PURPOSE OF THE CONFERENCE
This conference will bring together antiwar and social justice activists from across the country and around the world to consider what we can do together to end the U.S. wars, occupations, bombing attacks, sanctions, threats and interventions that are taking place in the Middle East and across the globe and to address the inseparable social, political, economic and environmental crises at home. Attend and voice your opinion on where the antiwar and social justice movements are today and where we go from here. Below you will find a DRAFT ACTION PROPOSAL submitted by UNAC's National Coordinating Committee for the consideration of the conference.
Our goal is unity in action while respecting our diversity and differences in political program and orientation. Attendees will have every opportunity to amend or otherwise change this proposal in accord with democratic procedures. The DRAFT ACTION PROPOSAL will be placed on UNAC's website as well as all amendments, resolutions and related matters to be voted on by the conference and that are submitted in a timely manner, four days before the conference convenes.
NOTE TO REGISTRANTS
TO SUBMIT AMENDMENTS AND RESOLUTIONS TO DRAFT ACTION PROPOSAL
Any organization or individual attending the conference may submit written amendments to the Draft Action Proposal, including demands and proposals for spring and fall actions and beyond as well as resolutions. The makers of any such amendment, proposal or resolution must be present at the conference in order to have their proposal considered. A copy of all such submissions must also be received by UNACpeace@gmail.com or UNAC at P.O. Box 123, Delmar, New York 12054 no later than three days before the conference convenes – by March 19, 2012 – in order to be placed before it. We encourage forwarding submissions earlier in order to be posted on the website and to allow more attendees to read them in advance. In drafting submissions, please keep in mind that the purpose of the conference is to plan future actions to advance UNAC's basic “Out Now” and related social justice demands. Resolutions that go beyond the stated purpose of the conference, however worthwhile and important, cannot possibly be considered in the limited time available.
Anyone submitting a resolution or other document to the conference for its consideration that is longer than one short paragraph must bring copies in sufficient numbers to ensure that all attendees receive one. We do not have the resources to make copies for all attendees. Email us at UNACpeace@gmail.com for further information on this matter or call, 518-227-6947 or 518-281-1968 or 781-316-2018.
DRAFT ACTION PROGRAM
United National Antiwar Coalition
National Antiwar-Social Justice Conference
March 23-25, 2012
ACTION PROGRAM PART I
WE, THE NINETY-NINE PERCENT, AFFIRM THAT:
The history of all successful social movements demonstrates that the few, the one percent, NEVER yield to the MANY unless the MANY are organized democratically, independent of the institutions of the status quo, united in struggle in massive numbers and confident in victory.
Abolitionist Frederick Douglas said:
“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”
In this spirit, we rededicate ourselves to the struggle against all U.S. wars at home and abroad.
We, the 99 percent, demand that the government of the United States, the self-appointed cop of the world, the imperialist, neo-colonial one percent, who live and profit at the expense of the world’s people:
We, the 99 percent, demand: Bring our war dollars home now!
We, the 99 percent, demand: No to Militarization of U.S.!
We the 99 percent demand: Civil liberties for all!
We, the 99 percent, demand: End racist attacks on the Black, Latino and Native American communities!
We, the 99 percent, demand: End the destruction of the environment!
We, the 99 percent, demand an end to government cover-ups of its heinous and criminal deeds!
ACTION PROGRAM: PART II
We, the United National Antiwar Coalition, will:
1) Build national protest activities in Chicago in May, 2012, during the NATO/G8 Summit meetings held in Chicago. These actions will be UNAC’s central organizing priority for the spring. Action components include:
a) Build a nationwide Chicago march and rally on Saturday, May 19, against the NATO/G8 summit meetings called by the Coalition Against NATO/G8 War and Poverty Agenda that will incorporate the demands in Part I of this Action Proposal.
b) Organize a national civil liberties campaign to secure from Chicago and federal officials the right to a permitted, family-friendly march and rally in Chicago, in sight and sound of the NATO/G8 summits, on May 19. We demand that our protest be free from police repression, spying, police provocations and “laws” that restrict our civil liberties.
c) Organize a Chicago People’s Summit educational conference. (Tentative date: May 12-13, 2012).
2) Support May Day (May 1) actions demanding immigrant and labor rights.
3) Support the call from Occupy Washington, D.C. for a March 30 national gathering of Occupiers across the nation.
4) Support the Committee to Stop FBI Repression in its fight to end government harassment. Withdraw all Chicago Grand Jury subpoenas of the 24 antiwar and social justice activists and return all confiscated materials.
5) Participate in antiwar/social justice protests at the August, 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa and at the September Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
6) Call for and build October 2012 local and regional protests to mark the eleventh year of the U.S. war against the people of Afghanistan and the Guantanamo-type mass incarcerations and torture at Bagram Air Base.
7) Support the November 2012 School of the Americas protests in Fort Benning, Georgia.
8) Support actions to close Guantamamo Bay and other “secret” prisons that practice torture and participate in rendition and indefinite detentions and oppose targeted assassinations.
9) Call for and support united emergency protests in the event of threats of war or when war is initiated.