ACTION ALERT: National Day of Action Against War April 14-15
April 13, 2018
The United National Antiwar Coalition
Trump has tweeted, "Russia get ready," promising a missile attack on Syria. Russia says it will shoot down any missiles -- and target their source. US and Russian ships have moved into the waters off Syria. The world is in grave danger. People around the world are looking to see what we in the US will do. We need to show our unwavering opposition to US war in the streets -- now more than ever. Our Spring Actions against the wars at home and abroad will take place this coming weekend. Please join us.
End the Wars at Home and Abroad!
It's time to return to the streets to make our voices heard.
Join us on April 14-15 for united, nationally coordinated regional mobilizations to challenge the war makers and defend humanity. The future is in our hands.
ACTION: To see the list of actions including additional local actions, go to the list of events.
Hands off Syria! Solidarity with Palestine!
All out for the Spring Actions
Against the Wars at Home and Abroad
(April 12, 2018) -- Trump has tweeted, "Russia get ready." He promises a missile attack on Syria. Russia says it will shoot down any missiles and target their source. US and Russian ships have moved into the waters off Syria. The world is in grave danger.
People around the world are looking to see what we here in the US will do. We need to show our unwavering opposition to US war in the streets, now more than ever. Our Spring Actions against the wars at home and abroad will take place this coming weekend -- right at this critical moment that can have terrible consequences for the people of Syria and put the US in direct confrontation with Russia.
Meanwhile, Israel has been shooting down unarmed Palestinian protesters as they demand an end to the inhumane blockade of Gaza. More than 30 have been killed and more than 1,000 wounded. We in the US have a special role to play in ending these massacres, since it is US aid and political support for Israel that enables the persecution of the Palestinian people.
At the same time, the police killings of unarmed African-Americans continue unabated. We march to show our solidarity and to demand police accountability and justice.
ACTION: Please join the protest in your area. See the actions at http://springaction2018.org.
Tweet with hashtag, #SpringAgainstWar on social media and join and share the Facebook events below.
New York: https://www.facebook.com/events/2089893391248150/
Oakland/Bay Area: https://www.facebook.com/events/187473998692994/
Washington, DC: https://www.facebook.com/events/391277384630777/
Any Attack on Syria Is International Gangsterism
Ajamu Baraka, National Organizer / Black Alliance for Peace
(April 10, 2018) -- The pending military intervention into Syria by the United States represents yet another case of unilateral illegality that continues the systematic assault on international law and morality that has characterized US foreign policies since the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, when the United States found itself without any countervailing global power. The result for the people of the world has been unending military conflicts, destabilization and the destruction of whole nations.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., correctly identified exactly a year before his assassination that the United States is the greatest purveyor of violence on the planet. The 50th anniversary of his murder just passed on April 4 -- five decades later, the United States continues to hold that distinctive position.
This reality makes any declaration on the part of the United States that it alone has the responsibility to intervene on the side of human-rights protection an absurdity and an insult to the intelligence of the national and international communities.
Today, the people of the United States are supposed to believe the racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic Trump administration is supposedly so concerned about Arab life in Syria that it feels morally compelled to engage in direct military intervention.
That is a position we in the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) do not believe based on the documented actions of this administration and all previous administrations. These regimes have demonstrated their utter contempt for the lives of non-Europeans in their quest to maintain their global dominance.
US support for the continued brutality of the apartheid state of Israel and its immoral justifications for Israeli crimes against humanity committed at the apartheid wall in Gaza reflect the bi-partisan moral degeneracy of the ruling parties, media and ruling oligarchy. Their lack of real concern for Palestinian life reveals not only their lack of morality, but the real imperialist interests that determine their opportunistic position on Syria.
Just a few weeks after the massive marches to address US gun violence, the people of the United States are being asked to support the ultimate form of gun violence -- war. For BAP, the only way the movement to oppose gun violence in the United States will have any moral credibility is if people link gun violence in the United States to militarism and war abroad.
BAP takes an unequivocal position against US intervention in Syria. We say the only institution with the right and power to protect the peace and resolve international conflict is the United Nations.
We condemn any and all unilateral interventions by any state and assert that any state that violates the international norms that are committed to the maintenance of peace as established by the United Nations Charter is a rogue state that deserves international condemnation.
We say if the United States is concerned about human rights, it should:
* Prosecute killer cops who savagely murdered Stephon Clark in Sacramento, California;
* Investigate the approximately 1,000 killings each year at the hands of police in the United States;
* Stop the mass transfer of children from juvenile courts to adult courts;
* Stop the militarization of its domestic police forces;
* Stop the raids of migrant communities;
* Release its political prisoners; and
* Cease the collaboration with the corporate media and private communication companies in its effort to censor and limit news content on the Internet.
But we know centering human rights has never been a commitment of the US state. That is why BAP says if you want peace, you have to be willing to fight for it.
This weekend, BAP is mobilizing with groups across the country to highlight our opposition to US warmongering, demanding an end to US lawlessness, calling for the closure of more than 800 US military bases around the world, and ending the war against the Black and Brown working-class and poor. We support self-determination for all oppressed peoples -- domestically and internationally.
Stop the ongoing agony in Syria. Demand the United States withdraw its forces from Syria and respect international law. Call for the United States to adhere to international human-rights norms and cease its status as a rogue state.
Ajamu Baraka is the national organizer of the Black Alliance for Peace and was the 2016 candidate for vice president on the Green Partyticket. He is an editor and contributing columnist for the Black Agenda Report and contributing columnist for Counterpunch. His latest publications include contributions to "Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi". He can be reached at: Ajamubaraka.com
The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) is the largest and broadest antiwar and social justice coalition in the United States. Our purpose is to bring together the disparate organizations and issues representing people in struggle today and to unify in collective action in opposition to the major perpetrator of war and injustice in the world -- the United States government along with its allies and proxies.
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