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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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]
UNAC, along with the Hands off Syria Coalition and other groups sponsored a 3 city speaking tour of Stephen Gowans author of “Washington’s Long War on Syria.”
for more information on the Hands off Syria Coalition: http://handsoffsyriacoalition.net
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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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/
At the end of World War Two, the city of Odessa in present-day Ukraine was declared a Hero City by the Soviet Union for its determined resistance to Nazi occupation. It’s a designation still valued by the people of this metropolis of a million people on the western shore of the Black Sea.
On May 2, 2016, Odessans once again showed their great capacity for courage. Defying threats by local and national fascist organizations, some 3-4,000 city residents, accompanied by international monitors from across Europe and the United States, gathered to pay their respects to the victims of a fascist massacre and press their demand for an international investigation. [read more]
Click here to read the UNAC initiated letter of support for the right of the people of Odessa to hold a memorial for those killed on May 2, 2014 along with the list of signers.
Click here for additional reports, videos and pictures from the UNAC delegation to Odessa.
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 last UNAC conference
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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]
ODESSA SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN:
Stop Government Repression Against Anti-Fascists in Odessa!
Free Alexander Kushnarev!
March 6, 2017 — It’s been nearly three years since the brutal massacre of 46 mostly young progressives by a neo-Nazi-led mob in the Ukrainian city of Odessa. Government repression and right-wing attacks against Odessans demanding justice for that atrocity have been constant, but now have entered a new and much more dangerous stage.
On Feb. 23, Alexander Kushnarev, the father of one of the young people murdered on May 2, 2014, was arrested by agents of the federal Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). Oleg Zhuchenko, chief prosecutor for the Odessan region, claims Kushnarev had been planning to kidnap and torture a member of the country’s Rada, or parliament. [read more]
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]
UNAC Protested the NATO Summit in Brussels, May 24 - 25
On Thursday, May 25 NATO held a summit in Brussels, Belgium. Brussels is also the home of NATO, which is now headquartered in a brand-new building at an expense of $1.5 billion, which the people of Belgium must pay.
The arrival of Trump in Brussels for the conference was big news and widely covered in the Belgium news media. Many comments in the media, and also heard on the streets, portrayed Trump as a clown. People wondered how such a person could be elected in the U.S. to lead NATO and to lead the world. [read more]
UNAC speaks at the World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi, Russia and at university meetings in Moscow
UNAC Launches Odessa Solidarity Campaign
As you know, UNAC has been increasingly involved with supporting the anti-fascist movement in Odessa, Ukraine. (See http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/05/13/eyewitness-odessa-anti-fascist-resistance-in-ukraine/)
The situation in Odessa is getting more difficult as the right-wing federal government and the growing fascist movement try to suppress progressive voices. In response, we are now formalizing our work as the Odessa Solidarity Campaign, which will be an ongoing UNAC project.
UNAC Supports Human Rights in Odessa, Ukraine
Report from UNAC Delegation to Odessa: Anti-Fascist Resistance in Ukraine
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/
US Foreign Military Bases Must Be Closed!
UNAC, along with other peace and justice organizations, has helped initiate a new coalition against US foreign military bases.
Please click the link below to read and endorse the Unity Statement: http://NoForeignBases.org
Save the Date: Conference on U.S, military bases
January 12 - 14, 2018
Learning Commons Town Hall
1415 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201
To register for the conference, click here: http://noforeignbases.org/conference-on-u-s-foreign-military-bases/
Read a paper on U.S. Foreign Military Bases delivered by UNAC at the Fourth International Seminar for Peace and the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases held in Guantanamo, Cuba: http://nepajac.org/basespaper.htm
This campaign, which has been endorsed by Odessa’s Council of Mothers of May 2, will continue to support the Mothers and their call for an international investigation into the massacre of scores of progressives on May 2, 2014, as well as educating the public about the role of the U.S. in the developing economic and political crisis in Ukraine as a whole. This crisis must be seen in the context of the continuing U.S.-led NATO expansion into Eastern Europe, which violates an agreement the U.S. made with Russia at the time of the fall of the Soviet Union The result has been the military encirclement of Russia, creating a dangerous situation with a major nuclear power.
