[act-ma] DOZENS OF GROUPS AND UNAC CALL FOR SPRING MOBILIZATION ON NATO IN CHICAGO -- JOIN US

Marilyn Levin marilynl at alumni.neu.edu
Fri Jun 24 11:38:26 PDT 2011


 

UNAC 

(Please forward widely)

 

Call For International Protests on the NATO War Makers

Chicago, May 15 and 22, 2012

 

Dear friends,

    An alliance of Chicago area peace and justice organizations, together
with the United National Antiwar Committee (UNAC), are jointly calling for a
united mass mobilization to protest the NATO and G8 Summits to be held in
Chicago May 15 to 22. Permit applications were submitted for:

* Tuesday, May 15 - a national assembly to put the warmakers on trial.

* Saturday, May 19 - a major international demonstration to express broad
outrage at the gathering of war makers wasting trillions of dollars on war
and devastation during a time of enormous economic hardship and crisis for
millions.

   Several Chicago area groups have co-sponsored this call. The initial list
is below. To add your group to the list of endorsers, email
<mailto:UNACpeace at gmail.com> UNACpeace at gmail.com.

NATO is the US-commanded and financed 28-nation military alliance. There
will also be a summit of the G-8 world powers. The meetings are expected to
draw heads of state, generals, and countless others.

At a day-long meeting in New York City on Saturday, June 18, the United
National Antiwar Committee's national coordinating committee of 69
participants, representing 47 organizations, unanimously passed a resolution
to call for action at the NATO meeting. 

UNAC will mount a massive united outpouring in Chicago during the NATO
gathering to put forth demands opposing endless wars and calling for
billions spent on war and destruction be spent instead on people's needs for
jobs, health care, housing and education.

Initial List of Chicago Area Endorsers

Hatem Abudayyeh, *US Palestinian Community Network, Chicago

Bill Chambers, Committee Against Political Repression

Sarah Chambers, Executive Board Member, Chicago Teachers Union

Mark Clements, Campaign to End the Death Penalty

Vince Emmanuelle, *Iraq Veterans Against the War

Randy Evans, Global Reach, Inc.

Chris Geovanis, Hammerhard Media Works

Pat Hunt, Chicago Area Code Pink, Chicago Area Peace Action

Joe Iosbaker, Committee to Stop FBI Repression

Dennis Kosuth, *National Nurses United, union steward

Kait McIntyre, Students for a Democratic Society, University of Illinois -
Chicago

Jorge Mujica, March 10th Immigrant Rights Activist

Eric Ruder, *Chicago Network to Send US Boat to Gaza

Newland Smith, Episcopalian Peace Fellowship

Sarah Smith, Committee to Stop FBI Repression

Students for Justice in Palestine at School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, *Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign

Andy Thayer, Gay Liberation Network and Chicago Coalition Against War and
Racism

*for identification purposes only

 

 

RESOLUTION TO CHALLENGE THE NATO WAR MAKERS

Whereas, the U.S. is the major and pre-eminent military, economic and
political power behind NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), and

Whereas, the U.S. will be hosting a major NATO gathering in the spring of
2012, and

Whereas, U.S. and NATO-allied forces are actively engaged in the monstrous
wars, occupations and military attacks on Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan,
Libya, the Middle East and elsewhere,

Be it resolved that:

1) UNAC, in conjunction with a broad range of groups and organizations that
share general agreement with the major demands adopted at our 2010 Albany,
NY national conference, initiate a mass demonstration at the site of the
NATO gathering, and

2) UNAC welcomes and encourages the participation of all groups interested
in mobilizing against war and for social justice in planning a broad range
of other NATO meeting protests including teach-ins, alternative conferences
and activities organized on the basis of direct action/civil resistance, and

3) UNAC will seek to make the NATO conference the occasion for
internationally coordinated protests, and

4) UNAC will convene a meeting of all of the above forces to discuss and
prepare initial plans to begin work on this spring action.

Passed unanimously by the National Coordinating Committee of UNAC on June
18, 2011

The following groups were at the UNAC meeting that endorsed this resolution:

 

 

Action for a Progressive Pakistan

Al-Awda Palestine Right to Return Coalition - NY

Bayan-USA

Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace

Bail Out the People Movement

Black Agenda Report

Black is Back

Boston Stop the Wars

Code Pink

Committee to Stop FBI Repression

Ct. United for Peace

Fellowship of Reconciliation

Green Party

Haiti Liberte'

Hampshire Students for Justice in Palestine

Honduras Resistencia - USA

International Action Center

International Support Haiti Network

International League of People's Struggle 

International Socialist Organization

Islamic Leadership Council of Metropolitan NY

Jersey City Peace Movement

May 1st Workers and Immigrant Rights Coalition

Mobilization Against War and Occupation - Canada

Metro West Peace Action

Middle East Crisis Committee

Muslim Peace Coalition

New England United

Nodutdol Korean Community Development

Pakistan Solidarity Network

Philly Against War

Project Salam

Rhode Island Mobilization Committee

Rochester Against War

SI - Solidarity with Iran

Socialist Action

Socialist Party USA

Thomas Merton Center Pittsburgh

United for Justice and Peace

Veterans for Peace

Voices for Creative Nonviolence

West Hartford Citizens for Peace

WESPAC

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

Workers World

World Can't Wait

 

 

 

For more information: Joe Lombardo, 518-281-1968,
<mailto:UNACpeace at gmail.com> UNACpeace at gmail.com

                                      Joe Iosbaker, 773-301-0109,
<mailto:joeiosbaker at gmail.com> joeiosbaker at gmail.com

 

click here to donate to UNAC
<https://nationalpeaceconference.org/Donate.html> 

Click here for the Facebook UNAC group
<http://www.facebook.com/#%21/home.php?sk=group_157059221012587&ap=1> .

 

 

 

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