Saturday, May 03, 2008

Alsammarae, Obama, and "lift the sanctions on Iraq" movement

Given the Alsammarae Rezko connections, it's worth asking Senator Obama if Alsammarae's activities with the movement to life sanctions on Saddam influenced Obama's opposition to the Iraq war.

Here's a link to Alsammarae's appearance at the National Mobilization to End the Sanctions Against Iraq back in 2000.


"Stop the Killing, Start the Healing"

August 5-7, 2000
Washington, DC

"We are destroying an entire society. It is as simple and terrifying as that." (Denis Halliday, former UN coordinator of the Oil-for-Food Program and Nobel Peace Prize nominee)

On 6 August 1990, the UN Security Council imposed a near total embargo on Iraq, the most comprehensive sanctions in modern history. Today those sanctions continue to kill innocent Iraqis while undermining the pillars of civil society. And since December 1998 the Iraqi people have faced regular bombing by American and British warplanes. Numerous sources estimate the death toll of sanctions and bombing to be over one million.

In response, a broad coalition of organizations and concerned individuals will converge on Washington, DC this August 6 to demand an end to this economic and military war carried out by the United States through the United Nations. Our message is clear and direct: "Lift the economic sanctions, stop the bombing!"


Schedule of Activities

Saturday, August 5 - Teach-in on Iraq:

11:30 am - 6:00 pm: Film, panels, and discussion of the sanctions, U.S. policy, and parallels with Hiroshima.

Panelists include:
Aiham Alsammarae, ADC Board member;
Anthony Arnove, editor of Iraq Under Siege;
Edmund Ghareeb, author;
Elizabeth McAllister, Jonah House Catholic Worker;
Deana Rabiah, Program Coordinator at ACCESS, Former ADC President of UMI Chapter in Ann Arbor, MI..

(There will be a showing of the acclaimed John Pilger film "Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq.")

6:45 - Hiroshima vigil at the Reflection Pool on the Mall

Sunday, August 6:

9:30-11:30 National Coalition Building meeting

12:00 Interfaith Prayer then March from Lincoln Memorial

2:00 Rally at Lafayette Park with:

Martin Sheen (actor, "West Wing")
Members of Congress
George Galloway, Member of British Parliament
Rania Masri, Iraq Action Coalition
Rev. Jim Lawson, civil rights leader
Vicki Robb
Rev. John Dear, Fellowship of Reconciliation

5:00-7:00 Scenario Overview/Non-violence training

Monday, August 7:

9:00 - Nonviolent Civil Disobedience at the White House


Organizations endorsing August 6 Rally, as of June 27, 2000:

Adams Youth Center
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
Anti-Intervention Network
Arizona Institute for Peace Education and Research
Catholic Worker, New York
Center for Contemplation and Nonviolence, Seattle, WA
Church of the Brethren Washington Office
Colorado Campaign for Middle East Peace
Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC)
Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR)
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
Green Mountain Veterans for Peace
International Socialist Organization (ISO)
Iowans for Peace with Iraq
Life for Relief and Development (LIFE)
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)
Middle East Children's Alliance
Partners for Peace
Pax Christi USA
Peace Action
Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois
Veterans for Peace
Vietnam Veterans Against the War Anti-Imperialist
Voices in the Wilderness
War Resisters League
Washington Action Group (WAG)
Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (WPSR)

1 comment:

Dr Bermangolu said...

Or maybe over thirty peace organizations were holding the rally because the sanctions were killing children and ending them was the right thing to do. And maybe Obama was against the war because being against the war was also the right thing to do.

And maybe your pathetic attempts to somehow rehabilitate the failed neo-con adventure in Iraq by drawing silly tenuous connections in order to build ad hominem attacks simply shows that you are morally bankrupt.