What: Meeting of CT United for Peace
Why: Discuss our position on the Action Proposal (see just below) being proposed to the Albany antiwar conference; Develop amendments or new resolutions via our two month process (see additional proposed agenda items below.)
When: Sunday, May 16, 2-4 p.m. during our normal monthly meeting time.
Where: Church of the Holy Trinity, 381 Main St., side door, upstairs room, Middletown, CT
On July 23-25, there will be a national and united antiwar conference in Albany, NY. ( http://www.nationalpeaceconference.org/Home_Page.html). The twenty national cosponsors of the conference say in their call: We announce in advance that our goal is to develop strategies that unite us in action – for mass mobilizations and a variety of other tactics that suit the agendas of the constituent groups and individuals who participate in the conference proceedings. Our method is democracy. One person one vote! Our goal is unity in action while respecting our diversity and differences in political program and orientation. So, CT activists, like others nationally, are charged with considering and weighing in on just what kind of calls we would like to see come out of this conference. We will begin such a discussion this Sunday at the CTUP meeting and urge you to join us.
United National Antiwar Conference
Action Proposal Submitted by Conference Co-Sponsors
Part 1: Preface
The prerequisites for ending the U.S. wars and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and re-orienting the nation’s priorities from empire building to solving the pressing needs at home are unity in action, massive mobilizations, inclusion of the broadest popular sectors of society, democratic functioning, and the construction of a mass social movement that operates independently of all political parties while seeking to influence their rank and file. .
History has demonstrated time and again that the combination of these qualities coupled with an inclusive, collaborative and representative leadership can change the course of history.
This was the case with the massive social movements that were constructed to end the Vietnam War, win formal civil rights for excluded races and peoples, advance the cause of women’s equality, and challenge the prejudice and discrimination against LGBT people. It was the same unity in action that brought into being a massive trade union movement that challenged the previously dominant forces of the corporate elite and wrested unprecedented victories in the quality of life and culture for working people
Today we face the challenge of perpetual wars abroad becoming part of our national culture as are unceasing attacks on the quality of life and the standard of living at home. We are witness to multi-trillion dollar bailouts of the same institutions that have brought grief and pain to countless millions and obliterated hard won social and economic gains that were a century and longer in the making.
Our youth are subject to an economic draft that places them in harm’s way around the world where poor people fight for their right to self-determination and resist interventions for profit and plunder. Education budgets are slashed while pensions, health care, wages, union rights and civil liberties are under siege.
Trillions are expended to fund increasingly privatized wars fought in large part with mercenary armies and to maintain 865 military bases around the world. Meanwhile veterans — first place in the statistics of the homeless and unemployed — are compelled to fight for denied benefits to treat horrific diseases caused by U.S. biological and now radiation-emitting weapons of war while the people of destroyed nations suffer the same, but magnified, and long-term horrors. Moreover, they are subjected to successive incidents of grotesque and inhuman torture.
We are confronted with imperial wars over control of the very fossil fuel resources whose continued use threatens the future of all humankind.
Our love of humanity, opposition to expanding wars and occupations unleashed by the Pentagon, and respect for the right of self-determination for all peoples require that we demand of the U.S. government:
The allocation of the trillions spent on wars and corporate bailouts to massive programs for jobs, education, health care, housing and the environment. Compensation to be paid to the peoples whose countries the U.S. attacked and occupied for the loss of lives and massive destruction they suffered.
The immediate, total and unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. military bases from Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. Bring all the Troops and War Dollars Home Now!
Reverse and end all foreclosures. Stop the government attacks on trade unions, civil and democratic rights, and immigrant communities.
[Additional demands, amendments and resolutions will be discussed, debated and voted upon during the July 23-25, 2010 United National Antiwar Conference. See the Call to the conference or visit UNAC’s website at http://www.nationalpeaceconference.org for instructions on how to submit any of the above.]
Part 2: Proposals for United Actions
October 6 to 16, 2010 a period of local and regional protests across the country to mark the ninth year of the U.S. war on Afghanistan. Actions to include demonstrations, marches, vigils, teach-ins, solidarity, etc.
Draft antiwar resolutions for city councils, town and village meetings and voter referendum ballot questions linking astronomical war spending to denial of essential public services at home. Form broad local coalitions and/or networks to organize support for such resolutions and referendum campaigns. Model resolutions and ballot questions will be circulated for consideration of local groups.
Mid-March, 2011 nationally coordinated teach-ins to mark the eighth year of the Iraq War and to prepare for bi-coastal spring demonstrations the following month.
Bi-coastal mass spring mobilizations in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles on April 9, 2011. These will be accompanied by distinct and separate non-violent direct actions on the same day. A prime component of these mobilizations will be major efforts to include broad new forces from youth to veterans to trade unionists to civil and human rights groups to the Arab, Muslim and other oppressed communities to environmental organizations, social justice and faith-based groups. Veterans and military families will be key to these mobilizations with special efforts to organize this community to be the lead contingent.
Select a week prior to or after the April actions for local lobbying of elected officials at a time when Congress is not in session. Lobbying to take multiple forms from meeting with local officials to protests at their offices and homes.
National tours. Organize over a series of months nationally-coordinated tours of prominent speakers and local activists that link the demands for immediate withdrawal to the demands for funding social programs, as outlined above.
In the event of an imminent U.S. government attack on Iran or such an attack, or a U.S.-backed Israeli attack against Iran, or any other major international crisis triggered by U.S. military action, UNAC will mount a rapid, broad and nationally coordinated protest by antiwar and social justice activists.
Support actions aimed at dismantling the Cold War nuclear, biological and chemical delivery systems.
Support actions, educational efforts and lobbying campaign to promote a transition to a sustainable peace economy.
Any organization or individual attending the conference may submit either a proposal amendment to the text of the co-sponsors’ action proposal; propose demands for the fall actions that go beyond calling for the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. military forces, mercenaries and contractors from Iraq and Afghanistan (which are already in the co-sponsors’ proposal); or resolutions, which, if adopted, would reflect the body’s opinion on issues of concern relevant to the purpose of the conference. A copy of all such submissions must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than July 20, three days before the conference convenes, in order to be placed before it. In drafting submissions, please keep in mind that the primary purpose of the conference is to plan actions for the period ahead to advance its ‘Out Now’ demands. Resolutions that go beyond the stated purpose of the conference, however worthwhile and important, cannot possibly be considered in the limited time available.
CTUP Proposed Agenda
- Action Proposal
- Building the Albany conference
- Transportation to the conference
- Muslim-American civil liberties work