United National Antiwar Coalition
UNAC sent a representative to Warsaw, Poland to participate in the meetings, conferences and demonstration organized to oppose NATO as it held its summit in Poland. UNAC administrative committee member, Phil Wilayto spoke at the meetings and demonstration and brought solidarity from the U.S. antiwar movement. Below is Phil Wilayto's report from Poland
Statement by the Administrative Committee of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) on the death of Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz
We join with the people of Cuba and peace- and justice-loving people everywhere in mourning the death of Comandante Fidel Castro. Fidel fought all his life to better the circumstances of working people and the poor in Cuba and throughout the world. The Cuban Revolution that he led was an inspiration for millions. [read more]
Report of UNAC's Trip to Cuba
This campaign, which has been endorsed by Odessa’s Council of Mothers of May 2, will continue to support the Mothers and their call for an international investigation into the massacre of scores of progressives on May 2, 2014, as well as educating the public about the role of the U.S. in the developing economic and political crisis in Ukraine as a whole. This crisis must be seen in the context of the continuing U.S.-led NATO expansion into Eastern Europe, which violates an agreement the U.S. made with Russia at the time of the fall of the Soviet Union The result has been the military encirclement of Russia, creating a dangerous situation with a major nuclear power.
Please visit the new OSC website at www.odessasolidaritycampaign.org, sign the Council of Mothers’ petition for an international investigation and sign up to receive updates from the campaign. If you’re interested in being more active in this effort, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or UNACpeace@gmail.com and we will help you get involved.
Hands Off Syria Speaking Tour — USA
The Hands off Syrian Coalition, of which UNAC is a founding member, is sponsored a series of speaking events on Syria throughout USA during the month of December, 2016. Our keynote speaker for these events was Eva Bartlett, independent Canadian journalist who has done a significant amount of reporting from Syria and came directly from Aleppo to the U.S. to participate in our speaking tour.
To see the videos of most of the events and press conference, please go to the Coalitions web site at:
Michigan Political Prisoner Needs the Support of the Peace Movement
By Abayomi Azikiwe
UNAC Administrative Committee
Rev. Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor, Michigan, considered by many as a political prisoner, phoned into the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI) weekly meeting on Mon. June 6. Pinkney is currently being held at Marquette Branch Prison in the Upper Peninsula of the state, a day's drive from his home and family in the southwest region.
Pinkney reported on the resistance by inmates at Marquette against the conditions prevailing in the food system. 700 people refused to attend chow on May 24.
The civil rights leader is serving a 30-120 month sentence on charges of felony forgery involving petitions collected to recall the-then mayor of Benton Harbor James Hightower. This case was heard by an all-white jury which convicted Pinkney without any material or circumstantial evidence.
Pinkney encourages people to write to him. His address is: Marquette Branch Prison, Rev. Edward Pinkney N-E-93 #294671, 1960 US Hwy 41 South, Marquette, MI 49855.
For more information on his case and how you can support the national movement for his release, just visit the following website: B A N C O
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]
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 announces upcoming conference
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The next UNAC conference will be held in Richmond, VA on the weekend of April 21 - 23. Please join us. More information will be announced soon.
Please join UNAC in Washington, D.C. for various anti-inauguration events and the Black is Back Coalition rally for Black self-determination. See the information below
Members of UNAC attended the
20th Anniversary of the
Southern Human Rights Organizers' Conference!!!
Held at Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS
At the end of World War Two, the city of Odessa in present-day Ukraine was declared a Hero City by the Soviet Union for its determined resistance to Nazi occupation. It’s a designation still valued by the people of this metropolis of a million people on the western shore of the Black Sea.
On May 2, 2016, Odessans once again showed their great capacity for courage. Defying threats by local and national fascist organizations, some 3-4,000 city residents, accompanied by international monitors from across Europe and the United States, gathered to pay their respects to the victims of a fascist massacre and press their demand for an international investigation. [read more]
Click here to read the UNAC initiated letter of support for the right of the people of Odessa to hold a memorial for those killed on May 2, 2014 along with the list of signers.
Click here for additional reports, videos and pictures from the UNAC delegation to Odessa.
