Peace Muster in Albany

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U.S. Peace Movement to Meet in Albany:
And you're invited!
by Veterans for Peace
Hundreds of people will be gathering in Albany, N.Y., July 23-25 to decide how best to strengthen the movement to end the carnage and destruction resulting from wars and occupations. You can learn more and register to take part at
http://www.nationalpeaceconference.org

National Conference to Bring the Troops Home Now!

July 23 to 25, 2010

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Albany , New York

In these troubled times, Washington's wars and occupations rage, resulting in an ever increasing number of dead and wounded and the destruction of countries posing no threat to the United States. Trillions of dollars are spent on seemingly endless co nflicts in pursuit of profits and global domination, while trillions more are lost by working people through loss of jobs, homes, pensions, health care, and cuts to social programs and public services. The U.S. goes to war to plunder the world's fossil fuel resources, the unrestrained use of which threatens the future of our planet.

We must demand the immediate and total withdrawal of U.S. military forces, mercenaries and contractors from Afghanistan and Iraq , and the end to drone attacks on Pakistan , Afghanistan , and other countries, and call for self-determination for the people of all countries. Moreover, we recognize that the Middle East cauldron today also encompasses Iran , Yemen , Palestine , and Israel , while countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa are targeted for intervention by a militarized U.S. foreign policy.
 

For further information and to register, go to our website:


The urgency of the current world situation DEMANDS UNITY OF ACTION and purpose to generate the broad social movement we must create to not only end wars and occupations, but to fundamentally change the aggressive policies that inevitably lead our country to militarism, racism, and war. Our cry must be "Money for Human Needs; Not for Wars, Occupations, and Bail-Outs."

Come to a conference where peace, social justice and environmental activists will come together to discuss the major concerns we face and to hammer out an ambitious program of action. The time is long overdue for such a gathering.

SCHEDULE

Friday evening, July 23: Panel discussion on "Strategies & Tactics in the Struggle to End the Empire's Wars and Occupations"; Presentation of Action Proposal

Saturday, July 24: Keynote Speakers; Workshops; Lunch panel on Government Repression, Defense of Political Prisoners, and Guantanamo Detainees; Plenary Discussion of Action Proposal, Amendments & Resolutions

Saturday evening, July 24: Public Gathering with speakers & cultural performances

Sunday, July 25: Plenary Discussion and Vote on Action Proposal; Workshops
 

CO-SPONSORS

After Downing Street, Arab American Union Members Council, Bail Out the People Movement, BAYAN USA, Black Agenda Report, Campaign for Peace and Democracy, Campus Antiwar Network, Citizen Soldier, Code Pink, Fellowship of Reconciliation, International Action Center, Grandmothers Against the War, Granny Peace Brigade, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, May 1st Workers and Immigrant Rights Coalition, National Assembly to End US Wars and Occupations, National Lawyers Guild, Office of the Americas, Peace Action, Peace of the Action, Progressive Democrats of America, Project Salam, September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, Students for a Democratic Society, U.S. Labor Against the War, Veterans for Peace, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Voters For Peace, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, World Can't Wait
 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

NOAM CHOMSKY, Internationally renowned political activist, author, and critic of U.S. foreign and domestic policies, MIT Professor Emeritus of Linguistics (via video)

DONNA DEWITT, President, South Carolina AFL-CIO; Co-Chair, South Carolina Progressive Network; Steering Committee, U.S. Labor Against the War; Administrative Body, National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations

Additional Speakers: Joel Kovel, Dahlia Wasfi, Leila Zand, Cheri Honkala, Medea Benjamin, Pardiss Kebriaei, Kathy Kelly, Mike Ferner, Kevin Martin, Michael McPhearson, Nada Khader, Larry Holmes, Michael Eisenscher, David Swanson, Glen Ford, Blanca Misse, Pam Africa, Cindy Sheehan, Fahima Vorgetts, Kathy Black, Debra Sweet, Noura Erakat, Ann Wright (partial list)

PANEL ON POLITICAL REPRESSION, GUANTANAMO

MUSLIM POLITICAL PRISONERS

Hear statements from political prisoners Attorney Lynne Stewart, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Imam Aref and speakers from Project Salam, the Muslim Solidarity Committee, and the Center for Constitutional Rights

Friday Night July 23 Panel on:

"Strategies and Tactics in the Struggle to End the Empire's Wars and Occupations"



Speakers

 

1.      Medea Benjamin, CODE PINK

2.      Michael Eisenscher, National Coordinator, U.S. 
         Labor Against the War

3.      Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

4.      Chris Gauvreau, Administrative Body, National
         Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and
         Occupations

5.      Teresa Gutierrez, International Action Center

6.      Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence

7.      Nada Khader, Palestinian-American and Executive
         Director of the WESPAC (Westchester Peace Action
         Coalition) Foundation

8.      Kevin Martin, Executive Director, Peace Action

9.      Michael McPhearson, United for Peace and Justice
         Co-Chair; Veterans for Peace

10.    Blanca Misse, Graduate Student, UC at Berkeley;
        played leading role in March 4 student protests

11.    David Swanson, WarIsACrime.org (formerly
         AfterDowningStreet.org)

12.    Deborah Sweet, National Director, World Can't Wait

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UNITED ANTIWAR CONFERENCE (UNAC)

