Program

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! 


PROGRAM SUMMARY (as of May 21)

There will be seven Plenary Panels before the whole conference body. Three will be devoted to domestic issues, including the escalating attacks on the Black community, Muslims, immigrants, the LGBTQ community, labor and the environment. And three 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 drones, GI resistance and the domestic costs of war. 

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. 

The seventh Plenary Panel will discuss the role of UNAC and Movement building. The goal is to help bring together activists from all these many struggles and so strengthen the Movement as a whole.


UNAC Conference 2017 Program Schedule

NOTE: Speakers and titles of of talks to be posted soon


FRIDAY, JUNE 16

4 pm: Doors open

Registration for folks who did not register in advance online; picking up the Conference Journal with the final schedule and logistical information; general networking. Note: Space is limited, so we strongly advise you to register early, online.

6:45 - 7:45 pm: Welcoming remarks by UNAC members & Allies

7:45 - 8 pm: BREAK

8 - 9:30 pm - 1st PLENARY PANEL - DOMESTIC ISSUES
(NOTE: Topics are listed in alphabetical order.)
  • ATTACKS ON MUSLIMS
  • BLACK COMMUNITY
  • DOMESTIC COSTS OF WAR
  • ENVIRONMENT
  • IMMIGRANT STRUGGLES
  • STRUGGLES OF THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED


SATURDAY, JUNE 17


9 - 10:15 am: 2nd PLENARY PANEL - INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
  • AFRICA
  • ASIA

10:15 - 10:30 am: BREAK

10:30 - 11:30 am: WORKSHOPS
(See “Workshops” on the website menu)

11:30 - 11:45 am: BREAK

11:45 am - 1 pm: 3rd PLENARY PANEL - DOMESTIC ISSUES
  • BLACK COMMUNITY 
  • INDIGENOUS / ENVIRONMENT
  • DOMESTIC COSTS OF WAR
  • LGBTQ 

1 - 2:15 - LUNCH on your own

2:15 - 3:50 pm: 4th PLENARY PANEL - INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
  • MIDDLE EAST
  • SOUTH ASIA
  • ASIA
  • EUROPE

3:50 - 4 pm: BREAK

4 - 5 pm: WORKSHOPS

5 - 5:15 pm: BREAK

5:15 - 6:15: 5th PLENARY PANEL - DOMESTIC ISSUES
  • POLITICAL REPRESSION
  • WOMEN
  • PRISONERS

6:15 - 6:30 pm - BREAK

6:30 - 7:30 - 6th PLENARY PANEL - INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
  • LATIN AMERICA / CARIBBEAN
  • DRONES
  • GI RESISTANCE

7:30 - 8:45 - DINNER on your own

8:45 - 10:30 pm: RALLY & CULTURAL PERFORMANCES

SUNDAY - JUNE 18


9 - 10:15 am: 7th PLENARY PANEL - BUILDING A MORE POWERFUL MOVEMENT FOR JUSTICE & PEACE

10:15 - 11:30 am: BREAKOUT SESSIONS
To discuss perspectives for moving UNAC and the antiwar movement forward

11:30 - 12:30 pm: REPORT-BACKS FROM BREAKOUT SESSIONS

12:30 - 1:30 pm - LUNCH

1:30 - 2:30 pm: ACTION PROPOSALS
Presentations, discussion & voting (by UNAC affiliates, including organizations that join at the conference).
NOTE: Action Proposals must be submitted in writing no later than June 6. As they come in, they will be posted on the conference website so attendees can have a chance to read and think about them before voting.

2:30 - 3:30 pm - JUNETEENTH ACTION
March to Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom, once the epicenter of the U.S. domestic slave trade, for a press conference to express support for reclaiming and properly memorializing this sacred ground. Transportation provided for those who cannot or prefer not to make the walk. Please let us know by Saturday if you need transportation. *

3:30 - 4:15 pm - BUILDING UNAC
What it means to affiliate, benefits for affiliates, organizational structure & decision-making. Plans for 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. This session is for UNAC affiliates, including organizations that affiliate during the conference.

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* 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 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.


As of May 20, the following activists have been confirmed as speakers:

Speakers


  • Adeeb Abed - Longtime Palestinian Activist; Founder & President, Arab American Association of Central Virginia
  • Willem Arondreus - 1 of 200 activists facing felony riot charges from the police kettle action during the Trump inauguration protests
  • 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" 
  • Rebecca Keel & Micky Alexander Jordan - Southerners on New Ground (SONG) - Richmond
  • 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
  • Raymond Palatino - Chairperson, Metro-Manila Chapter of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN)
  • James Ricks - Upstate (NY) Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars
  • Lee Robinson - All African People's Revolutionary Party (GC)
  • Adria Scharf - Richmond Peace Education Center
  • David Swanson - World Beyond War
  • Clarence Thomas - ILWU Local 10
  • Gail Walker - IFCO / Pastors for Peace
  • Whitney Whiting - Virginia Community Activist in the campaign to stop the Atlantic Coastal Pipeline
  • Phil Wilayto - Editor, The Virginia Defender; Coordinator, Odessa Solidarity Campaign
  • Mekdes Woineshet - Movement for Black Lives Activist
  • Ann Wright - Retired U.S. Army Colonel & former diplomat.
  • Kevin Zeese - Popular Resistance Representative - Raise Up / Fight for $15