The Anti-War Committee Chicago began in 2012 by individuals who had successfully marched against NATO in May 2012. We organize vigils, rallies, marches, educational forums, street theater and civil disobedience actions to challenge the injustices of U.S. foreign policy. We believe in peace through justice and we stand in solidarity with oppressed people here and abroad.
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.
NEWS ALERT: For
Immediate Release and Distribution
Committee – Chicago
at Boeing Stockholders Meeting -
Stop Boeing from Selling Smart Bombs to
Monday, April 27
Joe Iosbaker 773-301-0109; Kait McIntyre 815-988-8631
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.
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
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
ordnance deployed during Operation Protective Edge in July and August 2014, in
which over 2000 Palestinians, including 513 children, were killed.
McIntyre, “In Israel’s wars on Gaza, over 80% percent of bombs dropped had
Boeing’s JDAM tail, with Boeing’s satellite guided software.”
the press conference will be Arny Steiber of Veterans for Peace and
Allegretti of National Alliance for Filipino Concerns.
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.”
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.
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
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
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’état (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.