Tuesday, September 18, 2012

[SDCPJ] FW: [unac] Fwd: UNAC Statement on attacks on US Embassies


 

Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:51:58 -0400
From: unacpeace@gmail.com
To: unac@lists.riseup.net
Subject: [unac] Fwd: UNAC Statement on attacks on US Embassies

 

 
  (please forward widely)

UNAC Statement on attacks on US Embassies in Libya
and other Middle Eastern, North African and SW Asian Countries

Adding Insult to Injury


The massive, angry demonstrations and attacks on U.S. embassies sweeping through the Muslim world comes in the context of a campaign against Muslims carried out by the U.S. government in an attempt to justify their wars against Muslim countries. This campaign includes preemptive prosecutions where FBI agents create phony plots and encourage behavior that can be prosecuted and attacks on civil liberties at home; the Peter King hearings; NYPD spying on Muslims; raids and detentions; and states that have passed anti-Muslim laws. It includes the physical attacks on Muslims, on mosques and on people who racist whites think are Muslims, like Sikhs, and opposition to Muslim building projects like Park 51 and much more.


This atmosphere encourages the kind of hateful anti-Muslim video that was produced. At some point, it had to be expected that Muslims around the world would react. The U.S. will spin this by focusing on the film and implying that all Muslims are crazy and do not support freedom of speech. However, this is a self-serving lie and a diversion from the real root causes. Humiliation is a necessary component of the cycle of abuse. It should be noted that similar attacks on Judaism and the Holocaust are prosecuted as hate crimes and that artists and musicians who have created work offensive to many Christians have been vilified and threatened.

We need to put the blame squarely where it belongs -- on the U.S., which has been at war with the Muslim world in order to dominate and control resources and power. We have seen the utter destruction of Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan; drone attacks on Muslim countries we are not at war with, including Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia; and the persistent economic starvation and political suffocation of the Muslim people in Egypt, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and other countries by US backed dictators enforcing Western dominance in the region. So-called "targeted assassinations" kill many innocent non-combatants and are viewed simply as "collateral damage" rather than murders, demonstrating how little the U.S. government values non-Western lives.

The fact that these protests came as a surprise to the U.S. State Department is a reflection of the arrogance and stupidity of a government that claims it is bringing freedom and democracy to the region through drone missiles, sanctions, assassinations, and occupations and expects the people to be grateful.

The unfortunate deaths of the American Ambassador in Libya and members of his security team are the direct result of violent, hypocritical, internally conflicted US policies in the region, whether the unanticipated result of the rioting triggered by the film or blowback for longstanding U.S. atrocities rooted in the ongoing wars. It is long past time to reject those policies and begin a new era based on respect for the dignity and humanity of every individual and of all the various cultures and religions of the world.

We must stand in solidarity with all the victims of U.S.-sponsored violence and repression.

END THE WARS & OCCUPATIONS! BRING ALL THE TROOPS HOME NOW!

NO DRONE ATTACKS! NO SANCTIONS! HANDS OFF SYRIA & IRAN!

END RACIST REPRESSION, RAIDS, FRAME-UPS & ISLAMOPHOBIA AT HOME!

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As you know, UNAC is calling for protests on the weekend of the 11th anniversary for the invasion of Afghanistan.  There will be an organizational call on Wednesday, September 19 at 9 PM (EST).  All are welcome.  To register for the call, please click on the link below.

     

 

 To register, click here:   http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/THDXGMXPGTI30JWG All actions can be found at the web site http://October7actions.net.  A list of the actions is below.
Sep15

Albany, NY, Oct 3

Peace Vigil & Speak Out !
11th Anniversary of US War in Afghanistan.
Wednesday, October 3, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Dana Park at the intersection of Delaware Ave, Lark Street, and Madison Avenue
(near the Occupy Albany office), Albany, NY
Join us in a peace vigil and speak out on the 11th anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan. How is the War Economy Working for You?
Send an email to: BethlehemNeighborsForPeace@yahoo.com to add your organization as a co-sponsor.
Sponsored by: Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Schenectady Neighbors for Peace, Tom Paine Chapter Veterans For Peace, and other local peace and justice organizations. Information: Trudy 466-1192
Sep15

Boston, Oct. 6, 1:30 PM

OCTOBER 6 ACTION AGAINST WARS ABROAD

AND POLICE STATE ATTACKS ON CIVIL LIBERTIES AT HOME

Join us in a march and rally to protest the dangerous escalation in threats of military action

against Syria and Iran and increased racist violence and repression at home.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1:30 PM

PARK ST.

