UNAC sent a representative to Warsaw, Poland to participate in the meetings, conferences and demonstration organized to oppose NATO as it held its summit in Poland. UNAC administrative committee member, Phil Wilayto spoke at the meetings and demonstration and brought solidarity from the U.S. antiwar movement. Below is Phil Wilayto's report from Poland
UNAC endorses this important conference.
Pivot Toward War:
U.S. Missile Defense & the Weaponization of Space
25th Annual Space Organizing Conference & Protest
April 7-9, 2017
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.
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
Demonstrations against NATO took place in New York and in many cities around the world
This is a link to the video of the anti-NATO demonstration in New York City on July 9 as the NATO summit was taking place in Warsaw, Poland. The demonstration was organized by UNAC, the US Peace Council, International Action Center, Vets for Peace, Peace action of New York and New Jersey, Black Agenda Report, BAYAN and several other groups.
The video was taken by Bahman Asad of the US Peace Coucil
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.
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:
Members of UNAC attended the
20th Anniversary of the
Southern Human Rights Organizers' Conference!!!
Held at Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS
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
Report from UNAC Delegation to Odessa: Anti-Fascist Resistance in Ukraine
Michigan Political Prisoner Needs the Support of the Peace Movement
By Abayomi Azikiwe
UNAC Administrative Committee
Rev. Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor, Michigan, considered by many as a political prisoner, phoned into the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI) weekly meeting on Mon. June 6. Pinkney is currently being held at Marquette Branch Prison in the Upper Peninsula of the state, a day's drive from his home and family in the southwest region.
Pinkney reported on the resistance by inmates at Marquette against the conditions prevailing in the food system. 700 people refused to attend chow on May 24.
The civil rights leader is serving a 30-120 month sentence on charges of felony forgery involving petitions collected to recall the-then mayor of Benton Harbor James Hightower. This case was heard by an all-white jury which convicted Pinkney without any material or circumstantial evidence.
Pinkney encourages people to write to him. His address is: Marquette Branch Prison, Rev. Edward Pinkney N-E-93 #294671, 1960 US Hwy 41 South, Marquette, MI 49855.
For more information on his case and how you can support the national movement for his release, just visit the following website: B A N C O
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]
Report on Rally for Peace and Solidarity in New York City on March 13, 2016
None of the major candidate are talking about U.S. wars. Keep endless wars an issue during this campaign.
New York, NY - Hundreds of people rallied in New York’s busy Herald Square for a Day of Peace and Solidarity. Called by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), the protest brought attention to the fact that none of the major candidates are speaking about the U.S. wars and intervention happening in many parts of the world. The protest was under the slogan, “End to the Wars at Home and Abroad.” This was reflected by banners and signs that included, “Money for jobs and people’s needs, not war,” “Rebuild Flint! Rebuild our cities! End the wars,” “Defend the Black Lives Matter movement,” and “No to Islamophobia.” [read more]
For more information: http://www.space4peace.org/
Conference brochure: http://www.space4peace.org/actions/GN%202017%20Conference%20Brochure.pdf
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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UNAC announces upcoming conference
The next UNAC conference will be held at the Richmond, VA conference Center on the weekend of June 16 - 18. Please join us. More information will be announced soon. Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1208020632638814/
To register, please go here:
For Conference poster in English, click here: http://nepajac.org/confEnglish.pdf
For Spanish poster, click here: http://nepajac.org/confspanis.pdf
To see a report on UNAC's last conference, please go here:
Join UNAC at the National Conference for Full Normalization of US-Cuba Relations
March 25 - 26
Fordham Law School, New York City
For registration and more information,
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]
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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United National Antiwar Coalition
Join the One America Registry
In response to Trump's Muslim ban and discussion of forming a Muslim Registry, Soundvision, a major source for audio-visual material for mosques and Muslims in the U.S. along with the Muslim Peace Coalition and around 50 other peace, justice and civil liberties groups is proposing a "One America Registry." This will be a registry for all people to sign. It will be kept very secure and be used to show your support for Muslims and immigrants who are under attack by the Trump administration. It will also be used to call people together in protest and resistance when the administration increases attacks on Muslims and immigrants. Please add your name to the registry and declare your support for these vulnerable communities under attack. Please sign by going here: https://oneamericaregistry.org/
Please click on the video below to see the solidarity message that UNAC has sent to those resisting the Dakota Access pipeline.
You can support the struggle by going to their web site at: http://sacredstonecamp.org/faq and helping to make a financial or other contribution.
UNAC's Phil Wilayto speaking in Poland NY Anti-NATO demonstration Protest in Warsaw
UNAC Protests NATO in Warsaw and the U.S.
The NATO Summit & the Opposition
By Phil Wilayto
Poland’s beautiful capital city of Warsaw was locked down tight for the latest Summit meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as leaders of NATO’s 28 member countries gathered July 8 and 9 to make decisions that seriously increase the risk of war with Russia.
Despite the lovely weather, few locals were on the streets, long stretches of which were cordoned off. Uniformed police officers in bright neon-green vests seemed to be everywhere, many with weapons drawn. Helicopters whirred overhead, military vehicles rumbled over cobblestone streets and police sirens sounded as motorcades carried dignitaries to and from the National Stadium by the winding Vistula River where the NATO Summit was held. [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 member of the United National Antiwar Coalition.)
Lynne Stewart and Ralph Poynter with friends at last UNAC conference
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]