Anti-war activists fed up with the pro-war stances of both major parties’ Presidential candidates will rally on Saturday, November 5, at 1 pm, on the steps of Brooklyn Boro Hall (209 Joralemon St. at Court St.).
They will march to Hillary Clinton’s national campaign headquarters a few blocks away on Cadman Plaza.
Mitchel Cohen, who initiated the call for the anti-war march along with Carolina Cositore Sitrin, said: “We are sickened by Hillary Clinton’s record of war-mongering and very dangerous policy statements in terms of U.S. foreign policy, just as much as that of the odious Donald Trump.”
Cohen, who is an organizer with the Brooklyn Greens, a local Green Party affiliate, and is a former Board chair of WBAI-FM radio, says he will be voting for the Green Party candidates Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka, but that “all people are welcome at this anti-war rally no matter whom they are voting for.”
Carolina Sitrin says that the protest is intended to “call attention to Clinton’s horrendous proposal to implement a No Fly Zone over Syria, which Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Dunford warned would put the U.S. into direct conflict with Russian planes and escalate into nuclear war with Russia.”
Sitrin noted that the U.S. has been “encircling Russia with military bases and nuclear weapons, and Hillary Clinton is a main proponent of that military strategy”.
Debra Sweet, spokesperson for World Can’t Wait and one of the rally’s endorsers, says that “Hillary Clinton is running on her competence to lead a “super-predator” military currently making unjust war on seven countries. Her support for secret operations including targeted killings even when civilians are killed, and her threats to implement a “no-fly” zone over Syria are similar to Clinton’s actions which led to the deaths of thousands in Kosovo and Libya.
“We are told by both Clinton and Trump that it’s in the interest of people living in the United States to wage illegitimate, aggressive war on hundreds of millions. But we say NO, NOT in our name.”
The rally has been endorsed by dozens of individuals and organizations, including the Brooklyn Greens, Veterans for Peace, World Can’t Wait, International Action Center, Popular Resistance, the U.S. Peace Council, and United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC).
Kevin Zeese, publisher of Popular Resistance, the online daily journal which documents popular anti-war and environmental struggles across the U.S., wrote:
“It is important to protest Hillary Clinton now, before the election and before she becomes president. She has a long history of supporting regime change operations, militarism and war. She will be a dangerous president so the movement has to act now to ensure there is #NoHoneymoon for Hillary and her presidency is filled with protests against her war, Wall Street and Walmart policies.”
Margaret Flowers, the Green Party candidate for United States Senate in Maryland, added:
“The Clinton policy that frightens me the most is her foreign policy. She has no respect for international law or human rights and will continue to pursue policies of hegemony and imperialism. She will continue to antagonize Russia and China and will increase the risk of another major war.”
Flowers, a medical doctor (as is Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein), points to Clinton’s acceptance of the repression of Native American protesters in North Dakota who have been non-violently attempting to save their drinking water from contamination by preventing the Dakota Access Pipeline from being built on their sacred lands. Flowers continues:
“We must recognize that Clinton is a neo-liberal and a neo-con who has successfully united the two plutocratic parties. She must not be given a honeymoon or a pass just because she is a woman. It is critical that the people rise up to demand that we, the people, set the political agenda to meet our needs, not the elites.”
And Bruce Gagnon, the Coordinator of Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, points sharply to the dangers to world peace that Clinton represents:
“Yesterday it was reported that the US is deploying Marines to Norway’s Vaernes military base, roughly 600 miles from the Norwegian-Russian border.
“It was Hillary Clinton who first talked about the US ‘pivot’ to Asia of 60% of Pentagon forces to encircle China and Russia.
“It was Clinton as Secretary of State who helped put into place the coup in Honduras and Ukraine, the war in Iraq and the take down of Libya and Syria.”
“Peace protests, especially now, are important and will need to rapidly grow in order to stop the US march toward WW III.”
Mitchel Cohen also points to Hillary Clinton’s destructive role with the Clinton Foundation in Haiti, “which resulted in tens of millions of dollars that American citizens had donated to assist the people of Haiti, which were instead misappropriated and basically stolen by the Clintons.”
For further information and to read the full list of endorsers, please go to http://AntiWarRally.org .
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