National Conference to Bring the Troops Home Now!

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National Conference to Bring the Troops Home Now!

Postby elfismiles » Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:48 am

National Conference to Bring the Troops Home Now!
July 23–25, 2010
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Albany, New York

In these troubled times, Washington’s wars and occupations rage, resulting in an ever increasing number of dead and wounded and the destruction of countries posing no threat to the U.S. Trillions are spent on seemingly endless conflicts in pursuit of profits and global domination, while trillions more are lost by working people in loss of jobs, homes, pensions, health care, and cuts to social programs and public services. The U.S. goes to war to plunder the world’s fossil fuel resources, the unrestrained use of which threatens the future of our planet.

We must demand the immediate and total withdrawal of U.S. military forces, mercenaries and contractors from Afghanistan and Iraq, and the end to drone attacks on Pakistan, Afghanistan, and other countries and call for self-determination for the people of all countries. Moreover, we recognize that the Middle East cauldron today also encompasses Iran, Yemen, Palestine, and Israel, while countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa are targeted for intervention by a militarized U.S. foreign policy.

The urgency of the current world situation DEMANDS UNITY OF ACTION and purpose to generate the broad social movement we must create to not only end wars and occupations, but to fundamentally change the aggressive policies that inevitably lead our country to militarism, racism, and war. Our cry must be “Money for Human Needs; Not for Wars, Occupations, and Bail-Outs.”

Come to a conference where peace, social justice and environmental activists will come together to discuss the major concerns we face and to hammer out an ambitious program of action. The time is long overdue for such a gathering.


Friday evening, July 23: Panel discussion on “Strategies & Tactics in the Struggle to End the Empire’s Wars and Occupations”; Presentation of Action Proposal

Saturday, July 24: Keynote Speakers; Workshops; Lunch panel on Government Repression, Defense of Political Prisoners, and Guantanamo Detainees; Plenary Discussion of Action Proposal, Amendments & Resolutions

Saturday evening, July 24: Public Gathering with speakers & cultural performances

Sunday, July 25: Plenary Discussion and Vote on Action Proposal; Workshops


After Downing Street, Arab American Union Members Council, Bail Out the People Movement, Black Agenda Report, Campaign for Peace and Democracy, Campus Antiwar Network, Citizen Soldier, Code Pink, Fellowship of Reconciliation, International Action Center, Grandmothers Against the War, Granny Peace Brigade, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, May 1st Workers and Immigrant Rights Coalition, National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations, National Lawyers Guild, Office of the Americas, Peace Action, Peace of the Action, Progressive Democrats of America, Project Salam, September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, U.S. Labor Against the War, Veterans for Peace, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Voters For Peace, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, World Can’t Wait


NOAM CHOMSKY, Internationally renowned political activist, author, and critic of U.S. foreign and domestic policies, MIT Professor Emeritus of Linguistics

DONNA DEWITT, President, South Carolina AFL-CIO; Co-Chair, South Carolina Progressive Network; Steering Committee, U.S. Labor Against the War; Administrative Body, National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations

Additional Speakers: Joel Kovel, Dahlia Wasfi, Leila Zand, Cheri Honkala, Medea Benjamin, Pardiss Kebriaei, Kathy Kelly, Michael Ferner, Kevin Martin, Michael McPhearson, Nada Khader, Larry Holmes, Michael Eisenscher, David Swanson, Glen Ford, Blanca Missé, Pam Africa, Cindy Sheehan, Fahima Vorgetts, Kathy Black, Debra Sweet, Noura Erakat, Ann Wright (partial list)



Hear statements from political prisoners Attorney Lynne Stewart, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Imam Aref and speakers from Project Salam, the Muslim Solidarity Committee, and the Center for Constitutional Rights

Friday Night July 23 Panel on:

"Strategies and Tactics in the Struggle to End the Empire's Wars and Occupations"


