Speeches from October 27 CPRSJ Demonstration against War Threats over Korea and Iran: A Korean-American Perspective

by Dyne Suh, JD UCLA and Korean-American activist

I was born in South Korea. My family moved to the United States in pursuit of better opportunities. My father grew up in poverty in post-war South Korea but was the first to go to college from his village and eventually came to the U.S. in pursuit of a PhD with my mother and me when I was three years old. Still, we went back to visit family as much as we could, and I consider South Korea to be my other home. All but three of my family members still live in Korea, my grandparents, my aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews…. I have my friends who live there as well, all kind, loving, big-hearted people. My father and my stepmom moved back to Korea and my dad has a little garden plot there where he likes to grow organic vegetables … he studies and teaches neurology trying to find cures for brain diseases to help improve the health of people all around the world … The vast majority of my friends and family as well as half of all people in South Korea live in Seoul, the capital city of South Korea. It is located about 30 minutes from the North Korean border. If the U.S. goes to war with North Korea, it will easily mean annihilation and destruction for South Korea as well. It will throw South Korea into complete devastation and chaos while the U.S. merely watches from TV screens, hardly feeling a thing. The border will not incubate South Korea from the effects. South Korea will be on the front lines of the war. North Korea will not launch its missiles against the U.S. in retaliation – it will be at Seoul, where half of South Korea lives, where my friends and family live. All men in South Korea are required to serve in the military, so all boys from all walks of life in South Korea will be forced to take up arms and die for Donald Trump’s belligerent mistake. Donald Trump has made clear many times that he doesn’t give a shit about South Korea – he didn’t know about the history of the conflict dragging on over half a century, and has reportedly asked many times why the U.S. can’t just nuke North Korea. He sees South Korea as a burden to the U.S. economy when it is the country of Samsung, of Hyundai, of so much culture that has worldwide reach and effects. He sees North Korea as defined by Kim Jong Un, who is really just a reflection of Trump and all that Trump aspires and longs to become. But North Koreans are South Koreans’ literal sisters and brothers, they are our long-lost relatives divided by this arbitrary line drawn by politicians. An arbitrary line that has separated life from death, from nourishment and starvation, from life under authoritarian control to life under democracy. South Koreans have been organizing to repair relationships with North Korea, even seeking reunification – without the U.S.’s involvement. South Korea just elected a new president who, unlike his U.S. puppet predecessors, has vowed to repair relations with North Korea. While the two countries have sought to move towards peace and reconciliation, the U.S. has been a menace, especially since the election of Donald Trump. Please, I beg each and every one of you, do not let my family, friends, and all the precious lives in both South and North Korea be destroyed by Trump’s belligerence. Please do not let the U.S. start a war with North Korea! We need each and every one of your voices and your actions to stop this. Do not let this be the beginning to World War 3. We have enough suffering in the world as is. Thank you.

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Speeches from October 27 CPRSJ Demonstration against War Threats over Korea and Iran: A Student Perspective

by Christian, UC Santa Barbara Campus Marxist-Humanists

Brothers and sisters, comrades and friends!
Today we gather to say no to the capitalist system, which turns people into machines and machines into people.
We gather to say no to a Trump regime that would rather go to war than solve the problems of life here at home.
We say no to a regime that pretends to care about the danger of nuclear weapons, all the while pointing thousands of nuclear missiles at millions of innocent people all over the world.
We say no to a disastrous war that would harm both the people of North Korea, victims of their own regime and the American people, victims of Trump.
We say no to war with Iran, while the American ruling class cozies up to the oligarchs in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and their illegal war in Yemen.
We say no to the building of walls and the deportation of working people seeking a better life, while the rich get away with the most heinous crimes possible.
We say no to the making of millions of refugees at the hands of the bloodthirsty Bashar Assad regime and their criminal Russian backers.
We say no to an Iranian mullah regime that starves, harasses, and murders the Kurds and the representatives of Iranian workers.
We say no to the Russian plutocrats that brazenly rob the Russian people dry and distract their own population with war and strife.

And we will not rest until our very own immoral, wicked, oligarchical President and his crony friends are torn down and real democracy, true democracy, workers’ democracy takes place not just in this country but all over the world!
And we are going to fight, and we are going to struggle, and we are going to unite, and we are going to win. Because even though the oligarchs and the warmakers have their billions, we have the millions behind us!
And so brothers and sisters, thank you very much for your time.

