Monday, September 15, 2014

Forum: The lessons of Gaza & the tasks of the movement here

Thursday, September 25
6:30 pm
Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn, Chicago

Panelists:
Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada
A member of U.S. Palestinian Community Network
Holly Kent-Payne, Anti-War Committee – Chicago
Larry Redmond, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Mirjana Abu-Khalil, Students for Justice in Palestine - UIC

Israel’s murderous Operation Protective Edge has ended, with the worst death toll of Palestinians ever. And yet, Israeli cabinet members, and even Zbigniew Brzezinski, are seeing this as a defeat for Israel. 

What is the sum-up of the Gaza assault? What will be the consequences of this? 
  • For the Two State solution? 
  • For the Palestinian leadership? 
  • For the BDS (boycott/divestment/sanctions) movement? 
  • For the movement of the Palestinian diaspora? 
Come to a discussion to understand the lessons of the Israeli war on Gaza, the Palestinian resistance, and how to build the anti-war and solidarity movement here.
Sponsors so far: Anti-War Committee – Chicago; Freedom Road Socialist Organization; U.S. Palestinian Community Network, Chicago Area Peace Action, SDS at College of DuPage.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Understanding Boeing's Role in the Navy's Next-Generation Drone Warfare

No Drones Illinois has done an amazing job laying out Boeing's role in the next generation Drone warfare.
Within days of antiwar protesters making a lot of noise at the 2014 Chicago Air and Water Show -- with a strong emphasis on the role of Boeing in the killing in Gaza and in next-generation killer drone technology -- the U.S. Navy quietly conducted tests that may change the way the Navy goes to war.
Check out the article here.

Friday, August 15, 2014

NEWS ALERT: For Immediate Release | Anti-War Committee (AWC)-Chicago
Press contacts: Hatem Abudayyeh, 773.301.4108, hatem@aaan.org;

Peace activists: Chicago, Drop Boeing as sponsor of Air and Water Show
Press conference, Die-in planned for Saturday at North Avenue Beach

Saturday, August 16, 12:00 noon press conference 
North Avenue Beach, west side of North Avenue Bridge (park side)
Followed by die-in

Since the start of Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s deadly assault on Gaza, tens of thousands of Palestinians and anti-war activists have repeatedly marched in Chicago. Since the start, the protests have raised the demand that the Boeing Company stop providing Israel with the F15 fighter jets, Apache helicopters and smart bombs that have terrorized the people in Gaza.

The coalition of groups brings their campaign against Boeing to the Air and Water Show this weekend. Boeing is a major sponsor. Joe Iosbaker of the Anti-War Committee – Chicago, which initiated the action against Boeing, said, “We demand that the City of Chicago drop the company from the sponsors of the Air and Water Show. No company that makes profit from the slaughter of civilians should be part of city events.”

Iosbaker added, “We oppose U.S. aid to Israel. Our government has provided the weapons, many from Boeing, with which Israel has killed 2000 Palestinians, 80 percent of whom are civilians, including 463 children; and seriously wounded nearly 10,000 more.”
Hatem Abudayyeh of the Coalition for Justice in Palestine, which convened the mass marches for Palestine here, said, “We endorse this protest. The murderous assault on Gaza over the past month will result in a growing movement to boycott, divest and sanction the government in Tel Aviv. This is the first of many such efforts to come.” Joining the protest on Saturday, he explained, “Boeing has become the poster child for the crimes that U.S. companies commit in the world.”

The groups targeting Boeing will join the press conference by the Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo at noon.



Endorsing organizations: Anti-War Committee – Chicago; Coalition for Justice in Palestine (American Muslims for Palestine, Chicago Islamic Center, Islamic Community Center of Illinois, Palestinian American Community Center, Palestinian American Council, and United States Palestinian Community Network), Jews for Justice in Palestine, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo, Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights, 8th Day Center for Justice, Chicago Faith Coalition on Middle East Policy, Illinois Coalition Against Torture, American Friends Service Committee, Jewish Voice for Peace, Palestine Solidarity Group, ANSWER - Chicago, Chicago Area Peace Action, Evanston Neighbors for Peace, Chicago Light Brigade

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

NEWS ALERT: For Immediate Release | Anti-War Committee (AWC)-Chicago
Press contacts: Hatem Abudayyeh, 773.301.4108, hatem@aaan.org;

Boeing peace protesters to go to court;
 Vow to continue efforts against Boeing’s complicity with Israel’s murder of Palestinians in Gaza

Boeing Company has become a national target of the BDS movement (Boycott/Divest/Sanction) in the U.S. against U.S. companies aiding the Israeli government. This national trend began when five Chicago activists were arrested at Boeing headquarters on July 16.

