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From: nada khader nirainjana@...(Please forward)Labor Solidarity Against Austerity &War at the United National Antiwar Coalition Conference March 23-25, 2012Stamford CT Hilton Hotel, on the MetroNorth commuter line just 35 minutes east of 125thSt./HarlemGo to www.unacpeace.org to register now!Labor Presenters in Stamford include:Mike Fuqua, ILWU Local 21, Longview WA—Andrew Murray, UNITE UK—Clarence Thomas, ILWU Local 10, Oakland CAOn February 20, the International Longshore and Warehouse Workers Local 21 ratified a contract with EGT that forced this company to end their efforts to replace ILWU workers at the Port of Longview, Washington. This victory was possible because Local 21 collaborated with broad community and labor forces, including the Occupy Movement, to threaten a massive mobilization in their defense against union-busting. During the final days of the contract fight, antiwar forces quickly joined with labor activists to condemn government attempts to use an arm of the U.S. military, the Coast Guard, to break the ILWU strike. The contours of the Longview fight need to be examined by all the movements for social change for the lessons it holds for building a fight-back against all the wars at home and abroad. Begin your study at the UNAC conference by meeting Mike Fuqua, who has been sent by Local 21 to explain their experience.Hear ILWU Local 21 member, Mike Fuqua, and Oakland ILWU Local 10 member Clarence Thomas on this historic struggle at these two sessions!Saturday night plenary, 7:30 pm: Islamophobia, the Attack on Civil Liberties, & the War on WorkersWorkshop Session 4, Sunday, 1: 30 pm: Labor Against Austerity & WarOn November 30, two and a half million British workers mobilized in a one-day general strike against public sector pension cuts, social service cuts, and privatization. Commentators said it was the largest strike in the UK since the famous 1926 general strike. Others noted that it demonstrated that the unions still had power and that solidarity would bring the unorganized into the streets as well. A frontline leader of that mobilization for the largest union in the UK, UNITE, will be a featured speaker at the UNAC conference. Murray was the head of the UK Stop the War Coalition from 2002 to 2011, led the adoption of a historic antiwar resolution by the national Trades Union Congress, and is a member of the TUC General Council.Hear Andrew Murray at these two sessions!Friday night opening plenary panel at 8 pm: Shifting Strategies of EmpireWorkshop Session 4, Sunday, 1: 30 pm: Labor Against Austerity & WarUNAC Conference attendees will be deliberating on an Action Program that includes marching against the NATO/G8 Summit, that is, the Summit of the !%, on Saturday May 19, 2012 in Chicago. For more information on this document, visit http://nepajac.org/actionprop.htm.================================================================================================================The Rest of the ConferenceSay No to the NATO/G8 Wars& Poverty AgendaA Conference to Challenge theWars of the 1% Against the 99% at Home and AbroadThe U.S.-ledNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the G-8 world economic powerswill meet in Chicago,May 19-22, to plan their financial and military strategies for the comingperiod. These elites, who serve the 1% at home and abroad, imposeausterity--often by the use of drones, armies, and the police--on the 99% toexpand their profits.Join activistsfrom the antiwar, occupy, environmental, immigrant rights, labor, and othermovements at a conference from March 23-25, 2012 to learn more, to plan a May19 “No to NATO/G8” demonstration in Chicago,and to democratically develop a program of action for the months to follow.Special guestspeakers include:–Xiomara de Zelaya is currently a presidential candidatein Hondurasand the partner of Manuel de Zelaya, the former president displaced by aU.S.