Cleveland Peace Action supports Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) for her reintroduction of House Resolution 2407. HR 2407 forbids U.S. aid to Israel to be used for the jailing and incarceration of Palestinian children in the West Bank, which has been under illegal Israeli military occupation for more than a half-century. Each year between 500 and 1,000 Palestinian children are thrown in jail by Israeli occupation forces. Then they are often subjected to torture and abuse before receiving a “trial” in a military tribunal, usually without legal representation and with court documents in Hebrew, not Arabic. Cleveland Peace Action applauds the example set by Rep. McCollum who has put her values of democracy, tolerance, and equal rights for all into practice with the reintroduction of this important bill. Cleveland Peace Action urges Cleveland Area voters to contact their U.S. Representatives and ask them to support HR 2407 by becoming a co-sponsor.
This action coincides with our No Rights/No Aid campaign urging Congress to restrict military aid to Israel until the rights of Palestinians are equal to the rights of Israeli Jews. https://www.facebook.com/No-RightsNo-Aid-100418671345351/
For further information, please contact Cleveland Peace Action at [email protected] or 216-205.1427.
If you agree with our press statement below, contact your Senators and ask them to support S.1039 – Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019. Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or use this link from AFSC.
This statement by Don Bryant and Francis Chiappa was sent to the media on June 20, 2019
Cleveland Peace Action calls on the Trump Administration to reverse military escalations in the Gulf of Oman and vicinity, to cease its bellicose and dangerous rhetoric, and to either return to the bargaining table with Iran or opt back in to the Iran-US nuclear agreement. While Secretary of State Pompeo was swift to blame Iran for the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last Thursday, saying “the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks that occurred in the Gulf of Oman…that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication.” Yet there are at least three other proxy groups operating in the area that have such military capabilities: the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Israel. We should be wary of false intelligence as it has justified past wars.
by Mark Weber
Steve Cagan’s very informative talk last night got me to thinking. He mentioned that the United States was less of a presence in Colombia now than in years past. In the early 2000’s there was in South America what journalists dubbed the “pink tide.” In countries like Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Brazil, and Venezuela socialist or left populists came to power. Most famous was the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela led by Hugo Chavez. The United States feared that Colombia might be “lost” as well. Insurgent forces in Colombia controlled almost half of the country. I think these were mainly the FARC and the ELN, the two largest groups of insurgents at that time. The United States was determined to keep Colombia as an ally. U.S. representatives worked with then President Uribe (elected in 2002). The result was an agreement called Plan Colombia coupled with counterinsurgency training, which resulted in a spike in U.S. assistance making Colombia the highest recipient of U.S. aid after Israel. With an increase in military aid and funds for aerial spraying of some coca growers in the remote parts of the country, Colombia moved much closer to the top of the U.S. strategic priority list. The aerial spraying program was and continues to be a failure.
By Mark Weber
Colombia, a South American nation of about 43 million people is seldom in the news. It is a beautiful country endowed with a biodiversity exceeded only by that of Brazil. However, it is a nation with the worst human rights record in the world. More targeted killings occur in Colombia than the rest of the world combined. Together, an oligarchy of the military, the large landowners, the church, narco-traffickers, and conservative business elite run the country through a combination of selective enforcement of the law and outright intimidation up to and including murder. Colombia is a worn-torn nation that has just emerged from a 55-year-old civil war with several insurgent groups…Most notably the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and the National Liberation Front (ELN).