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UNAC Supports Human Rights in Odessa, Ukraine
(Please sign the statement below)
The people of Odessa have called for a memorial on the second anniversary of the massacre at the House of Trade Union that took place 2 years ago. Right-wing organization have said that they will not allow the memorial rally to happen. UNAC will be sending a delegation to Ukraine to participate and observe. Below is an appeal for the authorities to defend the democratic rights of the Ukrainian people to hold this memorial and also below is an a statement that we are asking groups to sign in support of the rights of the people of Odessa to held this memorial. Please read both and have your organization sign the statement.
Emergency Appeal on Behalf of Human Rights Activists in Odessa, Ukraine
It’s been nearly two years since the world was shocked by reports of the deaths of scores of pro-democracy activists at the hands of extreme right-wing forces in the city of Odessa, Ukraine.
It was barely three months after a violent, right-wing coup overthrew the elected Ukrainian government. The activists had set up a tent city in Odessa’s historic Kulikovo Square to publicize their demand for a national referendum to decide the legitimacy of the coup. [read more]
Statement in support of the May 2 memorial to be held in Odessa, Ukraine, and for a
United Nations investigation into the tragic events of May 2, 201
On May 2, 2016, a memorial will be held in Odessa, Ukraine, to honor the memory of scores of pro-democracy activists who were brutally murdered on that date in Odessa two years ago.
There is no reason for the City authorities to forbid a peaceful memorial, but right-wing radicals - some of whom are believed to have been involved in the events of 2014 - have declared that they will not allow it to proceed. [read more and sign the statement here}
Social Forum on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EasternSocialForum
Video from the conference and march: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSxBg-qgJTc
It’s now been 25 years since what is generally referred to as the “Transformation” - the transition from socialism back to capitalism in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The resulting economic and social dislocation and the rise of right-wing, anti-immigrant movements are serious issues that progressives in the region are trying to address.
Report of UNAC's Trip to Cuba
Join UNAC at the Left Forum in New York City, May 20 – 22.
UNAC will be presenting the three panels listed below:
The Fight to End US Wars
Speakers: Joe Lombardo, Phil Wilayto, Bernadette Ellorin and Glen Ford. Chair: Sara Flounders
The Wars Come Home
Speakers: Jaribu Hill, Ana Edwards, Abayomi Azikiwe Margaret Kimberley, Christine Marie
The Situation in Ukraine
Speakers: Irina Kovel, Yuri Shakhin, Greg Butterfield, Bruce Gagnon
To register for the Left Forum, please go here: http://www.leftforum.org/
For more information of the UNAC panels including bios of the speakers, please go here: http://nepajac.org/paneldetails.htm
Look for the UNAC table at the left forum. To help out staffing the UNAC table, please email the UNACpeace@gmail.com and let us know you can help out.
Emergency Response Plan for Rasmea Odeh
After a tremendously successful social media campaign that may have reached 15.3 million people, the Rasmea Odeh Defense Committee has called for emergency actions on the day the appellate court decision is announced as well as other future activity.
For more information on the case and on the emergency response, please go to: http://justice4rasmea.org/news/2016/02/06/emergency-response-plan/
Report on Rally for Peace and Solidarity in New York City on March 13, 2016
None of the major candidate are talking about U.S. wars. Keep endless wars an issue during this campaign.
New York, NY - Hundreds of people rallied in New York’s busy Herald Square for a Day of Peace and Solidarity. Called by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), the protest brought attention to the fact that none of the major candidates are speaking about the U.S. wars and intervention happening in many parts of the world. The protest was under the slogan, “End to the Wars at Home and Abroad.” This was reflected by banners and signs that included, “Money for jobs and people’s needs, not war,” “Rebuild Flint! Rebuild our cities! End the wars,” “Defend the Black Lives Matter movement,” and “No to Islamophobia.” [read more]
From November 20 through the 28, UNAC supporters joined others from Code Pink, Witness Against Torture and the U.S. Peace Council at a peace conference in Guantanamo City, Cuba. Besides the large presence of U.S. peace and justice activists, the conference was attended by delegations from Canada, Mexico and many other countries from throughout the world. The conference was the Fourth International Seminar for Peace and the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases and was held at Guantanamo to draw attention to the fact that the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, generally considered the first U.S. foreign military base, still stands on land stolen from the Cuban people. [read more]
REPORT ON THE 'STOP THE WARS AT HOME & ABROAD!' UNAC's NATIONAL CONFERENCE
May 8-10, 2015, Secaucus, N.J.
Against a background of seemingly endless U.S. wars abroad and growing domestic movements against racist police killings, low wages and devastating climate change, more than 400 activists gathered just outside New York City May 8-10 for a “Stop the Wars at Home & Abroad!” conference that ratified an Action Plan addressing both domestic and international issues.
Sponsored by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), the conference, held at a hotel in Secaucus, New Jersey, brought together a wide range of activists, from those who primarily concentrate on international issues to mostly younger activists in the emerging movements such as Black Lives Matter, Fight for $15 and environmental change.
Conference delegates came from 29 states, as well as Canada, Britain, Germany and Ukraine. A number of now-U.S.-based activists represented struggles in their home countries of Colombia, Haiti, Honduras, Iran, Mexico, Palestine, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Syria and Venezuel also attened.
Solidarity messages were received from Cuba, Ireland, New Zealand and Russia [Read more]
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UNAC Participation in the Eastern European Social Forum
To help move this process forward, representatives from dozens of organizations from more than 20 countries gathered March 11-13, in Wroclaw, Poland, for a “Social Forum of Eastern Europe& Cooperation between South & East.” [read more]