May 15-22, 2012: Al-Awda NY joins Call For International Protests on the NATO War Makers in Chicago

Call For International Protests on the NATO War Makers Chicago, May 15 and 22, 2012 An alliance of Chicago area peace and justice organizations, together with the United National Antiwar Committee (UNAC), […]

Call For International Protests on the NATO War Makers

Chicago, May 15 and 22, 2012

An alliance of Chicago area peace and justice organizations, together with the United National Antiwar Committee (UNAC), are jointly calling for a united mass mobilization to protest the NATO and G8 Summits to be held in Chicago May 15 to 22. Permit applications were submitted for:

Tuesday, May 15 – a national assembly to put the warmakers on trial.

Saturday, May 19 – a major international demonstration to express broad outrage at the gathering of war makers wasting trillions of dollars on war and devastation during a time of enormous economic hardship and crisis for millions.

Several Chicago area groups have co-sponsored this call. The initial list is below. To add your group to the list of endorsers,

NATO is the US-commanded and financed 28-nation military alliance. There will also be a summit of the G-8 world powers. The meetings are expected to draw heads of state, generals, and countless others.

At a day-long meeting in New York City on Saturday, June 18, the United National Antiwar Committee’s national coordinating committee of 69 participants, representing 47 organizations, unanimously passed a resolution to call for action at the NATO meeting.

UNAC will mount a massive united outpouring in Chicago during the NATO gathering to put forth demands opposing endless wars and calling for billions spent on war and destruction be spent instead on people’s needs for jobs, health care, housing and education.

Initial List of Chicago Area Endorsers

Hatem Abudayyeh, *US Palestinian Community Network, Chicago

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 Iosbaker, 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

Eric Ruder, *Chicago Network to Send US Boat to Gaza

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

*for identification purposes only


Whereas, the U.S. is the major and pre-eminent military, economic and political power behind NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), and

Whereas, the U.S. will be hosting a major NATO gathering in the spring of 2012, and

Whereas, U.S. and NATO-allied forces are actively engaged in the monstrous wars, occupations and military attacks on Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, the Middle East and elsewhere,

Be it resolved that:

1) UNAC, in conjunction with a broad range of groups and organizations that share general agreement with the major demands adopted at our 2010 Albany, NY national conference, initiate a mass demonstration at the site of the NATO gathering, and

2) UNAC welcomes and encourages the participation of all groups interested in mobilizing against war and for social justice in planning a broad range of other NATO meeting protests including teach-ins, alternative conferences and activities organized on the basis of direct action/civil resistance, and

3) UNAC will seek to make the NATO conference the occasion for internationally coordinated protests, and

4) UNAC will convene a meeting of all of the above forces to discuss and prepare initial plans to begin work on this spring action.

Passed unanimously by the National Coordinating Committee of UNAC on June 18, 2011

The following groups were at the UNAC meeting that endorsed this resolution:



Action for a Progressive Pakistan

Al-Awda Palestine Right to Return Coalition – NY


Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace

Bail Out the People Movement

Black Agenda Report

Black is Back

Boston Stop the Wars

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

United for Justice and Peace

Veterans for Peace

Voices for Creative Nonviolence

West Hartford Citizens for Peace


Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

Workers World

World Can’t Wait

For more information: Joe Lombardo, 518-281-1968,

Joe Iosbaker, 773-301-0109,