For further information and to register, go to our website:

http://www.nationalpeaceconference.org

Or write UNAC, P.O. Box 21675 , Cleveland , OH 44121 ; phone 518-227-6947

 

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Who Will Be There and Why:

I will be attending the National Conference to Bring the Troops Home Now! being held in Albany, NY on July 23-25 because in the labor movement we understand that our power and success depends on our unity and solidarity. No part of the antiwar or social justice movements has sufficient power to make the kinds of changes we need to put our country on the path to meeting the needs of our people while acting as a responsible member of the international community. We can only achieve that by cooperating to combine our individual efforts. The conference is another step down that road. OUR DIVERSITY + UNITY + SOLIDARITY = POWER TO CHANGE THE WORLD.
Michael Eisenscher, National Coordinator, U.S. Labor Against the War

I will be attending the National Conference to Bring the Troops Home Now! being held in Albany, NY on July 23-25. Every day, 850 Afghan children die. One fourth of Afghanistan's children don't live beyond their fifth year. As the U.S. wages war against one of the poorest countries in the world, U.S. people will be asked to spend one million dollars to keep one soldier in Afghanistan, for one year. Elites in Washington, D.C. and London discuss what they want to see happen in Afghanistan. The question should be: What do people of Afghanistan want to see happen? When we gather in Albany, we'll have an opportunity to better understand why many in Afghanistan insist that they don't want invaders of their country, in collusion with warlords, to dictate their future. I want to gather with war resisters who are determined to create a timetable that will help us coordinate actions to end the U.S. warfare in Afghanistan.
Kathy K elly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence

I will be attending the National Conference to Bring the Troops Home Now! being held in Albany, NY on July 23-25 because our duty to resist complicity in mass murder doesn't change with the season or the political party of the president. This war is illegal, immoral, economically catastrophic, and hopeless on its own terms. It is endangering and impoverishing us all. In the face of endless revelations that, just as we would, the people of Afghanistan hate being occupied, war proponents have resorted to advertising Afghanistan's mineral wealth. But seizing that wealth would be, like the rest of this operation, illegal and counterproductive. And unless bin Laden is hiding underneath the Lithium, this just takes us further from the equally illegal and counterproductive original casus belli of revenge. A smart and strategic fraction of the majority of Americans who oppose this madness can end it if we take heart, stay organized, and seize opportunities -- of which there are now many. Albany will be remembered as the beginning of the end of a crime against humanity. Who wouldn't want to be able to say they were there?
David Swanson, WarIsACrime.org

I will be attending the National Conference to Bring the Troops Home Now! being held in Albany, NY on July 23-25 because our nation has become a non-stop killing machine. For over fifty years we have repeated endless attacks on defenseless civilians. Each and every one of these aggressive wars has led to the moral and physical deterioration of the United States as well as the massacre of countless non-combatants. We affirm the position of Johan Galtung, the founder of the field of peace and conflict studies in his new book, THE FALL OF THE US EMPIRE. Speaking of the Afghanistan War and how to get out, Galtung says, "I love the US Republic, and I hate the US Empire."
Blase Bonpane, Ph.D, Director, OFFICE OF THE AMERICAS

I will be attending the National Conference to Bring the Troops Home Now! being held in Albany, NY on July 23-25 because I've been protesting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the streets since 2003, and I am desperate to find a way to finally bring our troops home. I have five grandchildren, and I don't want them to live in a country, the United States, where we are universally despised for our immoral attacks and oppression of other countries, where the needs of our citizens are more and more neglected because of the abominable amounts of our tax money spent on these conflicts, and where our young people are needlessly dying and suffering grievous mental and physical wounds fighting for no discernible reason. My hope is that together in Albany we will find a solution and finally bring an end to these unconscionable, destructive wars of our making.
Joan Wile, Founder-Director, Grandmothers Against the War

I will be attending the National Conference to Bring the Troops Home Now! being held in Albany, NY on July 23-25 because the US's resource wars for profit are still raging and the anti-war "movement" is asleep at the wheel. The wars for profit continue to kill countless numbers of people and it is obvious that our "leaders" don't want them to end. The people of this country need to be educated that the Democrats don't want to help us.
CINDY SHEEHAN IS THE MOTHER OF SPC. CASEY SHEEHAN WHO WAS KILLED IN IRAQ ON 04 APRIL 2004. SHE IS THE NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF PEACE OF THE ACTION AND THE AUTHOR OF FIVE BOOKS AND HOST OF HER OWN RADIO SHOW: CINDY SHEEHAN'S SOAPBOX.

 

For further information and to register, go to our website:

http://www.nationalpeaceconference.org

 
 
 
 
Mike Ferner, National President
Veterans For Peace
Organized locally.
Recognized nationally.
Exposing the true costs of war and militarism since 1985.
 
www.veteransforpeace.org
 

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