Sunday, October 14, 2018

Voting for Menendez is a Pro-War Act - Elect Hoffman / Moxley Instead!

As published in Pricneton Packet:

http://www.centraljersey.com/opinion/the_princeton_packet/counterpoint-a-vote-for-bob-menendez-is-not-a-vote/article_7a93c483-aaf8-5531-a3df-049d67f34ec5.html

In an October 3rd letter, Rev. Moore urged voters who care about peace to vote for Senator Menendez. I disagree 

Senator Menendez is the largest recipient of campaign contributions from AIPAC and NORPAC, the nation’s two strongest pro-Israel PACs.

No coincidence, then, that Senator Menendez never criticizes the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Since March 2018 almost 200 Palestinians, including women, children, journalists and medics, have been killed by live sniper fire, simply for protesting the conditions of the occupation.

Senator Menendez refuses to advocate for blocking U.S. weapons sales to Saudi Arabia to use in Yemen, saying he “needs more information,” about the brutal war, dubbed by many as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. This even after 40 Yemeni school children were killed by a bomb made by Lockheed Martin.

Menendez may have voted for a new nuclear arms control treaty in 2010, but he also accepted, without criticism, the plan supported by President Obama to spend $1.7 trillion over 30 years to create a nuclear arsenal bigger and more powerful than at the height of the Cold War.

Nor has the Senator advocated for the U.S. to sign and ratify the International Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons developed by 122 nations in July 2017.

Lastly, Senator Menendez supported the last two military budgets -standing at around $700 billion annually.

How can this be a profile of a Senator who cares about peace?

There are truly only two ways to vote for peace in NJ in 2018:

Voting for Green Party candidates Madelyn Hoffman who directed NJ Peace Action for decades (recently retired) for US Senate and Diane Moxley for the 7th Congressional District seat – both of whom play critical roles in New Jersey in organizing against US warfare.

Bob Witanek
Founder NJ Anti-War Agenda

Monday, July 16, 2018

We are all guilty of treason today

We are all guilty of treason today and need to hang our heads in shame - the Democrats, the Republicans, Trump, Clintons, Obama, Bushes, Carter . . . all the way back and me and you!
Big storm over the theatrics from Helsinki and meanwhile a huge US backed bombardment is being carried out in Gaza!
We are distracted and even those posting about the assault on Facebook - there are no emergency protests!
There have been in the past and will be in the future - there is lots of good work being done around the issue by millions throughout the planet yet we have committed treason to the cause of human rights, life itself, dignity.
The US supports a government that actually sends excrement shooters to shoot raw sewerage at people's houses and throughout the country laws are being introduced to bar protest of such heinous acts (and much worse) in Gaza.
We committed betrayal today focused on the silly debate over the Helsinki show while this much more significant event is occurring - confused and distracted we are while the crimes are being committed - people are being slaughtered and bodies are being collected.
We have significantly betrayed the struggle throughout our lives allowing the circumstances to get where they are on that front and every other front throughout the planet.
All of us equally guilty of such betrayal and our only remedy is to recommit to the struggle and to determine the way forward that brings true end to the atrocities and depredations on every corner of the planet.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Emergency Rally to Protest Trump's Decision to Withdraw from Iran Nuclear Agreement!

Media Contact: 

Madelyn Hoffman
Executive Director
New Jersey Peace Action
Phone: 973-259-1126 (office) and 973-876-1023 (cell)
Email address:nj_peaceaction@yahoo.com

Jeff Hoey
Program Coordinator
           New Jersey Peace Action
                                 Phone: 973-222-0368
                                 Email address: jeffhoey@outlook.com

Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/196826534376043/

New Jersey Peace Action Organizes  Emergency Rally to Protest Trump's Decision to Withdraw from Iran Nuclear Agreement! 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 8, 2018

Who:  New Jersey Peace Action (NJPA) is an affiliate of Peace Action and is celebrating its 61st anniversary this year. NJPA began its opposition to the 2nd Gulf War in the summer of 2002 and continues to this day to call for that war to end.  NJPA;s primary mission includes the abolition of nuclear weapons, ending and preventing wars and shifting federal spending priorities from war to peace. 

