No War on Syria, North Korea, Iran or Russia! U.S. Out of the Middle East and Africa! Money for Jobs, not for War!
Black Lives Matter! No Ban! No Wall! No Deportations! Trans Rights Now! Fight for $15! No DAPL!
The program for the conference is still being developed, but this is where we’re at as of April 22:
There will be four Plenary Panels before the whole conference body. Two will be devoted to domestic issues, including the escalating attacks on the Black community, Muslims, immigrants, the LGBTQ community, labor and the environment. And two will focus on what the U.S. is doing in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, South Asia and Europe, as well as the domestic costs of war. The goal is to help bring together activists from all these many struggles and so strengthen the Movement as a whole.
There will also be workshops, a Saturday evening rally, voting on Action Resolutions and a visit to Richmond's Shockoe Bottom, once the epicenter of the U.S. domestic slave trade.
FRIDAY, JUNE 16
4 pm: Doors open for registration (for folks who did not register in advance online), picking up the Conference Journal with the final schedule, and general networking.
6:15 - 7:45 pm: Gathering of the Virginia People’s Assembly for Jobs, Peace & Justice
This statewide educational and networking assembly has met each year in Richmond for the past eight years, attracting Virginia activists from a wide range of communities and struggles. We will hold a modified VPA on Friday evening, open to all conference participants.
8 - 9:30 pm: Opening Plenum - with greetings and comments from UNAC affiliates and allies
SATURDAY, JUNE 17
9 - 9:30 am: Welcoming & Conference Orientation
9:30 - 11 am: 1st PLENARY PANEL - “THE WARS AT HOME”
11:15 am - 12:45 pm: 2nd PLENARY PANEL - “THE WARS ABROAD”
12:45 - 2 pm: Lunch
2 - 3:30 pm: 3rd PLENARY PANEL - “THE WARS AT HOME”
3:45 - 5:15 pm: 4th PLENARY PANEL - “THE WARS ABROAD”
5:30 - 6:45 pm: JUNETEENTH ACTION AT RICHMOND’S AFRICAN BURIAL GROUND
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. It marks June 19, 1865, when enslaved people in Texas first learned of the end of the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation, issued two-and-a-half years earlier by President Lincoln. We will observe this holiday by walking a mile to Richmond’s African Burial Ground in Shockoe Bottom, once the epicenter of the U.S. domestic slave trade, and hold a press conference to declare support for the ongoing struggle to reclaim and properly memorialize Shockoe Bottom. This hopefully will result in media attention for the conference, while supporting a UNAC-supported struggle that illustrates our commitment to the principle of self-determination for oppressed peoples.
6:45 - 8:15 pm: DINNER
8:15-10 pm: RALLY WITH CULTURAL PRESENTATIONS
SUNDAY, JUNE 18
9 - 10:30 am: WORKSHOPS
10:45 - 11:15 am: UNAC: What we stand for, what it means to affiliate, benefits for affiliates, organizational structure & decision-making.
11:30 am - 1 pm: ACTION PROPOSALS - Presentation, discussion & voting (by UNAC affiliates, including organizations that join at the conference.)
1 - 2:15 pm - LUNCH
2:15 - 3:30 pm - BUILDING UNAC: Strengthening the Coordinating Committee (made up of all UNAC affiliates), schedule for election of Administrative Committee (the national leadership body) and National Co-Coordinators; development of bylaws; strengthening our Internet presence; and more. For UNAC affiliates, including organizations that affiliate during the conference.
As of April 22, the following activists have been confirmed as speakers:
- Bahman Azad - U.S. Peace Council
- Abayomi Azikiwe - Pan African News Wire
- Ajamu Baraka, National Spokesperson and Founder of Black Alliance for Peace and V.P. Candidate for Green Party in 2016
- Brian Becker - ANSWER Coalition
- Medea Benjamin - CODEPINK
- Maurice Carney - Friends of the Congo
- Glen Ford - Black Agenda Report
- Ana Edwards - Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project
- Pat Elder - National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy
- Bernadette Ellorin - BAYAN-USA
- Sara Flounders - International Action Center
- Bruce Gagnon - Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space
- Lawrence Hamm - People's Organization for Progress (POP)
- Tamara Hansen - Mobilization Against War & Occupation (MAWO)
- Jaribu Hill - Mississippi Workers Center for Human Rights
- Jonathan W. Hutto, Sr. - Co-Founder, Appeal For Redress from the Iraq & Afghanistan Occupations (2007-2009); author, "Anti-War Soldier"
- Margaret Kimberley - Black Agenda Report
- Cassia Laham - People's Opposition to War, Imperialism, and Racism (POWIR)
- Joe Lombardo - UNAC Co-Coordinator
- Jeff Mackler- Socialist Action
- Ray McGovern - Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
- Charo Mina-Rojas, Proceso de Comunidades Negras en Colombia (PCN) and Colombian Ethnic Commission for Peace
- Adria Scharf - Richmond Peace Education Center
- David Swanson - World Beyond War
- Whitney Whiting - Virginia Community Activist in the campaign to stop the Atlantic Coastal Pipeline
- Phil Wilayto - Editor, The Virginia Defender; Coordinator, Odessa Solidarity Campaign
- Ann Wright - Retired U.S. Army Colonel & former diplomat.
- Kevin Zeese - Popular Resistance Representative - Raise Up / Fight for $15