[unac] Spring actions to take place in cities across the country, Stop the killing in Gaza

Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad

Spring Actions to take place in cities across the country

http://springaction2018.org #SpringAgainstWar

The Trump order to militarize the U.S./Mexico border, send thousands of troops and aerial reconnaissance is the latest outrage in the expanding U.S. wars abroad that painfully resonate within the U.S.

U.S. political, diplomatic, economic and military aid to Israel is directly responsible for the Israeli murders of unarmed Palestinians desparetely raising their right to return and to break free of the Gaza concentration camp.

Never has the impact of the war at home and abroad been more starkly connected.

With the recent announcement that two of the most extreme militarists have joined the Trump administration, the prospects for more war grow ever closer. Mike Pompeo, former CIA director, has been appointed Secretary of State and John Bolton, National Security Advisor. Pompeo will be replaced as CIA director by Gina Haspel. Both Pompeo and Haspel are advocates of torture, and Haspel supervised torture at a CIA “Black Site” in Thailand, where she later destroyed videos of the waterboarding and other torture to hide the evidence from the people of the U.S. and the world. Pompeo has opposed the Iran nuclear deal and been an advocate of extreme military action in countries around the world.

John Bolton, whom Trump has appointed to be his National Security Advisor, has been an open advocate of an aggressive military policy to take down the governments of Iran, N. Korea and other governments that have tried to remain independent of U.S. political and economic policy. In a recent op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, Bolton said, “It is perfectly legitimate for the United States to respond to the current necessity posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons by striking first.”

These appointments, along with the continuing wars and aggressive policies in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Venezuela, Palestine, Russia and other areas of the world make it essential that the people of the U.S. take a visible stand against the U.S. wars and military and economic aggression around the world.

Besides the continuing and expanding U.S. wars of aggression, the military budget has been increased under the Trump administration by $80 billion with bipartisan support . This will bring the military spending to around $686 billion, which is close to 60% of the U.S. discretionary budget. The $80 billion increase is greater than then the entire military budget of Russia and makes U.S. military spending greater than that of the next top 14 countries combined. It is also not much less than the military spending of the entire world combined.

The U.S. also maintains a military presence in 172 countries and has around 20 times the number of foreign military bases as all other countries in the world combined.

These gigantic military expenditures come at a time when we are told that we cannot find money for education, healthcare, infrastructure and other social needs in the U.S. While teachers are fighting for a livable salary, they are being asked to provide pencils and other material for their students out of their own pockets. There is no money for education, but Trump wants money to give guns to teachers to carry in the classrooms.

The spring actions will occur as young people across the country have mobilized by the millions to try to find a way to stop the gun violence that is happening in their schools and communities. The racist police shooting of Stephon Clark in Sacramento confirms that these continuing acts of violence cannot be divorced from the wars and the militarization of our country as a whole. An independent antiwar and social justice movement is desperately needed to help this generation draw these connections.

End the Wars at Home and Abroad!

Close all U.S. Foreign Military Bases!

Free Palestine!

Justice for Stephon Clark!

Stop the ICE raids and deportations!

No wall! No ban!

below are some of the Facebook events for spring actions. Please join the action near you, select "going" on the Facebook event and share with your Facebook friends.

New York: https://www.facebook.com/events/2089893391248150/

Oakland/Bay Area: https://www.facebook.com/events/187473998692994/

Minneapolis: https://www.facebook.com/events/162639774457324/

Chicago: https://www.facebook.com/events/1651795418243658/

Washington, DC: https://www.facebook.com/events/391277384630777/

Please go to the web site and find the action near you: http://springation2018.org

Protests erupt around the world demanding an end to the Israeli massacre of unarmed protesters in Gaza

On Friday, March 30, Israeli soldiers opened fired on unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza, killing 18 and wounding another 1400. One week later, a second large Palestinian protest occurred, and the Israeli forces once again opened fire, killing an additional 7 and wounding more. The protests in Gaza were called to demand the right of Palestinians expelled from their land by the Israeli government to return to their land as well as to demand an end to the siege of Gaza, which has been called the worlds largest open-air prison. Below is an article by Margaret Kimberley, editor and senior columnist for Black Agenda Report. Margaret Kimberley is also a member of the UNAC administrative committee.

Additionally, below is the statement on the massacre by the Black Alliance for Peace, which is member organization of UNAC.

Israeli Meddeling and Palestinian Death

By Margaret Kimberley

On March 30, 2018 the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) committed cold-blooded murder in Gaza. Thousands of unarmed Palestinians marched peacefully to protest the occupation and declare their right to return to their homeland. The Great Return March was met with gunfire and 18 people died. [read more]

Black Alliance for Peace Condemns the Murder of Unarmed Palestinians by Israeli Security Forces

APRIL 2, 2018—A reported 17,000 Palestinians peacefully marched in Gaza on March 30 as they made their historic demand for a right to return to their ancestral lands when they were met by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) snipers who opened fire, killing 17 people and wounding about 1,500. The Great Return March was the beginning of a six-week long protest that was due to end May 15, the 70th anniversary of the Nakba (catastrophe) marking the day 750,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes by the new state of Israel in 1947. [read more]

Israelis shoot another unarmed Palestinian https://www.facebook.com/moneeb.saad...6258407066724/

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