ANTI-WAR FLYER FOR DISTRIBUTION

drone-strike-anti-war-rally-image-1-sallie-latchAre you happy with this election?

  • Why didn’t the Democrats challenge Trump’s win? Just one U.S. Senator was needed but not a single U.S. Senator (not even Bernie) supported Black legislators in the House who tried to challenge the out¬come of the 2016 presidential election.
  • Did Russia actually hack the election? It must be true, right?, because agencies that specialize in the art of deception told us so.
  • Why do the Democrats want to provoke a nuclear war with Russia? The CIA, Democrats, and John McCain want a No Fly Zone over Syria. Obama has sent troops to Poland’s border with Russia, installed a neo-Nazi government in Ukraine, placed NATO on alert.

Trump says women’s bodies are expendable here;
Clinton said women’s bodies are expendable there.

We say: NO TO WAR! No one is expendable.
NO WAR WITH RUSSIA, CHINA, KOREA
U.S. OUT OF IRAQ (still!), Afghanistan (still!)
Needed: Anti-War Rallies everywhere.
Don’t play the Democrats’ or Republicans’ shell game.
www.AntiWarRally.com

Download Anti-war flyer for inauguration 2017 here.

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MEDIA RELEASE: ANTI-WAR RALLY PROTESTS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES’ PRO-WAR STANCE MARCH TO HILLARY CLINTON’S CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS IN BROOKLYN HEIGHTS

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.”

Gagnon concludes:

“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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ANTI-WAR MARCH IN BROOKLYN KICKS OFF NEW PEACE OFFENSIVE

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Police estimated 200 participants in Saturday’s anti-war rally and march to Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Brooklyn Heights. While that estimate is overly generous, all the groups and individuals participating together against the U.S. government’s endless series of wars, killings and drone attacks will hopefully lead to an escalating “peace offensive” over the next year, regardless of who is elected President.

Speakers included the Raging Grannies, who started us off with a bunch of re-writ songs, Carolina Cositore Sitrin, Mitchel Cohen (who read aloud, Occupy style, U.S. Marine Corps Maj. General Smedley Butler’s famous anti-war barrage), Debra Sweet (World Can’t Wait), Daniel Vila (Green Party candidate for Congress), Bob Keilbach (Veterans for Peace, who invited all to join the anti-war contingent in the Veterans’ Day/Armistice Day parade on Nov. 11th),  singer-songwriter Marcy Gordon, Sara Flounders (International Action Center & Hands Off Syria), singer-songwriter Dave Lippman, Michael D.D. White and Carolyn McIntyre (Citizens Defending Libraries), and a special visit by Hillary Clinton herself (since we were meeting near the corner of Clinton St. and Tillary, thus “Tillary Clinton”).

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(Pictures by Carolina Cositore Sitrin, Cathryn Swan, Greg Butterfield, Cat Watters. Cathryn also took the photo of the Peace Pigeons.)

Large Green Party contingent at Saturday's anti-war march in Brooklyn Nov. 5th 2016.
Large Green Party contingent at Saturday’s anti-war march in Brooklyn Nov. 5th 2016.

 

Marcy Gordon (the singing lawyer) performs and then marches (wearing the corporate logo flag), filmmaker ("Giuliani Time") Kevin Keating, march to Clinton's office.
Marcy Gordon (the singing lawyer) performs and then marches (wearing the corporate logo flag), filmmaker (“Giuliani Time”) Kevin Keating, and Rachel Wolkenstein (one of  Mumia’s lawyers) march through Brooklyn Heights to Clinton’s office.

 

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Hillary Clinton stops by outside her office on Cadman Plaza West.

 

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Dave Lippman rocks out some sing-alongs in front of Clinton’s HQ.

 

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Veterans for Peace contingent

 

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Pigeons for Peace atop Brooklyn Boro Hall listen to speakers at anti-war rally

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Mitchel Cohen & Carolina Cositore Sitrin open the anti-war rally in Brooklyn
Mitchel Cohen & Carolina Cositore Sitrin open the anti-war rally in Brooklyn

 

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Marcy Gordon belts out her revolutionary songs.
Marcy Gordon belts out her revolutionary songs.

