Protest Prince Salman’s #TrillionaireTour, Save Yemen today

William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project, Center for International Policy; and Code Pink’s Jodie Evans holding banner calling out Saudi Prince Mohammed Bin Salman who arrives in NYC tomorrow, Tuesday. MbS has already met with “President” Donald Trump at the White House to discuss arms deals and Saudi investments in the U.S.

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US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have discussed military deals, investment in the US, and security cooperation, during the prince’s first visit to the White House.

Referring to the political shake-up that Saudi Arabia has witnessed in recent months, Trump on Tuesday praised the 32-year-old crown prince, popularly known as MBS, in his new role.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/trump-mohammed-bin-salman-meet-white-house-180320201907675.html

Jodie Evans co- founder of Code Pink told me why it was important to be out against Saudi Prince Bin Salman stating,, “We’re saying No to Wall Street. You should not be visiting or meeting with the Prince of Saudi Arabia. HE’S A WAR MONGER, HE VIOLATES HUMAN RIGHTS. There isn’t anyone we should meet with that does what this man does.” Evans went on to say how the women in his country are treated like slaves, kept at home and not allowed out. “We have heads of entertainment Companies, we have Bill Gates meeting with him while he’s bombing Yemen and creating the world biggest humanitarian crisis on the planet. This is wrong”.

Today marks the 3rd anniversary of the Saudi bombing of Yemen, as well as the arrival of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s (MbS) in NYC. Protests are being planned for MondayTuesday and Friday afternoons, and we will share details as we have them.

 Stan Heller of the Coalition to End the U.S.-Saudi Alliance is the organizer.
Tuesday afternoon/evening we plan to go to the dinner MbS is hosting. Larry from National Writers Union (speaker at Tuesday City Hall protest) is researching the location. Somia and Rabyaah (co-organizers and speakers at Tues City Hall protest) are organizing a protest in Brooklyn Friday afternoon.
Action Corps NYC is the supportive role in the protests this coming week.

Mon., Mar. 26, 5:00 pm — Saudi Prince Protest in Zuccotti Park; 5:30 pm Walk on Wall St.

New Yorkers to Protest Saudi Prince’s Trip to NYC

 WHAT: Tuesday Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s (MbS) plans to meet with Wall Street executives at the 2018 Saudi U.S.-CEO Forum. Monday, the eve of the forum and the 3rd anniversary of the Crown Prince’s bombing of Yemen, peace, human rights, Muslim, women’s and environmental organizations will protest. The facebook page provide details: Gather Monday at 5:00 pm in Zuccotti Park, walk down Wall St. at 5:30 pm.Protestors will speak against the Saudi/US War in Yemen, Saudi Arabia’s human rights violations, and Aramco’s Climate Destruction.

WHO: This protest is organized by the Coalition to End the US-Saudi Alliance. Co-sponsors include Action Corps NYC, Peace Action New York State, WESPAC Foundation, Middle East Crisis Committee (CT), Muslims United for Justice, The Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point Center, Muslim Peace Fellowship, World Beyond War, and CODEPINK: Women for Peace. (List in formation.) Confirmed speakers include: Jodie Evans, co-founder of CODEPINK; William D. Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project, Center for International Policy; Stanley Heller of the Coalition to End the US-Saudi Alliance. Additional invited speakers: Senators Gillibrand, Schumer and Booker; Representatives Maloney and Espaillat; Mayor Bill de Blasio. All of these elected officials have taken public stances against US support for the war in Yemen. Short video from Saudi prince protest Tuesday at City Hall: https://t.co/bZ0fLCSnIA. Mayor de Blasio greeted these protestors with a raised fist in solidarity.

WHY: The war in Yemen is creating what the UN describes the world’s worst humanitarian crisis: thousands of civilian deaths, untold hunger, and a cholera outbreak with a million victims in 2017 alone. Both the Obama and Trump administrations have provided critical support to Prince bin Salman’s war, including arms sales, targeting assistance, and mid-air refueling of Saudi bombers. This support has never been authorized by Congress.

