National Call to Action!

Organizing Meeting!

For Jobs, Healthcare, Education, Pensions,

Housing and the Environment, Not War!

No to NATO/G-8 Warmakers!

No to War and Austerity!

You are invited to attend a Chicago/National Organizing Meeting:

Sunday, August 28, 2011

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Kent College of Law, Room C50

565 West Adams Street


At the invitation of the White House, military and civilian representatives of the 28-nation U.S.-commanded and largely U.S.-financed North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and heads of state and finance ministers of the G-8 world economic powers are convening to Chicago, May 15-22, 2012.

The U.S./NATO military behemoth enforces the interests of the global great power elites. $Trillions are expended for never-ending wars and occupations while $trillions in austerity programs are extracted from working people the world over.

The G-8 nations, the richest on earth, will assemble to plan ever new draconian measures seeking to resolve the problems created by their crisis-ridden and profit-driven social order at the expense of working people and the poor everywhere.

Theirs is the agenda of the heads of state of the world’s richest nations and their imperial military-industrial establishments – the agenda of the banks and corporations – the agenda for austerity, unprecedented social cutbacks, union-busting, environmental destruction, global warming/climate crisis, racism, sexism, homophobia, deepening attacks on civil liberties, democratic rights and never-ending war.

Ours is the agenda for humanity’s future. We will mobilize in the tens of thousands from cities across the U.S. and around the world. On Tuesday, May 15, the opening day of the NATO/G-8 deliberations, we will announce our agenda with a press conference, rally and peaceful march. On Saturday, May 19 we will mobilize for a massive march and rally – exercising our democratic rights to peaceful assembly to demand:

• Bring All U.S./NATO Troops, Mercenaries & War Contractors Home Now! Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, the Middle East and Elsewhere.

• End U.S. Aid to Israel! End U.S. Aid to the Israeli Occupation of Palestine! End the Siege of Gaza! No to Threats of War Against Iran! End the Sanctions Now!

• Trillions for Jobs, Housing, Education, Health Care, Pensions and the Environment! No to Attacks on Unions, Cutbacks, Layoffs, Mortgage Foreclosures and Austerity! Bring the War Dollars Home!

• Tax the Rich, Not Working People! No to Corporate and Bank Bailouts!

• Civil liberties for All! End Racist Attacks on Muslim and Arab Communities! End Racist Attacks on Blacks, Latinos and Immigrants! Full Legal Rights for All! No to FBI Repression and Grand Jury Subpoenas to Antiwar and Social Justice Activists!


We will demand that our guaranteed civil liberties and democratic rights be respected – that our right to peaceful assembly and political protest be honored – that the voices of the people not be stifled!

The following organizations/individuals are among the initial Chicago-area endorsers:

Hatem Abudayyeh, *US Palestinian Community Network, Chicago • Dave Bernt, Shop Stewart, Teamsters Local 705 •Bill Chambers, Committee Against Political Repression • Sarah Chambers, Executive Board Member, Chicago Teachers Union • Mark Clements, Campaign to End the Death Penalty • Vince Emmanuelle, *Iraq Veterans Against the War • Randy Evans, Global Reach, Inc. • Chris Geovanis, Hammerhard Media Works • Pat Hunt, Chicago Area Code Pink, Chicago Area Peace Action • Joe Isobaker, Committee to Stop FBI Repression • Dennis Kosuth, *National Nurses United, union steward • Kait McIntyre, Students for a Democratic Society, University of Illinois – Chicago • Jorge Mujica, March 10th Immigrant Rights Activist • Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence • Eric Ruder, Chicago Network to Send US Boat to Gaza • Adam Shills, *Illinois Educational Association • Newland Smith, Episcopalian Peace Fellowship • Sarah Smith, Committee to Stop FBI Repression • Students for Justice in Palestine at School of the Art Institute of Chicago • Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, *Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign • Andy Thayer, Gay Liberation Network and Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism *Organization for identification purposes only.

The May 15 and 19, 2012 mobilizations were initiated by the United National Antiwar Committee (UNAC) in partnership with antiwar and social justice groups in Chicago, across the U.S. and internationally. At the June 18, NYC National Coordinating Committee meeting of UNAC the 49 groups present unanimously adopted a resolution to protest the NATO/G8 meetings. They are listed as follows:

Action for a Progressive Pakistan • Al-Awda Palestine Right to Return Coalition – NY • BAYAN-USA • Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace • Bail Out the People Movement • Black Agenda Report • Black is Back • Boston Stop the Wars • Boston UNAC • Code Pink • Committee to Stop FBI Repression • Ct. United for Peace • Fellowship of Reconciliation • Green Party • Haiti Liberte’ • Hampshire Students for Justice in Palestine • Honduras Resistencia – USA • International Action Center •International Support Haiti Network • International League of People’s Struggle• International Socialist Organization • Islamic Leadership Council of Metropolitan NY • Jersey City Peace Movement• May 1st Workers and Immigrant Rights Coalition • Mobilization Against War and Occupation – Canada • Metro West Peace Action • Middle East Crisis Committee • Muslim Peace Coalition • New England United • Nodutdol Korean Community Development • Pakistan Solidarity Network • Philly Against War • Project Salam • Rhode Island Mobilization Committee • Rochester Against War • SI – Solidarity with Iran • Socialist Action • Socialist Party USA • Thomas Merton Center Pittsburgh • Veterans for Peace • Voices for Creative Nonviolence • West Hartford Citizens for Peace • WESPAC • Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom • Workers World • World Can’t Wait

A national coordinating committee and its Chicago counterpart, open to and inclusive of the direct and democratic participation of all antiwar and social justice organizations is in formation. Join us! Endorse the May 15 and May 19, 2012 Chicago mobilizations against the NATO-G-8 warmakers.

Contact: No to NATO/G-8 Warmakers: A National Network Opposing War and Austerity

email: NATOG8protest@gmail.com

Chicago: 773-301-0109 or 773-209-1187

National: 518-227-6947