Eleven years ago on October 7, the U.S. unleashed a war on Afghanistan, followed by the war on Iraq based on lies. While thousands of troops remain in these countries, U.S. drone missiles rain down on Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. Now the government imposes sanctions and threatens to attack Syria and Iran. The U.S. sends troops and threatens to retaliate against anti-US protesters in the Middle East. These actions will escalate the nightmare of war in the Middle East, not end it.

To wage war abroad, they must wage war at home. The last decade has seen escalating repression and poverty at home. Islamophobia and scapegoating of Muslims leads to manufactured frame-ups and violence against the Muslim community. Civil liberties and the right to dissent are under siege with indefinite detention and extra-judicial assassinations now the law of the land.
Racism is a weapon of war. They use it against Muslims and immigrants. They've stepped up the war on Black and Latino youth, with racial profiling, stop and frisk, and harsh sentencing — resulting in police brutality, mass incarceration, military weapons in the hands of police, and a hugely profitable prison industry.
To pay for wars and to maximize the profits of the haves, they take more and more from the have-nots. We see cuts to the social safety nets, attacks on labor, huge unemployment, privatization of public services, neglect of infrastructure, and poisoning of the environment.
LET'S STAND TOGETHER IN UNITY AND SOLIDARITY. TOGETHER WE ARE POWERFUL!

HANDS OFF SYRIA AND IRAN! NO TO RACISM, RAIDS, AND REPRESSION! NO TO ISLAMOPHOBIA!

* United National Antiwar Coalition * United for Justice with Peace * International Action Center *

* Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Boston *

* Committee for Peace & Human Rights, Boston * New England United * Rhode Island Mobilization Committee *

**Please add your organizations to list of endorsers by emailing BostonUNAC@gmail.com.

**If you or your organization would like to speak at the rally, contact Marilyn Levin, marilynl@alumni.neu.edu.
THERE WILL BE A PLANNING MEETING FOR THIS ACTION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER, 19, 7:30 PM AT IAC OFFICE, 284 AMORY ST., J.P. (Brewery complex, near Stonybrook on Orange line).
Sep14

Chicago, October 7, 3:00 PM

Gather at Tribune Tower, 435 N. Michigan Ave at 3 PM.
Following a short rally and program, we will march to Boeing Corporate headquarters, stopping along the way at Obama national campaign headquarter.
1. End the War in Afghanistan; 2. No New Wars; 3. Stop FBI Repression of Anti-war Activists; 4. Money for Jobs, Education and Healthcare, Not for War
For more information: joe Iosbaker, joeiosbaker@gmail.com, (773)301-0109


Sep14

Columbus, OH, Oct. 7, 5 PM

Vigil at OSU Main Entrance, 15th Avenue and N. High St., Columbus, Ohio. Also, day long festival for peace on Oct. 6 at Lincoln Park, 580 Woodrow Ave.
For more information: walk@igc.org
Sep14

Concord NH, Oct 5

New Hampshire Peace Action is celebrating 30 years of educating, advocating and organizing for world peace! October 5, NH Peace Action's 30th Anniversary Event and Fall Fundraiser, At The Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main Street, Concord. Doors open 5:30pm. Featuring Author/Activist David Swanson and Singer/Songwriter David Rovics. $30 for tickets in advance, $35 at the door, $10 for students or limited income, please be in touch about sponsorship opportunities, silent and live auctions, and ads in our program book!
Sep14

Detroit, MI, Oct 5, 4 – 5:30 PM

The Detroit demonstration will be held on Friday, Oct. 5 from 4:00-5:30pm at the entrance of Hart Plaza on Jefferson at Woodward ave. The demo is sponsored by the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI).
A number of issues and demand will be raised related to the wars in Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Palestine, drone attacks in Somalia, Pakistan and Yemen. The theme will be centered around money for jobs, education, housing and health care not war and political repression.
For more information: Abayomi Azikiwe <panafnewswire@yahoo.com>
Abayomi Azikiwe.
MECAWI, UNAC
Sep14

Duluth, MN, Friday, Oct. 5 from 6 – 6 PM

Picket at the corner of Lake Ave. & Superior St in Downtown Duluth.
Sponsored by Northland Anti-War Coalition
End the War in Afghanistan Now! Troops Home Now! No New Wars in Iran, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen! Say NO to the drone war! Foreclose the war, not people's homes! Money for housing & jobs, not the Pentagon! Stop attacks on civil liberties at home
Description: On Friday, Oct. 5 the Northland Anti-War Coalition will be holding a picket to mark the anniversary of the U.S. war on Afghanistan. We'll be standing on the corner of Lake Ave. & Superior St. in downtown Duluth, from 5-6pm holding signs for passing motorists and leafleting pedestrians. Feel free to make and bring your own sign, though we'll also have extras on hand
Sponsors: Northland Anti-War Coalition, Veterans for Peace, Grandmothers for Peace,
Socialist Action

