UNAC 2020 Conference Aims To Unite The Antiwar Movement!

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With protesters marching in hundreds of cities around the world against the U.S. empire’s war plans against Iran and Iraq, including millions in Baghdad, the need for a unified anti-imperialist movement in the U.S. has grown. Central to organizing of hundreds of demonstrations against U.S. wars, sanctions and occupations has been the United National Antiwar Coalition. One of the largest progressive alliances in the U.S., UNAC works with hundreds of organizations across the country. 

UNAC will hold its first national conference since 2017 from Feb. 21 to 23 in New York City at The People’s Forum.

UNAC drew over 350 activists to its 2017 conference in Richmond, Va. Since then, UNAC has sent delegations to Venezuela, Ukraine, Syria and Cuba and has organized conferences on U.S./NATO military bases in Baltimore, Md., and Dublin, Ireland. UNAC has actively opposed AFRICOM, the militarization of police departments and punishing sanctions against 39 nations. Members of UNAC, as part of the Embassy Defenders Collective, face charges for fighting to prevent the illegal Venezuelan coup government from taking over Venezuela’s Embassy in Washington, D.C.

The theme of the 2020 conference is “Rise Against Militarism, Racism and the Climate Crisis — Building Power Together.” UNAC has always linked the struggle against racism, oppression and repression in the U.S. to imperialist plunder and devastation abroad. 

Speakers including Ajamu Baraka (Black Alliance for Peace), Frank Chapman (National Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression) and Glen Ford (Black Agenda Report) will connect the struggles workers and the oppressed face here and abroad.

Makasi Motema (Peoples Power Assemblies-NYC), Sara Flounders (International Action Center), Bahman Azad (U.S. Peace Council) and others will address the devastating impact of U.S. sanctions and the new campaign, Sanctions Kill (sanctionskill.org).

Joe Lombardo, a coordinator of UNAC since its founding 10 years ago, Medea Benjamin (CodePink) and Margaret Flowers (Popular Resistance and Venezuelan Embassy Protectors) will be among those speaking on the growing movement against U.S. regime-change wars.

This conference promises to handle tough questions on how the antiwar movement should view developments in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Iran, Iraq, Libya, the People’s Republic of China, Syria, Yemen, among other countries. 

Workers World Party has been part of UNAC since its founding, bringing an understanding of the critical need for a united front against imperialism that focuses first and foremost on the crimes of the U.S.

  • Thomas

    Will the speakers be recorded or streamed?

  • Nancy Oden

    Yet not one word about climate change and how wars help or hinder movements to slow the warming of our planet.

  • kevinzeese

    Uniting the climate change and antiwar movements is on the agenda of UNAC and will be part of the conference.

  • kevinzeese

    I believe it will be live streamed.

  • Nancy Oden

    I know you are aware, but some of the left antiwar /anti-racism movement has not seemed to be on board with taking climate change really seriously. Frankly, while racism, sexism, misogyny, and other PERSONAL prejudices, are important, of course, they are not AS important or MORE important than climate change, the single most important threat to all life on earth.

    Here’s an excellent piece you may not have seen – needs sharing to all in antiwar and climate movements – – long but worth reading for important information with charts, etc. https://popularresistance.org/climate-and-war-bill-mckibbens-deadly-miscalculation/?fbclid=IwAR2N6Zcb0zrK8Bp_di6Tno-w49GBly574HRZGcWQruJM_PtrgJnjX6QxWNI

  • kevinzeese

    I have seen the antiwar movement to take climate change very seriously. Consistently over many years, antiwar groups have talked about climate and how the climate/antiwar movements need to unite. If you can find me one instance of the antiwar movement denying climate change I’d be very surprised.

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  • Nancy Oden

    I did not say any antiwar movement denied climate change – but as a long-time leftist since the 60’s (and a Nader elector in Maine which is why I know your name) involved with the environment, I’ve seen some of the groups involved with personal prejudices issues (as I said above), that they simply have not heretofore taken the whole environmental movement seriously – some have thought of it – and may still – of the environmental movement as elitist and “white.”

    It IS telling that no mention of climate change or even the environment is mentioned about this conference. I’m glad unity with the climate change/environmental movement will be discussed at this conference, but the emphasis seems to be on particular personal complaints, rather than discussing how we can slow down/stop the heating up of Earth. Nothing else matters as much.