U.S. and Media attacks on Russia
Statement by the UNAC Administrative Committee
Day by day, the chorus of voices falsely warning of Russian “aggression” grows louder and more belligerent: Devious Russia hacked the U.S. presidential elections. Imperialist Russia took over Crimea. Manipulative Russia is behind the fighting in Donbass. Aggressive Russia is threatening Eastern Europe. Terrifying Russia is now “our” biggest foreign enemy.
Even many otherwise clear-headed progressives are affected by the propaganda coming from the Democratic Party and the mass media. Let’s step back a moment from the rhetoric and look at the overall picture to see who really is the aggressor here. [read more]
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:
Support the Black Alliance for Peace
UNAC Supports the work of the Black Alliance for Peace. Click here to read their statements: https://blackallianceforpeace.com/bapstatements/
BAP web site is here: https://blackallianceforpeace.com/
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]
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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/
Solidarity with the People of Odessa!
Justice for the Victims of the Massacre of May 2!
US, EU, NATO & IMF out of Ukraine!
No to Fascism - from Charlottesville to Odessa!
On May 2, 2014, the people of Odessa, Ukraine, experienced the worst civil atrocity in Europe since World War II. Scores of people died when a fascist-led mob chased a group of progressive activists into the five-story House of Trade Unions in Kulikovo Pole (square) - and then set it on fire. Some died from the flames, some from smoke inhalation, some from gunshot wounds. Some leapt from the building, only to be beaten to death when they hit the ground. Dozens of cellphone videos posted on the Internet clearly show that this was a mass lynching. Just google “May 2, 2014, Odessa.”
This May 2 marked the fourth anniversary of the massacre. In Odessa, thousands of people came to Kulikovo Pole to pay their respects for those who died there, defying threats by neo-Nazi organizations who had threatened to attack them.
Solidarity actions took place across Europe and the United States, honoring those who died on May 2, 2014, and supporting the demand of the people of Odessa for an international investigation.
UNAC’s Odessa Solidarity Campaign, in collaboration with solidarity organizations in Europe, has written a report of these actions, with photos and videos. Please CLICK HERE to read the report.
In May, 2016, UNAC supporters went to Odessa to join solidarity actions there. Reports of that trip can be found here: https://www.unacpeace.org/odessarpt.html
UNAC at the Left Forum
UNAC and the Black Alliance for Peace co-sponsored a panel at the Left Forum called, "Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad,"
This is a video of the panel: https://www.facebook.com/InterOccupy/videos/1943103559036171/
UNAC Statement in support of Ajamu Baraka and anti-imperialism, which were attacked by a small group of people at the Left Forum
At the Left Forum, a small group of people protested the anti-imperialist position that UNAC and the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) share. The protest was aimed at Ajamu Baraka of the BAP. It took the form of handing out a flyer and protesting at his plenary talk. UNAC wrote a statement in support of the position that the 2 organizations share. The statement can be found here:
UNAC to Protest NATO in Europe
UNAC will have a representative this summer at two important protests in Europe: during the last week in June in Germany at the U.S. Ramstein Air Force Base, which plays a key role in U.S. drone warfare, and on July 10-11 in Brussels, Belgium, where NATO is to hold its annual Summit at its new international headquarters. UNAC has a strong history of opposing NATO, including playing a leading role in organizing the 15,000-strong protest in Chicago when NATO met there in 2012, and also having representatives at protests at NATO Summits in Europe in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Our participation is important in helping to build an international movement against U.S. wars. You can support this work by making a special donation to help cover travel expenses. Click the donation button below.
Two incidents serve well to highlight peoples’ attorney Lynne Stewart’s extraordinary life in the service of humanity.
Charged with “conspiracy to aid and abet terrorism,” Lynne took the witness stand in early 2005 at the close of her nine-month frame-up trial presided over by Federal District Court Judge John Koeltl in New York City. Stewart was asked by her attorney, Michael Tigar, why she had issued a press release on behalf of her client, the "blind" Sheik and Egyptian cleric, Omar Abdel Rahman, when she knew that doing so was a violation of a Special Administrative Order (SAM) that prohibited Rahman from engaging in contact with anyone, anywhere, other than his attorneys. Rahman had been falsely convicted in 1995 of participating in a New York City terrorist conspiracy and was serving a life-sentence in Rochester, Minn.