For more information: wainosunrise@yahoo.com


Sep13

Los Angeles, CA, Oct 6, 2 PM

Rally at Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive st., Los Angeles, AC at 2 PM
For more information and to endorse the proteet: (323)306-6240
Endorsers include: International ActionCenter; School of the Americas Watch – LA; Arab Americansfor Syria; Latinos Against the War; Union of Progressive Iranians; ALBA USA; Bail Out the People Movement; Occupy 4Jobs, Harvard Blvd Block Club in South Central and more
Sep13

Los Angeles, CA, Oct 6, 12 noon

Los Angeles, CA March & Rally to shut down Army recruitment center Oct. 6, 12noon Hollywood & Highland More info: www.AnswerLA.org213-251-1025
Sponsored by the ANSWER Coalition
Sep13

London, UK, Oct. 7

Sunday 7 October is the anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. Stop the War is co-organising a Naming of the Dead ceremony with Afghans for Peace in Trafalgar Square. It will coincide with protests in the US and Canada and with the march for peace against drones being organised in Waziristan
For more information: Email: office@stopwar.org.uk Tel: 0207 561 9311 Web: http://stopwar.org.uk Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/stopthewarcoalition Twitter: https://twitter.com/STWuk
Sep13

Minneapolis, MN, Oct. 7, 1 PM

Gather at 1:00 PM along the sidewalks at Hennepin and Lagoon Avenues in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. March at 1:30. to Closing rally.
for more information: 612-522-1861 or 612-827-5364

Initialed by the Minnesota Peace Action Coalition. Endorsements include: AFSCME Local 3800, AlliantAction, Anti-War Committee, Burnsville & Eagan Peace Vigil, Come Home America – MN Chapter, Communities United Against Police Brutality, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Mayday Bookstore, Military Families Speak Out, Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers, Minnesota Coalition for a Peoples Bailout, Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee, National Lawyers Guild (MN chapter), St. Paul Eastside Neighbors for Peace, Social Welfare Action Alliance (MN), Socialist Action, Students for a Democratic Society, Twin Cities Peace Campaign, Veterans for Peace, Welfare Rights Committee, Women Against Military Madness, Workers International League

Sep13

New York City, Oct. 7 5 – 7 PM

On the 11th ammiversary of the War on Afghanistan protest at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building in Harlem, Manhattan, NY. The building is at 125th St and Adam Clayton Powel Jr. Blvd in Harlem. The demonstration will be held from 5 – 7 PM.
Bring the Troops Home Now! No Sanctions! Hands Off Syria & Iran, Stand with Palestine! Stop the Cutbacks! End Stop and Frisk! No to Racism,Raids & Repression.
The demonstration is sponsored by UNAC, Muslim Leadership Council of Metro NY, DRUM, IAC, Muslim Peace Coalition, USA, and more.
Sep13

New York City, Oct. 6

STOP U.S. Aggression and Continued War on the World! Not in Our Name!
In New York City, at noon, Saturday, October 6, we will gather at Duffy Square (part of Times Square), 47th & Broadway, to denounce the unmitigated murdering of people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Iraq in the continuing U.S. "war of terror."
We ask that you bring a pair of civilian shoes representing people killed in our name. After we read the names of the dead, and hear from people deeply affected by the war, we will march to Union Square with a Reaper drone replica, in protest of the expanding U.S. drone war.
Sponsored by World Can't Wait
To endorse, contact Debra Sweet, (866) 973-4463
Sep11

Oakland, CA, Oct. 1-3

The War at Home and the War Abroad, an antiwar and Civil Liberties Teach-in at Laney College.
Northern California UNAC.
For more information, Jeff Mackler 510-268-9429
Sep11

Olympia, WA, Oct 7

October 7th, is the 11th anniversary of the Afghanistan war: the unhappy day when America used its collective pain from 9/11 to inflict suffering and occupation upon the poor people of Afghanistan. Eleven years later, ninety percent of Afghan people have never even heard of 9/11 and yet they still suffer from the consequences. In the United States people have neglected to pay attention to the continued and expanded campaign of war and occupation.
This October 7th we would like to invite you to Localization Not Occupation, a gathering that will help us connect the dots between the wars in the Middle East and the increasing inequalities in America. Demanding politicians and war profiteers end the war is not enough. Localization builds community strength and demands we the people end the war directly. https://www.facebook.com/events/396399460423317/
1pm – 6pm, Sylvester Park
Sponsored By: Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation, Occupy Olympia, Alliance for Global Justice, Media Island
Sep11

