January 9, 2020. 5 p.m, Columbus Circle (and 6 pm Foley Square). The anti-war “majority” in this country made last minute plans to “get visible” to oppose “Trump’s War” and say #NoWarWithIran. “We will not be forced into another war”.
At 5 pm: “We will protest outside of Columbus Circle and make our way through the streets and to Trump Tower. Do not miss an opportunity to change the course of history. New York says #NoWarWithIran!”
But, having two locations and two start times, was confusing. The Columbus Circle location had a lame turn out …
So, at 5:15, a few of us headed down to Foley Sq. instead. where
“Iranian-Americans, Muslims, and communities of color stand against endless wars, going to war with Iran, sanctions and the dehumanization of our communities.
Some claimed the turnout to be around 1500-2000. It was a large gathering but perhaps not 2000.
” In the wake of the Trump administration’s reckless assassination of Iranian General Soleimani, and threats to escalate conflict, activists will urge restraint and that the United States avoid yet another unnecessary, costly war of choice in the Middle East.” Foley Square hosted by Faiza N. Ali and Manijeh Nasrabadi.
PLAYLIST- 8 short videos (Sarsour is 8 in the queue)
Saara Azadi, Raha Iranian Feminist Collective – Co-MC
Murad Awawdeh, NY Immigration Coalition – Co-MC
Bitta Mostofi, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
Manijeh Nasrabadi, Raha Iranian Feminist Collective
Zach Henson, Veterans Against the War
Public Advocate, Jumaane Williams
Linda Sarsour, MPower Change:
This is part of nationwide events organized by Move On, Win Without War and NIAC. Each city has local organizers taking the mantle : nowarwithiran.org
We demand no war with Iran.
We demand de-escalation.
We demand peace.
But, what is REALLY happening in the streets of IRAN. It’s NOT what the Soc/Commies “Working Families” pretend. The People of Iran are saying otherwise. Why do the anarchists refuse to see the suffering caused by the Soleimanis and Imans?
Iranian security forces fired live rounds and tear gas at protesters angry at the regime’s denying it shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet, according to newly released video that appears to show blood trails and people fleeing the violence. [NY Post]
“What began as vigils for the students killed when Iran’s Revolutionary Guard mistakenly shot down an airliner turned into large anti-government protests Saturday, with thousands of students chanting “Death to Liars!” and calling for the resignation of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. “F–k you & your mistake!”[NY Post]
Vigils erupted into anti-government protests at Iranian universities. The women of Iran are not THANKFUL to be forced into hijabs and burkas, as this Olympian defector bravely states on Jan 12,2020:
“I wore whatever they told me and repeated whatever they ordered. Every sentence they ordered I repeated,” she wrote, angry at being ordered to wear the mandatory hijab headscarf.“None of us matter for them, we are just tools.” [NY Post]
Unfortunately, the IMAGINE feminist-fools think they know best. They can IMAGINE Peace:
No More War 2020. Raha Iranian Feminist Collective is a New York City-based group of Iranian and Iranian-American women working toward gender and sexual justice and opposed to militarism and imperialism. [Raha]
Imagine all the foreign powers go home, sanctions are lifted, resources flourish, and activists from Tehran to Baghdad to Washington, DC to Damascus are free to organize on our own terms for a society that recognizes and respects life, history, and possibility. [Face Book]
Linda Sarsour: CLUELESS :
“The Chicken Littles got everything wrong on Trump and Iran”
Soleimani, who was revered at home as a masterful military leader but despised internationally as a terrorist responsible for Iran’s bloody proxy wars. (WAS DEAD!)
If you went to bed early Tuesday, you were surprised to wake up Wednesday and learn that World War III has been delayed. No doubt you were also shocked that Iran blinked, oil prices were tumbling and the stock market was soaring.
Once again, the Chicken Little chorus got everything all wrong. The sky isn’t falling and Donald Trump pulled off a huge victory. Oh, and he’s still president. [Michael Goodwin]
BUT, you wouldn’t know this listening to the NO WAR WITH IRAN Leftists ranting in Foley Square this night. Some of whom are active in NYC political circles. Some are Iranian. Some, Vets. And two make claims at being Fakestinians: Linda Sarsour most infamously. The Soc/Commie/Progs shilling for the Soros killing-machine.
And then, there’s Mdm. PELOSI, insisting her measure has “real teeth” because she said the War Powers Act of 1973 gives it the force of law. Claiming it is also “a statement of the Congress of the United States”. Others say, probably more correctly, “.… Democrats are pulling off a toothless political stunt.” Yet, the MEDIA LOVES them. [War Resisters]
Action Group Network
American Friends Service Committee
Avalan Institute for Applied Research
Bay Area Women in Black
Beyond the Bomb
Center for Constitutional Rights
Democracy for America
Hip Hop Caucus
Imagine Water Works
Institute for Policy Studies, New Internationalism Project
Jewish Voice for Peace
Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative
National Domestic Workers Alliance
The Oakland Institute
Office of NYC Council Member I. Daneek Miller
Oil Change International
Our Revolution Jacksonville
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
Proposition One Campaign for a Nuclear-Free Future
Representative Rashida Tlaib
South Beach District 6 Democratic Club of San Francisco
Veterans For Peace
Women’s Action for New Directions
Working Families Party
Tragically THEY are considered CREDIBLE Warriors for PEACE.
[Where indicated, pictures and videos property of Pamela Hall(VSB]