United National Antiwar Coalition

Conference Details

WHO WE ARE

 

The United National Antiwar Coalition formed at a conference attended by 800 activists from peace, environmental, and social justice groups from around the country held in Albany July 23-25, 2010, the largest conference held since the initiation of the so-called War on Terror. An Action Program was adopted which included a review of the present period, an ambitious program of actions, including national bicoastal mobilizations in NY and SF on April 9-10, campaigns to deal with the burning issues we face, and the demands we make on a government and system that puts profits above human needs.

 

UNACpeace.org  is a growing national coalition of organizations founded on: 1) unity in the movement, 2) independence from political parties, 3)demo-cratic-decision-making, 4) U.S. Out Now from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan (and now Libya), and 5) a commitment to mass action as the major strategy for building a powerful and inclusive movement, while endorsing other kinds of actions as well to build a movement capable of bringing about fundamental change.

Since July, UNACpeace.org  has implemented the action program passed in Albany and responded to the huge events of recent months: the popular uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, and other North African countries; the fight backs to union-busting and cuts to social services in Wisconsin and elsewhere; rising Islamophobia and racist attacks on Muslims such as the Peter King hearings and pre-emptive prosecutions; activists targeted by the FBI; threats to Gaza, Iran and No. Korea; the dangers of nuclear power; and the new war on Libya.

WHO ARE THE PEACEMAKERS?

 

WE are the vast majority of humanity who want peace, a healthy planet and a society that prioritizes human needs, democracy and civil liberties for all.

 

WHAT WE FACE

 

The US supports brutal dictators around the world, gives billions to Israel supporting the oppression of the Palestinians, claims over 800 military bases around the world, wages proxy wars in Africa, and ruthlessly bullies the world to maintain domination, control energy resources, and fend off competition.

For strategic, not humanitarian reasons, the US-led military intervention in Libya threatens new wars in North Africa and to stifle the democratic movements that have inspired us in Egypt and elsewhere.

 

Today, we face perpetual wars and occupations abroad that deplete the world’s resources and contribute to thousands of deaths and massive suffering globally, as well as by American soldiers. The criminal economic, environmental, and human costs of war based on a system built on financial flimflam that takes from the poor and showers wealth on the banks, corporations and the few already obscenely rich, results in draconian austerity measures at home to pay for the false deficits they have created.

As always, in the name of profits, the most vulnerable are victims – the Black community, Latinos, and Native Americans – bear the brunt. Muslims and immigrants are scapegoated to divert attention and blame from what those in Washington and their puppet masters are doing. Working people face unemployment, home foreclosures, poor education, and a broken health care system profiting insurance companies. They rape the environment in their unending craving for energy resources and treasure and subject us to health hazards like radiation and industrial pollution, and to the horrifying consequences of global warming.

 

To quell dissent, they pass laws like the Patriot Act to abridge our civil rights and liberties. They go after truth tellers and whistle blowers. They entrap people to pick off leaders, divide the movements, and justify the “War on Terror”. They come after peace, justice, solidarity and environmental activists with FBI raids and summons’ to Grand Juries; they attack WikiLeaks for exposing their wrongdoings. They make speaking out and protesting a crime, claiming this gives material support to terrorists.

WHAT WE STAND FOR

 

WE DEMAND a better world. Only a massive, united, inclusive and independent movement has the power to bring it into being.

WE DEMAND the U.S. Bring Troops, Mercenaries and War Contractors Home Now from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan! No war on Libya or other North African countries! End the sanctions and stop the threats of war against the people of Iran and North Korea. No to war and plunder of the people of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa! End U.S. Aid to Israel! End U.S. Support to the Israeli Occupation of Palestine and the Siege of Gaza!

WE DEMAND trillions for jobs, education, social services, an end to all foreclosures, quality single-payer healthcare for all, a massive conversion to sustainable and planet-saving energy systems and public transportation and reparations to the victims of U.S. terror at home and abroad.

 

WE DEMAND an end to FBI raids on antiwar, social justice, and international solidarity activists, an end to the racist persecution and prosecutions that ravage Muslim communities, an end to police terror in Black and Latino communities, full rights and legality for immigrants and an end to all efforts to repress and punish WikiLeaks and its contributors and founders, and whistle blowers like Bradley Manning.

WE DEMAND the immediate end to torture, rendition, secret trials, drone bombings and death squads.

 

The names and organizations of the people on the UNAC administrative  committee are below: 

 

NAME

ORGANIZATION

Marilyn Levin
co-coordinator

New England United

Joe Lombardo
Co-coordinator

Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace

Leah Bolger

Veterans for Peace

Chris Gauvreau

CT United for Peace

Sara Flounders

International Action Center

Ashley Smith

International Socialist Organization

Joe Iosbaker

Committee to Stop FBI Repression

Margaret Kinberley

Black Agenda Report

Judy Bello

Fellowship of Reconciliation, Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones

Monami Maulik

Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM)

Bernadette Ellorin

BAYAN, USA

Abayomi Azikiwe

Pan African News Wire, Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice

Representative

Muslim Peace Coalition, USA

Jeff Mackler

San Francisco UNAC

Pete Shell

Thomas Merton Center, Pittsburgh



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