Despite Saudi Arabia’s reported measures to provide humanitarian relief, humanitarian and commercial access remains highly restricted. Protest organizers say the United States should end all support for the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen.

Since March 2015, the U.S. has supported the Saudi coalition through refueling Saudi planes, assisting with identifying targets and selling arms. U.S. bombs have been used in Yemen against markets, hospitals, funeral halls and residential neighborhoods. The Saudi-led coalition’s blockade of commercial goods and humanitarian aid into Yemen, has caused much of this suffering. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced a bill last month to remove unauthorized US forces from the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Last Tuesday 44 US senators supported this legislation, voting to end the Saudi war in Yemen.

QUOTES FROM SPEAKERS

 “For three years now, I have witnessed the total destruction of my ancestors’ homeland and the pain and suffering of family, friends, and millions of innocent Yemenis as my beloved America continues to fuel and support Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen.”

– Rabyaah Althaibani, Yemeni-American Activist

Joe from Democratic Socialist of America said that Bin Salman was visiting the United States “To sure up Diplomatic support for his government and also the war in Yemen but, One is to also have ARAMCO, the state owned oil company in Saudi Arabia, listed on the New York Stock Exchange. It’s among many things we oppose about him and his government”.

Anti War activist Marty Rajandran holding sign to end the Illegal war on Yemen.

 

Trump and Prince Mohammed discussed an agreement last year for $200 billion worth of Saudi investments with the United States, including large purchases of U.S. military equipment. Trump said the military sales contributed to the creation of 40,000 American jobs.

Trump held up charts to show the depth of Saudi purchases of U.S. military hardware, ranging from ships to missile defence to planes and fighting vehicles.

“Saudi Arabia is a very wealthy nation, and they’re going to give the United States some of that wealth, hopefully, in the form of jobs, in the form of the purchase of the finest military equipment anywhere in the world,” he told reporters.

https://in.reuters.com/article/usa-saudi/trump-praises-u-s-military-sales-to-saudi-as-he-welcomes-crown-prince-idINKBN1GW2BO

Sally Jones from Peace Action says, “We are not giving up on Yemen. We may have lost that vote at the Senate last week, however, 44 Senators supported the idea of withdrawing all U.S. military aid from the Saudi led attack on Yemen”.

For Livestream,, https://www.facebook.com/AprilWatters4/videos/10215228182528840/

Chanting “Saudi Prince Not Welcomed Here”, anti war activists stood on the Broadway side of the birthplace of Occupy Wall Street, Liberty park, also known as, Zuccotti park today.

Minute 5 of the Livestream for Jodie’s speech, “WALL STREET HAS BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS. IT’S A WAR “ECONOMY. We have to stop our cities and Universities from investing in war. We need to let people know and begin a movement”.

https://www.facebook.com/AprilWatters4/videos/10215228182528840/

 

The U.S. has spent over $8 trillion on military forces in the Persian Gulf in the last four decades, supposedly protecting the Gulf from the then-Soviet Union and Iran. The effect has been to give backing to an absolute monarchy that opposes religious freedom, female equality and humane treatment of migrant workers–– the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The hereditary despots of Saudi Arabia are infamous for beheading and/or and floggings political dissidents. In January 2016 alone, the Saudi government beheaded 47 people, some of whom were guilty of such “crimes” as political activism. Between March 2015-2016, Saudi Arabia massacred over 6,000 people in a war of aggression against Yemen, and at least half of them were civilians. It’s time for the US to reevaluate the toxic relationship with Saudi Arabia!

Educate yourself and your community! Order CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin’s latest book, Kingdom of the Unjust, Behind the US-Saudi Connection, and invite her to your community to talk about this important issue! Email brienne.pa@gmail.com to book her now.

Below are more resources and ways you can get involved, and you can email brienne.pa@gmail.com if you have questions, comments, or ideas!


YEMEN

In March 2015, Saudi Arabia led an international coalition (backed by the United States) to launch air strikes against the Houthi rebel group in Yemen, sparking a full-blown armed conflict.

