- js reader version
- email this article
- view hidden posts
- tags and related articles
Tuesday, Feb. 07, 2012 at 12:43 AM
"No war, no sanctions, no intervention, no assassinations!" was the slogan on the lead banner of the New York demonstration, which was sponsored by an ad hoc committee of several groups. Many placards and hand-made signs also pointed to Wall Street and the banks as the real danger, not Iran.
The corporate media have been reporting for weeks that the Israeli regime is weighing an attack on Iran aimed at dismantling its nuclear program. Yet even former U.S. intelligence officers point out that Iran's nuclear development is entirely peaceful; it is not building any nuclear weapons. (See "Divining the Truth About Iran" by Ray McGovern, published by commondreams.org.) Yet totally unsubstantiated claims to the contrary form the basis on which Israel, which itself has a large nuclear arsenal and has been armed and financed by the U.S., is now publicly claiming its right to launch a military attack on Iran.
The process has already begun in the major corporate media to give credibility to Israel's charges and soften up public opinion to accept such a criminal act, which would unleash yet another devastating war in this oil-rich region so coveted by imperialism. A large crowd marched in New York from Times Square to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and then to the Israeli Consulate. The French press agency AFP estimated the protest at 500. Groups participating included the International Action Center, No War on Iran, American Iranian Friendship Committee, United National Anti-War Committee and Answer.
An Iranian explained that the most important issue was the thousands of assassinations that have taken place of Iranian scientists, state representatives and even parliament ministers, for which the Iranian people blame Israel and the U.S. This has united the Iranian people, he said, against foreign intervention and war. The war has already started because sanctions are an act of war. Even many of those who have opposed the Iranian government are now seeing that their main enemy is U.S. imperialism, he added.
In Los Angeles, some 200 rallied at the city's busiest intersection by the Wiltshire Federal Bldg. Speakers included representatives from the Union of Progressive Iranians, CISPES (Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador), BAYAN-USA, ALBA-USA, Bail Out the People Movement, Workers World Party, Southern California Immigration Coalition and the International Action Center. Some people who had been at an Answer event several blocks away later joined the main rally.
In Boston, over 300 rallied and marched through downtown and rallied at the beginning, the end and at the Israeli Consulate. It was initiated by the Occupy Boston Action for Peace Working Group and had participation and speakers from Boston UNAC, Vets for Peace, the International Action Center, the Boston School Bus union, the Women's Figthback Network, United for Justice with Peace, Dorcester Peace Action, and many others.
Other major cities with protests included Albany, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Tampa, Cincinnati, Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Dallas, Houston, Tucson, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle and Honolulu.
The demonstrations were pulled together on only two weeks' notice, but they also inspired similar protests in Vancouver and Calgary, Canada, as well as in Bangladesh, India, Britain, Ireland and Norway.
Stop War on Iran
c/o Solidarity Center
55 W 17th St Suite 5C
New York, NY 10011
Report this post as:
LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 1 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
Jane Fonda Divests From Wells Fargo
LA Solidarity Protest Rally For Japanese American Apparel Workers Who Face Loss
Architect Chris Mercier Unveils Mural in Rogers Park, Inglewood
Standing Rock Solidarity Action
Large Turnout for Dakota Pipeline Protest
Cruel Teacher Taunts 6th Grade Kids, Fired
How Cities Can Protect People Threatened By Trumpism
What ThisMeans, How This Happened, What to Do Now
PROTEST TRUMP TONITE
Westside Thanksgiving for everyone in LA !
FOR A WORLD WITHOUT NUCLEAR RISKS
Non-violent protest ideas; hooch bomb recipe
Nuclear Shutdown News October 2016
State Legislature is where it's at
Tom Hayden on The Unfinished Business of Democracy
Video: Tom Hayden, Listen Yankee! 2015
Art About Privilege Censored on Facebook
SAG-AFTRA video game performers on strike
Stop Circus Animal Suffering – Protestors Urge Audiences to Shun the Wild Animal Circus
KPFK LSB statement on DAPL arrests
Transit Dependent Residents Need a Guaranteed Right to Stay
My letter to JJJ on JJJ
Prop 60, Condom Law
KPFK-Pacifica Radio Archives being sold off on ebay?
KPFK struggles without re-solutions
Problems with Measure M
More Local News...
De l'éducastration chattemite
The Shortwave Report 01/20/17 Listen Globally!
"Trump does not read much"
#J20 CalArts in SoCal Plan Walkout; NY Galleries & Nonprofits Plan Art Strike
FBI's "Suicide Letter" to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Dangers of Unchecked Survei
Camp 120 Will Hold Space in Front of City Hall Until Inauguration Day to Protest the Inac
Teamsters Local 2010 Initiates Mass Walkout and Strikes at University of California
Civil Rights Groups Sue Caltrans to Stop Illegal Raids Against California's Homeless
This Week in Palestine, January 13th, 2016
Littératie ou numératie ou La loi
Nurses Storm The Boulevard To Pressure Trump on the ACA
Nurses Storm The Boulevard To Pressure Trump On the ACA
Gangstar New Orleans Hack
All Government Officials can be Sued for Actions Outside their Authority – Robert Tronge
The Effectiveness of Sex Offender Treatment Programs – Robert Tronge
Trump and the Consequences: Democracy at a Crossroads
Nuclear Shutdown News January 2017
Honduras coup update December 2016
Evidence that fbi corrupts all of society at will
Intellectuels d'élevage, intellectuels de batterie, intellectuels industriels
Paraphysique de virologie politicienne
The Shortwave Report 01/13/17 Listen Globally!
Code Pink on the temple Mount
The Civilization Crisis: Post-Factual Criticism of Politics
L'enterrement de la liberté d'expression
Control of major news media by fbi
More Breaking News...