WESPAC @ National Conference in Albany

WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED FOR UNITED NATIONAL ANTIWAR CONFERENCE (UNAC)
The Human Costs of Targeting Iraq
Zaineb Alani – Iraqi writer, poet, activist living in US has large extended family in Iraq
Elaine Hills – epidemiologist/lecturer Dept of Anthropology SUNY Albany, writer on impact of war on Iraqi health, Coordinating Committee Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace
Ali Hossaini, M.D. – Iranian-Iraqi-American physician recently returned from Baghdad working with Health Dept. to establish health care facilities to train personnel in latest blood transfusion and blood banking techniques, led several humanitarian efforts to assist peoples of Iraq, Palestine, & Jordan
Dahlia Wasfi, M.D. – Iraqi American activist, speaker, writer on effects of occupation on Iraqis, visited Iraq twice since invasion
Afghanistan/Pakistan: What Is the Strategy Behind US Intervention?
Charlotte Dennett – public interest attorney, investigative journalist on role of Big Oil in US policy in Mideast and Latin America, author “The People v. Bush: One Lawyer’s Campaign to Bring the President to Justice and the Nationwide Grassroots Movement She’s Encountered Along the Way”
Fahima Vorgetts – Women for Afghan Women
Michael Zweig – showing film excerpt “Why Are We in Afghanistan?” Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Study of Working Class Life at SUNY Stony Brook. Author “What’s Class Got To Do With It?” and “The Working Class Majority: America’s Best Kept Secret”, union officer United University Professions (Local 2190, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO), Steering Committee US Labor Against the War
The Social Impact of US Military Intervention in Afghanistan & Pakistan
Kathy Kelly – Co-Coordinator Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Co-Founder Voices in the Wilderness defied sanctions to carry medicine to Iraq, served time in jail for non-violent actions, visited Iraq, Pakistan, Gaza & recently returned from Afghanistan
Fahima Vorgetts – Women for Afghan Women
Representative – Action for A Progressive Pakistan
Resistance to Israeli Apartheid in Palestine: Gaza, BDS, Nonviolent Resistance in the W. Bank & E. Jerusalem
Fadi Kanaan – Palestinian leader Palestine student support group at SUNY Albany
Nada Khader – Exec. Dir. WESPAC Foundation, Westchester peace and justice organization
Col. Ann Wright – Code Pink, just returned from Gaza Flotilla
Representative – Al-Awda NY
Israel & the Palestinian Struggle: Is a Two-State Solution Possible or Desirable?
Noura Erakat – Palestinian American Human Rights Attorney and activist, adjunct professor of international human rights law in the Middle East at Georgetown University, helped launch the Palestinian equal rights lobby: the American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights, former National Grassroots Organizer and Legal Advocate U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
Joel Kovel – author “Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine
Representative – Al-Awda NY
Iran Under Threat from the US and Israel
Gareth Porter – historian, investigative journalist, policy analyst on US foreign & military policy
Phil Wilayto – Editor, The Virginia Defender, author “In Defense of Iran: Notes from a U.S. Peace Delegation’s Journey through the Islamic Republic”
Leila Zand – Fellowship of Reconciliation
US Economic & Military Expansion into Africa
Abayomi Azikiwe – Editor, Pan-African News Wire
The Truth of US Occupation of Haiti
Nellie Bailey – Harlem Tenants Council, just returned from Haiti
Marty Goodman – active in Haiti solidarity for 20 years
Ray Laforest – Haitian American labor leader (AFSCME) and Haitian community organizer, elected member of Pacifica National Board
