Massive Rally Planned To Oppose U.S. Bombings In Libya

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UNAC calls for an immediate halt to U.S. intervention in regions
and countries where mass mobilizations are challenging oppressive regimes.

[The Libyan War]

For Immediate Release: March 21, 2011

For More Information: Joe Lombardo, 518-281-1968

Support Grows for National Peace Rally in NYC on April 9th

UNAC Calls for a Halt to US Intervention in Libya and Middle East

More than 500 organizations have now endorsed the national peace protests in New York City on Saturday April 9th and April 10th in San Francisco.

The NYC police recently finalized the permit for the April 9th march and rally, with the rally to begin at noon at Union Square in Manhattan.

UNAC is also opposing the US' role in imposing a no-fly zone in Libya, which has include US missile attacks. The demonstrations have three main priorities:

- To rebuild America during this Great Recession by redirecting the trillions of American tax dollars spent on wars and corporate bailouts to fund programs for
jobs, education, health care, housing and the environment.

- The immediate, total and unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. troops, mercenaries and contractors from Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan; and the immediate closing of
all U.S. bases in those countries.

- Stop the government attacks on trade unions, civil and democratic rights, and immigrant communities.

Endorsers of the April 9th rally include Center for Constitutional Rights, Muslim Peace Coalition USA, 1199 SEIU, Veterans for Peace, International Action Center,
Pax Christi USA, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Black Agenda Report, Code Pink, American Muslim Association
of North America. National Assembly to End U.S. Wars and Occupation, Islamic Leadership Council of Metro NY, War Resisters League, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Cynthia
McKinney --Former US Congresswoman & 2008 US Green Party Presidential Candidate-- and Cindy Sheehan.

SEIU 1199 United Healthcare Workers East is the largest single union in the US. Union President George Gresham organized a presentation by Malik Mujahid of the
Muslim Peace Coalition and Joe Lombardo of UNAC to the 200-person 1199 executive board on Feb. 18. The leadership body voted to endorse April 9 under the slogan,
"Money for Jobs, Not War."

UNAC has actively been supporting the rebellions in North Africa and Wisconsin.
The historic labor upsurge in Wisconsin is sending shock waves through the political
establishment, as tens of thousands of union members and their supporters stage
a people's rebellion against the country's most aggressive anti-union attack by
a state government. From its beginning, UNAC has promoted unity between the anti-war
and labor movements, recognizing that it is working people who pay for these unjust,
endless wars with our blood and tax dollars. UNAC' fight is here - for decent jobs
at union wages; an end to evictions and foreclosures; universal access to health
care and higher education; a society free from racism, sexism and homophobia; and
the right of every worker to join or organize a union so together we can defend
our rights.

United National Antiwar Committee, UNACpeace.org Statement on Libya

At great risks to their lives, activists organizing to oppose oppressive, dictatorial
regimes in the Middle East and North Africa have inspired us by their courage and
determination. We ruefully acknowledge past and continuing U.S. support for
dictatorships
and military rule in the region. We recognize that the U.S. has been directly involved
in supplying weapons and other forms of support to regimes that have committed
atrocious
human rights abuses against civilians.

Conscious of our responsibility to stop the United States from further manipulations
that would interfere with movements on behalf of true democratic developments in
other countries, UNAC calls for an immediate halt to U.S. intervention in regions
and countries where mass mobilizations are challenging oppressive regimes.

We have seen the horrific consequences of U.S./UN imposed economic sanctions against
Iraq, as well as the consequences of U.S./UN operation of "no-fly zones" over northern
and southern Iraq, prior to the U.S. Shock and Awe attacks and invasion.

We therefore oppose any form of U.S. military or economic intervention in Libya,
Egypt, Bahrain, Tunisia and other countries where movements are rising in opposition
to dictatorships and military rule.

The NYC UNAC group recently called several protests with respect to the US and UN
military attacks on Libya. The protests opposed the US/UN/NATO no-fly zones and
US support for the Saudi invasion of Bahrin.


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