Please consider attending one or both of these two upcoming Chicago events calling for an end to War on Yemen:
1) Chicago Area Peace Action Rally
Friday, November 30, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.,
Chicago Federal Plaza 205 S. Dearborn
On Friday, November 30, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Voices for Creative Nonviolence will join Chicago Area Peace Action (CAPA) to protest war on Yemen by demonstrating at Chicago’s Federal Building. Protesters will call for all warring parties in Yemen to immediately stop all forms of military and economic warfare on Yemen. Holding 40 blue backpacks and the names of children killed August 9 by a Saudi missile fired at their school bus, we will commemorate the lives of the children. Save the Children estimates that 85,000 Yemeni children have already died because of war, disease and displacement. We will also demand an immediate opening of ports and roads in Yemen to allow for swift transport of desperately needed food, water, fuel and humanitarian aid to all parts of the country.
Professor Shireen Al-Adeimi, a Yemeni activist, will join the rally and speak at 12:00 p.m. She will also speak the following day, December 1, at 5:00 p.m. at Loyola University’s Cuneo Hall. (see below)
The United Nations warns that some 14 million people, half the population of the country, are on the verge of starvation as war pushes the country toward the biggest famine the world has seen in 100 years.
Reporting for the New York Times, Declan Walsh wrote that the Saudi-UAE led coalition is using economic strangulation as a weapon of war, targeting jobs, infrastructure, food markets and the provision of basic services.
Raytheon, General Dynamics, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin have sold billions of dollars’ worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries in the Saudi-Emirati-led coalition.
Isa Blumi, an associate professor at Stockholm University and author of the book Destroying Yemen, believes the goal is to bludgeon Yemenis into complete submission and exert control over resources, including oil reserves, natural gas, minerals, and a strategic location.
CAPA urges participants to pressure legislators (phone 833 STOP-WAR) to pass resolutions SJRes54 and HConRes138 invoking Congressional War Powers to limit U.S. involvement in the massacre. Passage of these bills would be an important step. It will still be crucial to demand a complete halt of any U.S. support for and involvement in the war. The war and the blockade must end. Please plan to come out for both the rally and Shireen Al-Adeimi’s presentation the following day.
2) Shireen Al-Adeimi presentation at Loyola University,
Saturday, December 1, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Loyola University 6460 N Sheridan, Chicago Cuneo Hall 109
Presentation by Yemeni activist, Harvard scholar, and Michigan State assistant professor Shireen Al-Adeimi. Learn on a first-hand basis about the horrific war in Yemen and the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Al-Adeimi will address historical implications, various motivations, the extent of this dire human injustice, and what you can do to help the millions who are suffering.
Cosponsors: Peace Studies Loyola, CAPA DePaul, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Peregrine Forum, Action Corps