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On February 19, Washington, DC, will witness a protest against the war in Ukraine that marks a sharp departure from past demonstrations. The lead demand is simple and direct, “Not One More Penny for war in Ukraine.” It is a demand that emphasizes what we in the US can do to end the war, not what others can do. After all, the only government we have the power to influence is our own.

Above and beyond that demand, the potential power of this unique and promising movement arises from the nature of the sponsoring organizations – The Peoples Party, a progressive new Party, and the Libertarian Party. It is in fact what much of the press would term a “right-left” Coalition, spanning a spectrum broad enough to actually bring the proxy war in Ukraine to an end. Fittingly, the organizers are calling the protest “Rage Against the War Machine.” With the war in Ukraine putting us the precipice of nuclear Armageddon, “rage” might be considered a mild reaction.

A New Right-Left Coalition to Oppose the War.

The Peoples Party is probably the lesser known of the two sponsoring organizations, because it’s newer. Its founder and National Chair is Nick Brana, a lead organizer of the protest. Brana was National Coordinator of the Bernie Sanders 2016 campaign, but has turned his back on the Democrats in disgust over the failure progressive Democratic pols to fight for the promises they made. Among the speakers at the Party’s founding convention in 2020 were Cornel West, Chris Hedges, Jimmy Dore and Nina Turner (co-chair of the Sanders 2020 campaign).

The Libertarian Party is better known. It has been around longer and, though small, is the third largest political party in the US by voter registration. The present National Chair, Angela McCardle, is the other lead organizer of the DC protest. In American political life, probably, the best known representative of libertarian values, most notably a principled anti-interventionist stance in foreign policy, is Ron Paul.

A call for ending US support for the proxy war in Ukraine is realistic; a substantial and growing segment of the American people support this demand.

The lead demand “Not one more penny for war in Ukraine” is finding ever more support among Americans. A survey in November by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs showed that 35% of Americans oppose sending more arms to Ukraine and 34% oppose sending more economic aid. (When it comes to sending US troops, 68% are opposed!) These numbers in grew from the previous survey in July, revealing a growing anti-interventionist sentiment. While this is not a majority, over one third of the populace is a base substantial enough to build an antiwar majority. Only 16% more needs to be won over to reach a majority. The number one demand of the February demonstration is not utopian -it is realistic!

The Demands of the Demonstration.

It is worthwhile to look at all ten of the demands of the February protest which are found here. But the first four deserve special attention because they spell out the spirit and leading ideas of the movement. Here they are as worded on the website for the protest:

  • Not One More Penny for War in Ukraine.
    The Democrats and Republicans have armed Ukraine with tens of billions of dollars in weapons and military aid. The war has killed tens of thousands, displaced millions, and is pushing us toward a nuclear WW3. Stop funding the war.
  • Negotiate Peace.
    The US government instigated the war in Ukraine with a coup of its democratically elected government in 2014, and then sabotaged a peace deal between Russia and Ukraine in March. Pursue an immediate ceasefire and diplomacy to end the war.
  • Stop the War Inflation.
    The war is accelerating inflation and increasing food, gas and energy prices. The US blew up Russian gas pipelines to Europe, starving them of energy and deindustrializing their countries. End the war and stop increasing prices.
  • Disband NATO.
    NATO expansion to Russia’s border provoked the war in Ukraine. NATO is a warmongering relic of the Cold War. Disband it like the Warsaw Pact.

The other six demands are: Global Nuclear De-Escalation; Slash the Pentagon Budget; Abolish the CIA and Military-Industrial Deep State; Abolish War and Empire; Restore Civil Liberties; and Free Julian Assange.

Make plans now to get to Washington on February 19. Lend your presence to this potent new coalition of forces. The demonstration will gather at the Lincoln Memorial and then march to the White House. Watch for more details, and sign up for updates here in the coming weeks.

Let’s do this. Time is running out as the threat of nuclear war grows with each day and each new escalation in Ukraine. A broad coalition can end it. Enough of the forever wars!

John V. Walsh, @JohnWal97469920, until recently a Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, has written on issues of peace and health care for the San Francisco Chronicle, EastBayTimes/San Jose Mercury News, Asia Times, LA Progressive, Antiwar.com, CounterPunch, Consortium News, Scheerpost and others.

 
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  1. When US borders are defunct, what’s this BS about Ukraine?

    I get it, Ukraine is seen as Jewish Hegemonic Colony, and Zion wants to keep it at any cost. The problem is…. Russians aren’t Palestinians whom Jews can just push around and expel.

  2. meamjojo says:

    Ha ha ha ha. Bet they can’t turn out more than 5k people.

  3. WE or they have armies for a reason.

    This REASON is the QUESTION.

    …IT… has many definition$.

    Gods’ reputation IS on the line.

    ” you” ALL KNOW about THAT ?

    AND THE piece of prints…RAW.

  4. Will there be a February 19 Committee?

    • Thanks: Greta Handel
  5. Not much as far as numbers.

    But the concept, I think it will scare them real good.

    Right and left together? What could they not accomplish?

    • Replies: @anyone with a brain
  6. Wokechoke says:

    Not Much Fun in Stalingrad…

  7. @WorkingClass

    You’ve compiled in one quip what the imperious Establishment thinks of the American people.