The answer to that question, put to Stewart full square, stood at the core of her case. “Why not just appeal the SAM’s restrictions to a higher court?” Tigar continued. [read more]
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UNAC speaks at the World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi, Russia and at university meetings in Moscow
Statement on Venezuela
by UNAC & the Black Alliance for Peace
Mayday march in Venezuela not reported by the media
The United States has been conducting a brutal, 20-year-long campaign of destabilization against Venezuela in an attempt to cause “regime change” in that country. This has taken the form of economic sabotage and financial manipulation as well as support for the mobilization of right-wing forces in increasingly violent demonstrations. [read more]
Filipino Human Rights Activists Tortured and Interrogated at San Francisco Airport
A new stage of repression has been reached in the U.S. as Filipino human rights and peace activist, Jerome Succor Aba, 25 was detained, interrogated and tortured by Homeland Security when he arrived from the Philippines at the San Francisco airport. Jerome Aba is a Muslim from Mindanao where the repressive government of Rodrigo Duterte, with the aid of the United States, has been conducting a war against the people under the guise of a "war on terror."
Aba had been invited by the U.S. by the Conference of Catholic Bishops and several other religious organization for a speaking tour on the situation in the Philippines and Mindanao.
According to Jerome’s recounting to Karapatan, a Human Rights Alliance in the Philippines, Aba was held for 28 hours at SFO, and endured physical and psychological torture and harassment during his detainment. The entire time, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) held Aba incommunicado -- they violated his basic civil and political rights and withholding his access to a lawyer.
After this interrogation and torture, Aba was deported back to the Philippines where he was met by a member of the Philippine congress and human rights supporters.
BAYAN USA is a coalition of Filipino organizations in the U.S. and a member of UNAC.
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]
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
Upcoming Antiwar Actions
Women's March on the Pentagon
Called by Cindy Sheehan and others. UNAC is also a sponsor
October 20 - 21, 2018, Washington, DC
In response to the continuing march of military aggression by the USA and to put an antiwar agenda back on the table of activists, we are calling for an Women's (and allies) March on the Pentagon tentatively sent for the 51st anniversary of the 1967 big antiwar event in DC and subsequent march on the Pentagon that had 50,000 people....
For more information and to read more: https://www.facebook.com/events/184236778838247/?active_tab=about
Stop Trump's Military Parade planned for November 11, 2018
At a time when the United States’ military budget is growing, now constituting 57% of our federal discretionary spending, programs for domestic needs such as food, education, housing and health care are being cut and US militarization is infecting most of the countries of the world, our schools and our communities, President Trump plans to spend more than $30 million dollars to parade tanks and weapons through the streets of Washington, DC on Veteran’s Day weekend this November. While it is President Trump who is calling for the parade, both major political parties are responsible for escalating US militarization and aggression throughout the world. Members of Congress voted nearly unanimously to give the Pentagon $70 billion more than requested in the current budget and are complicit in antagonizing Russia, North Korea, Iran and Venezuela.
For more info and to read more: http://notrumpmilitaryparade.us/?r=unac
UNAC STATEMENT ON ISRAEL/U.S. WAR ON GAZA’S NAKBA PROTESTS AT APARTHEID WALL
For more than 70 years, Palestinians have endured the crimes of ethnic cleansing, dispossession, disenfranchisement, destruction, and death at the hands of apartheid Israel, with the unqualified backing of the United States, as well as the tolerance of this ongoing trampling on humanity and justice by the international community
As Israelis celebrate the May 14, 1948, anniversary of the establishment of their state, Palestinians on May 15 mark the Nakba (“Catastrophe”), the violent ethnic cleansing that forcibly expelled more than 800,000 Palestinians from more than 500 towns and villages that were destroyed or abandoned and annexed. The 1967 occupation drove out thousands more. Today, six million refugees live in the Occupied Territories of Gaza, the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, in squalid refugee camps in adjoining countries, and in the diaspora dispersed worldwide. Those who remain in Israel live as second-class citizens. [read more]
UNAC Statement on the Upcoming 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).
