National Days of Action: Stop the War Against Syria!

United Statement and Call for Action to Oppose
U.S./NATO AND ISRAELI WAR ON SYRIA

No more wars – U.S. out of the Middle East!

National Days of Action, June 28 - July 17, 2013

Israeli air strikes on May 5 near Damascus

The White House’s June 13th announcement that it would begin directly supplying arms to the opposition in Syria is a dramatic escalation of the U.S./NATO war against that country. Thousands of U.S. troops and intelligence personnel are training opposition forces and coordinating operations in Turkey and Jordan. Israel, the recipient of more than $3 billion annually in U.S. military aid, has carried out heavy bombing raids against Syria. The Pentagon has developed plans for a “no-fly” zone over Syria, threatening a new U.S. air war.

The pretext for this escalation is the assertion, presented without any actual evidence, that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in the conflict that has been raging for more than two years. Like their predecessors, President Obama and other top U.S. officials pretend to be concerned about “democracy” and “human rights” in Syria, but their closest allies in the campaign against Syria are police-state, absolute monarchies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Just as the false claim of “weapons of mass destruction” was used as justification for the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003, the allegations that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian military is meant to mask the real motives of Washington and its allies. Their aim is to carry out “regime change,” as part of the drive to create a “new Middle East.”

The invasion of Iraq in 2003, the U.S.-backed Israeli war in Lebanon in 2006, the 2011 NATO bombing of Libya, the now-escalating war in Syria and the growing threats against Iran are part of a coordinated regional effort by the United States, Britain and France to dominate this oil-rich and strategic region.

The U.S. government cuts basic services and has eliminated hundreds of thousands of public sector workers jobs in the last three years in the name of  a discredited austerity which has destroyed the economy, but has unlimited billions available for wars of aggression and NSA surveillance of almost every American.

We join together to call for National Days of Action, June 28 - July 17, 2013, to demand:

  • Stop the U.S./NATO/Israeli war and forms of intervention against Syria!

  • Self-determination free from outside intervention for the Syrian people!

  • Fund people’s needs, not the military!

  • U.S. Out of the Middle East!

Endorse the National Days of Action List a demonstration in your city

Endorsers

  • ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism)
  • United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
  • United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ)
  • Arab Americans for Peace
  • Arab Americans for Syria - AA4S
  • Veterans For Peace
  • World Can't Wait
  • Syrian American Forum
  • International Coalition to Free the Angola 3
  • Alliance for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines
  • March Forward!
  • KmB Pro-People Youth
  • Justice for Filipino American Veterans
  • Green Party of the United States
  • CRI-Panafricain
  • AF3IRM
  • All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC)
  • Revival of Panafricanism Forum
  • Ugnayan (Linking the Children of the Motherland)
  • Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL)
  • Socialist Action
  • Pakistan USA Freedom Forum
  • Alliance for Global Justice
  • Campaign for Labor Rights
  • Nicaragua Network
  • Project Censored/Media Freedom Foundation
  • Universal African Peoples Organization
  • Voices for Justice in Palestine
  • Women Against Military Madness
  • Students for a Democratic Society (National Body)
  • Voices for Creative Nonviolence
  • Freedom Road Socialist Organization
  • U.S. Peace Council
  • U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN)
  • International Action Center
  • BAYAN USA
  • May 1 Workers and Immigrant Rights Coalition
  • Honduras Resistencia USA
  • The Green Shadow Cabinet
  • SI Solidarity with Iran
  • Iran Working Group VFP
  • Workers World Party
  • Progressive Democrats of America
  • American Party of Labor
  • Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
  • Africana Leadership Opportunity Team (A.L.O.T.)
  • Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general
  • Cynthia McKinney, former Congressperson
  • Akbar Muhammad, International Representative, Nation of Islam
  • Heidi Boghosian, Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild
  • Ardeshir Ommani, President, American Iranian Friendship Committee (AIFC)
  • Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, candidates, Green Party
  • Prof. Jared Ball, radio host
  • Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report (organization for identification purpose only)
  • Margaret Flowers & Kevin Zeese, PopularResistance
  • Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report (organization for identification purpose only)
  • David Swanson, RootsAction
  • Sami Ramadani, journalist and scholar
  • Jim Lafferty, Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild/Los Angeles
  • Nada Khader, WESPAC
  • Ron Jacobs, journalist
  • Kathy Kelly
  • Fr. Bob Bossie, SCJ
  • Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival
  • Peoples Video Network
  • LEF Foundation
  • Community Futures Collective
  • Bob Carter, Justice for Palestinians, Houston (organization for identification purpose only)
  • ANAKBAYAN Los Angeles and San Diego
  • Sabah Jawad, Iraqi Democrats Against Occupation
  • SiGAw-GABRIELA USA
  • Southern California Immigration Coalition (SCIC)
  • Kevin Akin, California State Chair, Peace and Freedom Party
  • Puerto Rican Alliance-LA
  • Habi Arts
  • Stop the War Machine, New Mexico
  • Union of Progressive Iranians
  • West County Toxics Coalition, Richmond, Calif.
  • The Dream Team 2013, RI
  • Teach Peace Foundation, Sacramento, Calif.
  • Los Angeles Peace Council
  • Maine Code Pink
  • RI Peoples Assembly
  • Peace and Freedom Party, Santa Cruz County
  • RI SOS Save Our Schools Coalition
  • RI Unemployed Council
  • BAYAN-SOCAL
  • Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel
  • Eugene E Ruyle, Peace and Freedom Party
  • School of the Americas Watch - LA (SOA Watch-LA)
  • United for Justice with Peace Coalition (Boston)
  • Action LA Network
  • Chelsea Uniting Against the War
  • Take Back America for the People
  • The St. Petersburg Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
  • Columbus Campaign for Arms Control/For Mother Earth
  • Idaho Peace Coalition
  • Rev. Dr. Bruce Wright, Refuge Ministries
  • Matahari Music
  • Anarchy In Action, Buffalo, NY
  • Uniting for Peace, England
  • Peace Village
  • March 19th Antiwar Coalition, Chicago
  • Anti-war Committee, Chicago
  • Center for a Stateless Society
  • Antiwar (dot) com
  • Information Bureau for Peace Work
  • Philly Against War
  • Women in Black, Westchester, NY
  • Mobilization Against War and Occupation (MAWO) Vancouver, Canada
  • The-Origin Foundation, Inc.
  • Suffolk Veterans
  • People's Opposition to War, Imperialism, and Racism (POWIR)
  • Malcolm X Center for Self Determination
  • Ann Arbor Coalition Against the War (AACAW)
  • NE Philly for Peace and Justice
  • Upstate, NY drone action
  • Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality
  • Bangladesh Peace Council
  • Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War
  • Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace
  • Veterans for Peace, Chapter 9
  • Smedley D. Butler Brigade
  • Workers Action
  • Hands Off Syria, Sydney
  • Peace & Freedom Party of Florida
  • Albuquerque Center For Peace & Justice
  • Centre for Cultural, Educational, Economics and Social Studies - India
  • IWW - Madison GMB
  • Ismael Hossein-zadeh, Professor Emeritus, Drake University
  • Mary & Rev. Robert Reader
  • Ann Arbor Coalition Against the War (AACAW)
  • UFAA - United Front Against Austerity
  • Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action
  • Albertine Harris, AGDA/Arab German Development Association, New Arab Organization for International Peace (organizations for identification purpose only)
  • Charles J. Briody, III Episcopalian human rights advocate
  • Dave Smith, Managing Director, Fighting Fathers Ministries
  • Ignacio Mendez, Mendez Political Society of Hamburg
  • James Thring, Founder, Ministry of Peace
  • Lon Eilders Sr, Bishop Visitor, Franciscans of the Holy Cross
  • Rev. Matthew G. Hunter, Executive Director, Community Shares of Minnesota (organization for identification purpose only)
  • Riad El-Taher, former chair of F.A.F. (Friendship Across Frontiers)
  • S. Wolf, Human Rights and Civil Liberties Advocate, Wolf 's Enterprises Human and Civil Rights Advocacy
  • Saab Lofton, author/activist, Share the Wealth Productions
  • Tiberg Göteborg, Chairwoman, Women for Peace, west Sweden
  • Barney Richards, New Zealand Peace Council

