Last night, Obama announced renewed U.S. military strikes in Iraq, and the New York Times reports that they have begun. Obama stated two purposes: to protect U.S. personnel and to provide humanitarian aid. He said this action is to “stop ruthless campaigns against Iraqis” and prevent further bloodshed. In fact, the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq has taken more than 1,000,000 Iraqi lives and displaced millions more. And U.S. policy fueled the sectarian strife that ISIS and the Maliki government now thrive on. We grieve for the enormous suffering of the Iraqi people, and we see nothing good coming from ISIS or the U.S., but U.S. imperialism is by far the more murderous of the two, and its crimes are committed in our name, by our government. We say: NO! Not In Our Name!
When: Today, Friday, Aug. 8, 4:30 to 5:30 PM
Where: Federal Plaza, Adams & Dearborn, Chicago
Who: World Can’t Wait Chicago, Gay Liberation Network, NW Indiana Vets for Peace, Anti-War Committee – Chicago, and more.
Facebook event here
Obama also said he ordered these strikes because the U.S. can’t “turn a blind eye to genocide” but obviously that was fine when Israel attacked the defenseless people of Gaza. In fact, Obama and all of Congress repeatedly expressed their support for that massacre. No, these renewed U.S. strikes on Iraq are nothing more or less than the U.S. attempting to exert its domination over Iraq and the region. These strikes are just as unjust, illegal and illegitimate as the past two decades and more of U.S. wars, invasion, and occupation and we will continue to resist!
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Chicago March Against World Silence on Gaza
Sunday, August 10, 2:30 PM
Michigan Ave. and Congress
Facebook event here
As we write this, initial reports indicate that the cease fire in Gaza has been broken and Israeli forces have again invaded Gaza. Israel refused to lift its seige of Gaza during negotiations, leaving the people there in extreme crisis, a situation Hamas rejected. Over 1,940 Palestinians have already been killed, the vast majority civilians, including many children. Israel bombed seven schools run by the U.N. after the U.N. repeatedly gave their exact location to the Israeli military. After weeks of bombing and invasion, the people of Gaza face a humanitarian nightmare: almost no potable water or electricity, most of their manufacturing capacity destroyed, hospitals and emergency facilities devastated and almost half a million people without homes to return to. These are crimes of epic proportions, executed by Israel with the full backing of the U.S. government.
Join us and thousands in the streets of Chicago this Sunday to demand an end to the Israeli siege of Gazaand support for justice for Palestine. (Photo on right from BBC, Aug. 9, 2014)
Protest U.S. kidnapping, torture, and drone assassinations!
The Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo will protest U.S. militarism and human rights violations at this year’s Chicago Air & Water Show. We will be there to remind everyone that war planes are instruments of death, not entertainment, and civilians are victims of these weapons on a daily basis.
August Meeting Postponed
We are postponing our August meeting until 7 PM, Monday, Aug. 18, St. Gertrude’s, 6214 N. Glenwood, Chicago. We are postponing the meeting so everyone can to attend a reading by Ali Abunimah from his new book, “The Battle for Justice in Palestine,” at the Evanston Public Library. This event, scheduled for months, was suddenly canceled last week by the Library, which cited concerns about “balance” and insisted on a pro-Israel speaker along with Mr. Abunimah. It took sustained public outcry about this unprecedented act of censorship and insult to Mr. Abunimah’s credibility to reinstate his presentation as originally planned. All seats at the Library are now reserved but we understand a live video feed is planned for Lake St. Church, 607 Lake Street, Evanston. Check here for the latest details.