URGENT SEPT. 26 SOLIDARITY ACTION

PLEASE ORGANIZE A SEPT. 26 SOLIDARITY ACTION

On Monday morning, September 26, 2016, anti-war activists will be at the Pentagon demanding an end to U.S. wars in a protest organized by the National Campaign for Non-Violent Resistance. The protest will be the final event of the “No War – 2016” conference being held by World Beyond War. http://worldbeyondwar.org/nowar2016/

That afternoon, anti-war protests will be held at the first Presidential debate, at Hofstra University on Long Island, NY, organized by Peace Action New York and World Can’t Wait.

To amplify the call for peace, solidarity protests will be held on the same day,

September 26, at:

  • West Point U.S. Army Military Academy (Attachment A for details.)
  • Beale Air Force Base.   (Attachment B for details.)
  • S. Embassy, Berlin, Germany. (Attachment C for details.)
  • Pine Gap, Australia, U.S. intelligence gathering facility. (Details forthcoming.)

Please organize a solidarity action where you are, and send details by Friday, September 16, 2016 so that we can prepare a press release listing all the actions for Monday, Sept. 19. As soon as the details for your Sept. 26 protest are set, please send them to: nickmottern@gmail.com and malachykilbride@gmail.com

 


ATTACHMENT A

WEST POINT ANTI-WAR PROTEST SET FOR MONDAY, SEPT. 26

A “Stop the U.S. Imperial Wars” protest will be held Monday, September 26, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the West Point United States Military Academy’s Thayer Gate in downtown Highland Falls, NY.

The protest is in solidarity with an anti-war protest being held the same morning at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, by the National Campaign for Non-Violent Resistance (NCNR). This protest will be the culmination of the international “No-War 2016” conference being organized by World Beyond War.

http://worldbeyondwar.org/nowar2016agenda/

The West Point protest is calling on the United States to totally disengage militarily from wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, Syria and Libya and for a halt in all U.S. drone attacks.

“We are protesting at West Point because students are being trained there to fight wars of aggression and domination solely for the benefit of wealthy interests,” said Nick Mottern, Coordinator of Knowdrones.com, an organizer of the protest.

Mottern said that U.S. drone attacks violate due process and privacy and together amount to wars of aggression that violate international law.

The protest is endorsed by the Granny Peace Brigade, Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter, NCNR, Knowdrones.com, Middle East Crisis Response, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, WESPAC Foundation, David Swanson, Director, World Beyond War and World Can’t Wait.

For more information contact: nickmottern@gmail.com or call (914) 806-6179


ATTACHMENT B

Beale AFB protest details:

Monday, Sep 26, 3 - 5pm, Join Northern Calif. Activists United Against Drone Warfare at Beale AFB Wheatland gate 3960 S. Beale Rd. @ Ostrom Rd, Marysville monthly protest, followed by potluck and camping at the main gate, 4675 N. Beale Rd. FMI: Nevada County: 941-320-0291; Sacramento: 916-284-0944,  barry3355@gmail.com, Chico: Chris, (530) 520-5973chris4pax@gmail.com

Tuesday, Sep 27, 6 - 8am,  Join Northern Calif. Activists United Against Drone Warfare at Beale AFB Main gate, 4675 N. Beale Rd, Marysville, monthly protest. FMI: Nevada County:  941-320-0291; Sacramento: 916-284-0944,  barry3355@gmail.com, Chico: Chris, (530) 520-5973chris4pax@gmail.com

For more information see our Face Book page at:  Occupy Beale Air Force Base. Be sure to check the “Events” page.


ATTACHMENT C

Please join us in a vigil on Monday, September 26, 2016 from 18:00 GMT (12:00 EST) until 19:00 in front of the US Embassy in Berlin at Pariser Platz.

Our vigil is in solidarity with US peace activists who will be demonstrating, engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience, and risking arrest on September 26th at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, led by the National Campaign for Non-Violent Resistance (NCNR), which states: "We have reached a point in which we can no longer afford massive military budgets, plans for future war, and war games certainly preparing us for war. This is no longer sustainable in so many ways... Poverty, climate crisis, environmental destruction, and violations of international law can no longer be accepted as the new normal for our world... We call upon people of conscience to join us in a witness for peace, risking arrest, calling for an end to war."

We in Germany vigorously oppose German and European militarism. We also demand that the German government disassociate from US militarism. With the permission of the German government, the US government uses military bases in Germany for many illegal activities, including so-called "targeted" drone killings violating the sovereignty ever more countries. The US also encourages the growing militarization of Europe and plays a key role in driving the escalation of increasing NATO threats to Russia and Iran. Under the false banner of the so-called "War Against Terror" the US government draws Europeans into the quagmire of never-ending wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and elsewhere. Millions of refugees are fleeing these aggressions and fleeing to Europe.

We in Germany stand in solidarity with progressive and peace-loving people in the US who are resisting the "forever war." The US presidential debates between Trump and Clinton that begin on September 26th offer no choice to peace-loving people in the US or anywhere in the world. The US elections are driven by the military-industrial-congressional complex and promise only more and more war for years to come.

The protest at the Pentagon on September 26th will be the culmination of the World Beyond War international “No-War 2016” conference in Washington, DC, organized by World Without War, which will be live streamed in Berlin on September 24th. (For more information, see www.kurzlink.de/nowar2016.

Solidarity actions in the US on September 26th include a protest at West Point United States Military Academy, organized by Knowdrones.com, and a protest at Beale Air Force Base in California, organized by Northern California Activists United Against Drone Warfare at Beale. Other US endorsing organizations include Granny Peace Brigade, Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter, Knowdrones.com, Middle East Crisis Response, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, WESPAC Foundation, and World Can’t Wait.

(The Berlin vigil on September 26th was first announced on September 12th. Initial endorsers so far include Coop Antiwar Cafe, CODEPINK in Germany, and World Beyond War in Berlin.)