National Mobilization to Oppose NATO, War, and Racism to Take Place in Front of White House
WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 14, 2019
April 4, 2019, will mark the 51st anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the internationally revered leader in the struggle against racism, poverty and war.
In a grotesque desecration of Rev. King’s lifelong dedication to peace, the military leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have chosen to celebrate NATO’s 70th anniversary by holding its annual summit meeting on April 4th in Washington, D.C. This is a deliberate insult to Rev. King, his followers say.
In his famous speech opposing the war in Vietnam, he called the U.S. government “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world” and declared that he could not be silent. As Rev. King taught: "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
Dr. King's words linking the three evils of American society: militarism, racism, and poverty, and his deeply profound remark that every bomb that falls on other countries is a bomb dropped on our inner cities, reveal the deep-rooted relationship between militarism and the social, racial, economic and environmental injustices that now impoverish whole cities and rural communities and have plagued our society and the world for a long time.
Since its founding, the U.S.-led NATO has been the world's deadliest military alliance, causing untold suffering and devastation throughout Northern Africa, the Middle East, and beyond. Hundreds of thousands have died in U.S./NATO wars in Iraq, Libya, Somalia, and Yugoslavia. War is a leading contributor to the growing global refugee and climate crises, the basis for the militarization of the police, a top cause of the erosion of civil liberties, and a catalyst for racism and bigotry. Millions of refugees are now risking their lives trying to escape the carnage that these wars have brought to their homelands, while workers in the 29 NATO member-countries are told they must abandon hard-won social programs in order to meet U.S. demands for even more military spending.
NATO has added a partnership with Colombia, abandoning all pretense of its purpose being in the North Atlantic. NATO is used to free the U.S. Congress from the responsibility and the right to oversee the atrocities of U.S. wars. NATO is used as cover by NATO member governments to join U.S. wars under the pretense that they are somehow more legal or acceptable. NATO is used as a cover to illegally and recklessly share nuclear weapons with supposedly non-nuclear nations and to assign nations the responsibility to go to war if other nations go to war, and therefore to be prepared for war. NATO’s militarism threatens the earth’s environment and its wars fuel racism and bigotry and erode our civil liberties while draining our wealth.
The Steering Committee is calling for a peaceful mass mobilization against this year’s NATO Summit in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 30. This year one of the main events’ motto is “U.S. Hands off Venezuela!” Additional actions will take place at the opening of the NATO meeting on April 4.
There are 30 international organizations in the Steering Committee, including World Beyond War, Black Alliance for Peace, Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases, Mobilization Against War and Occupation, Veterans For Peace, U.S. Peace Council and many others.
The event will take place on Saturday, March 30, at Lafayette Park, across from the White House (945 G Street NW Washington, DC) from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The calendar of the future Anti-NATO events, including A Concert for Peace and to End War, No to NATO — Yes to Peace FESTIVAL and much more is available via the link.