Coalition Calls Reagan the Terrorist : Kadafi Backers Show ‘Solidarity’ With Libyan Leader
A coalition of left-wing minority groups that support Libyan leader Col. Moammar Kadafi said Friday that it would call on ethnic members of the U.S. military to stop obeying orders to attack Libya unless the American public rejects President Reagan’s anti-Libyan policies.
Speaking in front of a portrait of the Libyan leader, representatives of several Latino, black and American Indian groups told a news conference at the Greater Los Angeles Press Club that Reagan is a “terrorist” who has not produced evidence that links Libya to the West Berlin bomb explosion April 5 that killed a U.S. serviceman.
“We’re telling white America to wake up,” said Jessie Garcia, one of the coalition’s spokespersons who insisted on identifying herself as “Warrior Woman.” “If you don’t stand up, we’ll tell our brothers in the (U.S.) military to stop upholding white America . . . .”
‘Suffering at Home’
“The blacks, Asians, Mexicanos (and) Chicanos in the military holding up the weapons to defend this government should realize we are suffering at home.”
Added Ron Wilkins, a member of the Patrice Lumumba Coalition: “They should not carry out orders to attack the country of Libya. This government, when it uses the smoke screen of anti-terrorism and anti-communism, only uses it against people who achieve self-determination.”
The coalition members said the news conference was called to show “solidarity” with Kadafi, whom some of them met recently in that North African country.
The groups represented included the Nation of Islam, La Raza Unida Party, the Patrice Lumumba Coalition, the All African Peoples Revolutionary Party, the New African Peoples Organization and an American Indian group called Four Directions.