What:  In response to President Trump's decision on Tuesday, May 8th, to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Agreement, New Jersey Peace Action, headquartered in Bloomfield, will have an Emergency Protest Rally calling for our leaders to reverse that decision. In lieu of reversal, we ask that our Senators and Representatives speak out strongly against the withdrawal and stand firmly against renewing any sanctions against Iran, which international inspectors confirm is in compliance with the terms of the agreement. 

Where: 5 Points Vigil corner in Montclair, NJ - corner of Church St., S. Fullerton Ave. and Bloomfield Ave.

When: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM.


Why:  The Iran deal is the only diplomatic agreement in place in the Middles East. It is it totally short-sighted to walk away from it. It could lead to another war. The United States, the region and the world cannot afford another US war of aggression.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Immediate Release: Newark Arts HS Students Protest War / All Out May 5


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Tahir Flournoy 
852-754-6691 
#NJAntiWarAgenda 908-881-5275
Peace - A (pizza) party 12:30

On May 5, 11 am at the MLK Statue on MLK Boulevard, about 2 blocks from Arts High School, there will be a youth led “MLK Jam” rally against war.  This rally will be organized by youth, working together with the NJ Anti-War Agenda group and Peoples Organization for Progress and other peace and justice groups.  Unlike other anti-war protests that have been going on in Newark, the speakers at this rally will all be youths – from Newark and other communities.  This rally will also feature music, spoken word, and possibly other performance and visual arts presentations.  Opportunities are available for youths either from Newark or other area communities to make presentations of opposition to US warfare and also to perform music, spoken word, dance or present visual art as statements against US war.
Outside Arts HS as Korean ;leaders
announce peace

As part of the effort, around 50 students of Arts High School in Newark, on April 26, participated in a banner raising and sign holding event outside the school on MLK Boulevard in Newark.  The students held signs in opposition to US warfare and pledging their commitment to participate in the May 5 event.  Organizers of the event captured their participation as photos on an Instagram account called AntiWarYouth .  Participants were also given a letter inviting participation in the May 5 protest an a copy of the NJ Antiwar Agenda paper.

The banner the students were supporting was created by NJ AntiWar Agenda – an organization of groups and individuals that coordinates monthly antiwar protests in Newark and publishes a paper.  The banner states “Fund Newark’s Needs, Not War; US Out Now!”  It also provides details on this Saturday, May 5 antiwar protest.

The following are some Instagram pictures of the Arts High School students taking a stand against US warfare:





In a recent letter inviting youth individuals and groups to participate in the even, Arts High School Junior and antiwar organizer Tahir Flournoy stated:

We are calling for youth of Newark and area communities to participate because it is the youth being recruited into these wars to fight for a country that is not fighting for us back at home.  We of course also are not interested in having our lives cut short by nuclear war nor do we want US guns trained on the our sister and brothers - young people in countries throughout the world.

The solutions for our problems here at home can not be found in battle fields near and afar.  Some of the issues at home that are concerning to youth are lack of funding in schools, as well as allocation of funds in the government. The US government is spending close to $800 billion per year on warfare.   Flint’s water system only costs 50 million to fix and yet nothing has been done.  In some Newark schools we are also dealing with water just as toxic as in Flint.


We need free higher education and training, health care, opportunities doing meaningful work, benefits, livable wages, adequately available recreation opportunities, housing, potable drinking water, and a lack of violence including by the police often against youth members of our communities.”

One of the participants outside Arts High School was Rakhyriah Foster.  She states that instead of spending funds on war, “I think that’s the US money collected from taxes should go to public school because most parents can’t afford for their children to go to a charter or private school. I do think that cleaning up the toxic chemicals in Newark and Flint Michigan are important because this is the water that we drink and bathe in and it is unsafe.”  She stated further “I feel good that I took a stand. I have attended a protests before and I honestly think I would attend another protest.”

Tahir Flournoy, who organized the banner raising / sign holding event outside Arts High School stated of the activity. ”Giving oppressed children a chance to protest outside their school to me shows them just a little more of exactly how oppressed they are. Often times when the oppressed are surrounded by the oppressed, they don’t see it as being oppressed. It’s normal to them, so them being able to protest opens them up a little more and helps them want to get involved.

