Help Chicago Activists Travel to Guantanamo, Cuba

For: Kait McIntyre, Holly Kent-Payne, Jeff Westberry
Chicago, IL
Organizer: Kait McIntyre
Help Chicago Activists Travel to Guantanamo, Cuba (Kait McIntyre, Holly Kent-Payne, Jeff Westberry)
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On November 20th-28th, activists across the globe are gathering in Cuba to unite the fight against the global powers that have built military bases in all continents against the will of the people. This meeting will take place in Guantanamo Province, where a US military base has become one of the most brutal torture centers on the planet and a symbol of the gross human rights abuses committed by the US government in the name the war on terror. Anti-War Committee Chicago (AWC) is honored to announce that three of its younger members, Kait McIntyre, Holly Kent-Payne, and Jeff Westberry, have been invited to participate in this historic event, the World Peace Council's Fourth International Seminar for Peace and Elimination of Military Bases. We will be part of the delegation with the United National Antiwar Coalition. 

AWC has fought tirelessly to oppose US intervention across the globe, exposed Boeing's role as a war profiteer in the Israeli sieges on Gaza, united forces across the Midwest to protest drone warfare, and stood in solidarity with Rasmea Odeh, is asking for your financial help.  

Kait McIntyre has been a leader of AWC since it evolved out of the protests against the NATO summit in 2012, where she helped organize the student contingent. As the spokesperson of AWC's campaign against the Boeing Company, she has consistently challenged the corporate war machine: from her antiwar platform in her campaign for the presidency of Boeing's board of directors, to her arrest during a sit-in at Boeing's headquarters to oppose weapons sales to Israel.  

Holly Kent-Payne joined AWC in 2013, playing an active role in organizing the Midwest Action Against Drones, and attending Code Pink's Drone Summit in 2014. She also represented the Committee to Stop FBI Repression at Miami's annual protest to shut down Guantanamo Bay, where she championed the case of Rasmea Odeh, a Palestinian community activist and torture survivor now under fire from the US government.

Jeff Westberry has been a member of AWC since the mobilizations against US war with Syria. As the founder of a Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) chapter at College of Dupage (COD), Jeff represented the antiwar movement in Chicago at the SDS National Convention in 2014. At that convention, they held a workshop on AWC's Boeing campaign. COD SDS has waged a consistent campaign against the corrupt administration, which pours thousands of dollars into law enforcement and homeland security while slashing arts and humanities programs. They also attended the International Peoples Tribunal on crimes against the Filipino People by President Aquino and the US government.

We are confident that these young leaders will make valuable contributions from their experiences in the movement, bring back important lessons that will help advance the struggle against imperialism in Chicago, and form mutually beneficial relationships with organizers across the globe.

However, we need a financial commitment from you to make sure they're able to get there.  The activists in the AWC are motivated by a desire to better the world we live in. We believe you want the same thing. Your contribution will bring us one step closer to ending the destructive military industrial complex that has killed millions of people and destroyed countless lives. The funds raised will go toward plane tickets, visa applications, registration fees, housing, meals, and travel in Cuba. 

We appreciate donations of any size but, if possible, hope that individuals can give at least $50 and that organizations can donate at least $100. If you would prefer to mail your contribution, please send checks to Anti-War Committee, c/o CCDBR, 1325 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60605. If you cannot contribute financially, we value the time you spend spreading the word about this important cause. If you have any talents or resources that may aid this campaign, do not hesitate to contact us. Holly, Kait, and Jeff, along with the entire Anti-War Committee Chicago, look forward to sharing the fruit of the experience you help make possible.

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