The Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois joins with the Shawnee Green Party to sponsor a Vigil for Peace and Justice in conjunction with actions in 25 cities initiated by the United National Antiwar Coalition. https://www.unacpeace.org/
No War on Iran or Venezuela, End Sanctions Now, Bring all the Troops Home Now.
After withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the so-called Iran Nuclear deal, and the imposition of harsh sanctions, the Trump administration now threatens a new war in the Persian Gulf. For years, the U.S. has had Iran militarily surrounded as it has tried to isolate them politically and economically. Iran is now responding to actions of the U.S. that move the world away from safety and nuclear disarmament toward more tension and potential accidental or purposeful war. The crippling sanctions on Iran and Venezuela perpetuate illegal and immoral suffering for the citizens of those countries.
As Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator for Voices for Creative Nonviolence, points out:
“President Trump expressed concern that 150 people could be killed if U.S. airstrikes against Iran had been carried out last week. We must ask how many people could die because of economic warfare against Iran. The economic war cripples Iran’s economy and afflicts the most vulnerable Iranian people—the sick, the poor, the elderly and the children.”
The U.S. now spends almost 64% for every discretionary tax dollar on the military. It has about 20 times the number of foreign military bases as all other countries combined. Both major parties support ever increasing military spending and war, so it is up to the people to build a strong, independent movement to stop U.S. military aggression around the world.
Appropriate signs will be provided but all are encouraged to bring their own.