United National Antiwar Coalition
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]
Rebellion in Colombia
Click on the image above to view the recent UNAC sponsored webinar with, Ajamu Baraka, Charo Mina-Rojas, William Camacaro, and James Jordan. Moderated by Margaret Kimberley
Julian Assange Appeal & the First Amendment
Speakers included: Alice Walker, Mumia Abu-Jamel, Nathan Fuller and Joe Lombardo with Jeff Mackler moderating
Father and Brother of Julian Assange to tour the U.S.
During the month of June
The father and brother of award-winning Australian journalist Julian Assange will undertake a nationwide tour of the United States from June 6 – July 2, calling on the U.S. government to drop its prosecution and finally let Julian come home.
Kevin Zeese — Presente!
Kevin Zeese, co-director of Popular Resistance passed away on September 6. Kevin has been a member of the UNAC Administrative Committee and playing a critical roles in numerous actions including our conference this spring and collaborations like the No Foreign Bases Coalition, the Hands Off Syria Coalition, the Sanctions Kill Coalition and others. Last summer he initiated and led the Embassy Protection Collective who stayed to protect the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC after the Venezuelan Ambassador was forced to leave. Below is a video of a recent interview. It was part of series of interview done with members of the UNAC Administrative Committee.
UNAC is a founding member of the Sanctions Kill Coalition. Unilateral economic sanctions is the perfered way that the US has sought regime change recently in countries that will not follow the dictates of Washington and Wall Street. Crippling sanctions have been imposed on 39 countries and have been even increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information, please go to the Sanctions Kill web site at: https://sanctionskill.org/
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/
(now more than ever)
The two Sanctions Kill webinars, hosted by UNAC were important steps in the fight against US imposed Sanctions
Thousands attended through Zoom, Facebook and YouTube
View the first webinar here.
View the second webinar here.
The speakers at the webinars included:
Venezuela – Vice Minister for North America, Carlos J. Ron Martinez
Syria – Syrian Ambassador to the UN, Bashar Ja’afari
Nicaragua – Nicaragua Ambassador to the US, Francisco O Campbell
Cuba – Ana Silvia Rodriguez Abascal, Charge des Affaires, Permanent
Cuban Mission to UN,
Zimbabwe - Represented by Omawale Clay
Iran - Majid Takkt-Ravanchi, Ambassador to the United Nations
and Sayed Hosein Mousavian, Retired Iranian Ambassador
Palestine - Dr. Medhat Abbas, Director of Primary Care, speaking from Gaza
Yemen - Dr. Yahyia Mohammed Saleh Murshed, Union of Arab Academics,
speaking from Sana’a University, Yemen
Korea DPRK - Dr Kee Park, Harvard Medical School neurosurgery doctor,
who volunteers in DPRK
The US has imposed economic sanctions against 39 countries. In many cases, this denies them access to medicine and medical equipment as well as access to world markets for food and other necessities. During the coronavirus crisis the US, with the highest death count in the world, has upped the sanctions against countries like Iran and Venezuela, and has tried to weaponize COVID-19 to bring down governments that will not follow the dictates of Washington and Wall Street. The UN has asked that sanctions be loosened during this crisis but the US has done the opposite. Many US allies have broken with them and sent medical aid to some of these countries. Now is an important time for the people in the US to come out strongly against these sanctions, which are simply war by other means.
For more information on the Sanctions Kill campaign please go to the website at: http://sanctionskill.org. Also look at the important resource section on the website.
Sign the Open Letter to the Government of the US and the UN to end sanctions now
Visit the UNAC Blog for articles on important issues written by UNAC members and friends
Youth Against Empire
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]
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.
Sign-on Statement on Syria
An open letter was published by some pro-western Syrian expats with over 100 signatories including some well known western 'left' activists. The letter, titled “Erasing people through disinformation: Syria and the ‘anti-imperialism’ of fools”, is a deliberately insulting attack on individuals and organizations, including UNAC, that actively support Syrian sovereignty and challenge the right of the U.S. ant it's allies to attack and starve the Syrian people "for their own good". We wonder which people they think are being erased by our support for Syrian sovereignty and the human rights of the Syrian people.
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.
Click the image below to view a video on the present situation in Haiti.