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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As the US commenced its missile attack on Syria, people took to the streets in dozens of cities around the country as part of the spring actions to end the wars at home and abroad. People rallied from coast to coast demanding an end to the bombing of Syria, an end to the Israeli murder of unarmed protesters in Gaza, to bring the troops home from the many theaters of US war and to close US military bases around the world.
The actions were sponsored by the broadest coalition of antiwar and social justice forces that has been able to come together in many years. This unity was enabled by the danger that the US military and its allies pose as they step up threats and military actions around the world. It represents a step in the direction of unifying antiwar and social justice forces to build the kind of movement in the US that the rest of the world is looking to us to build.
To see reports from many of the actions, please go here:
Prior to the Oakland rally, radio station KPFA held a one hour teach-in with organizers of the Oakland rally. That teach-in can be heard here:
Report of UNAC's Trip to Cuba
UNAC members were asked to speak at the World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi, Russia and in Moscow by peace activists from the region. The Sochi festival was attended by 30,000 young people from more than 150 different countries. Large delegations were present from Russia, Cuba, Syria, Venezuela, North Korea and many other countries. A small delegation was also present from the U.S., which included some members of various UNAC affiliated groups and others. [read more]
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]
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The extraordinary Lynne Stewart
By JEFF MACKLER
(Mackler was the West Coast Coordinator of the Lynne Stewart Defense Committee, Director of the Northern California-based Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, and a member of the Administrative Committee of the United National Antiwar Coalition.)
Lynne Stewart and Ralph Poynter with friends at a UNAC conference
UNAC STATEMENT ON JERUSALEM
The decision of the Trump administration to declare that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and that the US will move its embassy to Jerusalem is a violation of the rights of the Palestinian people, of international law and a number of United Nations resolutions. It is a bipartisan action which is supported by most Democrats and Republicans in Congress and by past presidents from both parties. It once again affirms Washington’s support for the brutal Zionist regime in Israel and its genocidal policies towards the Palestinian people. [read more]
U.S. Hands off Syria
(statement of the Hands off Syria Coalition of which UNAC is a founding member)
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]
Spring Mobilization to End the Wars at Home and Abroad held in more than 40 cities around the country.
Rallies demand hands off Syria and express solidarity with Palestine.
Afro-Colombian activists need your help
The U.S.-supported reactionary state of Colombia has been hunting down Afro-Colombian and Indigenous activists who have been struggling for their human rights on ancestral territories. After the Transatlantic Slave Trade began forcibly transporting Africans to Colombia in the 1520s, some Africans were able to break away and settle in rural environments, where they have lived for centuries as self-sustaining people.
Sara Quiñonez and Tulia Marys Valencia—daughter and mother, respectively—were arrested on April 20 on phony charges of narcotics trafficking and terrorism.
The Colombian government has already received so many messages of support for these sisters, the state apparently has disabled the email account.The best way you can support Sara and Tulia is by posting messages on social media. Tap this link for language you can use.
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]
The conference against U.S. Military Bases held over the weekend of
1/12 - 1/14 in Baltimore, MD was a big success
Attended by 200 people (space limited attendance) and viewed by thousands via live
streaming, the historic Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases, January 12-14, 2018
in Baltimore, brought together broad participation from the peace/antiwar US left along
with leaders fighting US/NATO aggression from around the world. Initiated by the U.S.
Peace Council, a significant coalition representing many organizations including UNAC, World Without War, Veterans for Peace, Black Alliance for Peace, International Action Center, Code Pink, WILPF, UFPJ and many other local and national peace and justice organizations (see list at www.NoForeignBases.org) came together to revitalize and connect the movements against the wars at home and the wars abroad to launch significant actions in the coming year. Over 250 organizations and 2000+ individuals endorsed the Unite Statement that was the basis for the conference. [read more]
For videos from the conference: here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLatnOpu3eZinYBvkVEku7VHjz4Vu21NJr
The conference also adopted 4 resolutions.
On Friday afternoon before the conference a successful rally was held in Baltimore against US foreign bases
for more information on the No bases coalition, which UNAC helped initieat: http://noforeignbases.org/