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Stefan Paraber
Stefan Paraber

Location: USA

Specialization: Economy, Social politics

A Day of Peace and Solidarity United Americans Against All Wars

Thousands of New Yorkers are on the march through city streets, protesting against almost everything that degrades the United States today and could lead to its demise as a land of freedom and rights in the future.

People, fed up with never-ending wars for corporate interests and general foreign policies that exist for the sole benefit of moneybags from Wall Street, now amassed in Herald Square, Manhattan, to oppose American Imperialism and to stop the presidential candidate Hillary Clinton whose foundation is believed to have a backing of major Transnational Corporations and financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Citigroup.

In people's eyes, Clinton represents everything that's wrong with the modern day American politics and it is their belief that, should she be allowed to the White House, she will undoubtedly work on policies for the benefit of those corporations that donated money to her campaign and will pay no attention to the needs of an average American. To needs of those who want to live in peace, have access to affordable medical care, have a job and earn fair wages for their work.

The most popular expression of the day is “Fat Cats of Wall Street." The super-rich 1 percent of the population with power to twist anything, even the constitution, in their favor, and to silence anyone who wishes to break away from the state-imposed economic and political bondage.

These are the people who don’t listen to the needs of 99% of US population. These are the people who advance Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign through the sheer volume of capital they have at their disposal. And in the end, they expect her to return the debt. It is at this point 'Hillary Clinton' stops being the name of a person and becomes the name for a well-thought out business venture, the result of which is profit at the expense of a common man.

The second institute that's going to benefit from Clinton's victory is the Military Industrial Complex, who's a major backer of her presidential campaign, which gives any hopes for World Peace a very slim chance if she gets elected. Unsurprisingly, theme-sharing banners were raised: “Stop Hillary! Save Democracy!”, “Stop Corruption! Stop Hillary!”, “Hillary Clinton – WALL St. Candidate!”

Many see Hillary Clinton as a successor to what the current U.S.  president, Barack Obama, enforced through his foreign policies. As such, protestors also expressed strong feelings against him by raising the banners stating: “Stop Obama and U.S. Imperialism”, “Obama: From Nobel Peace Prize to Hague Tribunal”, “Obama, when will you take care of our National Debt???”, “White House – Hotbed of Political Corruption,” “Time for Regime Change in U.S. & Turkey!”, “Obama, Erdogan, Saudi Royals – Sponsors of Global Terrorism,” “U.S. Aggression – Greatest Source of World Problems”, “NO to U.S. Meddling in the Affairs of Foreign Nations”.

Perhaps the most obvious reason for people to rally in the heart of New York with banners, angry attitude, and lust for justice, is the overabundance of all sorts of domestic issues, such as the lack of decent jobs, discrimination, police militarization and man-made environmental disasters just to name a few. That's why the most popular banners being raised have the following words written on them: “Money for Jobs and People’s Needs, not War!”, “Rebuild Flint! Rebuild our Cities! End the wars!”, “Defend the Black Lives Matter movement,” “Say NO to Islamophobia!”

You might be wondering, "What if this all just a random fluke that happens now and then? What if these people are just another angry mob that is there only because they have nothing better to do?"

Well, like it often happens in life, the truth is always more complicated than it appears to be at the first glance. The rally was organized by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) and the International Action Committee (IAC). Manhattan Greens have also participated on behalf of their presidential candidate from the Green Party Jill Stein – the only presidential candidate who promised to end perpetual wars and US military expeditions all over the world.

But this rally in not a part of someone's political campaign, nor is it trying to tell you what to do or to believe. First and foremost, it's an attendance of people who had enough of US military adventures all over the world and were calling for a reduction in of military bases and making demands to US Government to stop interfering in the internal affairs of other countries and to focus on the problems at home.

The following speakers are taking part in the event: Ramsey Clark (former U.S. Attorney General), Lynne Stewart (People’s Lawyer, former Political Prisoner), Imam Abdul-Rashid Talib (Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood), Kathy Kelly (Voices for Creative Nonviolence), Glen Ford and Margaret Kimberly (from Black Agenda Report), Joe Lombardo and Sara Flounders (from UNAC), Raymond Nat Turner, Ann Wright, Pam Africa, Ray Laforest, Al Marder, Lawrence Hamm, Larry Holmes, Debra Sweet and others. The crowd was entertained by the Peace Poets and Raging Grannies.

The Day of Peace and Solidarity is also supported by David Swanson (WarIsACrime.org), Action 21, AlAwda Palestine Right to Return Coalition, BAYAN USA, Haiti Support Network, International League of People Struggle, Islamic Leadership Council of NY, Jersey City Peace Movement, Pakistan/USA Freedom Forum, Party of Communists USA, Peoples Organization for Progress, Peoples Power Assembly, RootsAction.org, Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, Socialist Action, Solidarity with Iran, South Asian Fund for Education and Training, Syrian American Forum, US Peace Council, Veterans for Peace, Chapter 21-NJ, Workers World Party, World Beyond War, World Can’t Wait.

This is not the first time people are taking a stand for what they believe to be just. This event is a direct followup to another successful event organized by UNAC members in New York City on December 20, 2015, called “No to Racism, No to Trump!” It was a protest, smaller, both in scale, with around 500 people asking for respect and protection of minorities and people of color, and in reach, seeing how current protest incorporates this message along many of others. Just this last Friday, over 10000 people gathered outside UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL on March 11, 2016, to protest against Donald Trump’s rally in Chicago. As a result, Trump’s appearance in Chicago was canceled, showing just how much power American people still have over politicians, no matter how rich and powerful they are!

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