Hands off Syria

Posted: October 15, 2016 in Call to Action, Fight war and war mongers

U.S. Hands Off Syria

An Urgent Message for Peace on the Eve of Wider War

We raise our voices against the violence of war and the enormous pressure of war propaganda, lies and hidden agendas that are used to justify this war and every past U.S. war.

We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, endorse the following Points of Unity and will work together as an Ad Hoc Coalition to help put an end to the regime change intervention by the United States, NATO and their regional allies and the killing of innocent people in Syria:

  1. The continuation of the war in Syria is the result of a U.S.-orchestrated intervention by the United States, NATO, their regional allies and reactionary forces, the goal of which is regime change in Syria.
  1. This policy of regime change in Syria is illegal and in clear violation of the United Nations Charter, the letter and spirit of international law and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  1. This policy of forced regime change is threatening the security of the region and the world and has increased the danger of direct confrontation between the United States and Russia, with the potential of a nuclear catastrophe for the whole world.
  1. War and U.S. and EU sanctions have destabilized every sector of Syria’s economy, transforming a once self-sufficient country into an aid-dependent nation. Half the Syrian population is now displaced. A UN ESCWA report reveals these U.S. sanctions on Syria are crippling aid work during one of the largest humanitarian emergency since World War II. The one third of Syrians refugees in surrounding Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey have been hit hard by U.S. cuts to UNICEF. This forces desperate refugees to struggle to reach Europe.

  1. No foreign entity, be it a foreign government or an armed group, has the right to violate the fundamental rights of the Syrian people to independence, national sovereignty and self-determination. This includes the right of the Syrian government to request and accept military assistance from other countries, as even the U.S. government has admitted.
  1. Only the people of Syria have the inalienable right to choose their leaders and determine the character of their government, free from foreign intervention. This right cannot be properly exercised under the conditions of U.S.-orchestrated foreign intervention against the Syrian people.
  1. Our opposition is to forced regime change in Syria by U.S.-backed foreign powers and their mercenaries. It is not our business to support or oppose President Assad or the Syrian government. Only the Syrian people have the right to decide the legitimacy of their government.
  1. The most urgent issue at present is peace and putting an end to the violence of foreign intervention that has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people and the displacement of millions of Syrians both internally or as refugees abroad.

Based on these Points of Unity, we, as individuals and organizations—in an Ad Hoc Coalition—agree on the following demands and commit ourselves to working together to help achieve them:

  1. An immediate end to the U.S. policy of forced regime change in Syria and full recognition and compliance by the U.S., NATO and their allies with principles of international law and the U.N. Charter, including respect for the independence and territorial integrity of Syria.
  1. An immediate end to all foreign aggression against Syria, and serious efforts toward a political resolution to the war.
  1. An immediate end to all military, financial, logistical and intelligence support by the U.S., NATO and their regional allies to all foreign mercenaries and extremists in the Middle East region.
  1. An immediate end to economic sanctions against Syria. Massive international aid for displaced people within Syria and Syrian refugees abroad.

Only in a peaceful and independent Syria, free of foreign aggression, can the people of Syria freely exercise their sovereign rights, express their free will and make free choices about their government and their country’s leadership.

We invite all supporters of peace and peoples’ right to self-determination around the world to join hands of cooperation in this effort to achieve these most humanitarian demands.

We need jobs, healthcare, education and an end to racist police violence here at home, not U.S. wars abroad!!


Organizational Signers (in alphabetical order):

  1. Alliance for Global Justice
  2. Al-Awda — Palestine National Right to Return Coalition
  3. ANSWER Coalition
  4. Antiwar Committee — Minneapolis
  5. Antiwar Committee — Tampa
  6. Antiwar Committee — Tucson
  7. Antiwar Committee — Utah
  8. Arab Americans for Syria
  9. Arab Women Progressive League
  10. BAYAN – Philippine Coalition
  11. Citizens of the World — Canada
  12. Coalition of Arab Canadian Professionals and Community Associations
  13. Dallas Left Alliance
  14. Ecumenical Peace Institute Clergy and Laity Concerned
  15. Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)
  16. International Action Center
  17. International League of Peoples Struggle – U.S.
  18. Los Alamos Study Group — AZ
  19. Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice
  20. Mobilization Against War & Occupation (MAWO) — Canada
  21. No Nukes No War — CT
  22. Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Committee
  23. One State Assembly
  24. Peace Roots Alliance — Tennessee
  25. Peoples Organization for Progress
  26. Popular Committee in Defense of Syria
  27. Peoples Opposition to War, Imperialism & Racism — POWIR (Florida)
  28. Return Now Coalition
  29. Socialist Action — Ligue pour l’Action Socialiste, Canada
  30. South Coast People For Peace and Justice
  31. Southern Human Rights Organizers’ Conference – SHROC
  32. Students for Democratic Society — SDS
  33. Swedish Peace Council
  34. Syrian American Will Association – SAWA
  35. Syrian Social Club Community in the UK (Dr. Issa Chaer, Co-founder)
  36. Syria Solidarity Movement
  37. The Expatriates Association of Syrians in Canada
  38. United National Antiwar Coalition — UNAC
  39. United Steelworkers Local 8751
  40. Unleashed (Anarcho-Liberation)
  41. Upstate New York Drone Action
  42. U.S. Peace Council
  43. Veterans For Peace Chapter 111, Bellingham, WA
  44. Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality
  45. Women Against Military Madness — WAMM


