NATIONAL MOBILIZATION U.S. Hands off Venezuela! March 30, 2019
Say No to NATO! No to War! No to Racism!
March 30th Mobilization Against NATO in Washington DC
A broad coalition of anti-war groups in the U.S. and around the world are organizing a national and international mobilization calling for an end to NATO, an end to war and an end to racism, beginning with a march on Washington, D.C. on March 30th, 2019. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the extended arm of U.S. military aggression around the world. Because of the crisis in Venezuela the rally will have a focus on Venezuela. NATO partner Colombia has been playing a destabilizing role in Venezuela and is trying to move “humanitarian aid” into the country with the aid of the U.S. Many aid agencies and others see this as nothing more than an invasion of the country by hostile countries. The U.S. could aid the people for Venezuela simply by ending the economic sanctions it has imposed on the country.
The No to rally will begin at 1:00pm at Lafayette Park across from the White House followed by a march that will cover a route that passes in front of other symbols of U.S. intervention around the world, the IMF, the World Bank and more, followed by a rally featuring noted anti-war activists from across the country and around the world. Simultaneous actions will be held in California and Canada (list in formation). Check our website, No2NATO2019.org, for periodic updates
“NATO has chosen April 4, 2019 to celebrate its meeting in Washington, D.C. We see this as a deliberate insult to Rev. King and a clear message that Black lives and the lives of non-European humanity, indeed the lives of the vast majority, really do not matter” said Ajamu Baraka, member of the Steering Committee of the March 30th Mobilization. “Since its founding, the U.S.-led NATO has been the world’s deadliest military alliance, causing untold suffering and devastation throughout Northern Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and beyond.”
Dr. King’s words linking the three evils of American society: Militarism, Racism and Poverty, and profound remark that every bomb that falls on other countries is a bomb dropped on our inner cities, reveal the deep-rooted relationship between militarism and the social, racial, economic and environmental injustices that now impoverish whole cities and rural communities and have plagued our society and the world for a long time.
Every year NATO has held its summits, people around the world have organized massive protests against it: in Chicago (2012), Wales (2014), Warsaw (2016), Brussels (2017 & 2018) — and 2019 will be no exception. This action is also particularly timely as tensions mount in Venezuela and its neighbor, Colombia, the only Latin American country to partner with NATO, could be used to assist U.S. troops in a military action against Venezuela.
We are calling for a peaceful mass mobilization against this year’s NATO Meeting in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 30. Additional actions will take place at the opening of the NATO meeting on April 4th.
March 30th Mobilization Steering Committee
- Bahman Azad, Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases • Ajamu Baraka, Black Alliance for Peace • Leah Bolger, World Beyond War • Alison Bodine, Mobilization Against War and Occupation • Gerry Condon, Veterans For Peace • Miguel Figueroa, Canadian Peace Congress • Rhonda Ramiro, BAYAN, USA • Sara Flounders, International Action Center • Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance • Rev. Graylan Scott Hagler, Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ • Larry Hamm, People’s Organization for Progress • Madelyn Hoffman, U.S. Peace Council • Tarak Kauff, Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases, Veterans For Peace • Cassia Laham, People’s Opposition to War, Imperialism, and Racism (POWIR) • Jacqueline Luqman, • Jacqueline Luqman, Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality • Marilyn Levin, UNAC • Joe Lombardo, UNAC • Tamara Lorincz, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace • Jacqueline Luqman • Jeff Mackler, West Coast UNAC • Alfred L. Marder, U.S. Peace Council • Sarah Martin, Women Against Military Madness • Diane Moxley, Green Party of New Jersey • Nancy Price, WILPF-US Section • Paul Pumphrey, Friends of the Congo • Cindy Sheehan, March on the Pentagon • Paki Wieland, CODEPINK • Phil Wilayto, Virginia Defenders • Ann Wright, Veterans For Peace, CODEPINK • Rev. Bruce Wright, Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign and Refuge Ministries • Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance