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[haw-info] URGENT House vote to Dismantle Refugee Program Thurs, Nov. 19
URGENT House vote to Dismantle Refugee Program Thurs, Nov. 19
It is tragic, but no surprise that members of Congress are using the attacks in Paris as an excuse to close our borders to fleeing Syrians. Now is not the time to turn a cold shoulder to people in need.
Call your representative today and tell them to vote against efforts to slam the door on Syrian refugees. The number is 844-735-1362.
The House leadership is scheduling a quick vote on Thursday November 19 onHR 4038 which is designed to halt the refugee program until massive changes are implemented. This could set the program back years.
In the wake of last week's attacks Historians Against the War remains determined to oppose US militarism in all its manifestations, to support inclusive diplomacy and to urge a massive redirection of resources to aid the millions of men, women and children rendered homeless by the proliferating wars.
HR 4038 is a harsh, unnecessary step in the wrong direction.
Call your representative today and tell them to vote against efforts to slam the door on Syrian refugees. The number is 844-735-1362.
Margaret Power and Carolyn Rusti Eisenberg
on behalf of Historians Against War Steering Comittee
United for Peace and Justice shares with people around the world a deep sorrow over the recent attacks in Paris, along with the civilian deaths on the downed Russian airplane and in Beirut.
The massive news coverage of Paris brings home to everyone the humanity of these particular victims and the tragedy of innocent lives upended or destroyed. Yet in mourning the deaths in France, we cannot the ignore the reality of fourteen years in which millions of civilians in the Middle East and elsewhere have endured shattering losses, as the harsh and irresponsible American "war on terror" exacts its fearful price.
We recognize there are no simple, easy solutions to the challenge of ISIS and other terrorist formations. But we have had ample opportunity to observe the personal tragedies which ensue when a horrific international crime is transformed into the occasion for war. Bombing the Syrian city of Raqqa may be cathartic for some, but there are innocent people living there, whose lives are as precious as those of Paris or New York. We do not believe that accelerated air-strikes, increased weapons deliveries or expanded "boots on the ground" are a practical or moral answer to the danger of international terrorist plots.
United for Peace and Justice was formed in 2002, in an effort to deter a catastrophic war in Iraq. The emergence of ISIS is dramatic testament to the folly of that governmental decision. The intervening years of suffering and violence have confirmed the necessity for a mobilized, vocal peace movement. We remain determined to oppose US militarism in all its manifestations, to support inclusive diplomacy and to urge a massive redirection of resources to aid the millions of men, women and children rendered homeless by the proliferating wars.
Coordinating Committee of United for Peace and Justice
[haw-info] HAW Notes 10/19/15: contact info regarding Ros Baxandall; links to recent articles of interest
Note: We wrote last Thursday to share with Historians Against the War members and friends the passing of feminist historian and antiwar activist Rosalyn Baxandall at age 76. For anyone wishing to write to her son, the contact information is as follows: mail, Phineas Baxandall, 595 Franklin St., Cambridge, MA 02139; email, email@example.com.
The following list of articles is dedicated to her memory. For years up until her diagnosis this summer with incurable cancer, she was a mainstay of suggesting articles for these lists.
To members and friends of Historians Against the War,
It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing on Tuesday, October 13 of Ros Baxandall. As an active member of the HAW steering committee she made numerous important contributions to our work. She was an especially active source of suggestions for the "recent articles of interest" feature of many of our messages to our email list. Until very recently, she had been very active in the work around the HAW resolution "Protecting the Right to Education in the Occupied Palestinian Territories" that we will present at the 2016 AHA. However, she is best known for the significant contributions she made to the historical profession, particularly in the areas of women's and gender history, and to social justice causes. For more information on her remarkable career, see the New York Times obituary, "RosalynBaxandall, Feminist Historian and Activist, Dies at 76," and a newly updated Wikipedia page.
We mourn her passing and we celebrate her life!
Margaret Power and Jim O'Brien for the HAW Steering Committee
[haw-info] appeal for support of Maati Monjib, Moroccan historian and human rights activist
The following message is from Richard Greeman, a longtime activist and former teacher of history at the University of Hartford. Questions can be sent to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support Maati Monjib, Moroccan Historian and Human Rights Activist
Maati Monjib, the embattled Moroccan historian and human rights activist, has once again begun a hunger strike (as of Oct. 6) to protest being denied the right to leave Morocco to attend an academic conference in Norway (Oct. 8-11), where he is invited to speak on his specialty, African history. Prof. Monjib has been under attack since April, when he became President of "Freedom Now," which defends the rights of Moroccan journalists.
Details: On Aug. 31, returning from France, he was stopped at Casablanca Airport and informed he was "wanted for harming state security." On Sept. 14, he was interrogated by the National Police and accused, among other things, of "destabilizing citizens' allegiance to the institutions." On Sept. 16, he was blocked at the Casablanca Airport on grounds of "National Security" and prevented from flying to an academic forum in Barcelona, whereupon he began his first hunger strike. On Sept. 19, the Ministry of Interior published a denial that Monjib was barred from leaving the country, but at the same time accused him of financial irregularities, sparking a campaign of slander in the pro-government press: a blatant attempt to turn a political case into a criminal case!
You can help by sending a message to the Moroccan Ambassador: see URLs and sample message below. Also by posting and forwarding this message to your networks.
BACKGROUND: Monjib is active internationally as a scholar having taught in the U.S. (Univ. of Florida, Brookings Institution) and participated in conferences throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, where he is known for his articulate defense of the values of democracy, human rights, and internationalism. Monjib directs the Ibn Rochd ["Averoes" in English] Center in Rabat, where he is Professor at the Institute of African Studies. He holds two doctorates (Univ. Paul Valéry, Montpellier, FR; Univ. of Dakar, SENEGAL) and is the author of four books (in French) and numerous articles in French and Arabic.
When Monjib and other journalists founded "Freedom Now" last April, the government quickly deprived their Association of legal status by simply refusing to process their application. For months Monjib has been the object of a systematic campaign of outrageous personal and political slander in the press of political parties close to the Throne.
HERE'S HOW TO HELP.
The Monarchy is sensitive to international opinion, and you can put pressure on by writing to the Moroccan Ambassador in London, Washington, or wherever you live. Here's a sample message you can copy/paste right now:
Your Highness/Your Excellency:
"Scholars and journalists around the world are disturbed by reports of harassment of our respected colleague Maati Monjib. Please reassure us that his honor as a scholar and right to travel, speak and write freely will be protected by the Moroccan Monarchy."
Respectfully yours, etc, etc.
They'll get the point.
H.H. Princess Lalla Joumala Alaoui
Ambassador of His Majesty the King of Morocco to The Court of Saint James's
This message from CREDO Action is forwarded on behalf of the Steering Committee of Historians Against the War.
In the middle of the night on Saturday, a U.S. military plane "repeatedly and very precisely" bombed a Doctors Without Borders hospital filled with doctors, nurses and wounded patients in Kunduz, Afghanistan.
The airstrike killed twelve Doctors Without Borders staff members and ten patients, including three children, and injured scores more. Some patients literally burned alive in their hospital beds.
So far, the Pentagon has only released incomplete and contradictory accounts of what happened and why.
On Sunday, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) stated that: "Under the clear presumption that a war crime has been committed, MSF demands that a full and transparent investigation into the event be conducted by an independent international body. Relying only on an internal investigation by a party to the conflict would be wholly insufficient."
The world needs to know how and why this grave violation of International Humanitarian Law was committed. Those responsible for what we presume to be an atrocious war crime must then face justice. Please join Doctors Without Borders in calling for an immediate and independent international investigation.
The Pentagon initially claimed that the hospital was hit by accident after U.S. troops nearby came under fire and called in the airstrike, then later changed its story and said that no U.S. troops were in the area and that Afghan troops called in the strike.
But the Pentagon's story simply doesn't add up. According to Doctors Without Borders: "Not a single member of our staff reported any fighting inside the MSF hospital compound prior to the U.S. airstrike on Saturday morning... We reiterate that the main hospital building, where medical personnel were caring for patients, was repeatedly and very precisely hit during each aerial raid, while the rest of the compound was left mostly untouched."
Further, "The bombing took place despite the fact that MSF had provided the GPS coordinates of the trauma hospital to Coalition and Afghan military and civilian officials as recently as Tuesday, September 29, [five days before the airstrike] to avoid that the hospital be hit."
Shockingly, the bombing continued for more than half an hour after Doctors Without Borders staff began making frantic calls to U.S. and Afghan military officials.
The Pentagon's claim that the hospital was bombed by accident is also contradicted by statements by Afghan officials, who have tried to justify the attack by claiming that the hospital was used by the Taliban for military purposes. Doctors Without Borders responded to this reprehensible claim with a statement saying: "MSF is disgusted by the recent statements coming from some Afghanistan government authorities justifying the attack on its hospital in Kunduz.
These statements imply that Afghan and US forces working together decided to raze to the ground a fully functioning hospital with more than 180 staff and patients inside because they claim that members of the Taliban were present.
This amounts to an admission of a war crime. This utterly contradicts the initial attempts of the US government to minimize the attack as 'collateral damage.'
There can be no justification for this abhorrent attack on our hospital that resulted in the deaths of MSF staff as they worked and patients as they lay in their beds. MSF reiterates its demand for a full transparent and independent international investigation."
The human cost of this crime far exceeds the staff and patients killed in the airstrike. The hospital, which in 2014 treated 22,000 and performed more than 5,900 surgical procedures, was the only free trauma care hospital in northern Afghanistan, where the Afghan military and the Taliban are currently engaged in heavy fighting. Doctors Without Borders has now closed the hospital.
We cannot allow this horrific act to be swept under the rug, and, as the Pentagon's shifting account of the attack shows, we can't trust the same people who may have participated in a war crime to investigate it. We need an independent investigation.
Thank you for taking action.
Becky Bond, Political Director CREDO Action from Working Assets
[haw-info] Deadline for AHA members to sign on to HAW resolution in support of the right to education in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
Dear HAW supporters and members,
On October 19, at the suggestion of the AHA Secretary, we will submit our resolution, to give time to vet the resolution's wording and verify the *current* membership of all signers. So this is your final opportunity to sign yourself, if you are an AHA member, and approach colleagues to ask them to join you in signing this carefully-worded resolution on academic freedom and the universal right to education in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Send them here:
A remarkable grassroots mobilization over the past two months has blunted partisan efforts to block the nuclear agreement with Iran. (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action JCPOA) With 42 Democratic Senators now expressing support, it appears that the Obama Administration will have sufficient votes to move forward with the plan.
As early as Friday, there will be a vote in the House of Representatives and in the Senate on a motion to disapprove the agreement. This will be an important a test of strength. AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) and associated lobbyists have spent millions of dollars to defeat this diplomatic achievement. And already, opponents of the agreement are formulating alternative legislation designed to undermine implementation of the accord. For this and other reasons, the size of Friday's vote matters.
Even if you have already done so, this is an important moment to let your Senators and Representative know that you support the nuclear agreement with Iran. The list below provides updated information on the position they have publicly taken
[haw-info] New Resolution on Israeli Violations of Academic Freedom Goes to the American Historical Association
Dear members and supporters of HAW,
Historians Against the War has opened a new campaign to ask the American Historical Association (AHA) to censure Israel's violations of academic freedom in the Occupied Palestinian Territories at its 2016 Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Our resolution, signed by sixty historians, including some of the most respected figures in our profession, has just been published in the AHA's Perspectives magazine. We have also published a comprehensive brochure documenting these violations. All is available at this link. If you are an AHA member, we urge you to sign on between now and the November 1 deadline for submitting the resolution.
By Matt Meyer, Fellowship of Reconciliation, posted August 20
The work of George Houser, a longtime pacifist who died in August at age 99, included World War II draft resistance, the first Freedom Rides, and leadership of North American support for African liberation.
[haw-info] August 26 Day of Action in Support of Iran Agreement
The Congressional vote on the Iran Nuclear Agreement is likely to be one of the most consequential decisions since the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Force Against Iraq.
It is almost certain that Congress will pass a resolution of disapproval in mid-September. The President will then veto that measure. The real fight will be whether or not to override that veto. Republicans are so far universally determined to vote for an override. Democrats who would normally line up behind an agreement negotiated by the White House are facing a multi-million campaign by AIPAC and other right-wing supporters of the Netanyahu government to defeat the accord.
Right now every vote counts. The demonstrations being held outside Congressional offices on Wednesday August 26 are being coordinated by Move-On and scores of National and grass-roots organizations across the country. These demonstrations really matter
There are now more than 200 events scheduled around the country on Wednesday August 26 National Day of Action. You can join an existing event or offer to host one of your own by going to this site:
On July 14, the U.S. and its negotiating partners achieved a historic agreement to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. This agreement will block every path to a nuclear weapon Iran may have in exchange for relief of sanctions imposed for their suspected nuclear weapons activities.
By September 17th, Congress is expected to express approval or disapproval of the deal. The survival of the agreement is at stake. Rejecting the deal could drive Iran towards a nuclear weapon and the U.S. towards war with Iran.
The highest priority right now is getting calls and emails of support to undecided members of Congress. To contact your member of Congress to express your support for the deal, click the button below.
The list below includes the public positions expressed by each Democrat and Independent member of Congress.