Tony Savino Award-winning photographer will present an eye-opening and critical slideshow on earthquake relief
David Wilson – US-based immigrant rights activist who was in Haiti during the earthquake
Closing Guantanamo
Pardiss Kebriaei – Staff Att’y Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative at Center for Constitutional Rights
Colombia: No U.S. Military Bases
Antoine Castro del Rio – Colombia Polo Democratico
Natalia Fajardo
End US Support for the Honduran Coup Government
Joe Callahan – Honduras Solidarity Network
Alexy Lanza – Honduran, La Voz de los de Abajo & Casa Morazan in Chicago
Defending Muslim Political Prisoners
Mongi Dhaoudi – Executive Director, CT Chapter, CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations)
Representative – Muslim Solidarity Committee from Albany
Representative – Project Salam
Organizing Veterans & Military Families
Chantelle Bateman – NE Regional Field Organizer Iraq Veterans Against the War
Ryan Henowitz – Iraq veteran
Patrick McCann – Board of Directors/DC-Area Chapter (016) President Veterans For Peace, Board of Directors, Montgomery County (MD) Education Association
Nikki Morse – Organizer, Military Families Speak Out
Organizing Active Duty GI’s & GI Resistance
Christine Beckermann or Michelle Roubidoux – members Toronto War Resisters Support Campaign
GI resisters living in Canada
Tod Ensign – Director Citizen Soldier GI/veterans rights advocacy group
Jimmy Massey – founding member of IVAW, founder Peace It Together
War, Militarization, & the Assault on Civil Liberties & Communities of Color
Pam Africa – Chair, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Abayomi Azikiwe – Editor Pan-African News Wire, Co-Founder Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice, Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shut-offs
Lillie “Ms K” Branch-Kennedy – Virginia prisoner advocacy group R.I.H.D. – Resource Information Help for the Disadvantaged
Shahid Buttar – Executive Director National Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Representative – New York State Prisoner Justice Network
Poor People’s Movements & the Triple Evils of Racism, Economic Exploitation & Militarism
Ana Edwards – Founding Member (Virginia) Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality; Chair Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project; host radio program DefendersLIVE!
Cheri Honkala – Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign/March to US Social Forum
Immigration Reform & the Militarization of the US/Mexico Border
Cristobal Cavazos – DuPage, IL Immigrants Rights & Grassroots Immigrant Justice Network
Jaime Gonzalez – Mexico border wars, drugs, Grassroots Immigrant Justice Network
Monami Maulik Executive DirectorDRUM- Desis Rising Up & Moving
Dennis Wilsonco-author of “The Politics of Immigration”, produces Weekly News update on the Americas published by Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater New York
Women Against War
Maria Butler – Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Peacewomen Project Associate
Connie Frisbee Houde – Albany Women Against War group
Col. Ann Wright – Code Pink, just returned from Gaza flotilla
US Foreign Policy & the Economic Crisis: A Vital Labor Concern
Kathy Black – Co-Convenor, U.S. Labor Against the War; President Philadelphia Coalition of Labor Union Women; AFSCME District Council 47
Doug Bullock – 1st VP Albany Central Labor Council, Albany County Legislator
Michael Eisenscher – National Coordinator, U.S. Labor Against the War
Barry Weislederlifelong Canadian antiwar and union activist, leader of the Socialist Caucus in the Labour Party, leader of Workers Solidarity & Union Democracy Coalition within the Ontario and Canadian Labor Councils.
