Saturday, September 26, 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Boeing and Black Friday flyer

We have created a leaflet based on the Amnesty International report released in July. They performed a high tech, 3D study of the city of Rafah under attack, and then diagram minute by minute, bomb by bomb, death by death, to prove Israel's war crimes.The 4 days fighting in Rafah saw some of the greatest loss of life - between 135 and 200 people. Their report is called Black Friday, because the attack started on a Friday and Friday was the worst. And, on that worst day, the bomb that resulted in the single greatest loss of life was a one ton bomb guided by Boeing's JDAM guidance system.

Click here for the Boeing and Black Friday Leaflet

Monday, September 14, 2015

Thanks to all who attended the militarization discussion

A special thanks to our speakers...

Frank Chapman:

Sundus Daghash of USPCN:

Lorena Buni of Anakbayan:

Holly Kent Payne:

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Occupation is a Crime: Militarization at Home and Abroad

When: Saturday, September 12, at 1:30pm
Where: UE Hall (37 S. Ashland in Chicago).
*Frank Chapman from the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
*Lorena Buni from AnakBayan-Chicago
*Sundous Daghash from the United States Palestinian Community Network
*Holly Kent-Payne from the Antiwar Committee-Chicago

Speakers will examine the U.S. system of war and domination of oppressed nations. We hope to strengthen the work of all our movements. We'll also be selling Rasmea t-shirts and mobilizing for her appeals hearing in Cincinnati, OH, on October 14.
From Ferguson to Palestine, Occupation is a Crime!

In Palestine, the Israeli military routinely detains and abuses thousands of Palestinian political prisoners, including children.  In the Philippines, political activists are disappeared and murdered by the Aquino government with impunity.

In the U.S., a Black person is killed by police or vigilantes every 28 hours. Oppression is enforced by violence: extrajudicial killings.

Police crimes. Occupation. Siege. But the common enemy propping up these apartheid states, military dictatorships, and militarized police departments is the U.S. government.  The U.S. is the world's biggest warmongering superpower, and resistance in Gaza, uprising in Ferguson, and protest in Manila are all responses to its crimes. 
This year, Palestinians have marched in  Ferguson and countless Black Lives Matter protests. Black activists traveled to Palestine to oppose Israeli apartheid. Angela Davis, the iconic political prisoner from the 1970s, has shared the stage with Rasmea Odeh, a modern day victim of political repression. Activists from the Philippines have also joined in the protests for both Palestine and against police crimes here. And in July, solidarity activists joined Filipinos in Washington, D.C. for a tribunal on human rights abuses by the U.S. backed government in Manila. 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Case of Rasmea Odeh

On August 15 the Open University of the Left hosted Joe Iosbaker, who presented the case of our friend Rasmea Odeh.

Click here to check out Joe's presentation!

With thanks to the  Open University of the Left for the video.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Chicago demands Boeing end weapons sales to Israel

On April 27, "15 activists gathered outside the Boeing annual shareholders meeting [in Chicago] to protest Boeing’s weapons sales to Israel, particularly the $83 million contract with the Israel Air Force to provide 3000 Joint Direct Attack Munitions. Boeing secured this contract in November, just months after Israel’s Operation Protective Edge led to the deaths of thousands of Palestinians, including over 500 children. These war crimes led to protests across the globe and made Boeing a target of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement"... Read more here. Thanks to FightBackNews for the great coverage.

Check out this video of the action (with thanks to John Dworkin and Forces in Motion):

Friday, April 24, 2015

NEWS ALERT: For Immediate Release and Distribution

Anti-War Committee – Chicago

Protest at Boeing Stockholders Meeting -
Stop Boeing from Selling Smart Bombs to Israel

Monday, April 27
Field Museum
8:00 a.m.

Friday April 24, 2015
Press Contacts:
Joe Iosbaker 773-301-0109; Kait McIntyre 815-988-8631

Members of the Anti-War Committee (AWC) – Chicago will attend the annual meeting of the Boeing stock holders at the Field Museum. Together with other area peace groups, the activists will hold a press conference to oppose the Boeing Company supplying the Israeli Defense Forces with smart bomb kits.

Kait McIntyre, Newland Smith and Joe Iosbaker will be attending, and will use the public comment section of the stock holders meeting to deliver their message. Said McIntyre, “We will tell them that we are opposed to their arming of the Israeli military in its wars on Gaza, and its occupation of Palestine.”

Smith explained, “In November 2014, Boeing was awarded an $83 million contract by the Israel Air Force for providing 3000 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs).” JDAMs are kits that convert unguided bombs into “smart” guided weapons. These are to
replace the ordnance deployed during Operation Protective Edge in July and August 2014, in which over 2000 Palestinians, including 513 children, were killed.

According to McIntyre, “In Israel’s wars on Gaza, over 80% percent of bombs dropped had Boeing’s JDAM tail, with Boeing’s satellite guided software.”

Also joining the press conference will be Arny Steiber of Veterans for Peace and

Nerissa Allegretti of National Alliance for Filipino Concerns.