I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.

I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.

Maj. General Smedley Darlington Butler, U.S. Marine Corps

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PRE-ELECTION ANTI-WAR RALLY

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PRE ELECTION
ANTI-WAR RALLY

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5th
1 PM
BROOKLYN BORO HALL STEPS
209 Joralemon St. (and Court St.), Bklyn Heights

Subway: 2,3,4,5,R to Court St.

March to Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Headquarters

Endorsers (still forming): ♦ Brooklyn Greens/Green Party ♦ Veterans for Peace-NYC, Chapter 34 ♦ World Can’t Wait ♦ Popular Resistance ♦ U.S. Peace Council ♦ Friends of Brad Will ♦ The Commons ♦  Center for Global Justice ♦ World Beyond War ♦ The Nuclear Resister ♦ United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) ♦ Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality ♦ International Action Center (IAC) ♦

2-minute interview / promo (click & listen)


Organization Endorsers:

Brooklyn Greens / Green Party
Veterans for Peace-NYC, Chapter 34
World Can’t Wait
Popular Resistance
U.S. Peace Council
Friends of Brad Will
The Commons (Brooklyn)
The Raging Grannies
The Nuclear Resister
Center for Global Justice
World Beyond War
Free Radicals (freerads.com), Houston TX
United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
International Action Center (IAC)
Truth Action Project, NYC Region
Guyanese American Workers United
Show Up! America, Princeton NJ
Ayotzinapa NY
YoSoy132 Nueva York
Jersey City Peace Movement
Granny Peace Brigade
Socialist Action

Individuals:

Arun Aguiar
Steve Ault, long-time activist
David Barouh, ActionGreens
Medea Benjamin
Betsy Bowman, Center for Global Justice – Mexico
Francis A. Boyle, Professor of Constitutional Law
Howard Brandstein, Director, Sixth Street Community Center, NYC*
Lenni Brenner, author, Zionism In The Age Of The Dictators
Ellen Brown, Attorney & Public Banking advocate
Jack & Felice Cohen-Joppa, Nuclear Resister (www.nukeresister@igc.org)
Mitchel Cohen, Brooklyn Greens, former Chair WBAI radio Local Station Board*
Carolina Cositore Sitrin, Raging Grannies/NJ Green Party*
Curtis Cost, Author and Community Activist
Ecegul “AJ” Elterman, member of Public Citizen*
Sara Flounders, Co-Chair of the International Action Center
Margaret Flowers, MD, Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland
Terri Ginsberg, Assistant Professor of Film, The American University in Cairo
Robert Gold, Brooklyn Greens
Dennis Goldstein, Denville NJ Sustainability Committee
Marcy Gordon, attorney, singer-songwriter
Amy Harlib, yoga dancer
Michael Hirsch, New Politics magazine*
Ron Jacobs, writer
Edwin Johnston, Houston TX anti-war activist
Chris Kinder, coordinator of the Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
Sallie Latch, artist
Fran Luck, Executive Producer, Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio, WBAI
Patricia Mann, author “On the Precipice”, in Radical Philosophy Review*
Alfred R. Marder, President, U.S. Peace Council
Joel Meyers
Mark Crispin Miller, News from Underground
Erik-Anders Nilsson, Director, Jersey City Peace Movement
Bertell Ollman, Professor of Politics, NYU, & Marxist author
Jeff Peress, Green Party candidate for NY State Assembly, 13th Assembly District
Dawn Real, community-based technologist
Christopher Reed, environmental activist
Jack Shalom, Math Teacher
Ann & Ahmad Shirazi
Alice Slater, World Beyond War*
Bob Stone
Alice Sturm Sutter, retired nurse practitioner, NYC Metro Raging Grannies*
David Swanson, WarIsACrime.org
Debra Sweet, World Can’t Wait
Daniel Vila, Green Party candidate for Congress, 13th C.D., NYC
Joan Wile, (founder) Grandmothers Against the War
Robin Laverne Wilson (Dragonfly), Green Party Candidate for US Senate, NY
Kevin Zeese, PopularResistance.org

*For ID purposes only