I do think it’s important to do because sometimes all a kid needs is to get that one spark of activism in them to start them on the rest of their journey. Sometimes they don’t have an outlet to know when and or where protest rallies and different things are going on, and us bringing the protest to them is a touchdown for all activists."

Tahir states that pizza will be provided at the May 5 event.

Those interested in speaking or performing, participating or supporting the May 5 event can call or text Tahir Flournoy at 852-754-6691 or through the following:

Facebook event
https://www.facebook.com/events/199249074015369/.
Via E-mail AntiWarYouth@NJAntiWarAgenda.org

PLEASE RT:




Solidarity with The People’s Caravan for Peace and Justice in the Philippines

On April 25th, at the Stop The Killings Speaking Tour 2018 NJ event, many gathered to join ICHRP-US Northeast and Malaya Movement to call for an end to the state-sanctioned violence in the Philippines made possible in part by US aid. Henessa Gumiran, an organizer with Rutgers Against Campus Militarism delivered a solidarity statement in support of the Philippine people, condemning the involvement of US intelligence and its presence on campus.

The following is the solidarity statement given:
Rutgers Against Campus Militarism stands in solidarity with the Philippine people who organize against fascism and continue to resist the US-Duterte regime. US intelligence has perpetuated and aided the oppression of the Philippine people both historically and presently, and now has the direct and implicit support of universities, including Rutgers to do so. The involvement of US intelligence at Rutgers has been active since at least the 1950s, with active campus resistance to the presence of US intelligence since the 1980s. In January 2015, Rutgers received a nearly $2 million grant for the establishment of the CCIS or the Center for Critical Intelligence Studies, funded by the DIA, making Rutgers the only “Big 10” school to be federally recognized as an “Intelligence Community center for academic excellence.”

As stated by the DIA, the mission of the Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence is to: “Provide grants to competitively chosen universities and colleges to enhance the recruitment and retention of an ethnically and culturally diverse Intelligence Community workforce with capabilities critical to the national security interest of the United States.”

It is then clear that the ultimate goal of these centers is not to “provide students with essential knowledge related to the field of Intelligence Studies and enhance their understanding of different regions, cultures, and value systems that inform the effective
use of intelligence” as posited. Rather, the underlying initiative is to create a pipeline of direct recruitment into the intelligence community. This conditions students to act as proxy recruiters for US intelligence, and by extension, US imperialist violence, which of course is reinforced in countries like the Philippines, due to US political interests in maintaining the status quo of exploitation.

The center is headed by a former acting under secretary of DHS, the Department of Homeland Security, John Cohen. As we know, DHS is responsible for the inhumane treatment and denial of basic human rights to peace activist Jerome Aba. We should hold Rutgers accountable for sponsoring the presence of DHS and other US intelligence agencies on our campus, when such agencies have always and continue to be a threat to peace and inflict violence on both our local and global communities. It is time to demand that Rutgers terminate its ties to the intelligence agencies that actively preserve its complicity in state-sanctioned global violence, and we cannot do so without standing with peoples who are directly impacted by such.

And in the spirit of eternal solidarity with our motherland, I share with you all an excerpt of Ruby Ibarra’s "Us" featuring the spoken word of Faith Santilla:
So let it be known, if you don’t already
Pinays have always been part, and parcel, if not, imperative and critical to the struggle
Filipinas are no strangers to wielding our own power
Of all the privileges that exist in this world, none of which you may be a benefactor of
There is at least one you bear
And that is the privilege of having been born a Filipina
Your DNA contains building blocks made from the mud of over 500 years of resistance and survival
And when you are ready, sis, we’ll be right here
Thank you to all participating organizations and individuals for graciously speaking out against human rights abuses.

STOP THE KILLINGS!

NO TO FASCIST DICTATORSHIP!

STOP THE WAR ON THE POOR!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

May 5th Youth Led Protest in Newark: MLK Jam The Stake for Youth in the Anti War Struggle


Newark Youth Taking a Stand for Peace (Pictures)

Dear friends of peace and justice,

On May 5th, youth around Essex county and beyond will come together in an effort to promote the anti war effort.  The event will be held in Newark at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr/ Blvd and Springfield Avenue at 11 am at the Martin Luther King Monument.  The event is a legal event and NJ Anti War Agenda has a legal permit for the sound system.  I invite all youth organizations, individuals, adults who work with youth and parents of interested youth to contact me as soon as possible to help make this event a huge success.