Philadelphia, PA, Oct 6

Philadelphia Against War

Local action on October 6; Location, TBA

Support for regional NYC action on October 7

Sep11

Richmond, VA, Oct. 7, 6:30 PM

PUBLIC FORUM: "U.S. HANDS OFF SYRIA, IRAN & MALI! We need JOBS not WAR!"
6:30 pm – SUNDAY – OCT. 7
William Byrd Community House, Richmond, Virginia
224 So. Cherry St. (2 ½ blocks south of West Cary & 3 blocks west of So. Belvidere)
FREE – CHILDREN WELCOME – LIGHT REFRESHMENTS – DONATIONS APPRECIATED
PROGRAM:
BEHIND THE HEADLINES: THE TRUTH ABOUT U.S. DESIGNS ON SYRIA & IRAN
An analysis of the developing crisis by:
PHIL WILAYTO – Editor, The Virginia Defender
Board Member, Campaign Against Sanctions & Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII)
Author, "In Defense of Iran: Notes from a U.S. Peace Delegation's Journey through the Islamic Republic"
Coordinating Committee Member, United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
WHAT'S BEHIND THE UNREST IN MALI?
An analysis of the recent coup, civil war and the threat of U.S.-backed military intervention by:
ANA EDWARDS – Host, DefendersLIVE! weekly radio program
President, Virginia Friends of Mali
Chair, Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project
Coordinating Committee Member, United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
& A SPECIAL REPORT on a meeting of U.S. peace & social justice activists in New York City with
IRANIAN PRESIDENT MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD, by a meeting participant
PLUS: A SHOWING OF THE AWARD-WINNING FILM "BAM 6.6"
This acclaimed documentary explores the humanity of the Iranian people through the prism of the devastating 2003 earthquake that struck the ancient town of Bam in southeastern Iran. Through the experiences of two young American tourists, one of whom is a Jewish woman, viewers witness how a natural disaster can overcome religious and political barriers, dispel stereotypes and unite disparate members of the human family.
This event is part of a NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION called by the UNITED NATIONAL ANTIWAR COALITION (UNAC)
Sponsored by: THE VIRGINIA DEFENDER newspaper & the DEFENDERSLIVE! radio program
PO Box 23202, Richmond, VA 23223 – Ph: 804.644.5834 – Fax: 804.332.5225 – Email: DefendersFJE@hotmail.com
Sep11

Salt Lake City, UT, Oct 7, 3 – 5 PM

No War Abroad and No War at Home.
Demonstrate on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 3 – 5 PM at the Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 south State Street, Salt Lake City, Utah.

For more information: wk_wulle@yahoo.com
Sep11

San Francisco, CA, Oct. 6, 12 noon

San Francisco, CA March & Rally Oct. 6, 12 noon Powell & Market Sts. More info: www.AnswerSF.org415-821-6545
Sponsored by the ANSWER coalition
Sep11

Talahassee, Florida, Oct 7

Tallahassee will join the international protest against US wars on the 11th Anniversary of the start of the US/NATO war upon the people of Afghanistan. A war based on lies, using criminal means, killing thousands of people that had nothing to do with 911.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
12:30pm until 2:30pm
at 400 South Monroe Street

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/402405256475433/
Protest the wars at home and abroad, the threats to Iran and Syria, and U.S. drone warfare.
"The bombs in Vietnam [Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Palestine ...] explode at home; they destroy the hopes and possibilities for a decent America." Dr ML King, Jr
Sponsored by: Tallahassee Network for Justice and Peace, Veterans for Peace, Chapter 15, and Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Tallahassee.

Sep10

Vancouver, Canada, Oct. 6, 1 PM

At the Vancouver Art Gallery, Robson & Howe St, Downtown Vancouver, Canada
Sponsored by the Mobilization Against War & Occupation.
For more information: 604-322-1764 or info@mawovancouver.org
End the Occupations of Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine & Haiti! Saudi and All Foreign Troops Out of Bahrain! U.S., U.K., Canada, France, NATO, Hands Off Libya Now! U.S. Hands Off North Africa & the Middle East! Self Determination for Indigenous Nations & All Oppressed Nations!
 

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Help UNAC members and Upstate, NY drone activist go to Pakistan.  We will be leaving on Oct 1.  The tour will protest the drone attacks in Pakistan and  document their destruction.

 To contribute, send a check to UNAC, PO Box 123, Delmar, NY 12054 or click here to donate online.
 

 

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