Individual Signers (in alphabetical order):

  1. Abayomi Azikiwe, Pan Africa News Wire
  2. Frank Chapman, Field organizer, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression*
  3. Ramsey Clark, Former U.S. Attorney General & Human Rights Attorney
  4. Gerry Condon, National Board Vice President, Veterans For Peace*
  5. Margaret Flowers, MD, Green Party Candidate for Senate; Co-Director, It’s Our Economy*
  6. Bruce Gagnon, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space*
  7. Steven Gillis, Financial Secretary, United Steelworkers Local 8751
  8. Trevor Goodger-Hill, Citizens of the World, Canada
  9. Abbas Hamideh, al-Awda Steering Committee*
  10. Joseph Hancock, Movement for People’s Democracy
  11. Sue Harris, Peoples Video Network
  12. Jaribu Hill, Human Rights Defender
  13. Alex Jones, Publisher/Editor, Infowars
  14. Geraroid Kilgallen, Member of Steering Committee, Irish Anti-War Movement*
  15. Margaret Kimberly, Editor and Senior Columnist, Black Agenda Report
  16. John Kiriakou, former CIA counterterrorism officer and former senior investigator, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  17. Cheryl Kozanitas, Board Member, Peace Action of San Mateo County,* California
  18. Ray Laforest, Haiti Support Network
  19. John Laforge, Co-Director, NukeWatch
  20. Joe Iosbaker, Anti-War Committee – Chicago*
  21. Alfred Marder, President, U.S. Peace Council
  22. George Martin, Liberty Tree
  23. Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and Presidential briefer
  24. Gregory Mello, Executive Director, Los Alamos Study Group
  25. Nick Mottern, Knowdrones.com
  26. Elizabeth Murray, Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East, National Intelligence Council (ret.)
  27. Agneta Norberg, Chairwoman, Swedish Peace Council
  28. Barry Ranger, Co-Chair, Northwest Iowa Peace and Justice Committee
  29. Chris Robinson, Membership Secretary, Green Party of Philadelphia*
  30. Coleen Rowley, retired FBI agent and former Minneapolis Division Legal Counsel
  31. Cindy Sheehan, Anti-War Gold Star Mother
  32. Steven Starr, Senior Scientist, Physicians for Social Responsibility,* Missouri, USA
  33. Jane Stillwater, President, Century of the Child
  34. Amal Wahda, Arab Women’s Progressive League
  35. Joseph Wasserman, Co-Chair, No Nukes No War
  36. Kevin Zeese, Co-Director, Popular Resistance*


[*] For identification purposes only.

Individual Endorsements:

(List in Formation)

[*] For identification purposes only.

