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.
Protest NATO in Warsaw and the U.S.
UNAC, along with the U.S. Peace Council, Veterans for Peace and several other groups have initiated a call for a rally in New York City on July 9, 2016 while NATO is meeting in Warsaw, Poland to protest NATO and its aggressive expansion. Other protests will be held in other cities in the U.S. and UNAC is sending a representative to Poland to join the anti-NATO protests there and to speak at the rally and alternative summit that is being organized. The New York rally will take place at 2 PM on Saturday, July 9, at the Army Recruiting Center in Times Sq. (200 W. 43rd St., New York, NY 10036). Please join the Facebook event and share it with your Facebook friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/1053434091370821/1053839784663585/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity¬if_id=1466348341431509.
We urge UNAC affiliated groups and others to organize NATO protests in your area. Besides New York, there are protests being planned in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. The Facebook event for the Los Angeles rally is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1224163647607345/.
To have your organization endorse the protests, please go here: http://uspeacecouncil.org/?p=2954
The full text of the call with the initiating groups can be found here: http://nepajac.org/natoprotest.htm
Report of UNAC's Trip to Cuba
Join us to win #Justice4Rasmea by attending Rasmea’s next court hearing in downtown Detroit, Michigan, on Monday, June 13th, 2016, at 10 AM Eastern time!
Rasmea and her defense committee recently won a huge victory, as the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals sent her case back to trial judge Gershwin Drain, saying he had wrongfully barred the testimony of a torture expert that was critical to the defense. At the trial, Rasmea was not allowed to tell the entire story of her arrest and forced confession in Palestine in 1969, when she endured over three weeks of vicious sexual, physical, and psychological torture at the hands of the Israeli military [Read more]
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.
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.
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]
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]
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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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.
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UNAC Supports Human Rights in Odessa, Ukraine
Report from UNAC Delegation to Odessa: Anti-Fascist Resistance in Ukraine
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]
UNAC Participation in the Eastern European Social Forum
The Orlando murders were a horror and a tragedy, but not a surprise. As our hearts go out to the innocent victims and their loved ones, we see that the targets of the shooter’s rage – in this case, mainly LGBTQ individuals and Latino’s – are not accidental. These are maligned groups in a society that is historically racist, homophobic, and against all immigrants who are not white Europeans. The United States commits the most violent, extremist, xenophobic, racist and murderous hate crimes on a giant swath of the world and glorifies domestic violence as well in the interests of the corporate class, including the weapons industry. Of course, the fact that this shooter was a Muslim triggers the Islamophobia that has been particularly virulent since 9/11. Mass murders in the U.S. are becoming almost routine with only the targets and the numbers of victims varying. [read more]
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