Please visit the new OSC website at www.odessasolidaritycampaign.org, sign the Council of Mothers’ petition for an international investigation and sign up to receive updates from the campaign. If you’re interested in being more active in this effort, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or UNACpeace@gmail.com and we will help you get involved.
UNAC hosted a panel at the Left Forum in New York City on June 3
The Panel was called, "The Twin Parties of Imperialist War." Saturday,
The speakers included:
Abayomi Azikiwe - UNAC Admin Cmty and Michigan Emergency Cmty Against War & Injustice
Ajamu Baraka - Black Alliance for Peace and Green Party
Margaret Kimberley - UNAC Admin Cmty and Black Agenda Report.
Joe Lombardo - UNAC co-coordinator
Click here for a video of the panel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJ0XDWCVMes&feature=youtu.be
UNAC also helped organize a panel hosted by the Hands Off Syria Coalition called No to US Intervention in Syria – Keeping the antiwar movement focused on US Wars."
The Speakers included:
Bahman Azad - HOSC Coord. Cmty, U.S. Peace Council
Judith Bello - Syria Solidarity Movement, UNAC Admin Cmty
Sara Flounders - HOSC Coord. Cmty, International Action Center, UNAC Admin. Cmty
Tarak Kauff - Veterans For Peace
Click here for a video of the panel: https://youtu.be/FCS86SXbhGU
UNAC leaders joined with others at the Solidarity & Fightback Conference in Toronto, Canada over the weekend of August 4 - 6
UNAC banner at march from conference on the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing
for a full report from the conference organizers, please go here:
Thirty-four actions across the country mark the 16th anniversary of the war on Afghanistan
From October 2 – 8, 2017, Thirty-four actions across the country marked the 16th anniversary of U.S. war on Afghanistan, the longest foreign war in U.S. history. Sixteen years after the invasion of Afghanistan, the U.S, puppet government and U.S. forces only control about 60% percent of the country, and no area of the country is safe from attack. Under the Obama administration, the Afghan war was escalated as Obama increased U.S. troop strength to 100,000. At the same time, there were 40,000 troops from other NATO countries in Afghanistan as well as 88,000 U.S. paid mercenaries (or “contractors” as the U.S. media likes to call them). Despite this buildup of occupation forces, the U.S. was not able to pacify Afghanistan, one of the poorest countries in the world. The lesson of this war is that whenever an occupation force tries to impose its will on another country, there will always be resistance.
With the failure of the Obama administration’s escalation of the Afghanistan War, troops were again reduced. As the Trump administration took office, they bombed Afghanistan with the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used, they have promised a new escalation in the number of troops on the ground, and they have dramatically increased the bombing.
Therefore, the U.S. antiwar movement came together around the 16th anniversary of the war and called for action.
Bring all the troops home now!
Money for jobs and education, not war and occupation!
End all racist wars at home and abroad!
To see reports on actions and a listing of the actions, please go here: http://notowar.net.
To see the call to action and the signers, please go here: http://notowar.net/no-to-war-call-to-action/
Please go here to send a report on your action:http://notowar.net/share-your-action/
Report on the International Day of Solidarity with the People of Odessa
On April 10, 2017, more than two dozen organizations in 19 cities in 12 countries across Europe and North America together called on the government of Ukraine to immediately release all political prisoners and end the current wave of repression against relatives of the victims of the fascist-led massacre at Odessa’s House of Trade Unions on May 2, 2014. April 10 is a date of great significance to all Odessans, as it marks the day in 1944 when Odessa was liberated from years of fascist occupation. The Odessa Solidarity Campaign thanks everyone who participated in this effort and we look forward to working more closely with you in the future. For the full report, please CLICK HERE.
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]
Speaking Tour for Stephen Gowans
The Ultra-Right-Wing Agenda of Donald Trump is met with Mass Protests throughout the U.S. and the World
By all accounts, the mass upsurge that has emerged since the election of the ultra-right-wing billionaire Donald Trump has been unprecedented for a new president. The naked racism, misogyny, xenophobia and militarism that mark Trump’s agenda has awakened millions who had been lulled into inaction under the previous administration. [read more]
United National Antiwar Coalition
To see a video of the New York City meeting click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVBQqHn0348&feature=youtu.be
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
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]
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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