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]
Please click on the video below to see the solidarity message that UNAC has sent to those resisting the Dakota Access pipeline.
You can support the struggle by going to their web site at: http://sacredstonecamp.org/faq and helping to make a financial or other contribution.
UNAC's Phil Wilayto speaking in Poland NY Anti-NATO demonstration Protest in Warsaw
For more information on the rally for Black Self-determination, please go here: www.blackisbackcoalition.org.
Join the Anti-inaugural actions in Washington D.C. on January 20 and 21
Actions will take place in DC on Friday, January 20 during the day or the inaugoratioin. Please look for UNAC at the J20 resist action, which will gather at Columbus Circle starting at 6 am and march to the White House at 10 am. For more information, please go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1114075848690917 or here.
Many other action will take place in Washington, D.C. and cities all across the country and in several other countries. Please check with your local activist groups and calendars and participate in these actions.
The Women March on Washington looks to be extremely large and bring together hundreds of thousands of people. Buses have been organized from many cities. Please go to https://www.womensmarch.com/ for more information.
UNAC has joined the campaign of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms to free Muslim political prisoners
During this month of Ramadan, we remember the many innocent Muslim political prisoners who are seeking freedom. The National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, of which UNAC is a member is focusing on seven of them. Clemency Petition for five have been submitted. Please sign the support petitions below.
Demonstrations against NATO took place in New York and in many cities around the world
This is a link to the video of the anti-NATO demonstration in New York City on July 9 as the NATO summit was taking place in Warsaw, Poland. The demonstration was organized by UNAC, the US Peace Council, International Action Center, Vets for Peace, Peace action of New York and New Jersey, Black Agenda Report, BAYAN and several other groups.
The video was taken by Bahman Asad of the US Peace Coucil
UNAC Launches Odessa Solidarity Campaign
As you know, UNAC has been increasingly involved with supporting the anti-fascist movement in Odessa, Ukraine. (See http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/05/13/eyewitness-odessa-anti-fascist-resistance-in-ukraine/)
The situation in Odessa is getting more difficult as the right-wing federal government and the growing fascist movement try to suppress progressive voices. In response, we are now formalizing our work as the Odessa Solidarity Campaign, which will be an ongoing UNAC project.
UNAC Statement on the Elections
NO to TRUMP and his Racism!
NO to the War at Home!
We stand in solidarity with all oppressed people under attack at home and abroad!
We urge full participation in the anti-Trump demonstrations!
In reaction to Donald Trump’s election victory, tens of thousands of people, most of them youth, have taken to the streets across the country in militant protests to condemn the racism, sexism, Islamophobia and anti-immigrant bigotry that Trump represents. Many are fearful, especially immigrants, Muslims and LGBT people. Their rage and that of their supporters signify the movement that needs to be built to end racism, wars and the attacks on working people endemic in the U.S. today. [read more]
UNAC Supports Human Rights in Odessa, Ukraine
Report from UNAC Delegation to Odessa: Anti-Fascist Resistance in Ukraine
UNAC Launches Odessa Solidarity Web site.
As the situation in Ukraine continues to deteriorate economically and politically, Progressive and anti-fascist forces are coming under increasing attack. This is the case for the Odessa Council of Mothers of May 2, which was formed by relatives of these killed and wounded by the fascist attack on protesters at the House of Trade Unions in Odessa on May 2, 2014. In response, UNAC has initiated the Odessa solidarity campaign. The web site is here: www.odessasolidaritycampaign.org. Please go to the web site and support the campaign.
The NATO Summit & the Opposition
By Phil Wilayto
Poland’s beautiful capital city of Warsaw was locked down tight for the latest Summit meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as leaders of NATO’s 28 member countries gathered July 8 and 9 to make decisions that seriously increase the risk of war with Russia.
Despite the lovely weather, few locals were on the streets, long stretches of which were cordoned off. Uniformed police officers in bright neon-green vests seemed to be everywhere, many with weapons drawn. Helicopters whirred overhead, military vehicles rumbled over cobblestone streets and police sirens sounded as motorcades carried dignitaries to and from the National Stadium by the winding Vistula River where the NATO Summit was held. [read more]
UNAC Protests NATO in Warsaw and the U.S.