UNAC Peace Conference: March 23-25 (now with audio)

United National Antiwar Coalition held a peace conference in Stamford, CT, to bring together major groups working to end war, imperialism, poverty, and social injustice. I spoke about Chelsea (then Bradley) Manning

Update: audio of the conference

Audio of my talk is here, starting shortly after the 17-minute mark. When video of the talk or the rest of the conference is online, I’ll post that as well.

Original Post:

This weekend, beginning tomorrow night, the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) is hosting a peace conference in Stamford, CT (just 45 minutes from Grand Central Station, NYC), to bring together major groups working to end war, imperialism, poverty, and social injustice.

I’ll be speaking briefly on a Sunday morning panel called “Victims of Political Repression Speak Out.” Representing the Bradley Manning Support Network, I’ll discuss the material PFC Manning is alleged to have leaked, why he shouldn’t be on trial in the first place, and how the military is railroading his court proceedings to make a chilling example of him.

The conference will be livestreamed here: http://cprmetro.blogspot.com/

Below is a schedule of speakers, panels, and workshops. Come if you can, or check out the livestream!


UNAC Conference Schedule

Friday, March 23, 2012
Registration—4:30 pm to 9:00 pm
8:00 pm – 9:45 pm–Opening Panel: The Shifting Strategies of Empire

Chair: Joe Lombardo
, Co-Chair UNAC

David Swanson, War is a Crime.org

Col. Ann Wright, Dissent: Voices of Conscience

Andrew Murray, UK Trade Unions Congress General Council

Bernadette Ellorin, BAYAN (Philippines)

Abayomi Azikiwe, Pan Africa Newswire

Kazem Azin; Solidarity Iran

Adaner Usmani, Labor Party of Pakistan

Ahmed Shawki, Egypt Solidarity Campaign

Xiomara de Zelaya, Presidential candidate, Honduras.

UNAC CC meeting: 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Meeting Rooms available for groups preparing workshops, formulating resolution, etc. until 11:00 pm

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Registration opens at 7:00 am.

8:30 am – 9:00 pm—Welcome: International Greetings, UNAC Report and Conference Process

Marilyn Levin
, UNAC Co-Chair.
9:00 am – 10:00 am—Panel: The NATO/G8 Summits: Our Response to their Agenda of War and Austerity

Chair: Pat Hunt
, Chicago Peace Action, Chicago CANG8

Joe Iosbaker, Chicago United National Antiwar Coalition

Ashley Smith, UNAC Administrative Committee

Margaret Kimberly, Black Agenda Report

Leah Bolger, Veterans for Peace

Monami Maulik, Desis Rising Up and Moving

Medea Benjamin, Code Pink

Leili Kashani, Center for Constitutional Rights

Sara Flounders, International Action Center.

10:00 am – 10:30 am—Voting on Conference Rules; Introduction of Action Plan and Major Resolutions

Marilyn Levin, UNAC Co-Chair

Jeff Mackler, Northern California UNAC.

Raging Grannies Perform
10: 45 am -12:15 pmWorkshop Series One
12: 30 pm – 1:45 pm—Lunch with Panel: The War at Home on the Black Community: Mass Incarceration, Unemployment, Stop and Frisk

Chair: Ana Edwards, Virginia Defenders

Jack Bryant, President Stamford CT NAACP

Dr. Khalilah Brown-Dean, author, Once Convicted, Forever Doomed: Race, Ex-Felon Disenfranchisement, and Fractured Citizenship

Glen Ford, Executive Director of Black Agenda Report

Nellie Bailey, Occupy Harlem

Bruce A. Dixon, Managing Editor, Black Agenda Report; State Committee member; Georgia Green Party

Larry Holmes, Occupy 4 Jobs

Jasiri X, Hip Hop artist.
1:45 pm – 3:45 pmPlenary Session
4:00 pm – 5:30 pmWorkshop Series Two
5:45 pm – 7:15Workshop Series Three

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm—Dinner with Panel: Islamophobia, the Attack on Civil Liberties, and the War on Workers

Chair: Chris Gauvreau
, UNAC Administrative Committee

Anthony Arnove, Co-editor with Howard Zinn, Voices of a People’s History of the United States

Imam Talib Abdurrashid, President of Muslim Leadership Council of Metropolitan New York

Meredith Aby, Committee to Stop FBI Repression

Teresa Gutierrez, May 1st Coalition for Worker and Immigrant Rights

Clarence Thomas, Oakland ILWU Local 10

Mike Fuqua, Longview Striker, member of ILWU Local 21

Scott Olsen, Iraq Veteran’s Against the War, injured by police at Occupy Oakland

Jeff Mackler, Northern California UNAC

Lamis Deek, Al-Awda New York

Gamelyn Oduardo, a leader of Puerto Rican Student Strike

George Friday, National Field Organizer, Bill of Rights Defense Committee

Cyrus McGoldrick, NYC Council on American Islamic Relations

James Yee, former chaplain at Guantanamo

Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, Muslim Peace Coalition.

After Dinner Performances: Chris Nauman, Jasiri X

Sunday, March 25, 2012

9:00 am – 11:00 amPlenary Session.

11:00 am – 11:40 am—Victims of Political Repression Speakout

Chair: Judy Bello, Hancock 38

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

Ralph Poynter, Lynne Stewart Defense Committee

Nathan Fuller, Bradley Manning Support Network

Mariano Cordoso, Central Connecticut State University

Representative, Yale Muslim Student Association

Sarah Martin, Committee to Stop FBI Repression

Steve Downs, Project SALAM

11: 40 am. Break for picking up bag lunches.

12:00 pm -1:15 pm—Plenary Panel: Global Economic Meltdown, Warming, and War.

Chair: Nada Khader

Bill McKibben, editor, The Global Warming Reader and architect of the successful XL pipeline campaign

Vijay Prashad, author of The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World

Richard Wolff, author, Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It.

1: 30 pm – 3:00 pmWorkshop Series Four

3: 15 pm – 4:15 pm—NATO G8 Protest Organizing Session

Chair: Pete Shell, UNAC Administrative Committee

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm—Closing Remarks

Joe Lombardo, Co-Chair UNAC

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