“A National Antiwar & Social Justice Conference to Stop the Wars at Home & Abroad!”
The United National AntiWar Coalition (UNAC) hosted their 2015 conference, May 8-10 in Secaucus, New Jersey.
Speakers and panelists included a wide array of peace, social justice, and labor activists, many of whom you know from their writings and appearances in indy media. Veterans For Peace national vice president, Gerry Condon, represented VFP. Several other prominent VFP members, including Col. Ann Wright and Ray McGovern were also in attendance.
Here are two samples from the final report:
The theme of “Stop the Wars at Home & Abroad” was first used by UNAC at its founding conference in 2010 to oppose attacks on the Muslim community that were part of the phony U.S. “war on terror.” Today this war at home is increasingly impacting Black and Brown communities, working people and their unions and the civil liberties of everyone.
By featuring voices from communities under attack here at home, UNAC and the antiwar movement made an important political turn that solidly places us in the camp of those fighting the militarization of the police, mass incarceration, climate disaster and attacks on civil liberties, while drawing the connections between those struggles and the increasing U.S. wars and U.S. proxy wars abroad.
The Action Resolution passed at the final conference session included a call for coordinated antiwar and social justice actions in October; support for Black Lives Matter and other anti-racist, pro-women and pro-LGBTQ groups calling for actions on May 21; support for a call for a national presence on Sept. 19 in Richmond, Va., to defend slavery-related sites threatened by for-profit development; support for the “Fight for $15 and a Union” movement; support for international actions planned to protest the expected and tragic failure of the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP 21 or Conference of Parties) set for Paris, France; and a resolution supporting Iran’s Red Crescent ship taking humanitarian supplies to challenge the U.S. and Saudi Arabian blockade of Yemen, among others.
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In our view, VFP needs to be even more closely linked and work in coordination with UNAC and other national peace and justice coalitions and organizations.