Virginia People’s Assembly, anti-imperialist, anti-war

Back to the Streets!  
April 9th: Demonstrate Against the Wars at Home and Abroad

Call to Action
And Request for Endorsement

April 9, 2011

New York _ San Francisco

from the

United National Antiwar Committee

To endorse the call, click here

 

 

WHO ARE THE WARMAKERS?  

 

THEY are the government, corporate, and financial powers that wage war, ravage the environment and the economy and trample on our democratic rights and liberties.

 

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.

 

The Warmakers spend trillions of dollars yearly on endless wars in pursuit of global domination and profit while murdering millions of innocent people, installing corrupt and hated governments and funding occupations that displace millions from their homelands – trampling on the right of oppressed people to self-determination.

 

THEY send our youth – victims of the economic draft – to fight over the very fossil fuels whose unrestrained use threatens the future of the planet while corrupt and virtually unregulated oil giants dump billions of gallons of death into our rivers and oceans.

 

THEY wage a fake “war on terrorism” at home – the new McCarthyism – that promotes racism and Islamophobia aimed at destroying civil liberties and democratic rights.

 

THEY grant repeated and untold trillions in bailouts to banks, corporations and financial institutions while breaking unions, robbing pensions, destroying jobs, foreclosing homes, de-funding education and vital social services and are once again threatening Social Security and Medicare.

 

THEY offer no solutions to the current crises other than more of the same.

 

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

 

WE DEMAND Bring U.S. Troops, Mercenaries and War Contractors Home Now: Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan! End the sanctions and stop the threats of war against the people of Iran, North Korea and Yemen. No to war and plunder of the people of Latin America 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.

 

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

 

WE ARE DEDICATED  TO A WORLD

OF PEACE AND JUSTICE.

 

All Out April 9, 2011

 

To add your group’s name to the endorser list,

local, state or national, click here 

 

 

Initial List of Endorsers (List in formation)

* = For Identification only

 

UNAC –United National Antiwar Committee

Center for Constitutional Rights

Muslim Peace Coalition, USA

Voices for Creative Nonviolence

Veterans for Peace

International Action Center

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

Fellowship of Reconciliation

Black Agenda Report

National Assembly to End U.S. Wars and Occupations

World Can’t Wait

Campaign for Peace and Democracy

Project Salam

Canadian Peace Alliance

BAUAN USA

Lynne Stewart Defense Committee

Office of the Americas

Tariq Ali

Dr. Margaret Flowers  PNHP *

Ramsey Clark

Ahmed Shawk, editor, International Socialist Review

Al-Awda

American Iranian Friendship Committee
Ana Edwards begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting, Chair, Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project – Richmond, Va.
Andy Griggs, Co-chair, California Teachers  Association, Peace and Justice Caucus/UTLA-retired*
Bail Out the People Movement
Barrio Unido, San Francisco
Bashir Abu-Manneh

Baltimore Job Is a Right Campaign

Battered Mother’s Custody Conference
Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace
Bob Hernandez, Chapter President, SEIU Local 1021*
Bonnie Weinstein – Bay Area United Against Wars Newsletter
Boston UNAC
Caf̩ Intifada РLos Angeles
Camilo E. Mejia, Iraq war veteran and resister
Campaign for a Mass Party of Labor
Carole Seligman – Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal *
Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War
Coalition for Justice – Blacksburg, Va.
Colombian Front for Socialism (FECOPES)
Columbus Campaign for Arms Control
Committee for Justice to Defend the Los Angeles 8
Dave Welsh, Delegate, San Francisco Labor Council
David Keil – Metro West Peace Action (MWPA) *
Defenders for Freedom, Justice _ Equality – Virginia
Derrick O’Keefe, Co-chair StopWar.ca (Vancouver) and
Detroit Committee to Stop FBI/Grand Jury Repression.
Doug Bullock, Albany County Legislator
Dr. Andy Coats  PNHP *
DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving) – New York
Elaine Brower  – national steering committee of WCW and anti-war military mom
Fight Imperialism Stand Together (FIST)
Freedom Road Socialist Organization
Freedom Socialist Party
Gilbert Achcar – Lebanese academic and writer
Guilderland Neighbors for Peace
Haiti Action Committee
Hands off Venezuela
International Socialist Organization
Iraq Peace Action Coalition – Minneapolis
Jersey City Peace Movement
Journal Square Homeless Coalition
Kim Nguyen, Metrowest Peace Action (MWPA)*
Lillie “Ms. K” Branch-Kennedy – Director, Resource Information Help for the Disadvantaged (R.I.H.D.), Virginia
Lisa Savage, CODEPINK Maine, Bring Our War $$ Home Coaltion *
Los Angeles – Palestine Labor Solidarity Committee
Maggie Zhou – ClimateSOS *
Maine Veterans for Peace
Maria Cristina Gutierrez, Exec. Director,  Companeros del Barrio
Mark Roman, Waterville Area Bridges for Peace _ Justice
Marlena Santoyo, Germantown Friends Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
Masjid As-Salam Mosque, Albany, NY
Michigan Emergency Committee Against Wars and Injustice
Middle East Children’s Alliance
Middle East Crisis Committee
Mobilization Against War and Occupation  – Vancouver, Canada
Mobilization to Free Mumia
Moratorium NOW Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shut-offs
Muslim Solidarity Committee
Nancy Murray, Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights*
New Abolitionist Movement
New England United

