St. Pete activist organizes Tampa rally to end occupation of Afghanistan listen06/03/11 Seán Kinane
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The U.S.-led war and occupation of Afghanistan has gone on for nearly a decade and many Americans are fed up with the carnage. One St. Petersburg activist has even formed a new group to gather support for ending the war. Kofi Hunt’s organization, Project O.A.T.H. is organizing an anti-war rally tomorrow in South Tampa. The "Bring the Troops Home" rally tomorrow is between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
"This Saturday I'm having an event I'm calling "Bring the Troops Home". It's a rally at the corner of Dale Marbry and Gandy Boulevard in Tampa. I'm having it to say, you know, we need to bring the troops home from Afghanistan because America can't endlessly fight these wars that weren't declared and the wars...we keep pushing the goal posts farther and farther back. We need our resources, our human and monetary resources here to help rebuild our country and it's economy."
This project is called Project OATH "Bring the Troops Home". What is Project OATH? Tell us about that.
"O.A.T.H. is basically an acronym for Out of Afganistan, bring the Troops Home. OATH. Basically a campaign I'm starting to try to build momentum to help the legislation that's been popping up in the House and the Senate, to encourage organized consensus, grass roots views saying 'we're in favor of this, we want withdrawal from Afghanistan.' Just so Washington and the powers that be can see that the people are speaking and the people want to get out of Afghanistan as soon as possible."
What made you tackle this as an issue?
"It's been an issue that's been verty important to me personally but what's made me tackle it this point was the continuous bills from House Representative Kucinich and even bills in the Senate that have been coming up calling for withdrawal and they've been consistent. I want to give some people power to that and show that there's people on the ground who are with them. I mean, most people I speak with the vast majority say, 'yeah, we don't have any business being there', that's a common phrase. I'd just like to put an organized voice to that phrase and say out loud in one voice, 'Bring the Troops Home".
Finally, Kofi Hunt, how can people find out more information and remind our listeners where the rally is this Saturday?
"They can search "Bring the Troops Home" on Facebook and the event page will pop up. They can also go to Project OATH's website, that's www.project-oath.com and they can get all the necessary information there. They can also find a Project OATH Facebook page if they type in there. They can find a Project OATH Group on Facebook as well."
And the rally on Saturday?
"The rally on Saturday is this Saturday, June 4, between 3 and 5 pm in the afternoon. It's on the corner of Gandy Boulevard and Dale Marbry in Tampa. We'll be out there for about 2 hours. You'll see us, we'll have a banner and we'll have signs and we'll just be out there speaking our message. This is the start of something. It's not going to be a single thing. We're going to be continuous and I'd appreciate if people ccome out and show their support."