Speeches from October 27 CPRSJ Demonstration against War Threats over Korea and Iran: An Iranian-American Perspective

by Ali Kiani, International Marxist-Humanist Organization (IMHO)

There is growing risk of a U.S.-Korea war. After Trump’s speech at the United Nations, where he declared that there will be no North Korea left after a U.S. attack, and the recent attack of U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Iran in the United Nations Security Council, there can be no doubt that the possibility of war is real. In fact, with war in Syria, Yemen, and the recent war between Iraq and the Kurdish Peshmerga, I have to say that it has already started. The political contradiction of imperialism today is centered in the Middle East and the eyes of the world should be focused on this deeply troubled region. This is because what Trump has planned for Korea is certainly linked to the Middle East and the military presence of Russia in that region, which should be considered a matter of urgency for all Marxist, socialist, humanist and progressive anti war peace activists today. The violence of “imperialist peace time ” is over and we are entering the violence of an era of imperialist war in the capitalist system. This brings a growing risk of wars between the U.S. and North Korea, and of the U.S. and Iran. The aggression of U.S. in the Middle East and the response to it of reactionary governments of North Korea, Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Turkey, which are willing to sacrifice their own people’s humanity and even existence to stay in power, means that a surprise attack could be started from anywhere. This could escalate to a form of chemical or nuclear attack that could cost the lives of millions of people. It can only be stopped by a united front of revolutionary and progressive forces, of anticapitalist antiwar activists around the world fighting to stop neofacist rightwing racist actions of Trump.

Call to Action: Stop U.S. War Threats Against North Korea and Iran!

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Call for Demonstration by the Coalition for Peace, Revolution, and Social Justice (CPRSJ)

Friday, October 27, 6PM: Westwood Federal Building, Veteran and Wilshire

 

Stop US war threats against North Korea!

Stop US war threats against Iran!

Abolish nuclear weapons everywhere and the capitalist system that produced them!

 

Trump’s aggressive moves over Korea and Iran have taken us closer to nuclear war than at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. In threatening before the United Nations to destroy both the regime and the 25 million people of North Korea, Trump crossed a barrier not seen even at the height of the Cold War. Therefore, it is imperative that concerned people who see these threats as madness gather publicly to express our opposition, not only to Trump and to the capitalist system on which he stands, but also to all other powers, great and small, which threaten their neighbors and their own people with war and repression. As citizens and residents of the US, we feel a special responsibility to do everything we can to stay the hand of the most vicious, authoritarian, and warmongering administration in our history.

Please join us on October 27!

 

Sponsors of the CPRSJ:

Alliance of Syrian and Iranian Socialists

Black Rose/Rosa Negra Los Angeles

Campus Marxist Humanists, UC Santa Barbara

International Marxist-Humanist Organization, West Coast branch

Socialist Party of USA, Los Angeles chapter

Members of Solidarity, a Socialist, Feminist, Anti-Racist Organization

Endorsers of the October 27th action:

San Gabriel Valley Anarcha-Feminism

Los Angeles Anarchist Book Fair Collective

Stop LAPD Spying Coalition

Dyne Suh, JD UCLA and Korean-American rights activist

Douglas Kellner, UCLA professor

Rev. Jim Conn, former mayor of Santa Monica and social activist

Peter McLaren, Chapman University professor

John Foran, UCSB Professor

Mass Incarceration and the Global Rise of Racist Authoritarian Capitalism: Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Los Angeles Coalition for Peace, Revolution & Social Justice (CPRSJ) invites you to a panel discussion:

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MASS INCARCERATION & THE GLOBAL RISE OF RACIST AUTHORITARIAN CAPITALISM

What is the Prison-Industrial Complex in the U.S. and how does it affect African Americans, Latinxs, and working people as a whole?

Who are the political prisoners in the Middle East today and how are they challenging authoritarianism, religious fundamentalism, occupation, imperialism and war?

Why is racist authoritarian capitalism on the rise globally today?