New Socialist Project

New York Labor Against the War

No More Victims
Nodutdol for Korean Community Development
Northeast Peace and Justice Action Coalition
Northwest Greens
NotMyPriorities.org
Nuestro Norte Es El Sur ((NUNO-SUR) Our North is the South
Pakistan USA Freedom Forum
Pakistani Trade Union Defense Campaign
Peace and Freedom Party
Peninsula Peace _ Justice, Blue Hill, Maine
Peninsula Peace and Justice Center – Palo Alto, Ca.
Peoples Video Network
Phil Wilayto, Editor, The Virginia Defender
Philadelphia Against War
Progressive Peace Coalition, Columbus Ohio
Queen Zakia Shabazz – Director, United Parents Against Lead National, Inc.
Ralph Poynter, Lynne Stewart Defense Committee
Revolutionary Workers Group
Rhode Island Mobilization Committee
Rochester Against War
Ron Jacobs, writer
Saladin Muhammad – Founding Member, Black Workers for Justice
Sarah Roche-Mahdi, Code Pink Boston*
Saratoga Peace Alliance
Sherry Wolf – International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Author Sexuality and Socialism
Siege Busters Working Group
Socialist Action
Socialist Organizer
Socialist Viewpoint
Solidarity
Solidarity Committee of the Capital District

Stop the Wars Coalition, Boston

The Campaign Against Sanctions _ Military Intervention in Iran
The Thomas Merton Center
Twin Cities Peace Campaign
Upper Hudson Peace Action
Virginia Defender
West Hartford Citizens for Peace and Justice
WESTPAC Foundation
Women against Military Madness
Workers International League
Workers World Party
Youth for International Socialism

Richmonders condemn Israel’s massacre of international aid activists

 

Richmond, Va., June 1 – More than 75 people held a spirited protest this evening outside Richmond City Hall to condemn the Memorial Day Massacre of 20 international humanitarian aid activists by the Israeli military. The protestors only stopped to eat and drink, bringing with them iceboxes and coolers and immediately resuming protests.

About 50 Arab-Americans from the Greater Richmond area were joined by Black community activists, students, anarchists and members of local peace organizations, chanting “Free, Free Gaza, Free Free Palestine!” as passing motorists waved and honked their horns in support.

The murdered aid activists were among 700 volunteers from some 20 countries traveling on six civilian ships to deliver 10,000 tons of humanitarian supplies to the Gaza Strip, where Israel has imposed a now 3-year blockade on the 1.5 million Palestinian residents, creating a grave humanitarian crisis.

Early on the morning of May 31, some 15 Israeli naval vessels and helicopters surrounded the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla.” Commandos dropped on the lead ship proceeded to open fire, killing up to 20 internationals and wounding more than 50 wounded.

In addition to demanding murder indictments against the Israeli political and military leadership, the Richmond protesters called for an immediate end to the $3 billion in annual U.S. aid to Israel, money that makes possible Israel’s suppression of the national rights of the Palestinian people.