1. Medea Benjamin, CODE PINK

2. Michael Eisenscher, National Coordinator, U.S. Labor Against the War

3. Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

4. Chris Gauvreau, Administrative Body, National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations

5. Teresa Gutierrez, International Action Center

6. Kathy Kelly, Creative Voices for Nonviolence

7. Nada Khader, Palestinian-American and Executive Director of the WESPAC (Westchester Peace Action Coalition) Foundation

8. Kevin Martin, Executive Director, Peace Action

9. Michael McPhearson, United for Peace and Justice Co-Chair; Veterans for Peace

10. Blanca Missé, Graduate Student, UC at Berkeley; played leading role in March 4 student protests

11. David Swanson, (formerly

12. Deborah Sweet, National Director, World Can’t Wait


The Human Costs of Targeting Iraq

Zaineb Alani - Iraqi writer, poet, activist living in US has large extended family in Iraq

Elaine Hills - epidemiologist/lecturer Dept of Anthropology SUNY Albany, writer on impact of war on Iraqi health, Coordinating Committee Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace

Ali Hossaini, M.D. - Iranian-Iraqi-American physician recently returned from Baghdad working with Health Dept. to establish health care facilities to train personnel in latest blood transfusion and blood banking techniques, led several humanitarian efforts to assist peoples of Iraq, Palestine, & Jordan

Dahlia Wasfi, M.D. - Iraqi American activist, speaker, writer on effects of occupation on Iraqis, visited Iraq twice since invasion

Afghanistan/Pakistan: What Is the Strategy Behind US Intervention?

Charlotte Dennett - public interest attorney, investigative journalist on role of Big Oil in US policy in Mideast and Latin America, author “The People v. Bush: One Lawyer's Campaign to Bring the President to Justice and the Nationwide Grassroots Movement She's Encountered Along the Way”

Fahima Vorgetts - Women for Afghan Women

Michael Zweig - showing film excerpt “Why Are We in Afghanistan?” Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Study of Working Class Life at SUNY Stony Brook. Author “What's Class Got To Do With It?” and “The Working Class Majority: America's Best Kept Secret”, union officer United University Professions (Local 2190, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO), Steering Committee US Labor Against the War

The Social Impact of US Military Intervention in Afghanistan & Pakistan

Kathy Kelly - Co-Coordinator Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Co-Founder Voices in the Wilderness defied sanctions to carry medicine to Iraq, served time in jail for non-violent actions, visited Iraq, Pakistan, Gaza & recently returned from Afghanistan

Fahima Vorgetts - Women for Afghan Women

Representative – Action for A Progressive Pakistan

Resistance to Israeli Apartheid in Palestine: Gaza, BDS, Nonviolent Resistance in the W. Bank & E. Jerusalem

Fadi Kanaan - Palestinian leader Palestine student support group at SUNY Albany

Nada Khader - Exec. Dir. WESPAC Foundation, Westchester peace and justice organization

Col. Ann Wright - Code Pink, just returned from Gaza Flotilla

Representative - Al-Awda NY

Israel & the Palestinian Struggle: Is a Two-State Solution Possible or Desirable?

Noura Erakat - Palestinian American Human Rights Attorney and activist, adjunct professor of international human rights law in the Middle East at Georgetown University, helped launch the Palestinian equal rights lobby: the American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights, former National Grassroots Organizer and Legal Advocate U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

Joel Kovel - author “Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine

Representative - Al-Awda NY

Iran Under Threat from the US and Israel

Gareth Porter - historian, investigative journalist, policy analyst on US foreign & military policy

Phil Wilayto - Editor, The Virginia Defender, author “In Defense of Iran: Notes from a U.S. Peace Delegation's Journey through the Islamic Republic”

Leila Zand - Fellowship of Reconciliation

US Economic & Military Expansion into Africa

Abayomi Azikiwe - Editor, Pan-African News Wire

The Truth of US Occupation of Haiti

Nellie Bailey - Harlem Tenants Council, just returned from Haiti

Marty Goodman - active in Haiti solidarity for 20 years

Ray Laforest - Haitian American labor leader (AFSCME) and Haitian community organizer, elected member of Pacifica National Board

