United National Antiwar Coalition
|Click here for the UNAC Statement on Syria
Click here to hear the recent UNAC educational conference call on the situation with North Korea.
Actions against drones took place around the country during April.
The national April Days of Action Against Drones saw over 100 actions around the country and several action in other countries. The April actions were started in San Diego on April 4 where protests, workshops and other activity were centered around the General Atomics facility which produces predator drones. For a full report of the San Diego action, please go here: http://www.pomeradonews.com/
The month ended with an important protest at the Hancock drone base in Syracuse, NY. The Syracuse events included a day-long conference and a protest at the base at which 31 people were arrested in an act of civil resistance.
Click here for a video of the Syracuse drone rally.
Click here for a video of the arrests at the Syracuse drone rally.
Go here for information on drone protests: http://www.knowdrones.com/
|Three UNAC leaders were part of the 31 member anti-drone delegation to Pakistan this month, which was organized by Code Pink. We caravanned with Pakistani politician Imran Khan to the borders of Waziristan in the tribal areas to rally against drones, met with family members of drone victims and had meetings with supporters of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani woman who is a political prisoner in the U.S. and with anti-war and progressive groups in Pakistan. Below are reports from Joe Lombardo, Judy Bello and Leah Bolger.
Click here for a report of the trip by Joe Lombardo, UNAC co-coordinator: http://nepajac.org/pakistantrip.html
Reports from Judy Bello of Fellowship of Reconciliation, the Upstate New York Coalition to Stop the Drones and End the Wars and UNAC Administrative Committee member can be found on her blog, http://blog.papillonweb.net/ or the Upstate Action Blog, http://blog.upstatedroneaction.org/
Click here for a report from Leah Bolger, President of Veterans for Peace and UNAC Administraive Committee member.
Click here for a video of our rally near the border with Waziristan.
Click here for a report on the conference
from the Stamford, CT Advocate
|Well over 500 antiwar, social/economic justice, environmental, and civil rights activists attended the United National Antiwar Coalition’s (UNAC) second national conference in Stamford, CT, March 23-25, 2012.
For a complete report on the conference and the text of the resolution on Iran, click here.
Please send any photos that you have of the conference to UNACpeace@gmail.com
|October 15 protests held around the country on the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan were a big success. Click here for a report.|
|Thousands Rally on April 9, 2010 in New York City and April 10 in San Francisco
(and around the world)
Full video of all speakers in New York
Pictures of SF rally
Some foreign TV coverage of the NY rally
Fair and Accuracy in Reporting: article on corporate media, April 9 and the Tea Party (please signe the FAIR petition)
Click here for additional coverage
A million march in Iraq to tell US to get out
antiwar movement is our goal. The new antiwar movement needs to oppose the US foreign wars but also defend the domestic victims of the “war on terror,” the Muslims who are being attacked. It must connect to dots between the money spent on war and the attacks on unions and cuts to education and needed programs. This is what these demonstration on April 9 and 10 did.
Thousands Demonstratein New York on April 9 and April 10 in San Francisco. These demonstrations represented an important step forward for UNAC and the antiwar movement as a whole. The antiwar movement has been in a lull since before the election of Barak Obama as many hoped the change in administration would mean an end to the wars. We are now in a rebuilding phase and UNAC has made it clear that the rebuilding of a new
Major gains were made in bringing together the antiwar movement and important section of the Muslim community who are ready to come out in opposition to war and to Islamophobia. The large number of Muslims who were present including the leadership of the Muslim community in New York said to the world, Muslims are for peace not terror and they are ready to join with non-Muslims and fight back against the Islamophobia that is growing in the US. Much of the Muslim participation was organized by the newly formed Muslim Peace Coalition, USA, which partnered with UNAC in building the demonstrations. In New York, the Muslim Leadership Council of Metropolitan New York and the Islamic Circles of North America (ICNA) co-sponsored the demonstration.
Other communities also join our rallies including significant South Asian, Latino, Pilipino and Black organizations. The rallies were diverse and youthful. This the new face of the antiwar movement.
April 9th saw 10,000 people march and rally in New York City and 3,000 in San Francisco.
Demonstration took place in other parts of the world in solidarity (see reports below).
UNAC will now work to consolidate the gains from these actions. We call upon all endorsing organizations to join UNAC. This can be done simply by emailing us at UNACpeace@gmail.com.
Click here of a report of April 9 in Pakistan
Click here for a report from the NY Times of April 9 in Iraq
Click here for a report of April 9 in Canada
100 Imams from the New York area call for people to come out for April 9/10 and for an end to war, attacks on Muslims, immigrants and unions. Click here to see the statement and the signers.
UNITED NATIONAL ANTIWAR Coalition (UNAC)
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