.

A Palestine Contingent is gathering on North side of 14th St between Broadway & 4th Ave at the Triangle.

A Greens Contingent is gathering in front of Babies R Us on Park Ave between 15th & 16th St.

A No Nukes Contingent is gathering at Union Square East on the Park side between 14th & 15th St

An Asian Contingent is gathering at Union Square on the South East corner of the Park by the stairs.

A Workers World Contingent is gathering by the subway kiosk on West side of Union Square Plaza at 14th St.

DRUM- Desis Rising Up & Moving, Veterans for Peace, and Latin America activists are gathering near the Ghandi Statue at Union Square West at 15th St

A Stop FBI/Grand Jury Repression Contingent is gathering in front of Staples on Union Square West between 14th & 15th St.

An ANSWER Contingent is gathering on Union Square West at 16th St.

An International Socialist Organization Contingent is gathering on SE corner of Union Square East & 14th St by the subway escalator.

An Educators Against War Contingent is gathering in front of Washington Irving High School at 15th & Irving.

An Irish Contingent is gathering at 18th St & Broadway

A Staten Island Contingent is gathering in front of Whole Foods on South side of 14th St between University & Broadway after coming in a group on a Peace Ferry from Staten Island.

Chelsea Neighbors United to End the War is meeting at 11:15 a.m. at the northwest corner of 8th Avenue and 24th Street to walk over to Union Square.  Everyone from Chelsea is invited to walk over with us.   For further information please call 212-726-1385.

Peace Action Contingent across from Whole Foods in Union Square starting at 11:30 am

A May 1st Union Square Contingent is gathering at 8th St & Broadway at 2pm and leafleting during the march.

Many groups are planning to meet up earlier on PEACE TRAINS - taking commuter trains  into NYC at coordinated times.

In Jersey City, NJ Jersey City Peace Movement, VFP NJ and Anakbayan are gathering at the Journal Square Fountain for a 10:30 am Rally, then taking the PATH Train  to 14th St & 6th Ave and marching down to Union Square

In Newark NJ Peoples Organization for Progress and others are gathering in front of Penn Station at 10:30 to 11 am and taking PATH Train to 14th St.




We have reserved some large 6 foot tables for delivery to Foley Square for literature, displays and exhibits. Tables are limited in quantity and will be allocated on a first reserved basis. So reserve your table now.


To reserve a table contact Sue Davis,

You can also bring your own table to Foley Square.

We are asking a $40 to $50 donation for all tables where political and First Amendments items will be sold and a $25 donation for tables of strictly free literature. All donations collected will go toward covering the rally expenses.

If you want to table at the assembly point and first rally (12-2 pm) at Union Square, it will be crowded and difficult and you must bring your own table.


There will be Porto-Sans at Foley Square.


We will need volunteers and take-down crews at the end of both Rallies to thoroughly clean both Parks or we will lose a $1,000 ‘Clean-up Bond’ that we had to post with NYC Parks Department. So please be considerate during the day and help on clean-up at the end.


Selection of Featured Speakers and Performers (speakers will be short – 90 seconds each)

Union Sq.

Reverend Robert Coleman, Chief Program Minister, The Riverside Church

Glen Ford, Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report

Mary Richmond, President of the Albany Chapter of NOW

Hatem AbudayyehUnited States Palestine Community Network (USPCN).

George Gresham, President SEIU 1199

Statement from Rabbi Lynne Gottlieb, Advisory Board Jewish Voices for Peace

Col. Ann Wright, Resigned from State Department to Protest Iraq War

Charles Barron, Member of the New York City Council

Vijay Prashad, author of The Darker Nations

Pardiss Kebraiei, Center for Constitutional Rights

Omar Barghouti, Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel

Ramsey Clark, former Attorney General of the United States

Zaineb Alani, Iraqi American antiwar activist and poet

Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, Muslim Peace Coalition

Howie Hawkins, NY Green Party

Seemi Ahmed, Long Island Chapter of the Interfaith Alliance

Harvey Wasserman, environmental activist, author of Solartopia

Sara Flounders, International Action Center

Ahmed Shawki, Egyptian American Editor of Haymarket Books

Joe Lombardo, Co-Chair, United National Antiwar Committee

Statement from Lynne Stewart, wrongfully imprisoned civil rights lawyer

Statement from Leonard Peltier, wrongly imprisoned Native American activist


Spirit Child, performer of rhythmic hip hop

Joanne Shenandoa, Iroquois singer and Grammy Winner

Vinie Burrows, Broadway Actress

Dave Bernz, Grammy Award Winning producer and singer

Speakers Foey Sq.

Cindy Sheehan, Anti-war activist and Goldstar Mother of Casey Sheehan

Prachi Patankar, South Asia Solidarity Initiative

Alicia Godberg, New York State Peace Action

Ramon Jimenez, South Bronx Community Congress

Bill Collins, National Executive Board, Veterans for Peace

Teresa Gutierrez, May 1st Coalition

Tracy Molm, Stop FBI Repression

Susan Metz, Brooklyn for Peace

John Samuelsen, President TWU Local 100

Nada Matta, New York University Chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine

Sherry Wolf, Executive Committee of LGBT National Equality March

Steve Downs, Project SALAM

Monami Maulik, Desis Rising Up and Moving

Nada Khader, Executive Director of WESPAC Foundation

Luis Cotto, Hartford Connecticut City Council

Andy Coates, Secretary of Capital District Physicians for a National Healthcare Plan