Youth and young adults will be performing dances, singing, essays, music, as well as art displays as well as speaking out against US war making.  If you might be interested in performing or speaking, please contact me - ASAP!  All are welcome to attend but this event will be youth organized and led and the presenters and performers will be youths.

We are calling for youth of Newark and area communities to participate because it is the youth being recruited into these wars to fight for a country that is not fighting for us back at home.  We of course also are not interested in having our lives cut short by nuclear war nor do we want US guns trained on the our sister and brothers - young people in countries throughout the world.

The solutions for our problems here at home can not be found in battle fields near and afar.  Some of the issues at home that are concerning to youth are lack of funding in schools, as well as allocation of funds in the government. The US government is spending close to $800 billion per year on warfare.   Flint’s water system only costs 50 million to fix and yet nothing has been done.  In some Newark schools we are also dealing with water just as toxic as in Flint.

We need free higher education and training, health care, opportunities doing meaningful work, benefits, livable wages, adequately available recreation opportunities, housing, potable drinking water, and a lack of violence including by the police often against youth members of our communities.

On May 5th, we will be saying NO to US wars abroad and no war at home in our communities.  We will demand money for the needs of Newark and other NJ communities - not for the profits of the multinational corporations that manufacture the weapons for war nor those extracting resources from the countries around the planet that are subject to US warfare.

If you are an artist, performer, someone who has something to say about opposition to US war, please contact us immediately and help us to make this event a large success.

Phone 852-754-6691

Sincerely,
Tahir, lead organizer of 

MLK Jam: The Youth State in the Anti War Struggle
Saturday, May 5, 11 am - 2pm
MLK Monument, MLK Boulevard (Near Springfield Av), Newark NJ




Friday, April 13, 2018

NJ Protests – US IMMEDIATELY CEASE ALL HOSTILITIES IN SYRIA


NJ Protests – US IMMEDIATELY CEASE ALL HOSTILITIES IN SYRIA

Please click the links for the details and send all updates to Organize@NJAntiWarAgenda.org or text to 908-881-5275 – also text there if you want to be informed of emergency and snap protests against US escalations – if this flares up – we will need to mobilize quickly and massively – the planet depends on this!

New York Region Spring Action Against Wars at home & Abroad


Sunday, April 15, 2pm NYC
Herald Sq, 34th St & 6th Ave., Manhattan, NY
https://www.facebook.com/events/2089893391248150


MASS PROTEST AGAINST US WAR ON SYRIA - LETS MAKE THIS BIG!

THE SCHEDULED PROTEST FOR APRIL 16 - DUE TO EXTREME RAIN, ROAD CONDITIONS AND FLOODING IN SOME AREAS HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO BE COMBINED WITH THE NEXT MONTHLY ANTIWAR PROTEST AT THE SAME SITE ON MAY 5.

PLEASE BE ADVISED AND LET FOLKS KNOW.  PLEASE ALSO BE AWARE THAT GIVEN THE INSTABILITY WITH US WAR AND AGGRESSION - WE COULD SCHEDULE OTHER EMERGENCY RESPONSES IN THE INTERIM.

Saturday May 5, 11 am - 1pm
MLK Monument 465 <MLK Blvd, Newark NJ
https://www.facebook.com/events/1495733190552309/

In formation - protest at IC CAE at Rutgers!
(Stipend available for organizer- call or text 908-881-5275)

Come back often for updates and keep sharing – the survival of our planet might depend on it!  Also - phone, text, old school methods of communications as well - we need to try people!

US CEASE
US DESIST
TAKE THE STREETS
WE WILL RESIST!

Keep up to date of anti war developments in NJ:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/342587736087236/ 

Recent protests:

Saturday, April 14, 11am

Haddon Avenue and Cuthbert Blvd, Collingswood
 NJ
Gather to protest Donald Trump's airstrikes on Syria and demand - NO WAR ON SYRIA
Raritan Avenue and Adelaide (just before the bridge), Highland Park, NJ
Emergency Protest Against U.S. Planned Attack on Syria