Tony Savino - Award-winning photographer will present an eye-opening and critical slideshow on earthquake relief

David Wilson - US-based immigrant rights activist who was in Haiti during the earthquake

Closing Guantanamo

Pardiss Kebriaei - Staff Att’y Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative at Center for Constitutional Rights

Colombia: No U.S. Military Bases

Antoine Castro del Rio - Colombia Polo Democratico

Natalia Fajardo –

End US Support for the Honduran Coup Government

Joe Callahan - Honduras Solidarity Network

Alexy Lanza - Honduran, La Voz de los de Abajo & Casa Morazan in Chicago

Defending Muslim Political Prisoners

Mongi Dhaoudi - Executive Director, CT Chapter, CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations)

Representative - Muslim Solidarity Committee from Albany

Representative - Project Salam

Organizing Veterans & Military Families

Chantelle Bateman - NE Regional Field Organizer Iraq Veterans Against the War

Ryan Henowitz - Iraq veteran

Patrick McCann - Board of Directors/DC-Area Chapter (016) President Veterans For Peace, Board of Directors, Montgomery County (MD) Education Association

Nikki Morse – Organizer, Military Families Speak Out

Organizing Active Duty GI’s & GI Resistance

Christine Beckermann or Michelle Roubidoux - members Toronto War Resisters Support Campaign

GI resisters living in Canada

Tod Ensign - Director Citizen Soldier GI/veterans rights advocacy group

Jimmy Massey - founding member of IVAW, founder Peace It Together

War, Militarization, & the Assault on Civil Liberties & Communities of Color

Pam Africa - Chair, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal

Abayomi Azikiwe - Editor Pan-African News Wire, Co-Founder Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice, Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shut-offs

Lillie "Ms K" Branch-Kennedy - Virginia prisoner advocacy group R.I.H.D. - Resource Information Help for the Disadvantaged

Shahid Buttar - Executive Director National Bill of Rights Defense Committee

Representative - New York State Prisoner Justice Network

Poor People’s Movements & the Triple Evils of Racism, Economic Exploitation & Militarism

Ana Edwards - Founding Member (Virginia) Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality; Chair Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project; host radio program DefendersLIVE!

Cheri Honkala - Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign/March to US Social Forum

Immigration Reform & the Militarization of the US/Mexico Border

Cristobal Cavazos - DuPage, IL Immigrants Rights & Grassroots Immigrant Justice Network

Jaime Gonzalez - Mexico border wars, drugs, Grassroots Immigrant Justice Network

Monami Maulik Executive DirectorDRUM- Desis Rising Up & Moving

Dennis Wilson - co-author of “The Politics of Immigration”, produces Weekly News update on the Americas published by Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater New York

Women Against War

Maria Butler - Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Peacewomen Project Associate

Connie Frisbee Houde - Albany Women Against War group

Col. Ann Wright - Code Pink, just returned from Gaza flotilla

US Foreign Policy & the Economic Crisis: A Vital Labor Concern

Kathy Black - Co-Convenor, U.S. Labor Against the War; President Philadelphia Coalition of Labor Union Women; AFSCME District Council 47

Doug Bullock - 1st VP Albany Central Labor Council, Albany County Legislator

Michael Eisenscher - National Coordinator, U.S. Labor Against the War

Barry Weisleder - lifelong Canadian antiwar and union activist, leader of the Socialist Caucus in the Labour Party, leader of Workers Solidarity & Union Democracy Coalition within the Ontario and Canadian Labor Councils.