Report on the UNAC 2020 Conference
US/UN Out Of Haiti
The US-backed de facto president of Haiti Jovenel Moïse is refusing to leave office even though his term ended on February 7. Moïse and his Western allies - the US, Canada, Brazil, France, Spain and the European Union - are trying to push through a new constitution that takes power away from the people.
The Wars Come Home
UNAC Statement on the Current Uprising
Defend Black Lives!
NO Police State! NO Military Dictatorship!
Release all arrestees! NO more attacks on anti-racist protesters!
The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) stands in solidarity with communities across the country who are rising up in protest against racist police violence. As Donald Trump calls for the deployment of the U.S military in response to these national protests, UNAC condemns the use of any police and military forces being deployed to violently suppress these protests. We call on all anti-war activists to help organize or join in these actions demanding justice and an end to the state-terror being inflicted upon black and brown communities within this country.
The ongoing protests began in Minnesota on Monday May 25, 2020 in response to the murder of George Floyd, a 46-year old black man, by four police officers in the city of Minneapolis. The horrific killing was caught on multiple videos which revealed two cops pinning an already handcuffed Floyd facedown to the ground, one cop standing over him, and a fourth one pressing his knee into the victim’s neck for nearly nine minutes even as he cried, “I can’t breathe,” and soon became unresponsive. Floyd died moments later. [read more]
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]
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]
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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/
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No to U.S. War Threats Against China
UNAC Statement on China
The Biden administration is intensifying its aggression against China. The Pentagon’s new Pacific Deterrence Initiative includes increasing the U.S. military’s encirclement of China and deploying nuclear missiles that had previously been banned by the U.S.-signed Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
Recently, President Biden met with leaders of Japan, India and Australia – what has become known as the “Quad,” a military and economic alliance against China. The Pentagon is calling for its annual Pacific budget to be doubled over last year’s $multi billion allocation. Read More
View the recent webinar of the UNAC Youth Against Empire
No War on Iran
Click on the image below to view the video
After the DNC & RNC: We Can't Breathe!
The murderers of Breonna Taylor have been let off the hook, just like the US war criminals overseas are never prosecuted. After the Democratic and Republican party conventions it is clear that neither of the two major parties have addressed the police killings, the wars, the health care crisis, the economic crises or any of the other problems that face people in the US today. However you vote on November 3rd, and regardless of who gets in by vote, fraud, or force, it will be important for our movement to stay in the streets and build an independent movement that will address the issues that are facing us. The videos below are representatives of many organizations that understand this and can help lead such a movement.
Recently, UNAC hosted this online rally Called, "After the DNC and RNC: We Can't Breathe - Keep it in the streets against Racism, Evictions and War." Below are the speakers. By clicking on the image, you can hear their talk (each talk is about 3 minutes).
The Venezuelan Election, a blow to US Imperialism
Hear from people who observed the elections as election observers and journalists.
Click on the image to view the video of the webinar
Speakers include: Margaret Flowers, Vijay Prashad, Bahman Azad and Zoe PC
The case of Alex Saab - US abduction of Venezuelan diplomat, a global challenge
With the possible extradition of a Venezuelan diplomat to the US on bogus charges, an emergency human rights delegation organized by the International Campaign to Free Alex Saab was quickly dispatched to Cabo Verde, where he is imprisoned. This island archipelago nation off the west coast of Africa is one of the smallest, poorest, and geographically isolated countries in the world.
The international human rights delegation did not gain Alex Saab’s freedom. They were even denied a visit with him. But breakthroughs were made raising the visibility of the case, which involves enormous political, legal, and moral issues with long-term political consequences.
Emergency Rolling Call In & Twitter Storm:
Stop the Arms Sale to Israel!
Initiated by Youth Against Empire
Building the Antiwar Movement Under the Biden Administration
A webinar by the UNAC Administrative Committee
UNAC Statement on Ukraine and Russia
The United States, NATO and the Ukrainian government are escalating their provocation of Russia, risking war with a nuclear power. It is urgent that the anti-war movement oppose this.
Result of Ukraine shelling of Donetsk Ukraine Azov regiment show their Nazi sympathy
In recent days, Russia has recalled its ambassador to the US after Biden broke with diplomatic protocol and called Putin a “killer.” This from the leader of the US that has forces in 172 countries around the world and has killed millions in recent years through its military adventures. [read more]
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.