On March 13, 2016 the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) held a Day of Peace and Solidarity rally in New York City. I was among the many speakers who made clear our opposition to all U.S. interventions abroad. Obviously Syria was a subject of discussion and Syrian-Americans were in attendance who condemned the American led destruction of their country.
Terry Burke condemned the event in an In These Times article published two weeks ago. Burke says that our event was too "U.S. centric" and decried the fact that some of the Syrians who marched with us carried their own flags and images of president Assad. Burke criticizes the lack of a Syrian presence within the anti-intervention movement except there was a Syrian presence which she acknowledges but they are pro-Assad so they don't really count. It was the usual blather from pseudo leftists who don't really mind when wars are carried out by democrats and who are happy to listen to the bogus claims of humanitarian intervention. It is the U.S., Saudi, Israeli, Turkish, Qatari, ISIS camp who have destroyed Syria and displaced 9 million people and killed 400,000 more. There is nothing humanitarian about this brutal war.
None of her arguments makes sense, but we at UNAC felt compelled to respond, point by point. After much discussion we did so and our rebuttal is now posted on the UNAC web site. Please take the time to read it.
Hands off Syria!
Sunday, March 20, 2016
On Sunday, March 13, 2016 I was joined by my comrades from UNAC, Peoples Organization for Progress, the Peace Poets, the International Action Center, People's Power Assemblies, Gabriela New York, Free Aafia Siddiqui and many others. We marched and rallied against war, imperialism, police murder, neo-liberal attacks on working people and government entrapment.
Watch the two hours at your leisure but I start at about 28 minutes. Do listen to Larry Hamm, Imam Talib, Ray Laforest, Mauri Salakhan, Nat Agosto, Lynne Stewart, Debra Sweet, Raymond Nat Turner and many more.
I had a great conversation with Craig Gordon of Now Age Press. We talked about the presidential election and how the left should respond.