Organized in less than 20 hours, this evening’s protest was co-sponsored by the Arab-American Association of Virginia and the Defenders for Freedom, Justice _ Equality.

 

 

Union miners hold mass protest outside Massey Energy stockholders’ meeting

 

Richmond, Va., May 18 – More than 1,000 members of the United Mine Workers of America and their supporters marched today on the upscale Jefferson Hotel where the stockholders of Richmond-based Massey Energy Co. were holding their annual meeting.

Chanting “Don Blankenship has got to go,” the union members demanded the firing – and imprisonment – of the coal company’s notorious president.

The protest was organized by the UMWA to condemn the deaths of 29 miners who lost their lives April 5 in an avoidable mine explosion at Massey’s Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, W. Va.

The evening before the march, some 600 miners, other union members, allies and friends held a candlelight vigil outside Massey’s downtown corporate offices, where the names of all 52 miners killed over the past 10 years in Massey mines were read.

Among those supporting the vigil and march were members of the Communications Workers of America, United Food and Commerical Workers, the Defenders, Virginia People’s Assembly and several environmental organizations.

 

 

A HOAX TO ILLUSTRATE A POINT: “France to Repay Haiti $21 Billion”

The video below is the hoax video and beneath it I have included the text of the article that accompanied it. Now, of course the Defenders believes that France should return the restitution it forced Haiti to pay – 90 million in gold francs – from the years 1825 to 1947.

REPORT-BACK: Richmond teach-in calls for end to U.S. wars and occupations

“Rethinking Afghanistan and Iran” was the name of a community teach-in held Oct. 17 in Richmond, Va., by the Defenders for Freedom, Justice _ Equality and the Richmond Peace Education Center. Part of national day of protests to mark the 8th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, the event was one of about 45 actions across the country held in response to a call by the National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations.

About 30 people, more than a third of whom were African-American, attended the Richmond event, which was filmed by NHK-TV, a public broadcasting station based in Tokyo with a global audience of about 100 million. The footage will be used as part of a documentary about President Barack Obama’s first year in office.

The teach-in opened with excerpts from “Rethink Afghanistan,” the recently released documentary by Robert Greenwald, which examines the human and economic cost of the war as well as the U.S. occupation’s negative impact on women.

Larry Syverson, a member of the national steering committee of Military Families Speak Out, spoke about being the parent of four sons who have or are serving multiple terms in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. “These wars are wrong on two counts,” Syverson stated. “We are fighting a war in the neighborhoods of innocents of another country and are sending our loved ones to be bait for attack.”

The second speaker was Phil Wilayto, editor of The Virginia Defender newspaper and author of “In Defense of Iran: Notes from a People’s Peace Delegation through the Islamic Republic.” Wilayto examined the current negotiations between Iran and the so-called Group-of-Five-Plus One countries and the Western drive to prevent Iran from developing into a regional power.

The two speakers were then joined by the event’s co-chairs, Adria Scharf, executive director of the Richmond Peace Education Center and Ana Edwards, chair of the Defenders’ Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project, to form a panel for the public forum portion of the program.

Single-payer advocate Andrea Miller captured the spirit of the discussion when she called for “Health Care Not Warfare,” leading to an exchange about how the issue of the seemingly endless wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and now possibly Iran can be raised in the context of community struggles.

For media coverage of other Oct. 17 events, log onto www.nationalassembly.org

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Cindy Sheehan Impeachment Caravan in Richmond

 

Carlos Arredondo, who lost his oldest son to a sniper in Iraq, peers through the window of his mobile shrine to his son – a pick-up truck outfitted with a flag-draped coffin, his son’s military portrait, his boots and dogtags, as well as a waffle (his son’s favorite food) and a small pile of stones, representing the power of the small and determined over the large and seemingly inconquerable. Mr. Arredondo was traveling with the Cindy Sheehan impeachment caravan which stopped in Richmond Va on July 21, 2007.

 

 

Click here to read an analysis of the counter-demonstration at the March 17, 2007, March on the Pentagon.

VAWN takes a stand against U.S.-Israeli aggression in Lebanon — click here for flier for Aug. 12 march in D.C.

Photo by Caine Rose

Photo by Caine Rose

Rallying in Fayetteville. Bring the troops home now!

Getting ready to march in Fayetteville.