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Conference of United National Antiwar Coalition
an article by United National Antiwar Coalition

Well over 500 antiwar, social/economic justice, environmental, and civil rights activists attended the United National Antiwar Coalition’s (UNAC) second national conference in Stamford, CT, [USA] March 23-25, 2012. Participating in this diverse conference was a large contingent of Muslim and South Asian activists, many of them young people attending their first antiwar conference.

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The overriding theme of the conference’s 50 workshops, panels and keynote speeches was how to understand and combat the 1%’s imperialist agenda of war, poverty & repression manifested in the wars abroad and at home against the Black, Latino, and Muslim communities.

Highlights of the ambitious Action Program passed at the conference include the mass march and rally against NATO/G-8 in Chicago May 20 and the June 16 march and rally called by the Muslim Peace Coalition, the Muslim Leadership Council of Metropolitan New York and DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving)to protest the widespread NYPD campaign of spying, targeting and profiling, Islamophobia and the wars.

A more comprehensive report of the conference will be posted soon.

Click here for a report on the conference from the Stamford, CT Advocate

Some recording of the sessions can be found here


Question(s) related to this article:

The peace movement in the United States, What are its strengths and weaknesses?

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CPNN has received the following story illustrating strengths of the US Peace Movement as it attempts to block an American war with Iran:


Anti-War Movement Successfully Pushes Back Against Military Confrontation With Iran

By Mark Weisbrot, AlterNet

Who says there's no anti-war movement in the United States? In the past two months, the anti-war movement has taken on one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the United States in an important fight. And so far, the anti-war movement is winning.

Here's the story: On May 22, a bill was introduced into Congress that effectively called for a blockade of Iran, H. Con. Res. 362. Among other expressions of hostility, the bill calls for: "prohibiting the export to Iran of all refined petroleum products; imposing stringent inspection requirements on all persons, vehicles, ships, planes, trains, and cargo entering or departing Iran ... " This sounded an awful lot like it was calling for a blockade, which is an act of war. A dangerous proposition, especially given all the efforts that the Bush-Cheney administration has taken to move us closer to a military confrontation with Iran, the bluster and the threats, and the refusal to engage in direct talks with the Iranian government. . ...more.

This report was posted on April 10, 2012.