for the Action Program Guiding the National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations in
the Period Ahead
by the National Antiwar Conference Held July 10–12, 2009 at La Roche College in
- 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, to develop strategies and actions that will most effectively confront the
warmakers with the mass power capable of forcing an end to their
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
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
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
not yet 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.