Friday, April 29, 2016

Anti-War Committee

MEDIA ADVISORY
For Release: Friday, April 29, 2016

Press Conference and Rally: Chicagoans Support resolution at Boeing shareholder meeting to increase transparency in Arms Sales to Israel

Monday, May 2
8:15 a.m.
Field Museum, South Steps
For more information: Joe Iosbaker 773-301-0109

On May 2, 2016, five Boeing Company shareholders will attend the annual meeting to vote for and speak in support of a resolution which will require that the corporation prepare a report detailing its arms sales to Israel.

The sponsoring shareholders and supporting community organizations will come together to demonstrate public support for transparency and accountability from Boeing Company.  Sarah Simmons of the Anti-War Committee, and a Boeing shareholder, stated, “Our goal is to prevent shareholders from being unwitting collaborators in human rights' and international law violations committed with weapons Boeing has manufactured and sold to Israel.”

Simmons added, “Given that Boeing enjoys significant tax advantages here in Chicago, and that its stock is widely held in pension funds here and elsewhere, this is an issue that is of concern to all Chicagoans.”


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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Stop Boeing from selling weapons to Israel!




Join us for our protest at Boeing's shareholder meeting.


When: Monday, May 2 at 8am
Where: Field Museum  1400 South Lake Shore Dr, Chicago


Members of the Antiwar Committee Chicago crafted a shareholders' proposal demanding transparency regarding Boeing's weapons sales to Israel. Boeing initially denied the proposal but the Securities and Exchange Commission forced Boeing to include it in the agenda and put it to a vote by shareholders. Together with other peace groups, the activists will hold a press conference to oppose the Boeing Company selling weapons to the Israeli Defense Forces. Those AWC members who are also shareholders, Newland Smith, Joe Iosbaker, Richard Berg, Sarah Simmons, and Kait McIntyre, will attend the annual meeting of the Boeing stock holders to argue in favor of their proposal to the other shareholders and board.

Joining us will be the 8th Day Center for Justice; U.S. Palestinian Community Network; and the International Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines. Our special guests will include a delegation of indigenous Lumad people from Mindanao in the Southern Philippines, who are victims of human rights violations from the U.S. war on terror.



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Friday, March 4, 2016

Peace Activists Announce SEC Approves Resolution for Boeing Stockholders’ Meeting

Thanks to the Chicago Monitor for the excellent article from the press conference at the Boeing building on February 29.


"Boeing has been a target of the global movement to Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) Israel for many years as its weapons were used in Israel’s military attack against the Gaza Strip in 2008-09,  during which 1,300 Palestinians were killed, and again in 2014 when over 2,200 were killed. In both cases, the majority killed were civilians. Boeing produces the Hellfire missile, AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, and laser guided one ton “smart” bombs used in these attacks.  Israel’s actions have been condemned by multiple international NGOs and humanitarian organizations, such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. This year several members of the Anti-War Committee (AWC) of Chicago purchased shares in Boeing in order to bring a resolution before the stockholders demanding transparency and a risk analysis of sales to Israel. According to Richard Berg, who submitted the resolution, “The Boeing board refused to submit our resolution to the stockholders, saying it interfered with the regular business of the company.”

On February 5th, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) overruled the directors. Berg explained, 'Our resolution simply asked for more information about weapons sales to Israel.'"

Click here to read the entire article. 

Courtesy of Chicago Monitor

Friday, February 26, 2016

Anti-War Committee – Chicago

Press Conference: Peace Activists Announce SEC Approves Resolution for Boeing Stockholders’ Meeting

Monday, February 29
10:00 a.m.
Boeing Company Headquarters
100 North Riverside Plaza

For more information:
Kait McIntyre 815-988-8631, Joe Iosbaker 773-301-0109

Several members of the Anti-War Committee (AWC) of Chicago purchased shares in the Boeing Company in order to bring a resolution before the stockholders. According to Richard Berg, who submitted the resolution, Boeing Board refused to submit our resolution to the stockholders, saying it interfered with the regular business of the company.

On February 5th, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission overruled the directors. Berg explained, Our resolution simply asked for more information about weapons sales to Israel.

AWCs Kait McIntyre explained that the Boeing Board continues to oppose the resolution. Boeing now says shareholders dont care about the issue of weapons sales to Israel. We think it is irrefutable that shareholders care about the value of their stock, which will plummet if they keep selling weapons to Israel in the face of global condemnation.

McIntyre cited the U.N. Report in summer 2015 that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Israel dropped by almost 50% in 2014 following the war launched on the people of Gaza.

Israel recently completed their largest arms deal with the U.S., to purchase almost $2 billion in ordnance. Boeing manufactures the largest components of the bombs and missiles, including the guidance systems that turn regular bombs into smart bombs. A report by Amnesty International showed that the bombings which caused the most casualties in Gaza came from Boeings laser guided, one ton bombs, the MK-84/GBU-31.

AWC also cites the growing impact of the movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel to show the potential impact to Boeings financial standing. In Chicago, the student government at the University of Illinois at Chicago passed a BDS resolution that added Boeing to a list of companies they want the school to divest from because of weapons sales to Israel.

McIntyre also pointed to the impact on brands such as SodaStream, a target of BDS protest for operating a factory in illegal settlements in the West Bank. The company admitted that their share price tumbled in 2015 in significant part because they had to move to a new plant in Southern Israel.


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Tuesday, February 16, 2016