Speakers:

German Gallardo, Critical Resistance, Los Angeles

Romarilyn Ralston, California Coalition for Women Prisoners

Celine Qussiny, Palestinian Youth Movement

Yasser Munif, Co-founder, Global Campaign for Solidarity with the Syrian Revolution (via Skype)

Frieda Afary,   Alliance of Syrian and Iranian Socialists

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 7:00-9:30 p.m.

Peace Center, 3916 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City

for more information, go to www.cprsj.wordpress.com or https://www.facebook.com/events/573374359453141/ or call 310-409-3932

Stop Trump’s War Threats against North Korea and Iran!

by Los Angeles Coalition for Peace, Revolution and Social Justice

August 11, 2017

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Courtesy Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

With Donald Trump’s open threats of nuclear annihilation in August, the U.S.-North Korea confrontation has become the greatest threat to world peace. The U.S. has never recognized the North Korean regime and it was explicitly targeted—alongside Iraq and Iran—in George W. Bush’s infamous 2002 “Axis of Evil” speech. Since then, this brutal totalitarian regime has escalated its nuclear program—most recently, by launching a missile that could reach Alaska, and by threatening to target Guam. Even if the North Koreans have not yet miniaturized their nuclear warheads to fit onto a missile, it is conceivable that this will happen in the next few years. At the same time, the U.S. has targeted North Korean territory with nuclear weapons for decades. We oppose U.S. imperialism and all other forms of imperialism, militarism, and authoritarian capitalism in East Asia and throughout the world.

An equally dangerous war threat we face is the U.S., the Saudis, their allies, and Israel against Iran. Trump has vowed to rip up Iran’s nuclear agreement with the U.S., the UN, and the European Union. Trump also used very bellicose language against Iran during his trip to Saudi Arabia in May. More recently, he has promised to decertify the nuclear agreement in October, which could touch off a real war with Iran. We need to find ways to oppose Trump’s war threats while also supporting democratic and revolutionary movements inside Iran and the region. Iran is a regional power that, with its ally Russia, has intervened brutally against the Syrian people. We oppose the imperialist war threats against Iran and also support the struggles of the peoples of the region against all other forms of imperialism, militarism, authoritarianism, and capitalism.

Stop Trump’s War Threats against North Korea and Iran!

Abolish nuclear weapons everywhere, including the U.S., N. Korea, Israel, Russia and China!

Defend the peoples of the Middle East and Asia from war, imperialism, and authoritarian capitalism!

Stop the Russian-Iranian imperialist intervention in Syria! Support Syrians Who Oppose Assad, ISIS and Al-Qaida!

Stop Trump’s Social War on the people of the U.S.!

Report-back from CPRSJ Launch in Los Angeles, July 14

On July 14, Bastille Day, nearly fifty people came to the Westside Peace Center for the first public meeting of the Coalition for Peace, Revolution, and Social Justice (CPRSJ). There was a healthy mix of younger and older activists with representation of much of LA’s ethnic diversity as well.

Four speeches were given by representatives of groups that convened the Coalition: Frieda Afary from the Alliance of Syrian and Iranian Socialists, Zach Medeiros from Socialist Party USA, Javier Sethness from Black Rose/Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation, and Kevin B. Anderson from the International Marxist-Humanist Organization. The speeches have been posted at the Coalition website here.

A lively debate followed about the Coalition’s published Principles of Unity, its membership, actions for the future, and strategies for moving forward. Representatives of several other organizations participated in the discussion, which centered on issues like our position of targeting all imperialist powers, including but not limited to the U.S., and the relationship of racial, ethnic, and gender diversity to building a solid movement in LA. Other discussion points included incorporating opposition to ableism into our work, especially in light of the leading role played by persons with disabilities in confronting the Republican assault on healthcare. Overall, support was high and most people in attendance felt that there was a need for a new revolutionary, anti-capitalist, and humanist anti-war coalition that opposes all forms of war and militarism, whether from the greatest global hegemon, the USA, or from other powers, great or small. At the same time, those in attendance who supported our work also wanted to keep the focus not only on war and imperialism abroad, but also on the fascist threat at home and the struggles against it on the part of working people, immigrants, people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and people with disabilities.

In the coming weeks, the Coalition will broaden its work, reaching out to the individuals and organizations that have expressed interest in working with us, and also to the broader LA community.

In the meantime, we encourage all of our supporters to subscribe via the Contact page on our website, and to download and distribute our Principles of Unity.