LFN all to action: Bay Area antiwar planning meeting
Bay Area antiwar planning meeting on Monday, February 12, 7-9 pm at the Niebyl Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave., Oakland The sole objective of the meeting is to constitute a new Bay Area coalition for the purpose of organizing a Bay Area April 14 or April 15 regional antiwar mobilization, as part of coordinated national actions on those days. (See all the details below.) Please make every effort to attend and join in on the ground floor as we mobilize against the U.S. wars at home and abroad.
____ Add my name/organization as an endorser as follows”This past Saturday, February 3, representatives of sixty-six antiwar and social justice organizations from across the U.S. voted unanimously via a national conference call to initiate major regional demonstrations against the U.S. wars at home and abroad on the weekend of April 14-15. Initial coordinated mobilizations are being planned for New York, SF Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago and Minneapolis. The February 3 meeting was initiated by the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Bases and the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC). The decision to recommend to the conference call participants that we mobilize on April 14-15 was unanimously adopted by the steering committees of the two coalitions representing some 35 national groups.Here is the new website for the Spring Action: http://www.springaction2018.org/ and the resolution/call approved unanimously at the recent Baltimore national conference of the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Bases. http://noforeignbases.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Spring-Action-Call.pdf.The demands below were sent to a wide list of organizations prior to the conference call by UNAC.– End U.S. overt and covert wars, drone wars, sanction/embargo wars, and death squad assassination wars.– Close all U.S. bases on foreign soil. Dismantle all nuclear weapons.– Bring all U.S. troops home now. Self-determination not military intervention. U.S. hands off the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. End military aid to apartheid Israel. Self-determination for Palestine. The U.S. cannot be the cop of the world.– $Trillions for human needs. For jobs and social services, quality debt-free education and single payer health care. No to anti-union legislation. For $15 and a Union Now.– Defend the environment against life-threatening fossil fuel-induced global warming. For a rapid transition to a 100 percent clean, sustainable energy system and retraining and jobs at union wages for all displaced energy workers. – No to white supremacy and policies and actions against Muslims, immigrants, people of color, and indigenous peoples. No to police brutality/murder. End racist mass incarceration. Black Lives Matter!– No human being is illegal. No to deportations. Yes to DACA and TPS (Temporary Protective Status) and a just and early path to citizenship. No ban, no wall!– No to sexism, sexual violence and harassment. Yes to equal work and pay. Support women’s reproductive rights.The U.S. government and its leading Pentagon generals openly and repeatedly threaten nuclear war or massive military intervention against sovereign nations. Such is the case today with North Korea, Iran and Venezuela. Simultaneously, U.S. military forces are at war in several nations including Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia. Haiti and Honduras also face covert and ongoing U.S. intervention.More than 800 U.S. military bases circle the globe in more than 170 countries at the cost of $trillions, while these same $trillions are subtracted from critical social programs at home. $Trillions in tax cuts and corporate bailouts are granted to the super rich while the war at home takes on virulent racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, Islamophobic and homophobic forms.Join us on Monday, February 12 at 7-9 pm. Cindy Sheehan, Cindy Sheehan’s SoapboxAlice Walker, authorNancy Price, Exec. Comm., Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases Blanca Missé, Labor Rising; International Women’s Strike*Alita Blanc, President, United Educators of San Francisco (UESF)*Barbara L. Nielsen, Co-Chair, Nat’l DISARM-End Wars Committee, Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, United States Section*; Member, WILPF San Francisco Branch*Jeff Mackler, Northern California United National Antiwar Coal; Nat’l UNAC Administrative Comm.Ellen Schwartz, former Program co-chair, Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, U.S. SectionJack Fleck, Steering Committee, 350 Bay Area*Mary Ratcliff, Editor, San Francisco Bay View, a National Black NewspaperTova Fry, International Action CenterMonadel Herzallah, Labor organizer, antiwar activistWalter Riley, Board Chair, Haiti Emergency Relief Fund; Chair, Meiklejohn Civil Liberties InstituteAlan Benjamin, Steering Committee, Labor Fightback Network; delegate, SF Labor Council*David Welsh, Veterans for Peace East Bay Chapter 162; Haiti Action Commi.* delegate SF Labor Council*Don Bechler, Chair, Single Payer NowRick Sterling, Steering Committee, Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center; Hands Off Syria CoalitionPaul George, Director, Peninsula Peace and Justice CenterKamran Nayeri, Editor, Our Place in the World: A Journal of EcosocialismStephen Bingham, Past President, SF Bay Area Chapter National Lawyers Guild; Grassroots Coalition for Immigrant and Civil Rights*Laura Herrera, Co-coordinator, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-JamalAlicia Jrapko, U.S. Coordinator, International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity.Tom Lacey, Chair, San Francisco Peace and Freedom PartyKarl Kramer, Campaign Co-director, San Francisco Living Wage Coalition*Dan Kaplan, Executive Sec., San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1493Francisco Herrera, Trabajo Cultural CAMINANTE /Cultural Worker/EducatorRon Dicks, Past International Vice President Western Region, International Federation of Professional and Technical Employees (IFPTE), retired*Ralph Schoenman and Mya Shone, Co-producers, Taking Aim, Pacifica RadioRhonda Ramiro, Vice Chair, BAYAN-USACarolina Dutton, Task Force on the Americas/Marin,Bill Balderston, Teacher/labor activistBradley Wiedmaier, SEIU Local 2015 SF Labor Council delegate*Barry Hermanson, San Francisco Green PartyMarsha Feinland, State Executive Committee, Peace & Freedom PartyMarylia Kelley, Tri-Valley CAREsClarence Thomas, ILWU Local 10, retiredKatharine Harer, Co-VP & Organizer, AFT 1493, San Mateo Community College Federation of TeachersAllan Fisher, AFT 2121 SF Labor Council delegate, CISPESAttila Nagy, President, Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County;*;Comité VIDA immigrant rights organization* *organization for identification only