Building Solidarity with Unions & Workers in Countries Targeted by US Imperialism
Amjad Ali – North American representative Iraq Freedom Congress and General Federation of Workers Councils and Unions in Iraq (GFWCUI)
Michael Eisenscher – National Coordinator, U.S. Labor Against the War
Bring Our War Dollars Home: City Council, Town & State Legislature Meeting Resolutions & Voter Referendum Campaigns
Chris Hellman – Communications Liaison National Priorities Project, former military policy analyst for the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, frequent media commentator on military planning, policy, and budgetary issues
Mark Roman – Vietnam war resister, founding member Waterville Area Bridges For Peace And Justice, one of the organizers of the Bring Our War Dollars Home campaign in Maine
Paki Wieland – Lifelong peace activist, organizer Bring Our War Dollars Home campaign in Northampton, MA
Representative – Cut War Budget 25%
Electoral & Legislative Strategies against Militarism, War and Empire
Cole Harrison – Co-Convenor, UFPJ’s Afghanistan Working Group; Convenor, Boston United for Justice with Peace Afghanistan/Pakistan Task Force, Co-Convenor of its Legislative Action task force
Howie Hawkins – NY Green Party candidate for Governor
Christopher Hutchinson – Socialist Action candidate for US Congress in CT
Kevin Martin – Executive Director, Peace Action
Mary-Nichols Rhodes – Ohio Congressional District Organizer, Progressive Democrats of America
Student Organizing: Budget Cuts & U.S. Wars
Ross Caputi – Iraq War Veteran, participated in the Second Battle of Fallujah, President Boston University Anti-War Coalition
Jackie Hayes/Colin Donnaruma – SUNY Albany Students Against the War
Pat Korte – student at the New School, organizer with International Solidarity Initiative
Blanca Misse – Berkeley student leader March 4 demos; shop steward, UAW Local 2865
Counter-Recruitment in High Schools
Jim Murphy – Coordinator NY Vets Speak Out & International Veterans Fellowship of Reconciliation
Dayl S. Wise Vietnam/Cambodia veteran, member, Vietnam Veterans Against the War & Veterans for Peace Presentation Fellowship of Reconciliation Youth and Militarism program
Global Warming & War: Breaking the Consumption-Fossil Fuel Cycle
Joel Kovel – academic, writer, eco-socialist, Editor-in-Chief journal “Capitalism Nature Socialism”
Maggie Zhou, Ph.D. – MA Coalition for Healthy Communities & Committee for a Secure Green Future
Health Care, Not Warfare
Andrew D. Coates, MD – secretary, Capital District chapter, Physicians for a National Health Program, teaches at Albany Medical College and practices internal medicine in Albany, NY, member Public Employees Federation, AFL-CIO.
Margaret Flowers, MD – Maryland chapter, Physicians for a National Health Program
Mary Nichols-Rhodes – Ohio Congressional District Organizer, Progressive Democrats of America
The Faith Community & the Antiwar Movement
Shamshad Ahmad
Mark Johnson – Executive Director, Fellowship of Reconciliation
Sybil StockSocial Justice Committee at the Unitarian Universalist Association in Albany
Spiritual Approaches to Creating Peace
Blasé Bonpane – Executive Director, Office of the Americas
Kathy Kelly – Co-Coordinator, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Co-Founder, Voices in the Wilderness defied sanctions to carry medicine to Iraq, served time in jail for non-violent actions, visited Iraq, Pakistan, Gaza & recently returned from Afghanistan
Rev. Sam Trumbore
Paki Wieland
The Rise of Right Wing Populism & the Tea Party: Do We Need a Right-Left Coalition?
Medea Benjamin – Code Pink
Chris Gauvreau – CT United Against the War; Administrative Body, National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations
Glen Ford – Black Agenda
Kevin Zeese – Co-Founder, Voters for Peace
Deepening the Base & Building Bridges between the Climate Change, Peace & Economic Justice Movements
Suren Moodliar – Majority Agenda Project organizing team, coordinator Mass. Global Action and Encuentro 5
Weimin Tchen – Majority Agenda Project organizing team, member Boston United for Justice with Peace
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A National Conference to
Bring the Troops Home Now!
July 23–25, 2010
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Albany, New York
In these troubled times, Washington’s wars and occupations rage, resulting in an ever increasing number of dead and wounded and the destruction of countries posing no threat to the U.S. Trillions are spent on seemingly endless conflicts in pursuit of profits and global domination, while trillions more are lost by working people in loss of jobs, homes, pensions, health care, and cuts to social programs and public services. The U.S. goes to war to plunder the world’s fossil fuel resources, the unrestrained use of which threatens the future of our planet.
We must demand the immediate and total withdrawal of U.S. military forces, mercenaries and contractors from Afghanistan and Iraq, and the end to drone attacks on Pakistan, Afghanistan, and other countries and call for self-determination for the people of all countries. Moreover, we recognize that the Middle East cauldron today also encompasses Iran, Yemen, Palestine, and Israel, while countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa are targeted for intervention by a militarized U.S. foreign policy.