Lisa Savage, Code Pink

Ray Laforest, Haitian activist

Ana Edwards, Virginia Defenders

Bernadette Ellorin, BAYAN

Ishrat Ruhi, Muslim Ummah of North America

Marilyn Levin, Co-Chair, United National Antiwar Committee

Statement from Mumia Abu Jamal, political prisoner on death row in Pennsylvania

Statement from Kevin Cooper, innocent death row prisoner in San Quentin


Rebel Diaz, political hip hop trio

The Last Internationale, political folk blues band

Tahani Salah, Palestinian activist performer and poet

The Raging Grannies, activist singers old enough to be grandmothers

Speakers and entertainers in SF (April 10)

Co-chair opening remarks - Blanca 

Miese 0:02:00 UNAC Steering Committee 12:00:00 

2 Lily Haskell or rep 0:02:00 Arab Resource and Organizing Center 12:02:40 

3 John Parker 0:02:00 Organizer with Bail out the People 12:05:20 

4 Nancy Mancias & Chelsea Dryer 0:02:00 CODE Pink & Women for Peace 12:08:00 

5 Eric-Michael Wilson 0:02:00 UCB Budget cuts activist facing police repression 12:10:40 

6 Jessica Antonio 0:02:00 Northern California Regional Director - BAYAN-USA 12:13:20 

7 Omar Shakir 0:02:00 Law student at Stanford 12:16:00 

8 Willie Ratcliff 0:02:00 San Francisco BayView newspaper publisher  12:18:40 

9 Co-chair remarks - Kitty Liu 0:02:00 International Socialist Organization 12:21:20 

10 Mike Wong 0:02:00 Veterans for Peace 12:24:00 

11 Porfirio Quintano 0:02:00 Hondurans in Resistance Front 12:26:40 

12 Carole Seligman w/ Mumia tape 0:02:00 12:29:20 

13 Monadel Herzallah 0:02:00 Arab American Union Members Council; USPCN12:32:00 

14 Jeff Patterson 0:02:00 Courage to Resist, Bradley Manning defense campaign 12:34:40 

15 Fatima Mojaddidy 0:02:00 Afghans for Peace 12:37:20 

16 Andrew Lichterman 0:02:00 Anti-nuclear activist - Western States Legal Foundation 12:40:00 

17 UC Irvine MSU 11 defense campaign 0:02:00 Need to confirm name 12:42:40 

18 Mick Kelly 0:05:00 Cmte to Stop FBI Repression, Twin Cities 12:45:20 

19 Malalai Joya 0:06:00 12:51:00 

20 Jeff Mackler - Fund Pitch 0:03:00 UNAC National Administrative Committee 12:57:40 

21 Co-chair remarks - Zahra Billoo 0:02:00 Executive Direction, SF Bay Area CAIR 13:01:20 

22 Imam Zaid Shakir 0:02:00 Co-founder and faculty at Zaytuna College in Berkeley 13:04:00 

23 Hatem Bazian 0:02:00 

UC Berkeley Professor, Near Eastern and Ethnic 

Studies 13:06:40 

24 Cristina Gutierrez 0:02:00 Barrios Unidos 13:09:20 

25 Andrew Phillips 0:02:00 KPFA Interim General Manager, Anti-nuke leader 13:12:00 

26 Co-chair remarks - Daniel Alley 0:02:00 UC Berkeley SJP 13:14:40 

27 Clarence Thomas 0:02:00 ILWU Local 10 13:17:20 

28 Barbara Lubin 0:02:00 Director, Middle East Children's Alliance 13:20:00 

29 Uncle Bobby 0:02:00 Oscar Grant's uncle 13:22:40 

30 Sharif Zakout 0:02:00 UC Santa Cruz activist facing repression 13:25:20


# Speaker Length 

Approx. Start 


1 Co-chair opening remarks - Judy Greenspan 0:02:00 Workers World Party 3:00:00 

2 Mokhtar 0:02:00 Yemen solidarity organizer 3:02:40 

3 Frank Lara 0:02:00 May Day Organizing Cmte 3:05:20 

4 Betty Olson-Jones 0:02:00 President, Oakland Educators Association 3:08:00 

5 Miguel Molina 0:02:00 KPFA Flashpoints 3:10:40 

6 Co-chair remarks - Bill Balderston 0:02:00 Bay Area Labor Committee for Peace and Justice 3:13:20 

7 Leslie Mullin or Ayana Labossiere 0:02:00 Haiti Action Committee 3:16:00 

9 Tim Paulson (or Dave Welsh) 0:02:00 SF Labor Council 3:18:40 

10 Kathryn Lybarger 0:02:00 AFSCME Local 3299, UCB Student Worker Action Team 3:21:20 

11 Marsha Feinland 0:02:00 Peace and Freedom Party 3:24:00 

12 Carole Seligman - Kevin Cooper, Lynn Stewart 0:02:00 3:26:40 

Pakistan to hold solidarity rallies in 6 major cities

In Pakistan there will be solidarity demonstrations in 6 cities on April 10.  The cities are: Islamabad, Lahore, Multan, Pashwar, Karachi and Hayderabad.  These demonstrations are being held in solidarity with the April 9 and 10 demonstrations in the US and are supported by 8 organizations in Pakistan.  The organizations are: Labour Party Pakistan , Awami Party, Communist Mazdoor Kissan Party, Workers Party Pakistan, Revolutionary Socialist Movement, National Students Federation, National Trade Union Federation, Pakistan Kissan Rabita Committee.  A statement from this Pakistani coalition will be read at the demonstrations.

Iraq April 9th protesters in several cities, protester plan to stay in the streets.

Iraqis will hold rallies on April 9.  They are calling April 9 “The Day of Salvation.”  Eight Iraqi organizations have called for this protest which will be a sit-in in front of all US bases throughout the country.  They intend to stay, day and night till their demands are met and the US leaves their country.