Sunday, December 21, 2008

You Are There: The Virtual UFPJ 4th General Assembly

One week ago, the 4th General Assembly of United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ), the largest coalition of peace and justice groups in America, was wrapped up in Chicago. Key action plans for the beginning months of 2009 were approved by the coalition. It also approved an impressive unity statement and strategic framework, as well as electing members of its national steering committee.

The UJPF has now published all of the finalized documents on its web site. Peace communities around the country should note the call for local actions on the Iraq 6th Anniversary on March 19, 2009, focusing attention on the cost of the U.S. military occupations and wars. The anniversary actions in March will kick off a countdown to a massive national mobilization in New York City on April 9, 2009, the anniversary of MLK's "Beyond Vietnam" speech and his assassination a year after the speech.

Get your buses ready -- and lots of 'em -- for a trip to the Big Apple to send a "Peace Now!" message to the new president and the Democratic Congress.

If you were not able to attend the UFPJ national assembly la
st weekend, I recorded most of the speakers and two panel discussions during the three-day assembly. (I did not record the breakout sessions or delegation debates and discussions.)

Below are links to the video recordings, which can provide a virtual feeling of being there in person (without the travel expense). Also, as an added bonus, I interviewed a few activists whom I caught on the final day of the assembly. Check them out; you won't be disappointed.

-- Rico Thomas Rico

You Are There: The Virtual UFPJ 4th National Assembly

Friday, December 12, 2008

Report from the National Director Leslie Cagan

Speech by George Paz Martin, Milwaukee Coalition for a Just Peace and UFPJ Co-Chair

Panel Discussion "Yes We Can: End the War!"

Tom Hayden, Activist and Author, ENDING THE WAR IN IRAQ

William McNary, President of USAction

Antonia Juhasz, Activist and Author, THE TYRANNY OF OIL

See Friday photos here.


Saturday, December 13, 2008

Panel Discussion "U.S. Foreign Policy: Next Steps in Building a New Internationalism:

Salam Talib of Iraq

Christine Jones of Canada (Canadian Peace Coalition)

Reiner Braun of Germany
Video is coming soon.

Ali Abunimah of Palestine

See Saturday photos here.


Sunday, December 14, 2008

"Voices of Peace" Interviews

Leslie Cagan, UFPJ National Director

Michael McPhearson, Veterans for Peace and UFPJ Co-Chair

Steve Burns, Wisconsin Network for Peace & Justice

Medea Benjamin, CodePink

Debra Sweet, World Can't Wait

See Sunday photos here.

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