People’s Mobilization Unites For People And Planet

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The People’s Mobilization to Stop the US War Machine and Save the Planet is two weeks away. The “People’s Mobe” will be held from September 20 to 23 in New York City during the United Nations General Assembly.

Members of the Venezuelan Embassy Protection Collective started organizing the People’s Mobe in May. Organizers sought to bring the issue of US violations of international law, such as when the State Department violated the Vienna Convention by raiding the Venezuelan Embassy on May 16, to the UN General Assembly and began to plan around September 21, the International Day of Peace. Organizers wrote:

At a time when all of the world leaders gather, we will say we’ve had enough of the US War Machine.

We demand the US be held accountable for its destructive acts. It’s time for the US government to obey the United Nations Charter by stopping regime change operations, ending the use of unilateral coercive measures (aka sanctions) and ceasing military attacks.

We demand the US sign the nuclear weapons ban treaty, rejoin the Iran nuclear agreement and Paris climate treaty, disband NATO and close bases and outposts around the world.

We demand an immediate transition to a peace economy that uses our resources to meet human needs and protect the planet.

The People’s Mobe begins with the Climate Strike on Friday, September 20, an international day of action on the climate crisis, and ends with a solidarity evening uniting countries and popular movements around opposition to US intervention and respect for international laws that uphold sovereignty, human rights and protection of the planet.

The weekend will also focus on decolonization joining a protest for the liberation of Puerto Rico and black resistance to racism and militarism in the “Americas.”

Schedule of Events for the People’s Mobilization Against the US War Machine

Friday, September 20 – People’s Climate Strike. Starts at Foley Square at noon, then a march to Battery Park for a rally at 3:00 pm. We’ll bring messages connecting militarism and the climate crisis.

Saturday, September 21 – Puerto Rico Independence Rally at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza at the UN. It’s time to decolonize Puerto Rico! Time TBA.

Saturday, September 21 – Race, Militarism and Black Resistance in the “America’s” from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Green Worker Cooperative, 1231 Lafayette Ave in the Bronx.

Sunday, September 22 – People’s Mobilization to Stop the US War Machine and Save the Planet Rally and March, Herald Square near 34th St.and 6th Ave., 2:00 pm. Featuring Cornel West, Roger Waters, members of the Embassy Protection Collective, Chairman Omali Yeshitela, music by Ben Grosscup plus many solidarity, climate crisis, and resistance groups. More special guests to be announced.

Monday, September 23 – Solidarity evening with UN representatives from countries targeted by US sanctions and intervention. “A Path to International Peace: Realizing the Vision of the United Nations Charter.” Location: Community Church of New York 40 East 35th St., New York City, 10016. Hear from UN representatives and social movements. The Peace Memorial Prize will be awarded and David Rovics will perform. Time:  6:30 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm). You must register in advance. Register at http://bit.ly/RSVPapathtopeace. The event is free but we will accept donations to help cover the costs.

People’s Mobilization Shows Interconnections At Historical Moment

The People’s Mobe is connecting the issues of militarism, climate crisis, racism, and decolonization. We cannot achieve economic, racial and environmental justice or peace without forming a united people’s force that demands international law be obeyed by the greatest violator of laws, the United States.

We face multiple crisis issues that are reaching their breaking points. We are in a climate emergency as fires, hurricanes, flooding, and drought are becoming common experiences, destroying communities and causing hundreds of thousands of deaths annually. Even if the US government ignores climate science, people understand it and realize these conditions are worsening. As a result, the Global Climate Strike from September 20-27 was called. Popular Resistance will participate in the Strike in NYC; other peace activists are joining the Shut-Down DC Climate Strike.  We urge peace activists throughout the country to support the Climate Strike and demonstrate the connection between militarism and climate.

The role of the US military in climate change is massive as oil is essential for the war machine. There is no such thing as a Green War. We cannot confront climate change without confronting US militarism.

Even though the US military produces more climate pollution than 140 countries combined, the US-made sure the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change from 1997, the first international accord to limit global warming emissions, excluded fossil fuel emissions by the military. Even the Paris Agreement, which Trump withdrew from, still enabled the US to avoid reporting Pentagon emissions.

As a result, the greatest fossil fuel polluter on the planet is excluded despite the fact that the US  military accounts for 25% of the total US consumption of oil, which is itself 25% of the total world consumption. US military fossil fuel pollution is equivalent to 25 million additional cars on US roads. The US Air Force is the single largest consumer of jet fuel in the world.

The US and allies learned in World War II that controlling the oil supply and cutting off Germany’s access to oil was essential to defeating Hitler. Since then, domination of oil reserves has been a central goal of US policy to ensure its role as the global superpower. Even with the rapid increase in US fossil fuel production, denying China access to oil from Iran, Venezuela, Russia, and other sources is critical to remaining the world’s dominant power. The US and its war machine drive the rise in greenhouse gases.