-backed coup in 2009.–Bill McKibben is the founder of the grassrootsglobal warming group 350.org and the architect of the successful campaign todefeat the XL pipeline.–Glen Ford is the executive editor of BlackAgenda Report, a ground breaking site that covers U.S. wars abroad and wars at homefrom the perspective of the African American community.–Richard Wolff is the author Capitalism Hits theFan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It–Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid is the founder of the Muslim PeaceCoalition–Vijay Prashad is the authorof The Darker Nations: APeople's History of the Third World–Andrew Murray is a member of the UK Trades UnionCongress General Council and head of UK Stop the War coalition from 2001-2011–Col. Ann Wright was a central Gaza Boat organizer and theeditor of Dissent: Voices of Conscience–Medea Benjamin is the founder of Code Pink--Jared Ball is the author of I Mix What I Like.–Clarence Thomas is an Oakland ILWU activist with Longview WALongshore fight–Scott Olsen is an Iraqwar veteran and Occupy victim of Oaklandpolice violence–David Swanson is author and editor of War is aCrime.org–Pat Hunt is a founding member of the CoalitionAgainst NATO/G8 Wars & Poverty Agenda--Fignole St. Cyr is a leader of the Haitian AutonomousWorkers Confederation--Imam Talib Abdurrashid, President Muslim Leadership Council of Metropolitan New York∞How to Register?—Where toStay?—Transportation?—Submitting Resolutions?Visit www.UNACPEACE.org and click on UNAC conference.∞We urge attendees to take advantage of the double rooms (2double beds) at the convention site that are now only $119 a night. There is nothing less expensive in thetri-state area and we had to guarantee the hotel room reservations in returnfor the use of space for the convention. By staying at the hotel, you arecontributing to the overall success of the conference.Also, registration covers two Saturday meals, and there will bekey plenary panels going on in the dining room during these meals.∞Conference Schedule andWorkshopsConference ScheduleFriday Night, March 23, 20124:30 p.m.Registration Opens8:00 pm--Opening Panel: Shifting Strategies of Empire: Analyzing the Military and Economic Plans of the1%.Saturday, March 24, 20127:00 am Registration Opens8:30 am—Plenary10:45 am Workshop Series One12: 30 pm. Lunch with Panel: The War at Home on the Black Community:Mass Incarceration, Unemployment, Stop and Frisk1:45 pm Plenary4:00 pm Workshop Series Two5:45 pm Workshop Series Three7: 30 pm Dinner with Panel: Islamophobia, the Attack on Civil Liberties,& the War on WorkersSunday, March 25, 20129:00 am PlenaryNoon Plenary Panel:Global Economic Meltdown, Warming, and War: Why the 1% Will Not Retreat withouta Fight and the Kind of Fight It Must Be.1: 30 pm Workshop Series Four3:00-4:30pm NATO/G8 Protest Organizing Session & Closing Remarks∞
Workshops-in formationUS Geopolitical Strategy and Intervention in theAsia-Pacific Region. BernadetteEllorin, Juyeon Rhee.End the Occupation of Haiti! Ray Laforest & Kim Ives.Haiti: Analysis fromTrade Unionists on the Ground. Fignole St. Cyr& others.Egypt: Will the PeopleRule? Ayman El Sawa, Ahmed Shawki, othersLaw as a weapon of war. Steve Downs, Marlene Jenkins,Shamshad Ahmad, Kathy ManleyDefeating AFRICOM & NATO: Bldg Solidarity with Africa in the Struggle Against Imperialism. Abayomi AzikiweIn formation.Targeting Iran: The Truth Behind theHype: AnaEdwards, Sara Flounders, Ken Stone, Mansoureh Tajik & Phil Wilayto.Iran:Solidarity, Not Intervention. Raha