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February 21, 2020 - February 23, 2020

This year, UNAC will celebrate its 10th anniversary as they hold their 5th national conference.  This year may be the most important.  As millions took to the streets in Iraq to call for U.S. troops to leave their country, the Trump administration has called for 3 new military bases to be built in Iraq.  US troops have taken over the oil fields in Syria and have attacked and killed Iranian leader Qassem Soleimani on Iraqi territory, threatening to bring the entire region into war.  The U.S. has aggressively attacked as many as 39 countries with economic warfare and sanctions and has proposed a “peace plan,” which legalizes all of Israel’s land grabs and attacks on Palestinians.  The world is watching to see what the people in the U.S. will do. A strong antiwar movement is now more important than ever. Join UNAC on the weekend of February 21 – 23 and help build the movement that is necessary. See the schedule below!

Featured guests include Ann Wright, Ajamu Baraka, Glen Ford, Kevin Zeese, Medea Benjamin, Margaret Flowers, Margaret Kimberly, Sara Flounders, Camilo mejia, Jeff Mackler, Rhonda Ramiro, Joe Lombardo, Bahman Azad, Frank Chapman,  Abby Martin, Bernadette Ellorin, Cassia Laham, Ray McGovern, William Camacaro, Clare Grady and more.


6:00 PM: Doors Open and Registration

7:00 PM: Panel: Opposing Imperialist Wars

Moderator: Joe Lombardo
Panelists: Bahman Azad, Ann Wright, Bernadette Ellorin, Camilo Mejia

8:30 PM: Cultural Event:  Music with Aya Aziz



9:30 – 11:30 AM  Panel: Militarism, Racism and Climate Change  w/discussion

Moderator: Cassia Laham
Panelists: Jeff Mackler, Medea Benjamin, Diane Moxley,  Jean Luc Pierite, Makasi Motema

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Panel: Opposing Sanctions w/discussion

Moderator: Sara Flounders
Panelists: Omowale Clay,  Susan Adeley, Juyeon Rhee

1:30 – 2:30PM   Lunch

Keynote: Glen Ford
Updates: Scott Williams, RNC; Lana Akindes, DNC

2:30 – 4:00 PM  Workshops:

  • Ban Nuclear Weapons
  • Alice Slater, Clare Grady, Carly Brook, Yasmeen Silva
  • United State’s Military’s Role in Exacerbating Environmental Degredation
  • Pippa Bartolotti,  Diane Moxley, Alison Bodine
  • Identifying U.S. regime change campaigns (Venezuela, Syria, Iran, DPRK, Bolivia, Nicaragua)
  • Kevin Zeese,  Jill Clark-Gollub, Nuri Ronaghy
  • Utilizing the People(s)-Centered Human Rights Framework to oppose imperialist war
  • Ajamu Baraka, Cheri Honkala

4:30 – 6:30 PM Panel: Defending our Movement   w/discussion

Moderator: Margaret Flowers
Panelists: Kevin Zeese, Pam Africa, Michael Smith, Frank Chapman, Chip Gibbons/Mara Verheyden-Hilliard

6:30 PM Dinner with speaker

7:30 PM Evening Event, Film: Gaza Fights for Freedom

Introduction: Enas al Saffadi, CodePink NYC
Discussion with Abby Martin, Director of the film

Concurrent: Action Planning / Art Build for March to Greyhound on Sunday Afternoon
NYC Youth



9:30 – 11:30 AM Panel: Make Peace an Election Issue (followed by discussion)

Moderator: Ajamu Baraka (Black Alliance for Peace)
Panelists: Margaret Kimberley (Black Agenda Report), Adrian Bonifacio (Anakbayan)

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Workshops:

  • U.S. imperialism Creates Migration Crisis – Sanctions, Economic dislocation, border crisis
  • Organized by International Migrants Alliance
  • Oppose US Wars Against China & Russia
  • Sara Flounders, K J Noh, Ray McGovern, SiuHin LeeJuyeon Rhee
  • Seeing through FOG of propaganda –  tools for analysis
  • Margaret Kimberley, Judy Bello, Danny Haiphong
  • Resisting Militarism in our Communities
  • Frank Chapman, Kim Ortiz, Chairman Shaka Zulu

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch with greetings

Truth in the Face of Repression: Clare Grady (Kings Bay 7), Moira   Melzer-Cohen (Chelsea Manning), Ray McGovern (Julian Assange)

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM  Points of Unity and Action Proposals (Presentation and Discussion)

Points of Unity: Jeff Mackler

Action Proposals: Rhonda Ramiro, Taryn Fival

3:30 PM Action:  ICE Off the Buses: March to Greyhound Bus Terminal 

Motivation: Rosa de la Torres, Yousef Zakaria

The link for registration is: https://www.unacconference2020.org/registration/


February 21, 2020
February 23, 2020
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The People’s Forum
320 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018 United States
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