Bay Area

Sunday, April 15, 2018, Assemble: 10 am Lake Merritt Amphitheater (near 12th Street and Lake Merritt Blvd.), 11- 12 Noon Opening rally, Lake Merritt Amphitheater, 12 Noon - 1:00 pm March to Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland Civic Center, Oscar Grant Plaza
1:00 - 5 pm  Rally at Frank Ozawa Plaza/Oscar Grant Plaza

For more information: SpringAction2018@lmi.net

Minneapolis 

​Sunday, April 15, 1:30 PM, Hennepin and Lagoon Aves., Minneapolis

​For more information: https://www.facebook.com/Minnesota-Peace-Action-Coalition-133071846772683/?ref=br_rs


San Francisco, Chicago and New York organizing meetings planned to organize spring actions.  See below for details. If you are in one of these areas, please attend the meeting.

List of Spring Action Events to Protest the Wars at Home and Abroad

 Spring Actions 2018 

New York

Thursday February 22, 2018, 7:00-9:00 PM
CWA Local 1180
6 Harrison Street, NYC 10013


​More information to follow soon or email: springactions@gmail.com

Chicago


12:30 pm to 3 pm
Saturday, Feb. 17
United Electrical Workers Hall
37 S. Ashland Avenue, Chicago


War has brought unimaginable horror and pain to tens of millions of people over the past several years. At the center of this catastrophe is the U.S. government -- by far the world’s largest arms producer and exporter, with hundreds of bases around the world, and spending as much on its military as almost the rest of the world combined.

Under both Democrats and Republicans, the U.S. has bombed more countries over the past few years than at any time since World War II, killing hundreds of thousands of people while flagrantly violating the U.N. Charter and other international law. The longest war in our history grinds on in Afghanistan, and famine and cholera ravage Yemen thanks to a U.S.-supported Saudi invasion. The U.S. response to “Arab Spring” rebellions was to support dictators, proxy armies and yet more bombings. In direct contravention of U.S. law, Trump, Obama and their predecessors directly supported military coups and attempted coups in several countries.

Military spending and outright war are huge consumers of fossil fuels, greatly contributing to climate change and other environmental devastation. War and climate change force people to leave their homes, tearing them away from their families and communities. Even though wealthy countries are the cause of much of this trauma, people fleeing this devastation are met with racism in the United States and Europe.  

Under both Trump and Obama, the U.S. has increased the slow strangulation of the Palestinian people, given a blank check to more Israeli land thefts, while ignoring Israeli imprisonment and torture of Palestinian children. And on top of these “usual” atrocities, we have a president who apparently believes that we can have “limited” nuclear war on Korea without disastrous consequences for people in all countries on the planet.

Paradoxically, there is hardly an anti-war movement to speak of in the United States. Awed by the seemingly unstoppable might of U.S. militarism, and diverted by broken Democratic Party promises of peace, the movement virtually ceased to exist during Bush’s second term and the Obama years.

Yet the lack of such a movement tremendously injures almost every other struggle for social justice we hope to strengthen – from getting resources for affordable housing, schools, healthcare, environmental clean-up and jobs, to stopping the toxic colonial mentality that reinforces police brutality and sees Black and Latinx neighborhoods as ones to strip of resources and then gentrify on the cheap.

However difficult it seems to counter this seemingly limitless barbarity, we must do so. Our tasks are immense, and our resources few -- especially when compared to the virtually unlimited resources that the world’s largest empire will use to defend its planet-devastating privileges.

In a modest attempt to begin addressing these huge needs, small groupings of people and organizations around the country are planning anti-war protests on the Saturday before Tax Day – April 14. The call for these protests came out of a recent Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases conference, and is supported by the United National Anti-war Coalition.

Here in the Chicago area, it is the goal of the ad hoc group issuing this call to use the April 14th event as a springboard to a much larger event – a march on the 50th anniversary of Chicago’s brutal suppression of anti-war protests during the Democratic Party Convention in 1968.

The 50th anniversary of the Chicago 1968 Democratic Convention offers a unique opportunity to drive home the lessons of how, a few times in the past, wars have been stopped before the complete devastation of one or both sides. Stopping the U.S. war on Vietnam required a combination of courageous resistance by the Vietnamese targets of U.S. domination, U.S. soldiers refusing to fight for empire, plus a steadfast anti-war movement in the streets around the globe supporting these resisters.

To begin organizing for April 14th and beyond, we will have an initial meeting on Saturday, February 17, 12:30 pm to 3 pm at the United Electrical Workers Hall, 37 S. Ashland Avenue, Chicago (wheelchair accessible). To avoid having to deal with police or other right-wing infiltrators or disrupters, this initial meeting will not be public, but we encourage you to invite all who you think might genuinely be interested in this project.

We hope we will see you on the 17th!

Joleen Kirschenman
Amy Meyers
Andy Thayer, Gay Liberation Network
Rich Whitney, Vice-Chair, Illinois Green Party/Co-Chair, Green Party Peace Action Committee

 

 


San Francisco Bay Area

Dear Antiwar and Social Justice activists,
You are invited to a 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. 

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 Soapbox
Alice Walker, author
Nancy 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.

         Section
Jack Fleck, Steering Committee, 350 Bay Area*

Mary Ratcliff, Editor, San Francisco Bay View, a National Black Newspaper
Tova Fry, International Action Center
Monadel Herzallah, Labor organizer, antiwar activist
Walter Riley, Board Chair, Haiti Emergency Relief  Fund; Chair, Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute
Alan 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 Now
Rick Sterling, Steering Committee, Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center; Hands Off Syria Coalition
Paul George, Director, Peninsula Peace and Justice Center
Kamran Nayeri, Editor, Our Place in the World: A Journal of Ecosocialism
Stephen 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-Jamal
Alicia Jrapko, U. S. Coordinator, International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity.
Tom Lacey, Chair, San Francisco Peace and Freedom Party
Karl Kramer, Campaign Co-director, San Francisco Living Wage Coalition*
Dan Kaplan, Executive Sec., San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT Local

     1493
Francisco Herrera, Trabajo Cultural CAMINANTE /Cultural Worker/Educator
Ron 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 Radio
Rhonda Ramiro, Vice Chair, BAYAN-USA
Carolina Dutton, Task Force on the Americas,
Bill Balderston, Teacher/labor activist
Bradley Wiedmaier, SEIU Local 2015 SF Labor Council delegate*
Barry Hermanson, San Francisco Green Party
Marsha Feinland, State Executive Committee, Peace & Freedom Party
Marylia Kelley, Tri-Valley CAREs
Clarence Thomas, ILWU Local 10, retired
Katharine Harer, Co-VP & Organizer, AFT 1493, San Mateo Community College Federation of

     Teachers

*organization for identification only