April 15: Global Day of Solidarity for Public Health Not Private Profit
COVID-19, one of the worst pandemics since the Spanish flu of 1918, has exposed neoliberalism’s failure to save the capitalist system that has privatised and undermined national public health systems. Across continents, governments responded to the crisis in various yet similar ways. Lockdowns and desperate quarantine measures have put the health, safety, and livelihood of the vast majority of the world at risk. Instead of proactive medical solutions, coercive military powers have been the default mechanisms of the governments to contain the virus. People from all over the world, especially the working masses, are outraged and this has sparked and intensified resistance from different sectors and groups in various countries.
In this light, the ILPS has designated April15 as a Global Day of Solidarity for Public Health Not Private Profit. It is a day to highlight the peoples' democratic and anti-imperialist perspective on the crisis and their demands. Attached herewith is the ILPS Call. Please disseminate this call broadly.
We can hold online and offline solidarity actions. For online solidarity, members and allied networks could release their respective support statements, press releases, short and powerful video testimonies (preferably 2 min long), infographics, photos, selfies, and so on. For on ground solidarity, members and allied networks could conduct community-based protest actions with physical distancing, as well as organized hanging of placards and calls outside houses and buildings.
We encourage you to send us your materials which will be posted on the official ILPS website and Facebook page on April15. Kindly specify the dateline (time and city) when attaching your photos and videos. Please send all your documentation to email@example.com.
February 21-23: United National Antiwar Coalition National Conference
February 21-23, 2020 Rise Against Militarism, Racism and the Climate Crisis - Building Power Together at The People's Forum 320 West 37th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues), New York, NY, U.S.A https://www.unacconference2020.org
The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) has made great strides since its 2017 conference which was held in Richmond, Virginia. Since that time new organizations have joined our coalition. Our members have traveled as part of delegations to Venezuela, Ukraine, Syria and Cuba. We have held conferences on U.S./NATO military bases in Baltimore, Maryland and Dublin, Ireland. We have organized against the militarization of police departments, AFRICOM, and punishing sanctions against other nations. Our members prevented the illegal Venezuelan coup government from taking over the Washington embassy, while others walked picket lines with striking workers. In 2020 we mobilize against ecocide, white supremacist policy and war in all its forms. We gather to put the issue of peace before the voters in an election year and to protest against anti-immigrant policies. Our principles of unity will be strengthened as we gather to stop the wars at home and abroad. The UNAC conference will be a place where we deepen that unity and build the our movement for the next stage of struggle--join us!