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Connecticut Joins the Call To Global Action Against Illegal U.S. Occupation Of Guantánamo

ACTIONS: February 23, 2018

  • Noon – 1:00 PM: Rally at Abraham A. Ribicoff Federal Building, 450 Main Street Hartford, CT
  • 1:15 – 1:45 PM: Peaceably Assemble and vigil at Old State House Square; deliver letter to Senator Blumenthal demanding closure of Guantánamo

Background

The Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases calls upon peace activists in the U.S. and around the world to organize actions, of whatever size and nature, on or around February 23rd, 2018, to protest the continuing occupation of Guantánamo in Cuba by the United States military. February 23rd, 2018 is the 115th Anniversary of the seizure of Guantánamo from the Cuban people. The United States forced the Cuban Constitutional Congress to cede the Bay of Guantánamo to United States control. With the success of the Cuban Revolution, the Cuban Government has insisted on the abrogation of the one-sided Treaty. The United States has refused, leaning on the original terms that BOTH countries must agree on the termination of the Treaty. Since 1959, Cuba has not recognized the imposed treaty and has refused to cash the United States’ annual check for $4,085.00 in payment.

The United States has now turned Guantánamo into a torture chamber, a prison where the prisoners do not have any legal protections or rights, a shameful disrespect by the United States of human rights and International Law.

Based on the Resolution unanimously adopted at the Conference Against U.S. Military Bases we demand that the United States Government promptly withdraw all its forces and personnel from Guantánamo Bay and immediately declare ALL agreements ceding control of Guantánamo Bay to the United States to be null and void.

Endorsers

  • Greater New Haven Peace Council
  • Greater Hartford Cuba Coalition
  • Connecticut Coalition for Peace and Solidarity
  • Hope Out Loud
  • Hartford Catholic Worker
  • Veterans for Peace – CT
  • Greater Hartford Coalition on Cuba

Flyer

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If you can’t attend the rally, contact your members of Congress and ask that “Guantanamo be closed and returned to Cuba.”

  • Contact information for the Connecticut congressional delegation can be seen => here
  • The general Congressional switchboard number is 202-224-3121.

For more information:

  • Contact: Steve 860-759-3699; SKrevisky@mxcc.commnet.edu

No Foreign Bases: Challenging the Footprint of US Empire – Closing Guantanamo

No Foreign Bases: Challenging the Footprint of US Empire (By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance)

The United States cannot be a moral or ethical country until it faces up to the realities of US empire and the destruction it causes around the world. The US undermines governments (including democracies), kills millions of people, causes mass migrations of people fleeing their homes, communities and countries and produces vast environmental damage.

A new coalition, The Coalition Against US Foreign Military Bases, held its inaugural event January 12-14, 2018 at the University of Baltimore in Maryland. The meeting was framed by a Unity Statement that brought together numerous peace and justice organizations. The basis for unity was:

“U.S. foreign military bases are the principal instruments of imperial global domination and environmental damage through wars of aggression and occupation, and that the closure of U.S. foreign military bases is one of the first necessary steps toward a just, peaceful and sustainable world.”

A map of numerous United States bases was developed by The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University

Guantanamo

At the conference, a resolution was adopted and a call was issued to close the base at Guantánamo.

Call To Global Action Against Illegal U.S. Occupation Of Guantánamo

Dear Advocates of Peace, Justice and Peoples’ Sovereignty:

The Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases calls upon peace activists in the U.S. and around the world to organize actions, of whatever size and nature, on or around February 23rd, 2018, to protest the continuing occupation of Guantánamo in Cuba by the United States military.

February 23rd, 2018 is the 115th Anniversary of the seizure of Guantánamo from the Cuban people as a result of the provoked Spanish-American War. The United States forced the Cuban Constitutional Congress to cede the Bay of Guantánamo to United States control.

With the success of the Cuban Revolution, the Cuban Government has insisted on the abrogation of the Treaty. The United States has refused, leaning on the original terms that BOTH countries must agree on the termination of the Treaty. Since 1959, Cuba has not recognized the imposed treaty and has refused to cash the United States’ annual check for $4,085.00 in payment.

The United States has now turned Guantánamo into a torture chamber, a prison where the prisoners do not have any legal protections or rights, a shameful disrespect by the United States of human rights and international law.

Based on the Resolution unanimously adopted at our Conference Against U.S. Military Bases (full text of the Resolution follows), we call upon on our Brothers and Sisters around the world to organize actions against U.S. illegal occupation of Guantánamo and demand that the United States Government promptly withdraw all its forces and personnel from Guantánamo Bay and immediately declare ALL agreements ceding control of Guantánamo Bay to the United States to be null and void.

Please send us the information about your planned events so we can publicize them for you on our web site.

Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases
January 26, 2018
www.NoForeignBases.org
info@NoForeignBases.org

Full text of the resolution: Resolution On Global Day Of Actions Against Guantanamo

WHEREAS, February 23, 2018 is the 115th Anniversary of the seizure of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by the United States to create a foreign Military Base, a result of the U.S. provoked Spanish-American War, and further

WHEREAS, the United States used its military power to force the Cuban Constitutional Convention to accept the seizure in its Constitution, and further

WHEREAS, upon the success of the Cuban Revolution in 1959 Cuba demanded the repudiation of the Treaty, ceased cashing the annual U.S. Payment of $4,085 and called for the complete sovereignty of the Bay by the Cuban Government, and further

WHEREAS, the United States has refused to return Guantanamo Bay to the Cuban people, citing the forcibly imposed Clause in the Treaty that BOTH parties must agree to the cancellation of the Treaty, and further

WHEREAS, U.S. occupation of Guantanamo Bay provides United States military dominance in the Caribbean and South America and is a threat to the independence and sovereignty of the peoples in that vast area, and further

WHEREAS, under U.S. control, Guantanamo Bay has become a center of torture and abrogation of human rights, violations of elementary U.S. and international standards that are condemned by the civilized world,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Bases unanimously calls upon the global peace movement to organize, on or around February 23, 2018, Actions

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Local contacts for a tentative Friday afternoon, February 23, 2018 event in Hartford

  • Hartford:  Alex Koskinas, koskinasa175@gmail.com
  • New Haven: Henry Lowendorf, grnhpeacecouncil2@gmail.com
  • Middletown: Stephen Krevisky,  SKrevisky@mxcc.commnet.edu

Organizing for Peace &
Resisting the Politics of Fear:
A Call to Action

We have the money to create good jobs, pay for health care and education, clean the environment and pursue a life of liberty and happiness

Half-day Conference for jobs, peace, healthcare and education, social justice, economic equity and environmental sustainability.

Saturday, November 18th  (11 to 4 pm, lunch provided)

Chapman Hall Room 808
Middlesex Community College
100 Training Hill Road, Middletown, CT
Featured Speakers:

  • Bruce Gagnon, Secretary/Coordinator Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space; 2006 recipient of the Dr. Benjamin Spock Peacemaker Award; Vietnam-era veteran.
  • Bill Curry, former head of nuclear Freeze Voter;candidate for Governor of CT; Presidential advisor
  • Rev. Henry Brown & Henrietta Beckman, Mothers United Against Violence, Hartford

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New priorities are needed now:

  • Attacks on Medicaid, Food Stamps and other programs for America’s most vulnerable
  • Libraries closing in Hartford
  • Devastating changes to environmental protections in the face of severe environmental events
  • Localities faced with cuts education support and even bankruptcy
  • Unfunded deteriorating infrastructure
  • The return to ‘Law and Order’ mentality while militarizing law enforcement rather than improving the relationship of the police to their communities
  • All these while increasing the huge amount of our resources to a war machine that long ago stopped serving national issues

60 Percent of Discretionary Spending is Military and Veterans

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2017 Hiroshima / Nagasaki Remembrance

Hiroshima / Nagasaki Remembrance
A Call to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

6:00 – 9:00 PM, Sunday, August 6th
Unitarian Society of Hartford
50 Bloomfield Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105

Door open at 6:00 pm
Potluck begins at 6 pm — please bring food to share
Program of music, speakers & poetry begins at 6:30 pm
Candle-lighting Ceremony at 8 pm (this will be outdoors, as weather permits)

Sponsored by:
CT Coalition for Peace and Justice
Hope Out Loud
No Nukes/No War
Unitarian Society of Hartford
United Nations Association of Connecticut

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Vigils in New Haven for Nuclear Abolition

2017 New Haven Remembrance

NUCLEAR WEAPONS ARE INHUMANE.
Poetry and Candle Ceremony
August 6th 7:00 p.m. -­ 8:30 p.m.
New Haven Green, Flagpole


2017 Vigils 

Silent Vigil for Hiroshima
Saturday, August 6th
8:15 a.m.
New Haven Green, Flagpole

Silent Vigil for Nagasaki
Tuesday, August 9th
11:00 a.m.
New Haven Green, Flagpole


For More Info:

Web Site: Greater New Haven Peace Council

or

Greater New Haven Peace Council
PO Box 3105
New Haven, CT 06515-0205
grnhpeacecouncil@gmail.com

City of New Haven Peace Commission

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Town / City level Resolutions putting human needs before military expenditures 

US Peace Council-National People’s Campaign: to download, click => here

 

Peace Commission Resolution 2017 PASSED BY ALDERS Calling for Hearing on Funding Human Services in New Haven: to download, click => here

 

Model Resolution for US cities: to download, click => here 


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