  1. Christina Campbel, New Jersey, USA
  2. Josephine Perry, California, USA
  3. Adam Nation, New Jersey, USA
  4. Jane Christenson, Washington State, USA
  5. Karima Lemmens, Brussels, Belgium
  6. Deana Willians, Iowa, USA
  7. Priya Singh, New York, USA
  8. Jeffrey Sarles, Illinois, USA
  9. Primitivo Racimo, Illinois, USA
  10. Michael Baker, Lincoln, UK
  11. Christal Whitt, Louisiana, USA
  12. Kevin Lindemann, Illinois, USA
  13. John Prewitt, Texas, USA
  14. Robert Keilbach, New York, USA
  15. Michael Amin, California, USA
  16. Kelly Studholme, Virginia, USA
  17. Miriam Kurland, Massachusetts, USA
  18. Karen MacRae, Toronto, Canada
  19. Tony Soldo, Florida, USA
  20. Sophie Stephenson, Bonnyrigg, UK
  21. Arnar Steinson, Hafnafjörður, Iceland
  22. Scott Duncan, North Carolina, USA
  23. Jonathan Lyle, North Carolina, USA
  24. Blair Bertaccini, New York, USA
  25. Doran Hunter, Arizona, USA
  26. Sean Orr, Wisconsin, USA
  27. Pam Krimsky, New York, USA
  28. Jessica Eden, NORTH CAROLINA, USA
  29. Beth Angel, Connecticut, USA
  30. Austin Passiment, Virginia, USA
  31. Lisa Greenleaf, Connecticut, USA
  32. Nancy Jakubiak, Kentucky, USA
  33. Rene Prieto Polymeris, Texas, USA
  34. Heinrich Bueker, Berlin, Germany
  35. Chanendra Shrestha, Kathmandu, Nepal
  36. Mustafa Amir Ahmed, Ottawa, Canada
  37. Carol Holland, California, USA
  38. Ariel Paz, Utah, USA
  39. Nancy Hammond
  40. Dina, Salha, Ontario, Canada
  41. Sally Parker, California, USA
  42. Sean Mulligan, Georgia, USA
  43. Constance Penn, Oregon, USA
  44. Randhir Singh, Maharashtra, India
  45. Richard Reilly, Illinois, USA
  46. Jonathan Boyne, Hawaii, USA
  47. Gregory Elich
  48. V & E Clay, Portugal
  49. Heidi Uppgaard, Minnesota, USA
  50. Akira Asada, Takarazuka, Canada
  51. Ben Sears, AFT (Teachers’ Union — Retired),* USA
  52. Julia Ganson, New York, USA
  53. Edward Juillard, Illinois, USA
  54. Jo (Yosi) McIntire,  Acroosthe Straits / The Friendship Association,* Florida, USA
  55. Martha Grevatt, UAW Local 869,* Michigan, USA
  56. Sand Fessler, New York, USA
  57. Betty Wolfson, Massachusetts. USA
  58. Vladislaw Krasnow, Russia & America Goodwill Association,* Virginia, USA
  59. Steve Krevisky, Congress of CT Community Colleges,* Connecticut, USA
  60. Einar Schlereth, Writer, Journalist, Translatror, Klavreström, Sweden
  61. Satinath Choudhary, New York, USA
  62. Beverly Williams, Retired Teacher, Oregon, USA
  63. Caroline Knight, South Carolina, USA
  64. Amir Mortasawi, Physician and Author, Rotenburg sn der fulda, Germany
  65. Melinda Power, Illinois, USA
  66. Ron Khoury, California, USA
  67. Magdalena Melter, Heidelberg, Germany
  68. John Walsh, Come Home America,* California, USA
  69. Toby Blomé, CODEPINK, SF Bay Area Chapter,* California, USA
  70. Stephanie Bilenko, Illinois, USA
  71. Ann Joseph, Illinois, USA
  72. Traian Cainaru, USFSP,* New York, USA
  73. Patsy Lowe, California, USA
  74. Mrs. Martha Armas, New York, USA
  75. Joseph Manfredi, California, USA
  76. Immanuel Ness, New York, USA
  77. Miriam and Juern-Hinrich Volkmann, Germany
  78. Beverly Walter, Illinois, USA
  79. Jerald Davidson, Wisconsin, USA
  80. Sandy Eaton, South Shore Coalition for Human Rights — Massachusetts,* USA
  81. Chris Enock
  82. Franziska Genitsch, Swiss Peace Movement,* Switzerland
  83. Behrouz Talali, California, USA
  84. Gabrielle Verdier, Les Lilas, France
  85. Ann Tiffany, Syracuse Peace Council,* USA
  86. Steve McKeown, Minnesota, USA
  87. Elder & Minister Chicahuac, Kansas, USA
  88. Paul Teitelbaum, Arizona, USA
  89. Michael Gruber, California, USA
  90. Rael Nidess, M.D., Texas, USA
  91. diane Steele, Minnesota, USA
  92. Mavis Belisle, Texas, USA
  93. Dr. Jay Gilbert, New York, USA
  94. Dorothy Brockway, Oregon, USA
  95. Vincenzo Russo, Medic, Cesena, Italy
  96. Dhuruv Pathak, Workers World Party,* New York, USA
  97. Ms. Mirian Cruz, Californai, USA
  98. Maret Ekner, Sweden
  99. Fadi Abdul Hai, New York, USA
  100. Dr. Bob Hanson, California, USA
  101. Kerry Burch, Professor, Northern Illinois University, USA
  102. John Mesler, New Jersey, USA
  103. Rick Staggenborg, M.D., Oregon, USA
  104. Christian Rivera, New York, USA
  105. Michael Meredith, California, USA
  106. Denise Lewis, Michigan, USA
  107. Mary & Rev. Robert Reader, Veterans for Peace, Coalition for Peace and Justice, O. C. Peace and Justice, etc., New York, USA
  108. George Desnoyers, Massachusetts, USA
  109. W. Gary Johnson, New York, USA
  110. John Nettleton, Oregon, USA



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