Iranian FeministCollective.The West's Politico-Economic Warfare on Iran. Eleanor & Ardeshir Ommani.Antiwar Strategies in Black CommunityOrganizations. Ana Edwards,Abayomi Azikiwe, others.Contradictions of theImperialists' Agenda for Full Spectrum Dominance. Glen Ford, Nellie Bailey, Margaret Kimberly,Bruce Dixon, Tony Montiero.Propaganda and Communications on Permanent War. Peter Hart & David Swanson.Building Resistance at the Democratic NationalConvention. Ben Carroll. In formation.No to NATO/G8: TeachingResistance—Anti-Imperialist Curriculum and Methods. June C. Terpstra, Cris Toffolo.U.S. Nuclear Weapons in Europeand the Campaign for Withdrawal: John LaForge, Marion Keupker, AliceDressmanVeteransPeace Teams. Tarak Kauff, Eric Lobo, Mike Tork, Fred Nagel, EllenBarfield.What War?US Turns from War on Iraqto Permanent Occupation. Invitees: Debra Sweet, SimanAntoon, Wafaa Bilal, Larry Everest, Raed Jarrar, and Michael OttermanTakingBack Our Schools: Counter-Recruiting in upstate NY and Chelsea MA. JimMurphy, Lyn Meza“We areNot Your Soldiers”: Stop the Militarization of our High School Campuses. ElaineBrower, Ethan McCord, Matthis Chiroux,, James Brower.CorporateWar Against the Planet: The Hydrofracking Front. MaryFinneran, Joan Walker, video of Richard GrossmanDemocratizingMoney: Banking in the Public Interest: Susan Harman, Mike Krauss, Tom Sgouros
Labor Against Austerity and War: AndrewMurray, Clarence Thomas,
BorderMilitarization/Migrant Workers Rising Globally. MonamiMaulik, Rafael Samanez, AmandaFlores, Ayesha Mahmooda, Roksana Mun, MustafaSullivan, Derechos Humanos, Carol BartonAll Out for the May 1 mobilization! Teresa Gutierrez, Victor Toro, others.From Egyptto New York City:“Anti-Radicalization” Laws, Surveillance, the War on Terror Industrial Complex,& NDAA. Monami Maulik, Fahd Ahmed, ShasheenaParveen, Shahid Buttar; Osman Chowdhury, Sam Anderson, Suzanne AdelyConfronting Robotic (Drone) Warfare at theHancock AFNG Base/Hancock 38. Carol Baum, Judy Bello, EdKinane.RethinkingPakistan:People’s Struggle and the War on Terror. Saadia Toor, Adaner Usmani,Madiha Tahir, Zohra Ahmed.NegotiatingPeace—What the U.S. Might Dofor Colombia. JohnJairo Lugo & Stephen Kobasa.Honduras: The Struggle for Land, Democracy,& Sovereignty. Xiomara de Zelaya, Lucy Pagoada, others.TheEconomy, Unemployment & the Military: Alternatives to Save Our Country& the Jobless: Marguerite Rosenthal, Gertrude Schaffner, Shelia Collins.LinkingEndless War and Economic Crisis: BringOur War $$ Home. Bruce Gagnon, Lisa Savage, Paki Wieland, Mary BethSullivanOccupyingthe Military Industrial Complex: David Swanson, Brian Kwoba, othersOccupy,Community, & Labor Collaboration: Notes from the field. Information.Boycott,Divestment, and Sanctions—Join Palestinian Non-violent Resistance to Occupation.EthanHeitner, Nancy Krikorian, SJP.No Nukes:Nuclear Power, Weapons, & War. Hattie Nestel, Alice Slater, Henry RosenbergHow Do YouEnd Student Debt? End the War! Tax the Rich! Daniel Alley, Christopher Hutchinson, othersSearch forHuman Rights & Justice in South Asia. MuslimPeace Coalition. Kannan Srinivasan, Toby Caman, Junaid Ahmad, Haley Duschinski.ResourceWars in South Asia. MuslimPeace Coalition. Hares Sayed, Akhtar Assad, Shafat Ahmad.InfluencingElectoral Conversation from a Peace & Justice Perspective. Muslim PeaceCoalition. Shaik Ubaid, Seemi Ahmed, Imam Talib Abdurrashid.Prisons: The New Torture Machine. Steve Downs, Faisel Hashmi,Ayesha Hoda, Kathy Manley.Faith-Based Organizing. Fellowshipof Reconcilation & others.Activist Lessons from the Past: Changing Our Society &Pressuring Our Gov’t to End War. DavidSwanson. In formationHonduras Resistencia. Xiomara de Zelaya, Lucy Pagoada, and others.Women,Peace & Security. Laura Rosko. Information.