Action Proposal –
Submitted by the
Continuations Body of the National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations
- More than
a year has passed since the National
Assembly's founding conference
June 29-30, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio, attended by over 400 activists from across the U.S. This July 10-12,
2009 weekend we meet again, this time in Pittsburgh,
strategies and actions that will
most effectively confront the warmakers with the mass power capable
of forcing an end to their ever-expanding U.S. wars of intervention,
conquest and occupation.
- We insist on the immediate and
unconditional withdrawal of all U.S.
troops, military personnel, bases, contractors and
mercenaries from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. We demand an
immediate end to all U.S.
support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine
and the ongoing siege against Gaza
and the Palestinian
people. We oppose sanctions, threats of
war, and attacks against Iran,
North Korea, Somalia, or any other nation, whose right
to self-determination is under assault by Washington’s aggressive drive for
hegemony. We strongly oppose interference in the internal affairs of these
countries, as well as Cuba,
Venezuela, Bolivia and any other nation targeted by
government for political destabilization.
- The lopsided vote by the U.S. House of
Representatives – 368-60 – on May 14, 2009 approving the Obama
administration’s request for $97 billion for U.S. military operations in
Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan and the Senate’s follow-up vote on June 18,
2009 approving by a 91-5 majority $105.9 billion for the same purpose make
clear the bipartisan support for continuation of the wars and occupations.
It also underscores why an independent, unified, mass action antiwar
movement is needed now more than ever.
- We support without equivocation the right of all
oppressed nations and peoples to
self-determination, whether in the Middle East or in other parts of the
world, such as Haiti.
- We stand in solidarity with working people,
their unions and allies, and so we demand that the trillions being spent on wars
and the military be diverted to the support of homeowners, the opening of
plants to create new green jobs instead of seeing them shut down, and
preventing the slashing of urgently needed social programs
- Recognizing the special oppression of people of
color in U.S.
society, we declare that opposing racism and all forms of national
oppression is a fundamental unifying principle of our network.
- The 2010 federal budget allocates a staggering
$707 billion to the military. This at a time when ever greater numbers of
people sink into poverty and the government claims it lacks the resources
to meet their needs. The choice
of "Guns or Butter!" is not empty rhetoric but stark reality. We demand "Money for Jobs, Health Care,
Education, Housing, Pensions, and the Environment! Not One Cent for Unjust Wars and Occupations, Racist Detentions and Deportations, Renditions,
Torture, and Attacks on Civil and Human Rights!”
- We strongly support civil liberties and human
rights for all people, including prisoners at Guantanamo and the Muslims who have been
unjustly targeted in the name of the so-called war on terror. We oppose
all forms of torture and we call for the prosecution, conviction and punishment
of those who commit it to the fullest extent of the law. We oppose all
executive orders, regulations, and legislation like the Patriot Act that
violate our constitutional rights in the name
of “national security.”
- We strive to build a united,
democratic, broad, inclusive, and independent antiwar movement to
achieve the above demands. We do not subordinate this movement and these methods
to any political party or politician. We have confidence that we can
win the vast majority to our cause and bring them together in massive
united actions in the streets to change the course of history.
- We recognize the difficulties of
the times and the enormity of the tasks ahead. We
are aware that significant illusions exist wherein a majority opposes U.S. wars,
interventions and unprecedented corporate economic attacks but does
believe that their organized power can
overcome the warmakers and their minions.
- Our action proposal is aimed at bridging this
contradiction by initiating an education and
action campaign to counter the government’s
propaganda machine. This will help pave the
way for the inevitable mass actions to come, when the majority's will
is exerted to build a
world that works for the masses of people, not to enrich Wall Street and
the military-industrial complex.