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):
https://youtu.be/_-b4kttDDtQ

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.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Flyer for protest against Boeing smart bomb sales to Israel


Protest at Boeing Stockholders Meeting

Monday, April 27

Field Museum

8:00 a.m. 

Members of the Anti-War Committee will be attending the meeting of the Boeing stock holders, where we will use the public comment section to deliver a message to the Board and many of its richest stock holders. We will tell them that we stand unequivocally opposed to their arming of the Israeli military in its wars on Gaza, and its occupation of Palestine.



The JDAM kit attached to a variety of regular bombs, making them precision guided “smart bombs.”

Monday, April 13, 2015

Stop Boeing From Selling Smart Bombs to the IDF! 

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. Just months earlier, Israel launched Operation Protective Edge, killing over 2000 Palestinians, including 513 children. 

How important are these JDAMs for Israel’s wars? During Operation Cast Lead in 2008-09, out of all the bombs dropped, 81 percent were using Boeing’s JDAM tail, with Boeing’s satellite guided software. 

Since 2009, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) increased the percentage of guided munitions in their arsenal. Without exaggeration, we can say that Boeing contributed directly to the deaths of over 80% of the Palestinian dead. 

Therefore, we charge that Boeing is complicit in Israel's assault on Gaza and its cruel and illegal military occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Boeing has the blood of thousands of Palestinians on its hands.  

Furthermore, Boeing’s Defense, Space, and Security department, which made the deal with Israel, is located in St. Louis, MO, about 15 miles away from Ferguson, MO.  When Ferguson community members were under siege by police terror in the wake of the murder of 18 year-old Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson, the people in Gaza expressed solidarity and support. Boeing’s new deal violates this special bond and puts money towards war that could be going toward education and eliminating the school to prison pipeline that disproportionately impacts Black and other oppressed nationality youth.  

We condemn Boeing’s business dealings with the IDF, from selling weapons to collaborating with Israeli armament companies. We demand that Boeing sever its ties with Israel and that Boeing prioritize production that improves the world, not destroy it.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Chicago Stands with Venezuela

Antiwar Committee Chicago is proud to be one of many signatories on the following statement in suuport of Venezuela:

On March 9, President Obama issued an alarming and outrageous Executive Order declaring Venezuela to be an “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States…” imposing sanctions and basically threatening to overthrow the democratically elected government. 

Venezuela has not threatened the U.S. in any way, except by being politically independent and working to develop independent, sovereign economic policies in collaboration with other Latin American countries that also reject US domination.  We note that the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), which represents every country in South America, has condemned the Executive Order as a "threat of interference" against Venezuela's sovereignty. Presidents Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro were both elected in what the Carter Center, runs by former President Jimmy Carter, declared to be the best election process in the world.

On the other hand, the US has, since 1998 when Hugo Chavez Frias and the Bolivarian movement won the first of many elections, carried out covert and overt interference leading to violence and threatening Venezuelan democracy. These actions  include funding and advising opposition parties and groups that have in turn fomented violence in Venezuela  and in April 2002 the US supported an attempted coup d’├ętat (April 2002) in which President Chavez was kidnapped by opposition groups. 

US interference and aggression has continued since Nicholas Maduro was elected president in April 2013.  The most extreme opposition groups funded and encouraged by the US led violent street actions and attacks from January - May 2014. While other governments in Latin America and the Vatican assisted the Venezuelan government in bringing much of the opposition to dialogue, US officials and members of the US Congress House of Representatives approved sanctions against Venezuela in May 2014 — de facto support for the extremist opposition. In February 2015 a new coup plot “operation Jericho” was uncovered that planned bombings of government and civilian centers in Caracas and involved some of the same opposition figures involved in the 2002 coup. 

As residents of the Chicago we reject the pressures from the US government and others that led to a Chicago City Council resolution in 2014 supporting US interference in Venezuela. It is clear to us that Venezuela’s government and people are no threat to the people of the United States or to US National Security. On the contrary, support for violence and attempts at destabilization by the US government are a threat to peace and to the well being of the people of the United States and of Venezuela. We call on President Obama, to rescind the  executive order naming Venezuela a US national security threat and to end sanctions against Venezuela and Venezuelan officials and we call on the US government to end all interference in Venezuela.