Event listing

Seattle, Washington
Saturday, July 6
2:00 p.m.
Westlake Park: 4th and Pine
Contact ANSWER in Seattle at 206-568-1661

Buffalo, NY
Saturday, July 6
10:00 a.m.
Bidwell Park on Elmwood Ave.
Contact: 716-998-8079

Boston, MA
Saturday, July 6
Vigil at Main & Central (Rt. 27 & Rt. 135) in Natick
Contact 508-376-8495 or coakley50@earthlink.net
(first of two actions)

New Haven, Conn.

Tuesday, July 9
5:30 p.m.
Federal Building @ 141 Church Street
Contact ANSWER in New Haven at 203-903-4480 or connecticut@answercoalition.org

Chicago, Illinois
Tuesday, July 9
5:00 p.m.
Federal Plaza
Contact ANSWER in Chicago at 773-463-0311 or answer@chicagoanswer.net

New York City, N.Y.
Wednesday, July 10
5:00 p.m.
Times Square Recruitment Station
Contact ANSWER in NYC at 212-694-8720 or nyc@answercoalition.org

Los Angeles, Calif.
Wednesday, July 10
5:00 p.m.
Wilshire and Western
Contact ANSWER in Los Angeles at 323-810-3380 or answerla@answerla.org | www.answerla.org

San Francisco, Calif.
Wednesday, July 10
5:00 p.m.
Powell & Market Sts.
Contact ANSWER in San Francisco at 415-821-6545 or answer@answersf.org | www.answersf.org

Sacramento, Calif.
Wednesday July 10
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
15th and L Streets
Contact ANSWER in Sacramento at sac@answercoalition.org

Albuquerque, N.M.
Thursday, July 11
5:00 p.m.
UNM Bookstore: Central Avenue at Cornell
Contact ANSWER in Albuquerque at 505-268-2488 or abq@answercoalition.org

Albany, NY
Monday, July 15
5:00 p.m.
Delmar Four Corners (Delaware and Kenwood)
Contact 518-466-1192 or BethlehemNeighborsforPeace@yahoo.com

Syracuse, New York
Tuesday, July 16
4:00 pm
Federal Building (Corner of Clinton and Washington)
Contact: ANSWER Syracuse at syracuse@answercoalition.org

Vancouver, Canada
Tuesday, July 16
4:00 p.m.
U.S. Consulate, 1075 West Pender, Downtown Vancouver, Canada
Contact 604-526-4848 or info@mawovancouver.org

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
Wednesday, July 17
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 pm.
Bridge Vigil
Lake Street/Marshall Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River between Minneapolis and St. Paul
For more info: 612-827-5364 or 612-522-4861

Boston, MA
Saturday, July 20
1 p.m.
Park St. Station
Contact: 617-605-4250 or marilynl@alumni.neu.edu
(second of two actions)

Events have already taken place in Columbus, Ohio; Dearborn, Michigan; Portland, Maine; Dhaka, Bangladesh; and elsewhere!

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