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Massachusetts Says No to War on Yemen
Mon January 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST
Massachusetts Says NO to War on Yemen
Global Day of Action
Monday, January 25, 2021
- 12 noon: Boston: Rally and March starting on steps across from the state house
- 7am-8am, Raytheon Plant in Andover. Route 133, Exit 43 of Rte. 93. Park on Bellvue Rd
- Noon, Northampton, 94 Pleasant Street (office of Jim McGovern)
Groups in 13 countries around the world unite to tell their governments: Stop supporting Saudi Arabia’s War that is killing and starving the people of Yemen
In the U.S. we say: “President Biden, fulfill your promise to end our participation in the war and our weapons and military support for the Saudis”
- Join our masked and socially distanced march through Boston: 12 noon at the Boston Common steps across from the state house
- Join the call in day and social media campaign addressed to President Biden
- View the 2pm Global Online Rally featuring Cornell West, Danny Glover, Jeremy Corbin and other speakers from Yemen, the U.S., The United Kingdom and France. REGISTER HERE
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Sponsors of International Day of Action for Yemen: Raytheon Anti-war Campaign; Mass. Peace Action; United Against War and Militarism; Veterans for Peace-Smedley Butler Brigade; Friends Meeting at Cambridge-Peace and Social Justice Committee; Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; American Friends Service Committee-Northeast Region.
Here is Kathy Kelly’s piece that paints the picture of what’s happening now:
We will meet on the Boston Common at 12PM on January 25th as part of the global day of action against the war in Yemen. After a socially-distanced and masked rally at the Common, we’ll march as a group to several nearby locations of organizations, foreign governments, and companies involved in the war in Yemen. Come out and join in to show that Boston says no to the war in Yemen! *(See below for actions in Andover and Northampton!)
Since 2015, the Saudi-led bombing and blockade of Yemen have killed tens of thousands of people and devastated the country. The U.N. calls this the largest humanitarian crisis on Earth. Half the country’s people are on the brink of famine, the country has the world’s worst cholera outbreak in modern history, and now Yemen has one of the very worst COVID death rates in the world: It kills 1 in 4 people who test positive. The pandemic, along with withdrawal of aid, is pushing more people into acute hunger.
And yet Saudi Arabia is escalating its war and tightening its blockade.
The war is only possible because Western countries — and the United States and Britain in particular — continue to arm Saudi Arabia and provide military, political and logistical support for the war. The Western powers are active participants and have the power to stop the world’s most acute human crisis.
The disaster in Yemen is man-made. It is caused by the war and blockade. It can be ended.
People and organizations from the US, UK, Yemen, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, India, Italy, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, and across the world, are coming together on January 25th to call for an end to the war in Yemen and solidarity with the people of Yemen.
We demand that right now the the U.S. government:
–> Stop foreign aggression on Yemen.
–> Stop weapons and war support for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
–> Lift the blockade on Yemen and open all land and sea ports.
–> Restore and expand humanitarian aid for the people of Yemen.
–> Repeal the 2001 Authorization of Military Force, under which the US has been bombing Yemen for 18 years.
The rally will be socially-distanced and masks are required. It most likely will be very cold, so dress warmly!
There are also rallies taking place at:
=> 7am, at the Raytheon Plant in Andover. Route 133, Exit 43 of Rte. 93.
=> Noon, in Northampton, 94 Pleasant Street (office of Jim McGovern).