Aug 16, 2012

No Summer Break for UFPJ

Summer is often seen as the time for relaxing by the beach and sipping cocktails, but not for the movement for peace and economic and social justice! This movement doesn't take the summer off and UFPJ has been in the thick of the struggle!

August is Nuclear Free Future month. UFPJ is leading the charge to remind the world about the continuing threat posed by nuclear weapons and the environmental and proliferation risks posed by the global addiction to nuclear power. Check out the Nuclear Free Future site here.

After nearly 12 years of the U.S. waging war in Afghanistan, members of Congress recently spent just an hour talking about the future of the U.S. Occupation there. Check out this analysis by Rusti Eisenberg, UFPJ Legislative Working Group co-convener about this failure of congressional leadership.

UFPJ is also involved in the planning of the marches at both the DNC and the RNC. Please visit their sites, Coalition to March on the RNC and March on Wall Street South. More information is coming soon.

Thank you for your continued support of United For Peace and Justice and the cause of peace. The path to peace is long and hard, but it is the only just road to walk. Let us continue to clear a way for us all tread as we seek a just and peaceful world.

Power to the people and power to the peaceful. 

"Nuclear Free Future Month"
Now in Progress!

Expanding upon the traditional August 6th and 9th  Hiroshima - Nagasaki commemorations, United for Peace and Justice has declared August “Nuclear-Free Future Month.” Through commemorations and nonviolent protests at nuclear facilities, and public events, film showings, and exhibits throughout the month, the purpose of Nuclear-Free Future Month is to raise public awareness about the continuing threat posed by nuclear weapons and the environmental and proliferation risks posed by the global addiction to nuclear power.
The main vehicle for coordinating activities and disseminating information is the new Nuclear-Free Future Month web site There you will find a Call to Action, event listings, action ideas and resources. Your group is encouraged to endorse Nuclear-Free Future Month and to post your August events on the interactive calendar. You are also welcome to submit items for the site’s resource page by clicking on the “Contact” button. Read more…

Human Rights

Plugging Leaks, the fight against Bradley/Breanna Manning

Bradley Manning is the Army intelligence analyst accused of leaking thousands of State Department cables and the video “Collateral Murder,” which shows a U.S. Apache helicopter gunning down 11 unarmed civilians, including children. The leaked information exposes war crimes and human rights abuses that admittedly do make the United States look less than honorable, but in order to hold criminals accountable, you have to expose the crime.

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Iraqi Trade Unions Targeted by Oil Ministry

Like workers all across North Africa, Iraqi workers are not about to silently accept the status quo.  They are organizing and fighting back, and need our solidarity.

USLAW, Solidarity Center and the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mining and General Workers' Unions (ICEM) have joined with Labourstart, the international internet-based labor solidarity network, to launch an international campaign to demand that this unjust punishment be reversed and worker rights in Iraq be respected

One City Under Hundreds of Drones

System of mass surveillance and data warehousing on law-abiding persons and citizens prompts privacy rights campaign

Hundreds of drones descended on Las Vegas this week, with their makers trying to overcome the stigma of the word "drone," are showing off their role in the nation’s system of mass surveillance and data warehousing on law-abiding persons and citizens, also demonstrating the need for a new rights campaign that launched this week.

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Facing Tear Gas

Facing Tear Gas is a story-telling project of War Resisters League by and for people that have experienced tear gas all over the world. [We have gathered stories from Egypt, Quebec (2001, 2012), Palestine, Oakland, Copenhagen, Seattle (1999, 2011) Bahrain, Greece, Berkeley, Iran, Chicago, Ecuador and most recently North Carolina.

The US-based tear gas manufacturers Defense Technology, NonLethal Technologies and Combined Systems Incorporated have produced gas used in: Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Palestine, Montreal, Greece and Oakland. By making the links between these stories we hope to bring those that profit off of tear gas further into the public consciousness and, along with that, the inspiring movements the gas is used to squelch. This is part of a broader campaign to end the US’s role in the business of tear gas in solidarity with global nonviolent uprisings and those facing US-backed repression everywhere, including here at home.

Get more info at and please submit your tear gas story to

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NDAA Stalled in the Senate

The 2013 NDAA passed the House in May, but is now stalled in the Senate. It’s unclear when, or even if, the bill will get a vote in the Senate. It’s also unclear if Senate leadership will allow any amendments that could fix the indefinite detention provisions of last year’s NDAA. So, the best bet right now is to urge your Representative and Senators to support free-standing bills that will amend the NDAA to protect us from military detention without charge or trial. Senator Mark Udall has introduced S. 2175, and Representative Garamendi has introduced H.R. 5936. These bills repeal the mandatory military detention requirement and ban indefinite detention and military commissions from the United States. Read more, and send an email to your members of Congress here 

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Nuclear Disarmament/Redefining Security

Keep Space for Peace Week

Keep Space for Peace Week:  October 6-13 will be the annual week of local protests around the world to oppose the nuclearization and militarization of space.  Special emphasis this year will be how military satellite technology is used to direct all drone flights.  Space satellites are the triggers that enable the Pentagon to fight wars on the ground.  See the space week poster and more information at

The Path to Peace is Paved with New Priorities and a Demilitarized Foreign Policy 

TSpeech by Michael Eisenscher, National Coordinator, U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW) at the August 5, 2012 commemoration of the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, held across the street from Lawrence-Livermore Nuclear Labs in Livermore, CA. Read More

Military Spending and War

Crazy: Congress Spends Just 1 Hour Debating Another Year of Disastrous War in Afghanistan

These were the words of Senator George McGovern, uttered on September 1, 1970. Together with Republican Senator Mark Hatfield of Oregon, McGovern had introduced an amendment to a military procurement bill that would have required all US troops to be out of Vietnam by a fixed date. By that time, it was clear that the war had been lost and that the White House was needlessly dragging out the withdrawal period in order to delay an embarrassing defeat. Meanwhile Americans and Asians were dying every day and the country of Cambodia had been dragged into the maelstrom.

Philadelphia City Council Adopts resolution to redirect military spending

Philadelphia City Council, by a vote of 15-2, passed June 21 a resolution "calling on the U.S. Congress to bring all U.S. troops home from Afghanistan, to take the funds saved by that action and by significantly cutting the Pentagon budget, and to use that money to fund education, public and private sector family-sustaining job creation, special protections for military sector workers, environmental and infrastructure restoration, care for veterans and their families, and human services that our cities and states so desperately need."! Read More
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