Hands Off Syria Coalition
The Hands off Syrian Coalition, of which UNAC is a founding member, 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 and to get involved with the coalition, please go to the Coalition's web site at:
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BAP web site is here: https://blackallianceforpeace.com/
US Peace and Solidarity Delegation goes to Venezuela
A 13-member peace and solidarity delegation from the United States landed in Caracas, Venezuela on the weekend of March 9 and 10 despite American Airlines, the main US airline that flies to Venezuela, cancelling some flights. The delegation including leaders of antiwar groups from the US and Canada including: Bahman Azad the organizational secretary of the US Peace Council, who was the sponsoring organization for the trip, Gerry Condon, pres. of Veterans for Peace, Sara Flanders, co-coordinator of the International Action Center, Ajamu Baraka, national coordinator of the Black Alliance for Peace, progressive journalist, Eva Bartlett, Joe Lombardo, co-coordinator of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), Sarah Martin from Women Against Military Madness, Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers of Popular Resistance, Darien De Lu, President of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom - US, Miguel Figueroa, president of the Canadian Peace Congress and Daniel Shea, board of directors, Veterans for peace. [read more]
U.S. Hands off Syria
(statement of the Hands off Syria Coalition of which UNAC is a founding member)
Coronavirus and the antiwar movement
The coronavirus is serious, and our movement needs to take it seriously. We must protect ourselves and each other. These are the sentiments that brought us to the movement in the first place. For a coalition like UNAC, which has always supported street demonstrations, face-to-face meetings and mass actions, we need to rethink our activity during this period. This means for now we need to rely more on social media and other non-contact forms of communication and protest. A good example of this was the recent Sanctions Kill panel that was organized from the San Francisco Bay Area by the International Action Center, the Alliance for Global Justice and co-sponsored by UNAC. We had projected a public forum as part of the weekend of actions to protest the unilateral sanctions that the US has imposed on countries that will not submit to the dictates of Washington and Wall Street.
To not spread the virus and to keep our movement safe, the public forum was changed to an on-line webinar that was also livestreamed on Facebook and viewed by thousands and had over 100 shares. The panel speakers were all able to speak from their homes through the Zoom platform, and people were able to ask questions and make comments. You can view the panel here. [read more]
No U.S. War on Iran!
United National Anti-War Coalition Statement on US aggression towards Iran and Iraq
The United States drone assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abd Mahdi al-Muhandis, along with eight others, was a war crime by any definition, violating both Iraqi sovereignty and international law. This criminal act carelessly risked sparking a wider, catastrophic war that would involve many nations and put millions of lives at risk. [read more]
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UNAC in Odessa to Support Memorial of those killed by Right-wing on May 2, 2014
Gathering for memorial of those massacred Fascist try to disrupt
UNAC members and friends traveled to Odessa to support the memorial of those killed by fascist forces on May 2, 2014 while they were protesting the US supported coup at Maidan Square. Once again the fascist forces tried to disrupt and held their own rally to "celebrate" what they consider a victor.
Please read the report by UNAC co-coordinator Joe Lombardo here
A second report of Maidan Square in Kiev can be seenhere
In Ukraine pro-fascist organizations have been supported by the police and the government. Many from ultra-rightest organizations are in the government. The anti-Maidan organizations also functions but face arrest and assassination and are driven underground. This is the government that the US supports.
United National Antiwar Coalition
More than a year ago organizations around the world came together in a collective statement to demand U.S. Hands off Syria. U.S. Hands Off Syria signers included more than 265 organizations and over 1,500 individuals. They agreed with the Hands Off Syria Coalition’s focus on opposing the criminal and illegal U.S. role in the 7 years of war and supported the demands and points of unity.
We must urgently raise our voices again.
The U.S. government has announced its continued determination to maintain a long-term military occupation of Syria and to create a border force of 30,000 on the Turkish and Iraqi border and the Euphrates Valley effectively partitioning Syria. This latest U.S. plan would separate the oil rich northern region from the rest of Syria and create a militarized mini-state, under U.S. contro [read more]
The strong-armed tactics and bluster from the Trump administration was deflated due to the diplomacy between North and South Korea initiated by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who was elected partly on the promise to cool down the tension between North and South Korea. Today, polls show that Moon enjoys a popularity rating of 85% in South Korea. The results of the diplomacy became visible to the entire world at the recent Winter Olympics in
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Seoul, South Korea, as a joint team from the North and the South marched into the stadium carrying a flag representing a unified Korea. The entire stadium of thousands, including dignitaries from the various countries represented, took to their feet in prolonged celebration, demonstrating the desire of the entire world for peace. The only people who remained seated were Vice President Pence and the right-wing president of Japan, Shinzo Abe. [read more]
UNAC Statement on the Bolivian Coup
The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) condemns the U.S. sponsored military coup in Bolivia and urges protests throughout the country. The U.S. uses the corporate media, the bipartisan imperialist consensus, and pressures members of the Organization of American State (OAS) to support its regime change efforts against nations in this hemisphere who oppose Washington's neo-liberal agenda.
