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]
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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:
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
UNAC speaks at the World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi, Russia and at university meetings in Moscow
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]
Peace Congress Calls For Unity Around April 4 NATO Protests
Donald Trumphad proposed to hold a military parade on Veterans Day in Washington, DC. However hundreds of groups had started organizing to bring masses of activists to DC to oppose the parade and Trump decided to cancel it. However, antiwar forces decided to continue to build antiwar actions during that weekend, which included a Peace Congress and support for a Veteran's antiwar action to reclaim Armistice Day. Below is an article by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flower on the actions. Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers played a central role in organizing the Peace Congress.
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.
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]
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 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).
UNAC Statement on the Present Russia - Ukraine Crisis
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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U.S. Hands off Syria
(statement of the Hands off Syria Coalition of which UNAC is a founding member)
A Call for a Mass Mobilization to Oppose NATO, War & Racism
Protest NATO, Washington, DC, Lafayette Park (across from the White House)
1 PM Saturday, March 30, 2019.
Additional actions will take place on Thursday April 4 at the opening of the NATO meeting
April 4, 2019, will mark the 51st anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., the internationally revered leader in struggles against racism, poverty and war.
And yet, in a grotesque desecration of Rev. King’s lifelong dedication to peace, this is the date that the military leaders of the North American Treaty Organization have chosen to celebrate NATO’s 70th anniversary by holding its annual summit meeting in Washington, D.C. This is a deliberate insult to Rev. King and a clear message that Black lives and the lives of non-European humanity really do not matter. [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/
Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have risen sharply following the Nov. 25 seizure of three Ukrainian naval vessels and the detention of 24 Ukrainian sailors by the Russian navy. The incident took place as the vessels were attempting to pass from the Black Sea through the narrow Kerch Strait into the Sea of Azov, a shallow body of water bounded by Ukraine to the northwest and Russia to the southeast. After the incident, Russia blocked some additional naval traffic through the strait.
Ukraine is calling the Russian actions a violation of international law, while Russia says the Ukrainian ships attempted an unauthorized passage through Russian territorial waters. [read more]
From November 20, 2016 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/
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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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]
UNAC Statement on the CNN Firing of Marc Lamont Hill
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.
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.”
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.
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
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]
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]
Temple University professor and CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill was fired from CNN after giving a powerful speech at the United Nations in support of Palestinian rights. The Nov. 29, 2018, U.N. meeting was to commemorate the 70th year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The meeting also fell on the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, when 700,000 Palestinians were forced from their homes by the newly declared state of Israel and hundreds of Palestinian towns and villages were emptied and destroyed.
Marc Lamont Hill spoke of the many violations of Palestinians’ human rights by the authorities in Israel. Not one fact that he mentioned in his talk was disputed by CNN, but his contract was terminated with a simple statement that said, “Marc Lamont Hill is no longer under contract with CNN.” [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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Report on the First International Conference Against US/NATO Military Bases
Dublin, Ireland, November 16 - 18, 2018
Many UNAC leaders and members participated in the First International Conference against US/NATO Military Bases, which was held on November 16-18 at Liberty Hall in Dublin, Ireland and attended by more than 300 activists from 35 countries. Around 60 people registered from the US.
The conference was organized by the Global Campaign Against US/NATO Military Bases of which UNAC is a founding member. The campaign has been endorsed by over 700 organization internationally. [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.
Support Julian Assange
Journalist Julian Assange spent his career revealing what presidents, prime ministers, and CEOs don’t want the people to know. Journalists have a right, indeed an obligation to share information, particularly the information that powerful people want to keep hidden.
That is why he has been a prisoner in the Ecuadorean embassy in London for the past six years. He sought asylum there with a justifiable fear that a now dismissed charge of sexual assault in Sweden would put him in the hands of American authorities. [read more]