The US will attempt to extradite Julian Assange on October 26 when they will appear in a UK court to press their case. The US wants to put him in prison for up to 175 years for the crime of telling the truth, including about the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Julian Assange exposed information on war crimes, committed by the US that they wanted to keep quite.
Leading up to the court hearing on October 26, the world will protest. UNAC, which is a member of the Julian Assange Defense Committee will join these protests and calls for protests in their local areas. Julian's revelations have been essential in getting out the truth of US wars. UNAC calls for all actions, including demonstrations, vigils, webinars, on-line actions, banner drops and more on or around the weekend of Oct 23 and 24 to protest the attacks on Assange, to support freedom of the press and speech and to protest the continuing US wars. Please plan an action and let us know by sending the information the UNACpeace@gmail.com. The Assange support website, http://assangedefense.org and UNAC will publish the information.
UNAC‘s answer to an attack on our anti-imperialism that was printed in the Nation.
Recently, there have been increased attacks on the peace movement from “progressives” for our consistent opposition to U.S. intervention in other countries. A recent sign-on letter was produced with hundreds of signatures attacking our opposition to outside intervention in Syria. UNAC answered that letter with our own sign-on letter explaining our position on Syria. Our letter got over 1300 individual and organizational co-signers from 50 different countries. That letter can be seen here.
Now, the Nation has published an attack piece by Professor Gilbert Achcar, who considers himself a socialist. Achcar's article singles out 3 organizations, the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) and the US Peace Council from the United States and the Stop the War Coalition from Britain. Below is a statement from UNAC answering this attack.
These attacks do not happen in a vacuum. Since the Biden election, there has been increased activity on the part of the US administration in Syria, increased propaganda aimed at China and Russia and a continuation of Trump’s policies against Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, and other countries as well as support for Israel and its horrific attacks on the Palestinian people. The article in the Nation and other outlets give left cover to the imperialists. These attacks serve the interest of the new Democratic administration to silence the peace movement. But, we have no intention of being silent.
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.
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/
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]
Julian Assange Appeal & the First Amendment
Speakers included: Alice Walker, Mumia Abu-Jamel, Nathan Fuller and Joe Lombardo with Jeff Mackler moderating
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.
(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
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Youth Against Empire
For information of the UNAC initiated youth antiwar group, Youth Against Empire, click here.
Ban nuclear weapons starting with the US!
Remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki
On August 6, we will once again recognize one of the most horrendous events ever to take place in human history. On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the largely residential city of Hiroshima. Three days later they dropped a second nuclear bomb on the city of Nagasaki. As many as 250,000 people, men, women and children were annihilated and many more died subsequently from the wounds, radiation poisoning and radiation-induced cancers. The United States is the only country to ever drop a nuclear bomb on people.
The stated reason for this barbaric act was to hasten the end of World War II. But many historians believe that Japan was ready to surrender before the dropping of the bomb especially once the Soviet Union entered the war against Japan and moved its forces into Manchuria. Germany had already surrendered, and Japan stood alone. At the time, some argued that the bomb should be dropped in Tokyo Bay in the water where it would have done far less damage and Japan’s leaders could see its destructive potential, but the decision was made to drop it on Hiroshima and then Nagasaki. Once was not enough, they had to do it twice. [read more]
Hands off Cuba! End the Blockade!
During his press meeting on Monday, President Biden claimed to support the people of Cuba, some of whom have protested in recent days. But the U.S. maintains a blockade of the country that denies the people food, medicine, fuel and trade with other countries. It is this economic hardship, imposed by U.S. policy which is the reason for the protest. At the same time that Biden and the U.S. government cry crocodile tears for the Cuban people, they are strangling them to death with the blockade. Yet, we did not hear a peep from Biden during the months of protest by the Haitian people demanding that the U.S puppet Jovenel Moise leave office when his term ended, or when the Colombian people flooded their streets demanding their democratic rights from the right-wing, U.S. supported government of Ivan Duque.
Statement by UNAC on the Situation in Cuba.
The United National Antiwar Coalition stands firmly with the Cuban people and their revolutionary government against any US intervention in Cuba’s affairs. We continue our calls to lift the punitive US blockade of Cuba that has caused humanitarian shortages and been tightened during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The recent disruptions inside Cuba have all the hallmarks of a coordinated campaign to lay groundwork for US intervention, following the regime change playbook used by the United States in nearby Venezuela and Nicaragua, as well as in countries like Libya and Syria to disastrous effect. They coincide with a massive social media offensive featuring hundreds of anonymous accounts that attack public figures who defend Cuba, and spread provocative disinformation like recycled footage from protests in other countries. The United States State Department has spent millions of dollars attempting to turn the masses of Cuban people against the revolution for years. Anti-government organizations such as the Cuban Human Rights Observatory and Cuban Institute for the Freedom of Expression and the Press have received millions from known CIA front groups, such as the National Endowment for Democracy and United States Agency for International Development (USAID). [read more]
Report on the UNAC 2020 Conference
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
Important Sanctions Kill Webinar
On September 12, the Sanctions Kill coalition, of which UNAC is a founding member, held an important webinar call "North American Solidarity Activists Speak Out. Please click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BLAw0q7FPI&t=200s or the image below to view the webinar.
The webinar also introduced and important major repost called, "The Impact and Consequences of the US Sanctions." You can now read or download the report here.
For more information on the Sanctions Kill coalition: http://sanctionskill.org
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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 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]
Events are happening very fast in the world today but perhaps none faster than the rapid advance of the Taliban and the fall of the US puppet regime in Afghanistan. It is reported that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country with four cars and a helicopter full of cash.
Teliban fighters in the Presidential Palace in Kabul
Perhaps we were not prepared for the rapid fall of the US supported Afghan government and forces because we have not been told the truth throughout the 20-year occupation and war. The US supposedly went into Afghanistan to capture Osama Bin Laden who they held responsible for the attacks on 9/11. The Taliban government said they would turn him over to an international court if shown proof of his involvement, but rather than do that, the US attacked and occupied the country and turned the government over to a group of war lords from the Northern Alliance. That was supposed to bring democracy to Afghanistan. Twenty years later the Taliban has returned stronger than ever. [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]
United National Antiwar Coalition
We are the Camp of Peace and Anti-Imperialism
By the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
Gilbert Achcar’s article in The Nation entitled, “How to Avoid the ‘Anti-Imperialism’ of Fools,” argues that the anti-imperialism of the peace movement has changed over time. During the time of the Vietnam War, he contends, we all opposed U.S. imperialism’s involvement, but today is different. The peace movement today is wrong to oppose U.S. imperialist interventions in Syria, Libya and other countries, in Achcar’s opinion. In his attack piece, he specifically condemns three organizations, the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) and the U.S. Peace Council, both based in the United States, and the Stop the Wars Coalition from Britain. All three include leaders who have been active in the peace movement from the Vietnam War era to the present. All three have remained consistent in condemning U.S. imperialism’s wars around the world, including its drone wars, sanction wars, CIA Special Operation wars, privatized mercenary army wars and embargo/blockade wars.
It is not the trajectory of the anti-imperialists that has been inconsistent and needs to be examined but the journey of Achcar himself, from his opposition to the Vietnam War to his support to U.S. and British imperialism, which even includes training British military personnel. (1)(2) [read more]
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
UNAC Supports Odessa Solidarity Movement.
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)
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.