Building Solidarity with Unions & Workers in Countries Targeted by US Imperialism

Amjad Ali - North American representative Iraq Freedom Congress and General Federation of Workers Councils and Unions in Iraq (GFWCUI)

Michael Eisenscher - National Coordinator, U.S. Labor Against the War

Bring Our War Dollars Home: City Council, Town & State Legislature Meeting Resolutions & Voter Referendum Campaigns

Chris Hellman - Communications Liaison National Priorities Project, former military policy analyst for the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, frequent media commentator on military planning, policy, and budgetary issues

Mark Roman - Vietnam war resister, founding member Waterville Area Bridges For Peace And Justice, one of the organizers of the Bring Our War Dollars Home campaign in Maine

Paki Wieland – Lifelong peace activist, organizer Bring Our War Dollars Home campaign in Northampton, MA

Representative - Cut War Budget 25%

Electoral & Legislative Strategies against Militarism, War and Empire

Cole Harrison - Co-Convenor, UFPJ's Afghanistan Working Group; Convenor, Boston United for Justice with Peace Afghanistan/Pakistan Task Force, Co-Convenor of its Legislative Action task force

Howie Hawkins - NY Green Party candidate for Governor

Christopher Hutchinson - Socialist Action candidate for US Congress in CT

Kevin Martin - Executive Director, Peace Action

Mary-Nichols Rhodes - Ohio Congressional District Organizer, Progressive Democrats of America

Student Organizing: Budget Cuts & U.S. Wars

Ross Caputi - Iraq War Veteran, participated in the Second Battle of Fallujah, President Boston University Anti-War Coalition

Jackie Hayes/Colin Donnaruma - SUNY Albany Students Against the War

Pat Korte – student at the New School, organizer with International Solidarity Initiative

Blanca Misse - Berkeley student leader March 4 demos; shop steward, UAW Local 2865

Counter-Recruitment in High Schools

Jim Murphy - Coordinator NY Vets Speak Out & International Veterans Fellowship of Reconciliation

Dayl S. Wise Vietnam/Cambodia veteran, member, Vietnam Veterans Against the War & Veterans for Peace Presentation Fellowship of Reconciliation Youth and Militarism program

Global Warming & War: Breaking the Consumption-Fossil Fuel Cycle

Joel Kovel - academic, writer, eco-socialist, Editor-in-Chief journal “Capitalism Nature Socialism”

Maggie Zhou, Ph.D. - MA Coalition for Healthy Communities & Committee for a Secure Green Future

Health Care, Not Warfare

Andrew D. Coates, MD - secretary, Capital District chapter, Physicians for a National Health Program, teaches at Albany Medical College and practices internal medicine in Albany, NY, member Public Employees Federation, AFL-CIO.

Margaret Flowers, MD - Maryland chapter, Physicians for a National Health Program

Mary Nichols-Rhodes - Ohio Congressional District Organizer, Progressive Democrats of America

The Faith Community & the Antiwar Movement

Shamshad Ahmad

Mark Johnson - Executive Director, Fellowship of Reconciliation

Sybil Stock - Social Justice Committee at the Unitarian Universalist Association in Albany

Spiritual Approaches to Creating Peace

Blasé Bonpane - Executive Director, Office of the Americas

Kathy Kelly - Co-Coordinator, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Co-Founder, Voices in the Wilderness defied sanctions to carry medicine to Iraq, served time in jail for non-violent actions, visited Iraq, Pakistan, Gaza & recently returned from Afghanistan

Rev. Sam Trumbore

Paki Wieland

The Rise of Right Wing Populism & the Tea Party: Do We Need a Right-Left Coalition?

Medea Benjamin - Code Pink

Chris Gauvreau - CT United Against the War; Administrative Body, National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations

Glen Ford - Black Agenda

Kevin Zeese - Co-Founder, Voters for Peace

Deepening the Base & Building Bridges between the Climate Change, Peace & Economic Justice Movements

Suren Moodliar - Majority Agenda Project organizing team, coordinator Mass. Global Action and Encuentro 5

Weimin Tchen - Majority Agenda Project organizing team, member Boston United for Justice with Peace


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