Syria, Iraq and ISIS: Understanding the New War; How Should the Peace Movement Respond?

When: Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 7:00 pm
Where: Cambridge Friends Center • 5 Longfellow Pk (off Brattle St.) • Harvard T • Cambridge
2014 Dec 10 - 7:00pm

     o Prof. Elaine Hagopian on understanding the war

     o Activist views on the peace movement's response

     o Discussion on what to do next 

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Rally: No New U.S. War in Iraq & Syria!

When: Saturday, November 15, 2014, 1:00 pm
Where: Park Street MBTA Station • Park St & Tremont St • Boston
2014 Nov 15 - 1:00pm

Soldiers withdrawing from Iraq in 2008

Rally and march to Downtown Crossing with a mock drone and die-in. 

On Friday, Nov. 7, President Obama doubled down on the war in Iraq and Syria, ordering 1500 more troops on the ground in Iraq and requesting over $5 billion in funding.

  • Stop the Bombing - No more military intervention in Iraq and Syria

  • Bring the troops home now

  • Stop sending weapons into the region which are leading to so much bloodshed

  • Support humanitarian aid, through neutral institutions, for victims of the conflict

  • Support self-determination and the demilitarization of the area

It appears that Congress is about to give the President authorization to carry out an ever-expanding war in Iraq and Syria.

Our leaders say that these new wars will last for years. But over the past 13 years, this country has already spent one trillion, five hundred billion dollars for wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and other parts of the Middle East and South Asia.

These military actions have brought hundreds of thousands of deaths, but neither peace nor security. Meanwhile, these hundreds of billions of dollars could have been used instead to provide for jobs, human needs and renewable energy.

The current campaign to sell this war has nothing to do with protecting us or the people of the area. Instead, it is intended to secure control of the area by repressive governments and sectarian militias allied (for the time being) with Washington.

The current bombing campaign is a violation of the U.N. Charter and the U.S. Constitution. In its sweep through Syria and Iraq, ISIS is using modern U.S. weapons that were previously sent into the region in order to stabilize a corrupt and brutal regime in Baghdad and to overthrow Syria’s government.

Is bombing an answer to these sectarian conflicts? Do these actions reflect the interests of working people in the U.S. or the peoples of the Middle East?

We should not be involved militarily in a sectarian conflict that our war in Iraq set off. Rather, we should support a policy of non-intervention and self-determination. Any real and lasting solution to the problems in the region must come from the peoples of that region themselves, not from the Pentagon. 

Call Congress toll-free at 877-429-0678 and say: 

“I want you to speak out strongly and to vote against against proposals that authorize use of military force and support for armed groups in Syria and Iraq. ”

Save the date for an educational forum on Syria and Iraq featuring Prof. Elaine Hagopian, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 7pm.

For more info or to help organize: United for Justice with Peace, 617-383-4857, info@justicewithpeace.org

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Boston Protest Against U.S. Wars on Iraq/Syria

About 50 peace activists held an anti-war speakout at Park St., then marched behind a model drone to downtown crossing, where a mock drones war "die-in" took place as street theater. It attracted a great deal of attention from downtown shoppers; a police car showed up, but allowed us to stay and continue our protest.

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/protestphotos1/sets/72157649301506041/

Video: http://youtu.be/LtXI2IuCHnY

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Against a Major New US War in the Middle East: UJP Statement

  • No US military intervention or bombing of Syria and Iraq!
  • Bring all the troops home
  • No arms or training to parties to the conflict
  • Support a political solution including all concerned parties and governments based on self- determination of the people
  • Support genuine and neutral humanitarian aid such as UN efforts endorsed by the entire Security Council; oppose false aid used as a cover for military intervention

Here we go again -- has the US government learned nothing from the disastrous Iraq war? The brutal US intervention and occupation of Iraq destroyed Iraqi society and is the principal cause leading to the current violence and chaos. Why would anyone think that another US intervention would be anything but another disaster?

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Peace Activists Join Huge People's Climate March

Youth filled the streets at People's Climate March

A huge march of 300,000 people wound through Manhattan's midtown  on the westside on Sept. 21 demanding urgent and substantive action to deal with global warming.  Peace activists from all over Massachusetts joined in, pointing to the overlap in issues and common cause.  Organized labor also held a pre-march rally as did faith communities, and convergence of issues was a theme of the day.  Hopefully UN General Secretary Ban Xi-Moon, who also marched, will feel lots of support from the people as he tries to pressure reluctant goverments such as the USA into action.

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