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End the Wars at Home and Abroad from Portland to Afghanistan








     US Troops in Iraq                                  US Troops in Portland        

​The antiwar movement’s slogan, “End the wars at home and abroad” has never been more meaningful.  As we see the federal forces in Portland and other cities in unmarked uniforms snatching people from the streets, we know that these are similar tactics used by US forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries where they operate.​  [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]  

Sanction Kill










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/


In response, we have published an open letter "In Support of the Syrian People".  So far we have over 1000 signatures including 60 organizational signatures.  You can read and sign the letter ** HERE **


Click here to sign this open letter

Julian Assange Appeal & the First Amendment

​View the recent webinar by clicking here or the image below

Speakers included: Alice Walker, Mumia Abu-Jamel, Nathan Fuller and Joe Lombardo with Jeff Mackler moderating










UNAC has issued a call to strengthen the antiwar movement during this period.  Below is the wording that will discussed at a an open meeting of the the Coordinating Committee at the end of February.  Please check back at the web site for more details.  The wording of the call is below:


         Call to strengthen the antiwar movement
                                                     2/5/21

The Biden/Harris administration made it clear during its transition and first days in office that it will continue the dangerous foreign policies of its predecessors and escalate US aggression and domination around the world. From the cabinet choices, which include torture supporters and architects of the current wars, to the open support for a failed coup leader in Venezuela and for Trump’s devastating actions against Palestinians to escalations against Syria, Iran, Russia and China, the Biden/Harris administration is a threat to global peace and well-being. [read more]

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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. 









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 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]

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]

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.

Click the image below to view a video on the present situation in Haiti.









https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkFVMb7BGng
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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).


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

​​​​​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.


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.




                          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]

Building the Antiwar Movement Under the Biden Administration
A webinar by the UNAC Administrative Committee


Click here or the image below to view the recent webinar








View the recent webinar of the UNAC Youth Against Empire 

No War on Iran

Click on the image below to view the video














(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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                         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.

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                                                                       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 Statement on the Right-wing Mob Attack at the Capitol Building

​​While largely peaceful demonstrations against police killings of African Americans have been met by violent repression, the attempted takeover of the US Capitol by a white supremacist mob saw very light security and even collaboration.

When UNAC organized a peaceful demonstration in Chicago at the NATO summit in 2012, there were lines of cops all along the march route and, at the end of the event, when they saw there was no violence, the cops attacked anyway.  There were no lines of cops in DC on January 6. 

The US has always used right-wing forces and employed the same tactics to discredit elections that Trump is using now. Both Republicans and Democrats, especially Biden and of course Trump have used these tactics abroad for years.









                         Right-wing mob at the Capitol           Right-wing mob in Venezuela

Every Regime Change operation began with repeatedly calling an election fraudulent, refusing to accept the results, and bringing in violently disruptive right-wing forces to try and change the results. These disrupters are always called “democratic forces” in the US media when they are in other countries.

This was the US tactic of choice in Ukraine, in Venezuela, in Syria, in Libya, in Hong Kong and in Bolivia, just to name a few recent examples. [read more]

Statement of UNAC on the recent bombing of Syria

 2/26/21













UNAC condemns the US bombing of Syria authorized by President Biden.  The Biden administration has been in office for only 36 days and has already launched its first military attack against Syria.  Biden’s justification is that the US was attacked in Iraq.  The US has no right to be in Iraq, Syria or any other country.  More than 1 million people were killed in Iraq due to the US invasion and occupation, and countless refugees were created.  The Iraqis and the Syrians have every right to use whatever means necessary to remove the US forces from their countries. [read more]

Free Julian Assange








UNAC hosted an important webinar with leaders of the movement to free Julian Assange. Click the link below to view the webinar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLIXTfuR3YI


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 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/