rally for Evo Morales during elections
President Morales was the first indigenous president of Bolivia. When he was granted asylum by the Mexican government he said these words upon his arrival. "If I have committed a crime; it's being indigenous. If the Vice President has committed a crime; it's implementing social programs for the humble and poorest sectors seeking social justice." [read more]
War Propaganda and the Trump/Putin Summit
The relentless hue and cry denouncing the recent Trump/Putin summit meeting largely emanates from the so-called liberal establishment, the Democratic Party, and their partners in the corporate media. The Democrats hope to reverse electoral losses by vilifying Trump while simultaneously, once again, proving to be incapable of advancing critical policies that the people need and want. Many progressive people who claim to oppose Trump and his policies, are themselves shamefully supporting NATO and more aggressive policies and sanctions against North Korea and Russia. They express support for the “professional” FBI that has been responsible for COINTELPRO attacks on the Black movement and the left and the intelligence agencies that spy on everyone and engage in assassinations, war, and regime change. Robert Mueller, the Director of the FBI for 12 years, is falsely promoted as a hero and a possible savior of a non-existent democracy.
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US/Saudi Arabia, Stop Your War on Yemen
In recent weeks we have seen a huge escalation of the war against Yemen being waged by a coalition of forces that includes the United States, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, the UK and France. These forces have waged a relentless war against Yemen, the poorest Arab country. There has been continuous bombing of the country by Saudi Arabia, including hospitals, schools, food supplies, neighborhoods, infrastructure and other civilian targets. More than 14,600 civilians have been killed and injured and over three million people have been internally displaced. The devastation has been so bad that the country is now entirely dependent on outside aid as eight million Yemenis face famine. The worst cholera epidemic ever has caused over 1 million cases and resulted in more than 2,200 deaths.
US Imperialism Pulls Desperate Move in Venezuela
For years, the criminal government of the United States has attempted to remove the democratically elected president of Venezuela and discredit the peoples’ movement in that country that has been so successful in lifting millions of Venezuelans out of extreme poverty. Under the corrupt Trump administration alone, the United States has conducted multiple illegal attacks against President Nicolas Maduro and the people of Venezuela, including: failed assassination attempts by drone, poorly orchestrated military coups, the random declaration of political-nobody Juan Guaido as president of Venezuela, and the continuous use of deadly, multilateral sanctions (even in the midst of a global pandemic).
On Thursday March 26th, in yet another desperate move, the Trump administration announced charges of narco-terrorism against the two-time democratically elected Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro and a host of other top Venezuelan officials. US Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of Defense Mike Pompeo declared a $15 million reward for any information leading to the arrest of Maduro. With zero evidence to support their bold claims, the US is alleging that Maduro and other government officials oversaw the use of Venezuelan territory and resources to help the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to move cocaine to the US. [read more]
Many events canceled because the coronavirus
Many of the sanctions kill events had to be canceled because the coronavirus pandemic. Others were changed to on-line events. One such event was the public forum in the San Francisco Bay Area. To view this on-line webinar, clickhere.
See more about the movement against sanctions: https://sanctionskill.org/
Other UNAC supported actions that have been canceled are the Cyprus conference against NATO & Imperialism and the Conference to normalize relations between US and Cuba. This web site will let you know of the new dates for these events.
Free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning
(Update: Julian Assange has now been charged with espionage and faces life in prison. This is for telling the truth about U.S. war crimes. He is not a U.S. citizen. If this holds, any journalists, anywhere in the world who tells the truth about the U.S., and the U.S. government determines the story is against their interest can be subject to prosecution. This is the must severe violation of freedom of speech we have seen in decades. We must fight this with everything we can)
Julian Assange has been arrested and will be deported to the US to face criminal charges. Apparently, they want him for telling the truth about the war crimes the US committed in Iraq, which was revealed by Chelsea Manning. Part of what was revealed was the “Collateral Murder” video that was played at the first UNAC conference and introduced by Ethan McCord who was a soldier on the ground as the US military shot and killed Iraqi civilians from a helicopter and then killed the first responders as they came to help. As they were shooting, you can hear the US soldiers laughing as the people on the ground tried to scatter and many fell to their death. The video of Ethan McCord at the first UNAC conference can be seen here
This “Collateral Murder” video was released by Chelsea Manning to WikiLeaks. Today Manning sits in jail, unwilling to be questioned by a grand jury trying to get evidence to prosecute Julian Assange. Manning and Assange are heroes of the movement.
It was nice to see that Julian Assange would not willingly surrender to the UK police thugs and they required 7 thugs to carry him out.