The ties between war and racism have been evident throughout US history since the “Indian Wars” of Manifest Destiny and the theft of one-fifth of Mexico during the US war with Mexico, which gave the US control of much of North America. As the US expanded its empire beyond the continent, the US fought wars against people of color all over the world and today is rapidly militarizing Africa.

As happens with empires, the empire turns against its own people to take as much as it can from its poor and working classes for the wealthiest. Not only has this resulted in an immense wealth divide and widespread poverty, homelessness and inadequate education for many people in the US, but it has also led to militarized police forces that use weapons and techniques of war against the people in the United States. The prime targets of domestic militarized police are communities of color, which have been left destitute from neglect and the funneling of wealth upwards in a racially-biased manner.

Part of being the largest empire in world history not only includes an empire of bases and dollar domination of trade and the global economy, but also the US remains a colonizer nation. While decolonization created scores of independent nations from 1945-1960, the United States did not decolonize. As a result states like Hawaii, which was an independent nation throughout most of its history, did not become independent and territories like Puerto Rico, which had broken from Spanish colonization only to be captured as a US colony, remain.

Uniting To End Empire and Militarization, and put People and Planet First

The Peoples Mobilization comes at a time when all of these fronts of struggle are coming together. Climate activists realize that ending wars for oil, closing bases and making serious cuts to military funding are essential for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and financing a global Green New Deal. Anti-war activists recognize that keeping fossil fuels in the ground is essential for stopping endless wars.

It is time to stop the US war machine and for the US government to stop its global gangsterism. The US must obey international law and be held accountable for illegal and destructive acts. The Non-Aligned Movement countries made a commitment to do what they can this past July. Now, we need a global popular movement that pushes to make peace, justice, and a livable future a reality.

If you agree, sign onto the Global Appeal for Peace. We plan to deliver it to the United Nations while they are in session. Beyond that, we will continue to build a global solidarity movement to Stop The US War Machine and Save the Planet.

  • voza0db

    Just a thought… Try and go to where the terrorists, aka military, perform the recruitment of Young modern slaves and try right there to convince the Young NOT TO JOIN THE MILITARY.

    Without recruits… it seems hard to keep the devastation!

  • Werner Rhein

    What I read in this pamphlet I have all heard before during my childhood and adolescence and more all during my thinking life and now I’m 75. This is nothing new. Even Eisenhower the president of the United States warned before the war machine. All the other large Nations acted like hedgehogs. They could feel the tread and brought up their defences and now it is like a perpetual wheel. Why did we let it go so far. We should have known better. But to many believed the war mongering propaganda, which made a few people very rich, and the rest of us poor and desperate. Now it is time to stop this insanity.

  • Cliff Sommers

    In Roman times there was a tradition whereby the working class would all desert Rome for a day and leave the ruling class to fend for themselves. In so doing they won many concessions.

    We should do he same, declaring September 20th a national No Work Day! Tens of thousands will already be out in the streets in a multitude of cities that day anyway, so let’s make a national celebration of it.

  • Steven Gaylord

    Family de Rothschild

    As the most recognizable name in this global cabal that controls nearly 2/3rds of the global GDP (Gross Domestic Product; usually used in determining a nation’s wealth) the Rothschilds have roughly 90 estates in a dozen countries. I’m surprised that massive demonstrations haven’t taken place around these domains.

  • ANTONIO

    I would suggest, with the right investigation as to facts, that people carry signs on the atrocities that are incontestable. IRAQ 1 MILION KILLED BY US- AFGHANISTAN 800,000 KILLED BY US, ETC. Another effective way to protest is to simply stop paying your debts and cancel your credit cards. That will drive the ruling class bonkers.

  • kevinzeese

    Here’s more on these Roman General Strikes. Imagine is people in the US went on a General Strike. Even a few hours of everyone striking would have a massive impact https://www.sporcle.com/blog/2019/08/can-they-stop-all-of-us-the-roman-secessio-plebis/

  • Alan MacDonald

    Kevin and Margaret, I’m not only making the Capitalists Afraid, I’m making this whole Disguised Global Crony Capitalist EMPIRE shit bricks, because I’m tying the ‘symptoms’ (like Emperor Trump), all the ‘Issues’, and our entire “ailing social order” [Zygmunt Bauman] together in a 2nd American “Revolution Against Empire” into megaphones more powerful than myself (like the New York “Times”) to expose this effin EMPIRE:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/11/opinion/trump-2020.html#commentsContainer&permid=102478291:102478291

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/11/opinion/trump-2020.html#commentsContainer&permid=102480069:102480069

    And if ‘we the American people’ can put only 1/5th of the 25% of Hong Kong’s population firing a; loud, public, sustained, ‘in the streets’, but totally non-violent “SHOUT (not shot) heard round the world” to ignite an essential 2nd American people’s peaceful “Political/economic & social Revolution Against Empire”.

    WakeTF-up folks and “Just do it” (not for an overpriced sneeker corporation) but for your, your kids, and your grand-kids’ survival.