Tuesday, August 12, 2:30 PM court date | 3:00 PM press conference 
Circuit Court of Cook County, 2452 W. Belmont, Chicago

Five activists were arrested in an act to expose the Boeing Company’s complicity with Israel on July 16, when they entered the Boeing lobby wearing blood-soaked t-shirts to oppose the company's ongoing provision of weapons to Israel to bomb and shell civilians in Gaza. Chicago police arrested and charged them with trespass, a misdemeanor.

Four of the arrestees will appear on Tuesday at 2:30 in court at 2452 W. Belmont, Chicago. They will hold a press conference directly following the court appearance to discuss the case. 

The protesters include activists with the Anti-War Committee/Chicago, Jewish Voice for Peace, and Students for Justice in Palestine.

Speakers will include the protesters' attorney, Melinda Power, and Hatem Abudayyeh, of the U.S. Palestinian Community Network, one of the Palestinian community leaders of the recent mass marches in Chicago that oppose the Israeli assault on Gaza.

The July 16 Chicago Boeing protest initiated a growing wave of protests against the company around the country opposing Boeing's profiteering from Israeli air strikes on Gaza. Boeing provides fighter jets, bombs and missiles to the Israeli military that have been in steady use on the bombardment of Gaza.  More than 2000 Palestinians have been killed, many due to weapons produced by Boeing. 

Protests against Boeing will continue in Chicago this week. The Anti-War Committee is supporting a protest at the Air and Water Show on August 16th to oppose war and militarism and to demand that Boeing be removed as a sponsor. Joe Scarry of the Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo will attend Tuesday's press conference.

Hani Al Safadi, a Chicagoan with family in Gaza, will also speak about the suffering and death experienced by the Palestinian people there.


Friday, August 8, 2014

Sun, Aug. 10: Chicago March Against World Silence on Gaza Massacre

Join us as at 2:30pm at Congress and Michigan in Chicago as we march against the world silence on the massacre in Gaza.

 Look for the our banner (it says Free Palestine on top, End the Siege on Gaza in the middle, and Antiwar Committee Chicago at the bottom) to march with us and be a part of our contingent!

Click here to check out the Facebook event.

Then...

Join us for the Antiwar Committee meeting 5:30pm at  1325 S. Wabash (suite 105; the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights office).



Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Anti-War Activists Demand City Drop Boeing From Air & Water Show


On July 30, anti-war activists held a press conference and die-in to protest the genocide in Gaza and demand that Boeing be dropped as a sponsor of the Air and Water Show in Chicago.
















Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Demand Chicago Drop Boeing from Air and Water Show!

Press Conference & Die-in
Wednesday, July 30, 9:30 a.m. 
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., 2nd Floor



Boeing Company is a major sponsor of Chicago’s annual Air and Water Show this summer. Many people come to the lake shore every year to see displays of jets and other aircraft.

Boeing weaponry are responsible for many of the over 1000 dead and over 6000 seriously wounded Palestinians in Gaza in the past three weeks. The dead are mostly civilians, including over 200 children. Israel’s fighter jets – the F15s and F16s – as well as Apache helicopters are all made by Boeing.

Boeing has made billions from the sale of weapons for use in Israel's attacks, as part of its eight year old siege of Gaza.

The City of Chicago should drop Boeing from the sponsors of the Air and Water Show. No company that makes profit from the slaughter of civilians should be included.

Protest initiated by: Anti-War Committee – Chicago, Jews for Justice in Palestine, U.S. Palestinian Community Network and 8th Day Center for Justice. Endorsed by: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo, Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights, Chicago Faith Coalition on Middle East Policy, Illinois Coalition Against Torture, American Friends Service Committee, Jewish Voice for Peace, Palestine Solidarity Group, ANSWER - Chicago, Chicago Area Peace Action, Evanston Neighbors for Peace