Stan Heller continues his campaign to get United for Peace and Justice to mention Iran in their upcoming April 29 demo. Incredibly, not only is UFJP refusing to mention the threat of a war in Iran, their “demo” won’t even have speakers. Golly, let’s just have a group hug for peace, that’ll stop the neocons, you betcha.
We covered what Stan is doing in an April 14 post, Not a time for tepid protest.
Change course on April 29 demo
My article on Counterpunch.org “Time to Shake-Up the Peace Movement” criticizing UFPJ plans for April 29 has gotten a very good response with emails and requests for reprints. Though no one on the UFPJ steering committee has deigned to send me a reply, the day after my piece came out UFPJ sent out their first mass emailing calling for “No War on Iran”. Still no change yet in the demands for the demo and THERE ARE NO PLANS TO HAVE ANY SPEAKERS, just a march and a “festival”. – Stanley Heller
From his listserv
On April 14th UFPJ did send out a mailing to all their groups/members with a good statement against war/sanctions against Iran and theres a section of the UFPJ website about Iran. PROGRESS. But the website about the demo still does not have a demand about Iran, let alone Israel and Palestine. A message from UFPJ affiliate the US Campaign Against the Occupation says the demo can’t be changed because UFPJ is in coaltion with groups like Friends of the Earth and Rainbow/PUSH. The threat of nuclear war isn’t enough to get the folks together for a meeting to change the demo?
The real reason, methinks, is that UFJP wants to cosy up to the Democratic Party, so nothing beyond bland, innocuous calls for peace will be allowed.