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.


To see a video of the New York City meeting click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HOgPsZkCM8

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]

Statement by UNAC on the US missile attack on Syria
 









Stop the U.S. Bombing of Syria! 

U.S. Out of Syria and the Middle East Now!


On Thursday, April 6, the Trump administration launched 60 Cruise Tomahawk missiles from its offshore Mediterranean warships at Syria's al-Sshayrat military airfield near Homs, Syria’s third largest city. The U.S. strikes obliterated substantial portions of Syria's military capacity there. Trump's action came a day after Democrat Hillary Clinton urged the U.S. bombing of Syria [read more]


Speaking Tour for Stephen Gowans

                                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.

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]

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 contact@odessasolidaritycampaign.org or UNACpeace@gmail.com and we will help you get involved.   

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:

http://HandsoffSyriaCoalition.net.

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]

UNAC Supports Human Rights in Odessa, Ukraine

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Report from UNAC Delegation to Odessa: Anti-Fascist Resistance in Ukraine

UNAC's Statement in support of those arrested at anti-Alt-KKK Protest in Charlottesville, VA

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]

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.
 

    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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Report on the UNAC 2017 Conference





                        





          Panel at the conference                                     Workshop at the 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 by age, race and geography of any antiwar conference or meeting in recent history. [read more]      


View the videos of the entire conference here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLatnOpu3eZimt5YieDM5MFzDPGe0ZQgzI            


Read the action proposal from the conference: http://nepajac.org/actionproposal2017.htm


View the conference web site: http://www.unacconference2017.org/p/participants.html


Read a report on the conference in Black Agenda Report by Margaret Kimberley: https://www.blackagendareport.com/unac_brings_powr_to_the_people

 The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) declares its solidarity with the more than 2,500 anti-racists who turned out July 8 in Charlottesville, Virginia, to oppose a rally by the white-supremacist Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. We call for the immediate dropping of all charges against the 22 people arrested on July 8. [read more]

                                         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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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

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

Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DAvD3DY_ME&t=3s

               http://africasacountry.com/2014/02/the-question-of-international-aid/

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:

https://youtu.be/APR5E4d3GKQ.

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 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.

*** Hear UNAC co-coordinator speak at the World Peace Council anti-NATO meeting in Brussels, click here ***

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 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 (sorry for the strange angle): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qGZeLcYEbc

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

United National Antiwar Coalition

Support Arrested Youth Leaders in the Congo 
               

 In late June, the Congolese military picked up and detained Jean-Marie Kalonji and Sylva Mbikayi of the youth-led organization Quatrieme-Voie/Il Est Temps.









                                                   Sylva Kabanga Mbikayi                                Jean-Marie Kalonji

Jean-Marie and Sylva remain detained without charge or access to their family or legal representation. They are still in the Military Detection of Unpatriotic Activities (DEMIAP) detention camp where detainees are often tortured and rarely heard from again. [read more]

for more information: email: info@friendsofthecongo.org, phone: 202-584-6512web: http://www.friendsofthecongo.org