With the Republicans and Democrats both supporting the war, the task of organizing an antiwar movement tends to
fall on left-wing groups that are little known even to many of the people who attend protests like the one held Sept. 24. Here are a few of the major players:


UNITED FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE (UFPJ)

Is the lumbering behemoth of the antiwar left with its 1,300 member groups. It was formed in December 2002 and is largely white and middle class. While religious and community groups provide its backbone, larger organizations like Global Exchange, American Friends Service Committee, Communist Party USA and the Institute for Policy Studies play a key role in setting its strategic direction.


INTERNATIONAL ANSWER (ACT NOW TO STOP WAR AND RACISM)

Was formed by the neo-Stalinist Workers World Party (WWP) shortly after Sept. 11. It is composed of radical grassroots organizations, many of which are based in communities of color and is known for its staunchly anti-imperialist politics. ANSWER is now affiliated with the Party of Liberation and Socialism, which broke away from WWP last year.


TROOPS OUT NOW COALITION (TONC)

Troops Out Now was formed in the aftermath of the WWP’s split and is closely aligned with the party.


NOT IN OUR NAME (NION)

NION was formed in March of 2002 and organized the first national day of protest against the Iraq invasion on Oct. 6,
2002. Members of the Maoist-oriented Revolutionary Communist Party have played a key role in NION, but the group is also open to other tendencies and is a member of UFPJ.