Party for Socialism and Liberation - Los Angeles

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Party for Socialism and Liberation - Los Angeles is affiliated to Party for Socialism and Liberation.

Syria actions

According to Liberation correspondent Nicholas Avedisian-Cohen April 19, 2018.

Anti-war activists in Los Angeles came out onto the streets not once but twice in just a few days in opposition to U.S. imperialism’s attacks on Syria.

On the evening of April 12, scores of conscientious people gathered outside the Wilshire Federal Building in Los Angeles to collectively voice their outrage threats by the Trump administration to bomb Syria. The demonstration was organized by Arab Americans 4 Syria, Al-Enteshar, ANSWER Coalition, Code Pink, Students for Justice in Palestine at USC, Veterans for Peace, KmB – Pro-People Youth, Long Beach Progressive Alliance and Bayan, the Support Committee for Korean Prisoners of Conscience and the Korean Peace Alliance.

The need to stop the United States’ imperialist adventure was not lost on the protestors in Los Angeles. Those present waved signs and chanted slogans fully denouncing the hypocrisy and cruelty of U.S. aggression in Syria. Amidst high winds and heavy rush-hour traffic, a chorus of “U.S. out of the Middle East!” and “Hands Off Syria!” could be heard by commuters and pedestrians. Many honked horns and flashed peace signs in approval of the slogans. The chant “Occupation is a crime, from Syria to Palestine!” echoed time and again, invoking the unity of struggle amongst the peoples of the Levant.

Melina Rodriguez from the Party for Socialism and Liberation spoke of the travesty of bombing in the name of humanitarian concern, at the same time that the United States is enforcing a naval blockade that is starving the entire civilian population of Yemen.

Andrew Nance, an organizer with ANSWER Coalition, drew a clear connection between what was then a proposed bombing campaign in Syria and the spike in profits for weapons contractors like Raytheon following the earlier US bombing in April 2017. The naked greed and cynicism that characterizes the U.S. role in Syria was plain for all to see.

Long-time anti-war activist and National Lawyers Guild Executive Director Emeritus, Jim Lafferty, emphasized that the only force that has proven historically capable of stopping the imperialist war machine has been organized anti-war movements willing to take to the streets.

Many Syrian-Americans from the organization Arab Americans 4 Syria turned out in defense of their homeland and their families. Johnny Achi passionately related the horrific suffering Syrians have endured over the past seven years of U.S.-sponsored war.

Peter Kim, of the Support Committee for Korean Prisoners of Conscience, movingly conveyed solidarity with Syrians on behalf of Koreans, who are seeking peaceful coexistence in the face of US threats. Unity amongst oppressed peoples, from the Korean peninsula to the Levant, is paramount in checking U.S. coercion.

Within 24 hours of the demonstration on Wilshire Boulevard, the United States, the United Kingdom and France carried out a series of missile attacks against Syria.

Over a hundred people flocked to Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles at 5:00 p.m. on April 14 – hours after the strikes were announced. Many of the same groups, including ANSWER Coalition and the Party for Socialism and Liberation, as well as Arab Americans 4 Syria jointly organized this emergency mobilization to condemn the new bout of imperialist aggression.

Demonstrators displayed their collective resolve. Chants of “Syria we’ve got your back!” and “Syria is a sovereign state!” pulsed throughout the square. Carolyn Gomez from the ANSWER Coalition spoke with powerful indignation about the squandering of resources on illegal wars.[1]

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