People's Mobilisation to Stop the US War Machine
WhenFriday, 20th September 2019 to Monday, 23rd September 2019
WhereNew York, USA
The US War Machine is raging at a fevered pitch. It lurches from continent to continent seeking new opportunities to feed the insatiable weapons makers and military contractors. It overthrows governments, and even when it fails, as it has in Venezuela, it marches on in delirious denial. It jettisons diplomacy and international law to the trash heap.
Not content with wars abroad, the US War Machine rages at home through the militarization of our communities, schools and cultural institutions. It consumes more and more of the federal budget, now eating two-thirds of discretionary spending, cheered on by Congress members from both major parties. Every year, the war budget grows while cuts are made to housing, health care, food programs, and other necessities. Every year, more veterans kill themselves, leaving their families and loved ones to mourn.
The US War Machine threatens our very existence as it gobbles up more fossil fuels than any other institution, spewing greenhouse gases and driving climate chaos. It destroys the land, water, and air, and threatens the life of every species with its war games, weapons tests, military bases built in sensitive ecosystems and dumping of depleted uranium and other toxins. And, with nuclear weapons now on hair-trigger alert, the US War Machine has moved the doomsday clock dangerously close to midnight.
The US war machine must be stopped, and only we can stop it. That’s why a coalition of citizen groups are organizing the People’s Mobilization to Stop the US War Machine, a series of actions in New York City from September 20 to 23 while the United Nations General Assembly meets.
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, 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.
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Schedule of events:
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, Northwest corner of 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, Jesse Jackson (invited), 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.
Representatives of 120 nations met in July to reaffirm their support for the UN Charter in a revival of the Non-Aligned Movement. Some of those representatives plus grassroots groups will join us for a discussion of the ways the United States is violating the charter, how they are organizing and what we can do to hold the US accountable.