What right does the US have to charge someone who is not a citizen of the US for revealing war crimes? Why is the media not standing behind him? This is an attack on the first amendment rights of all of us. The movement for peace and justice must come together and support Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.
The US always needs a major enemy (or many) to demonize in order to focus attention away from its real motives and crimes against humanity. Whether it’s foremost economic rivals like Russia and China or other countries not under its control like North Korea, Syria, and Iran, or whether it uses Islamophobia, racism and anti-immigrant attacks at home, its hatemongering and demonization policies serve to cover what is the real target of US imperialism: domination of world markets and exploitation of the world’s resources and people to the advantage of the super-rich in the US. [read more]
Rally in Yemen against US/Saudi War
Even before the war began, this impoverished country imported 90% of its food. The port of Hodeidah has been the primary entry point for food and other aid and is now the target of a new offensive by the US/Saudi/UAE coalition threatening mass starvation to get the Yemeni people to submit to their will. The recent attack on Hodeidah has included massive Saudi bombing of the port and a ground force that includes officers from the UAE leading anti-Ansar Allah Yemenis along with mercenaries, many from Sudan. This attempt to close the port of Hodeidah should be seen as a war crime. [read more]
Twenty Years of Genocide in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
For the past 20 years, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has experience genocide that has claimed the lives of 6 million people. The genocide has been enabled through US financing and arms. Please view the videos below for the explanation that you will never hear on the U.S. corporate media and go to the web site of Friends of the Congo for further information.
Friends of the Congo can be found here: http://congojustice.org
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The UNAC conference, a big step forward for the antiwar movement
Around 300 people registered for the national conference of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), which was held at the People’s forum in New York City over the weekend of February 21 – 23. This was the fifth national conference that was held by UNAC, which is also celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2020. The conference, which was titled “Rise Against Militarism, Racism and the Climate Crisis – Building Power Together,” brought together a range of experienced antiwar leaders and younger activists who are stepping into leadership of our movement.
Participants at the conference came from 27 states and 4 other countries. The conference was livestreamed. The livestreams were viewed by more than 5,000 people. The links to the videos are below [read more]
YouTube videos by Joe Friendly Livestreams
No Sanctions Panel Friday night
Medea Benjamin Saturday Panel 1 & 2
Opposing War & Imperialism panel Glen Ford (written & video at end)
Militarism, Racism & Climate Crisis Saturday Panel 3 & Gaza film
Make Peace an Election Issue Sunday
Seeing through the Fog of March on Greyhound
UNAC Statement on the U.S.-North Korea Summit
After months of harsh talk towards the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), during which he threatened to destroy the country in “fire and fury,” Donald Trump will meet with Kim Jong Un in Singapore. The world is hoping that the meeting will pull us away from the brink of nuclear war. This hope is understandably strong among Koreans, as reflected in a recent statement initiated by a host of Korean American organizations and signed by many other supporters. The statement calls for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula (read the statement here).
Report on the UNAC 2017 Conference
As activists met in Richmond, VA for the UNAC conference entitled “Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad: Building a Movement Against War, Injustice & Repression,” the US military was shooting down another Syrian plane from the skies over Syria, and the cop who murdered Philando Castile was being acquitted. Despite these realities, the conference and the movement took a huge step forward, as over 300 people registered for the conference, bringing together people from 31 states as well as nine foreign countries: Canada, Columbia, Hungary, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine and Venezuela. The conference was the most diverse byage, race and geography of any antiwar conference or meeting in recent history. [read more]
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.
Video, fascism in Ukraine:
Read documentation of the growth of fascism in Ukraine:
http://nepajac.org/ukraine%20evidence.pdf (please wait a few seconds for documentation to load)
UNAC members and friends have launced a new web site called "Ukraine After Maidan." This web site will focus on the ever increasing repression from the US supported right-wing governement of Kiev. To access the web site, please go here: https://ukraineaftermaidan.wordpress.com/
Support the Venezuelan Embassy Protectors Collective Defense
The Embassy Protection Collective was organized to stay in the Venezuelan Embassy with the aid of the government of Venezuela to protect it against those supported by the US who are trying to overthrow the elected government. When Embassy Protection Collective would not leave, organized right-wingers from Venezuela, Nicaragua and other countries tried to bully and intimidate those outside and inside the embassy, while police did nothing to stop this violence. One supporter was seriously injured and is in need of support (see below). Eventually, the US government, in violation of international law, entered the embassy and arrested those present. The arrested protectors now face 1 year in prison and a large fine. They are fighting the charges and need support for their defense. A defense committee has been set up to support them and estimates that they need to raise around $50,000 for their defense. You can go to the web site for the defense committee here: http://defendEmbassyProtectors.org or reach the committee by email here: admin@defendEmbassyProtectors.org. To get to the gofundme account to help Jason Charter who was injured by the right-wing crowd, go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/medical-and-living-expenses-for-injured-activist.