    Surveillance works both ways. To those honing votes for the next Most Important Election Ever: be sure to keep a list of the members of Congress who speak or even show their faces at this event.

  8. @WorkingClass

    Not unless Ashli Babbit tries murdering innocent democratic senators again.

  9. Wokechoke says:

    Beautiful Death v Beautiful Life

    “If then we prefer to meet danger with a light heart but without laborious training, and with a courage which is gained by habit and not enforced by law, are we not greatly the better for it? Since we do not anticipate the pain, although, when the hour comes, we can be as brave as those who never allow themselves to rest; thus our city is equally admirable in peace and in war. For we are lovers of the beautiful in our tastes and our strength lies, in our opinion, not in deliberation and discussion, but that knowledge which is gained by discussion preparatory to action. For we have a peculiar power of thinking before we act, and of acting, too, whereas other men are courageous from ignorance but hesitate upon reflection.” –Pericles, Funeral Oration to the Demos, 1 year into the war with Sparta. (That they lost…)

  10. Trinity says:

    Muh Jewkraine aka muh Israel 2.0

    The Heeb wants to pillage Russia AGAIN as well.

  11. Anonymous[130] • Disclaimer says:

    Gettin’ some Occupy vibes here. “Left” and “Right” joining up to focus on the bankers and Deep State.?. IMO, that’s what triggered the last round of Overclass active measures…

    Hunker down, folks.

  12. Will Rep. Thomas Massie (Ken.) speak? Any other Republicans? Any prominent (genuine) conservatives?

  13. Cook-ie says:

    Here is a chance to put pressure on the criminals, how do you think the “coalition of the willing” will feel if the largest player on Kiev side is seen not to have the support of its people?

    All those who are attending put shame on family and friends who find excuses for not participating, tell them not to complain when their skin starts slaking off due to radiation burns!

  14. @Cook-ie

    I’m impressed that someone finally started a protest movement against the proxy war in the Ukraine.

  15. anonymous[139] • Disclaimer says:

    This will provide a scapegoat for when things go down for the US propped up regime there. It’ll be characterized as a stab in the back, they would have won had they gotten everything they wanted, etc. They’ll be looking to blame others for the disastrous policy.

  16. @anonymous

    Zelensky is already in a panic purging his government of corrupt officials (like he is innocent). I wonder if he’s reacting to news of Rage Against the War Machine. I know members of the US military go apoplectic over antiwar movements but I suspect they’ll stand down for the February protest. Even warmongers must see the situation in the Ukraine as a lost cause: Losing is an embarrassment but winning starts WWIII.

  17. Realist says:

    Right & Left to Join in D.C. Protest: “Not One More Penny for War in Ukraine.”

    A broad coalition can end it. Enough of the forever wars!

    LOL. That, like all protests, will not mean a goddamn thing. Republican House leaders are in bed with the warmongers.

  18. @Realist

    A protest is better than the absolute nothing that we’ve done to register our disapproval up to this point. So many people believe we’re on the verge of WWIII but no one in the US has done much about it. Do you plan to say nothing and do nothing to stop this?

  19. Realist says:

    A protest is better than the absolute nothing that we’ve done to register our disapproval up to this point.

    I never suggested doing nothing. My point is the Deep State does not give a crap about your wants, desires, or opinion. They are playing for all the marbles and do not intend to lose to malcontents.

    Do you plan to say nothing and do nothing to stop this?

    I protested the Vietnam war…to little effect, did you? I am most likely old enough to be your grandfather. I am not able to do the things needed to stop the Deep State…it is up to those under sixty

  20. @Realist

    “I protested the Vietnam war…to little effect, did you? I am most likely old enough to be your grandfather.”

    Not grandfather but father, I was a toddler back then. I’ve actually never been to a protest but intend on going to this one. If there are even 20,000 people leaning towards ending our involvement, I think a Numbers USA strategy of emailing their representatives in Congress would be effective but wish an organized effort had started last fall. I thought about it but have no means of organizing a protest in person or getting people involved via the internet.

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
    , @Realist
  21. @Unintended Consequence

    If you follow through and attend, that’s commendable sincerity. But don’t expect to change the mind of even one invertebrate politician. (Will any member of Congre$$ show his face, much less speak, on February 19?)

    What you can do is document and publish to the extent practicable the Establishment’s disdain for the tax aphids and cannon fodder on which it gorges.

    • Take pictures of their goons guarding the Temples of Our Democracy.

    • Heckle on video their news bunnies and provocateurs.

    • Have fun, and stay outdoors in public view.

    It’s a war of derision and attrition. Only when enough people peacefully step away from the Red+Blue politics might the tower of filth, green ink, and blood gently collapse.

    • Replies: @Realist
  22. Realist says:
    @Unintended Consequence

    You ignored my comment…

    I never suggested doing nothing. My point is the Deep State does not give a crap about your wants, desires, or opinion. They are playing for all the marbles and do not intend to lose to malcontents.

  23. Realist says:
    @Greta Handel

    It’s a war of derision and attrition. Only when enough people peacefully step away from the Red+Blue politics might the tower of filth, green ink, and blood gently collapse.

    I am surprised you made this comment. In essence, it equates to Vote Harder.

    There will be nothing gentle about the collapse of the Deep State.

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