Brian Becker, national coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition, speaks to RT television on U.S. and NATO war plans in Syria. Share this six-minute video with friends who are trying to understand the issues in the current struggle raging in Syria. The U.S. and NATO forces and their proxies in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, are pumping weapons and finances into the armed insurgency against the Syrian government. What is driving the push for intervention and war?
Thousands of people are now taking to the streets of Chicago to protest during the NATO Summit. Buses, vans and car caravans have traveled from across the country to make these actions a success. A major rally and march will take this Sunday, May 20. See below for details.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
It's time to take to the streets. On May 20-21, the NATO powers are holding a pro-war summit in Chicago. Leaders from the world's most powerful imperialist governments will be descending on the city to promote an agenda of conquest, genocide and plunder.
The ANSWER Coalition is joining with hundreds of other organizations in mobilizing people from the Chicago area, the Midwest and the entire country to come to Chicago for a mass march and rally to resist the war makers on Sunday, May 20.
NATO and the Pentagon are nothing more than an enforcement arm of the 1%—using military force to carry out the interests of capitalism, overthrowing and destroying independent governments. For instance, NATO—under the pretext of defending civilians—carried out the merciless bombing of Libya until the government fell. Now, in their drive to reconquer the entire Middle East, U.S. and NATO are promoting civil war and foreign intervention to overthrow the government of Syria.
The protest against the NATO Summit is being organized by the Coalition Against NATO/G8 War and Poverty Agenda (CANG8). The ANSWER Coalition, Occupy Chicago, Jesse Jackson, Chicago Teachers Union, National Nurses United, SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Indiana, SEIU Local 1, United Electrical Workers Western Region and many others have endorsed this important protest.
Why We're Marching on the NATO Summit
End the War on Afghanistan: Bring all the Troops Home Now!
The U.S./NATO war on Afghanistan is opposed by the people of the world. Tens of thousands of Afghans have been killed. Thousands of U.S. soldiers and marines have been killed or wounded. According to a New York Times poll, 69% of people in the United States think all U.S. troops should leave Afghanistan immediately.
Jobs and Education, Not War and Occupation!
The Pentagon will spend $120 billion of taxpayer money this year to continue the war and occupation of Afghanistan. That is approximately $357 million each day to occupy Afghanistan. Meanwhile, 30 million people in the United States are unemployed or underemployed. Hundreds of thousands of teachers and public service workers are being laid off because the government says there is “no money.” College students are being forced out of school because of skyrocketing tuition. We are marching to demand money for jobs and education, not war and occupation.
March on May 20 because change can only be made in the streets!
On May 20, march with veterans and GIs, students and youth from across the country, union members and community organizations to say no to the war machine!