Speakout at the Metro Stop at Vermont & Wilshire
We gathered during the United National Antiwar Coalition’s national days of action marking the 16th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan for a “Street Speakout”Against U.S. War & Racism. Organizations representing the struggles against U.S. imperialism on the Korean peninsula, Philippines, Iran, Central and Latin America and here in the U.S. were present. Organizers from the International Action Center, BAYAN-USA and Anakbayan, all members of the International League of Peoples Struggles and UNAC, initiated this rally at a metro stop at Vermont and Wilshire. We gathered names and invited rail riders to join the fight to end all U.S. wars which feed racism, poverty and repression both here and abroad.
International Action Center
BAYAN-USA Southern California
Korean American National Coordinating Council
We had a showing of the Robert Greenwald documentary “Rethink Afghanistan.” The turnout was small, but the discussion afterward was lively and inspiring, and everyone agreed we should meet again in November to show a similar film about an international issue.
On the 16th Anniversary to the Start of the US War on Terror
by Meredith Aby-Keirstead, member of the Anti-War Committee, at the MN Peace Action Coalition protest on October 7th, 2017
The MN Peace Action Coalition called this protest for today because it marks the 16th year of the US war on Afghanistan. 16 years! I have students that have never known a time where the US hasn’t been at war with Afghanistan! My 8 year old daughter has never known a time where the US hasn’t been at war. Today we are here to say that these wars must end! And we are here to say NO to expanding these conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, throughout Africa and most importantly to say NO to the use of nuclear weapons against the people of Korea!
The news media this week has been doing a lot of reflecting on 16 years of war in Afghanistan. And of course the first thing they wanted to know is how many troops are there in Afghanistan? The media and Congress pressed the Pentagon and we found out that there are 11,000 US troops in Afghanistan when we had previously been told there were 8,400! Sec. of Defense Matts this week announced that the US will be sending 3,000 more troops – thereby bringing the total to 14,000! Additionally, the Pentagon announced a new policy this week. They no longer plan to detail troop numbers or destinations (The Columbian 10/3/17 and NYT 9/30/17). What message do we have for the Trump administration on these announcements? Shame! Boo! Read More »
The anti-war movement gathered at Washington Square Park on October 7. 2017; for a vigil on the 16th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, followed by a solemn march to Union Square for a demonstration against U.S. war threats to North Korea, and endless wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, among other countries and continue to Herald Square in Midtown Manhattan as a part of the coordinated national effort of many antiwar, antiracist, social justice and community-based groups.
In the wake of 9/11 in the US we’ve seen the war on terror materialize in widespread Islamophobic and anti-Arab racist violence. We’ve seen it materialize in the surveillance and criminalization of Palestinian youth activists and community leaders. We’ve seen it materialize in the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security, the massive expansion of Border Patrol and ICE, and the hyper-militarization of the police state. The lessons the empire learned in Baghdad and Kabul have been transplanted into oppressed nationality communities, through counter-insurgency tactics, new spying techniques, and a tsunami of military grade weapons in the hands of those who terrorize Black and Brown communities – the police. It’s no accident that the same federal prison where many of the Eastchester 120 are being held right now is where dozens of Arab and Muslim immigrants were disappeared to and tortured in the aftermath of 9/11. In short – the war on terror has really been a war of terror.
On October 7 it’s important that we come together to demand and end to this war of terror. But beyond condemning US imperialism, we are called upon to connect our local struggles against surveillance, criminalization, police occupation, raids, deportations, gentrification and displacement, to the global struggle against US empire.
On October 7, Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace joined the Rochester Peace Action and Education Vigil to commemorate the anniversary of the beginning of the 16 year US war in Afghanistan. About 20 people gathered at the corner of East Avenue and Goodman Street in the city of Rochester. There was lots of traffic in this busy intersection, and a largely positive response where many cars honked and held up peace signs.
The Boricua groups in Puerto Rico and in exile could learn an important lesson from the organizers of this rally. Towards the end of the activity, a spokesperson said that the key to our success will be our ability to create a united front. She asked that all who are not already actively involved in the resistance, to either join any one of the groups there, or to create one themselves.
Boricua groups fighting for independence, in general, want everyone to join their own groups, and are not willing to cooperate with other groups. Many groups have not understood that this kind of mentality will keep us colonized forever.
We need to support all groups that are fighting to establish a government that will represent 100% of its citizens, instead of just the 1%. Why? Because those who just want to represent the 1% don’t believe in LIBERTY AND IN JUSTICE FOR ALL!