The urgency of the current world situation DEMANDS UNITY OF ACTION and purpose to generate the broad social movement we must create to not only end wars and occupations, but to fundamentally change the aggressive policies that inevitably lead our country to militarism, racism, and war. Our cry must be “Money for Human Needs; Not for Wars, Occupations, and Bail-Outs.”
Come to a conference where peace, social justice and environmental activists will come together to discuss the major concerns we face and to hammer out an ambitious program of action. The time is long overdue for such a gathering.
SCHEDULE
Friday evening, July 23: Panel discussion on “Strategies & Tactics in the Struggle to End the Empire’s Wars and Occupations”; Presentation of Action Proposal
Saturday, July 24: Keynote Speakers; Workshops; Lunch panel on Government Repression, Defense of Political Prisoners, and Guantanamo Detainees; Plenary Discussion of Action Proposal, Amendments & Resolutions
Saturday evening, July 24: Public Gathering with speakers & cultural performances
Sunday, July 25: Plenary Discussion and Vote on Action Proposal; Workshops
CO-SPONSORS
After Downing Street, Arab American Union Members Council, Bail Out the People Movement, Black Agenda Report, Campaign for Peace and Democracy, Campus Antiwar Network, Citizen Soldier, Code Pink, Fellowship of Reconciliation, International Action Center, Grandmothers Against the War, Granny Peace Brigade, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, May 1st Workers and Immigrant Rights Coalition, National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations, National Lawyers Guild, Office of the Americas, Peace Action, Peace of the Action, Progressive Democrats of America, Project Salam, September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, U.S. Labor Against the War, Veterans for Peace, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Voters For Peace, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, World Can’t Wait
Issued by the United National Antiwar Conference (UNAC) Planning Committee

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS
JULY 23–25, 2010
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Albany, New York
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
NOAM CHOMSKY, Internationally renowned political activist, author, and critic of U.S. foreign and domestic policies, MIT Professor Emeritus of Linguistics
DONNA DEWITT, President, South Carolina AFL-CIO; Co-Chair, South Carolina Progressive Network; Steering Committee, U.S. Labor Against the War; Administrative Body, National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations
Additional Speakers: Joel Kovel, Dahlia Wasfi, Leila Zand, Cheri Honkala, Medea Benjamin, Pardiss Kebriaei, Kathy Kelly, Michael Ferner, Kevin Martin, Michael McPhearson, Nada Khader, Larry Holmes, Michael Eisenscher, David Swanson, Glen Ford, Blanca Missé, Pam Africa, Cindy Sheehan, Fahima Vorgetts, Kathy Black, Debra Sweet, Noura Erakat, Ann Wright (partial list)
PANEL ON POLITICAL REPRESSION, GUANTANAMO,
MUSLIM POLITICAL PRISONERS
Hear statements from political prisoners Attorney Lynne Stewart, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Imam Aref and speakers from Project Salam, the Muslim Solidarity Committee, and the Center for Constitutional Rights

UNITED NATIONAL ANTIWAR CONFERENCE (UNAC)
For further information and to register, go to our website:
Or write UNAC, P.O. Box 21675, Cleveland, OH 44121;
phone 518-227-6947
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Friday Night July 23 Panel on:
“Strategies and Tactics in the Struggle to End the Empire’s Wars and Occupations”
Speakers
1. Medea Benjamin, CODE PINK
2. Michael Eisenscher, National Coordinator, U.S. Labor Against the War
3. Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report
4. Chris Gauvreau, Administrative Body, National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations
5. Teresa Gutierrez, International Action Center
6. Kathy Kelly, Creative Voices for Nonviolence
7. Nada Khader, Palestinian-American and Executive Director of the WESPAC (Westchester Peace Action Coalition) Foundation
8. Kevin Martin, Executive Director, Peace Action
9. Michael McPhearson, United for Peace and Justice Co-Chair; Veterans for Peace
10. Blanca Missé, Graduate Student, UC at Berkeley; played leading role in March 4 student protests
11. David Swanson, WarIsACrime.org (formerly AfterDowningStreet.org)
12. Deborah Sweet, National Director, World Can’t Wait