From the Ukraine Socialist Solidarity Campaign
UKRAINE SOCIALIST SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN, CISPOS, AND SYRIA SOLIDARITY NYC CALL FOR BOYCOTTING “RAGE AGAINST THE WAR MACHINE” RALLY ON FEBRUARY 19TH, 2023 Sign this statement below (scroll down)
A coalition of extreme right groups and groups nominally on the “left” have organized a rally in Washington D.C. on February 19th. Called “Rage Against the War Machine,” the organizers say the event is for peace in Ukraine. However, if many of their demands are implemented, it will be a victory for Putin and the “peace of the graveyard” for Ukraine.
This “anti-war” rally’s demands pertaining to Ukraine have been thoroughly exposed as Russian disinformation. And, not all of their demands relate to Ukraine. The rest are general demands, such as, “Global nuclear de-escalation,” which most people agree with. These easy to agree with anti-war demands serve as cover and, they hope, make them appear legitimately concerned about the violence of state warfare as a means by which to attract honest people who want peace.
The “Rage Against the War Machine” event is significant: it represents a dangerous escalation of a developing red-brown** alliance. This rally is sponsored by far right groups and figures that include Ron Paul and the Libertarian Party. Others, such as Chris Hedges, Max Blumenthal, and the People’s Party, pose as being “left” but are worsening conduits to the far right and what can be termed “fascist entryism.” The Green Party, the largest independent progressive party in the US, has let itself be co-opted into this red-brown coalition with its endorsement of the event by a narrow 54-50 vote of its National Committee. Jill Stein, the Green Party’s 2012 and 2016 presidential candidate, and an ally of Putin’s regime and Russian geopolitics, has agreed to speak at it. Originally a sponsor of the rally, Code Pink (Russian disinfo purveyors with campist politics) has now withdrawn. Perhaps they realized that joining forces so directly with the extreme right could alienate some of their supporters, or out their real political sympathies too directly.
Nevertheless, their duplicitous role is made clear by Code Pink leader, Medea Benjamin, in her tweets supporting MAGA neo-fascists Marjorie Taylor Greene and Donald Trump, and in Medea Benjamin’s alliance with “leftist” Vijay Prashad, who supports the Russian imperialist idea of Eurasianism — which was first developed by fascists in the 1930s and was re-popularized by Dugin, a Russian fascist, in the last 40 years. Prashad is also a denier of the genocidal treatment of the Muslim Uighurs in China.
The Arab Spring was a turning point for the Left internationally. Bashar Al Assad’s Syrian Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party has maintained ties with large parts of the Left throughout the world, despite his regime’s brutal repression of the Syrian people’s democratic revolution for a Free Syria, from 2011 to present. Russian imperialism stepped in to save the Assad regime in 2015 and launched a relentless (and ongoing) disinformation effort to cover up the war crimes of the Assad and Russian regimes in Syria. Much of the liberal and socialist Left in the United States has been silent and/or complicit in the face of these atrocities.
This disinformation war’s success, and the silence of the Left, paved the way for Putin’s military invasion of Ukraine. Now, Russian disinformation continues directly under the banner of extreme right-wing forces allied with those who call themselves anti-war (some claim to be pacifists), anti-imperialists, and anti-capitalists — but conspicuously no “left” groups, including Code Pink, claim to be socialist, anarchist, and/or anti-fascist. All of the groups taking up “anti-” positions [war/imperialism/capitalism] are trumpeting traditionally leftist slogans and postures. This is noteworthy. Fascist movements have historically tried to expand the base for their reactionary agenda by building red-brown alliances using leftist slogans and posturing. The upcoming “Rage Against The War Machine” rally is no different.
We urge Left and peace activists to not be fooled and co-opted into joining a right-wing movement.
We stand unequivocally in solidarity with Ukraine, and for a military defeat of the Russian invasion.
We oppose all red-brown alliances and we will organize to expose and denounce them.
**The term red-brown is shorthand to describe when the far left, which is supposed to be anti-fascist, and the far right, which is on a fascism spectrum, come into open alliance (red = far left, and brown = far right, named after Hitler’s brownshirts).
SPONSORED BY UKRAINE SOCIALIST SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN (website)
SYRIA SOLIDARITY NYC (website)
- Kavita Krishnan, New Delhi
- Vladyslav Starodubtsev, Sotsialnyi Rukh (Social Movement), Kyiv, Ukraine
- CounterVortex Podcast
- OaklandSocialist.com Blog
- Bill Young, Independent, Chicago
- Iris Ruiz, Barcelona
- John Reimann, OaklandSocialist.com, Oakland, CA
- Richard Fidler, Ottawa, Canada
- Meghan Keane, Syria Solidarity NYC
- Amina Ali, New York
- Oriana P., The Rawr Report, Syria Solidarity NYC
- Rick Sprout, Green Party, New York USA
- Brian Gibbons, OH USA
- Cheryl H Zuur, Former president, AFSCME Local 444, CA USA
- Bill Weinberg, CounterVortex.org, New York City
- Steve Ongerth, co-founder, IWW Environmental Union Caucus (listed for ID purposes only), CA USA
- Nathaniel Miller, Philadelphia
- Ted Zuur
- Joseph Grosso, New York
- Michael Karadjis, Australia
- Frank Panzarella, United States
- Charles Pierson, Long Island, New York
- Deidre A. Kellogg Ketroser, CISPOS, United States
- Thomas Pierce, IL/Cook
- Vincent Présumey, Aplutsoc, Moulins, France
- Avram Rips, NJ. USA
- Austin Cook, US/Germany
- Mudassir Nadeem, Dropout by choice and compulsion, India
- Andy Berman, Member of Veterans for Peace, USA
- Terry Burke. member of CISPOS, USA
- Ed Sutton, CISPOS-MN, Minnesota USA
- Javier Sethness, Family Nurse Practitioner, Los Angeles
- Jennifer Fletcher
- Linda Mann, Ukraine Socialist Solidarity Campaign, Minneapolis
- Kent Jewell, Seattle, WA
- Kieran F. Knutson, CWA Local 7250, Minnesota, U.S.
- Rick Sklader, Ukrainian Socialist Solidarity Campaign, Minneapolis MN US
- Ann Eveleth, Anti-War Committees in Solidarity with the Struggles for Self-Determination (AWCs), Washington DC
- Monica Tauriello, Richmond, CA
- Daniel Bremer, News and Letters Committees, United States
- John Spitzberg, Veterans For Peace, United States, North Pole, Alaska
- Thomas Barnard, Seattle, WA, United States
- Franklin Dmitryev, News and Letters Committees, Chicago IL USA
- David Turpin, Anti-War Committees in Solidarity with Struggles for Self-Determination
- Denys Bondar, Louisiana, USA
- Emilio Vigil-Vazquez, California
- Bradley L Mayer, USSC, United States
- Tom Wetzel
- nina sakun, United States
- LouAnn Villani-Heller, Middle East Crisis Committee, Connecticut US
- Joan McKiernan, Independent, Bronx, New York
- Monique Koller, California, USA
- Meijfroidt Bernard, Belgium
- Maksym Shumakov, Sotsialnyi Rukh & Priama Diia, Ukraine
- Ed Biow, Oscar Grant Committee, Oakland/US
- Ron Kelch, News & Letters, Oakland, Ca
- Geof Bard
- Jack Meredith, United Kingdom
- David Stenstroem, Independent, Sweden
- Dennis E., Germany
- John G., UK
- Martin Ritch, Shetland, Scotland.