The increase in violence exacerbated the existing issues that have blighted Yemen for years: poor governance, lack of rule of law, widespread poverty, and insufficient access to basic healthcare and water, among others.

Four out of five Yemenis today rely on humanitarian assistance for their survival. There is no access to essential services such as clean water and electricity, and food prices have soared creating a desperate situation for millions. Yet Saudi Arabia continues its brutal campaign against the poorest country in the Middle East.

CODEPINK calls for an end to the Saudi-led airstrike against Yemen!

  1. Tell your senators to stop ALL weapons sales to the Saudi regime
  2. Sign the petition: Stop the violence in Yemen
  3. Watch & share videos from Yemen! CODEPINK has launched a series of videos called Voices from Yemen. Share our videos on your Facebook page to help lift up the voices of Yemenis!

  4. #RememberYemen! Download this sign that says #RememberYemen in English and Arabic, take a photo or video of yourself with it, and post it on your social media accounts and tag CODEPINK!
  5. Watch Video: Medea Benjamin crashes the US-Saudi investment forum

http://www.codepink.org/saudiarabia 

 

Ellie Rubino Grassroots coordinator with Peace Action New York State holding sign Yemen Can’t Wait . Ellie at minute 1 of the Livestream https://www.facebook.com/AprilWatters4/videos/10215228182528840/

William Hartung from the Center for International Policy and author of books on Lockheed Martin, a company that makes a lot of money from killing said, Prince Salman is “On a Propaganda Tour of the United States trying to wash the blood off of his hands and we’re not going to let that happen. Last week in the Senate 44 Senators voted the right way to stop U.S. support for the Saudi bombing campaign that has killed thousands of civilians”.

Minute 4:45 Livestream https://www.facebook.com/AprilWatters4/videos/10215228054765646/

 When President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his famous warning about the dangers of the military-industrial complex, he never would have dreamed that a single company could accumulate the kind of power and influence that is now wielded by Lockheed Martin. As a full-service weapons maker, Lockheed Martin receives over 29 billion a year in Pentagon contracts, or roughly one out of every ten dollars the Department of Defense doles out to private contractors. Prophets of War recounts the fascinating and often-frightening history of America’s largest military contractor as well as its role in the formation of foreign policy.

The company has produced spy satellites; helped the Pentagon collect personal data on U.S. citizens; provided interrogators for employment at Guantanamo Bay; manufactured our highest-tech aircraft; and more. It has also been embroiled in numerous scandals — from bribing officials in the Netherlands, Italy, and Japan in exchange for the purchase of Lockheed airplanes in the 1970s, to the provision of 600 toilet covers and 7,000 coffee makers to the Pentagon in the 1980s.

William D. Hartung’s enthralling exposé chronicles the growth of Lockheed Martin into one of the most influential corporations in the world, and examines the pivotal role the company has had in America’s metastasizing military industrial complex. It asks: How has one company become the recipient of such a large portion of America’s tax dollars through contracts with the Pentagon, NASA, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Energy, the NSA, and even the U.S. Census and the IRS? Hartung’s meticulous, hard-hitting history follows Lockheed Martin’s meteoric growth and unravels how this arms industry giant has helped shape U.S. foreign policy for decades.

Dylan Awalt- Conley speaking with megaphone at today’s protest of Saudi Price Salman’s visit to NYC tomorrow to meet with Wall Street firms, Bill Gates and others who profit off the war crime Saudi Arabia is been doing in Yemen 3 years today.

From Yemen and a Peace activist, Abdulwali Alradi said, 40,000 people have been killed since Saudi Arabia began attacking the vulnerable people of Yemen striking hospitals, homes and schools. “More than half the victims are women and children. SA is looking for money and ‘wealth”. SA has been supported by the United States government and Trump. “Today in Yemen people have no food, the children they die in the hospital for lack of medicine. Their bodies cannot resist disease. Their bodies just die. The parent’s can’t do anything for them. WE CALL ON EVERYONE, WE CALL ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WE HAVE TO STOP THIS WAR. THIS IS A DEAL, THIS IS A MONEY DEAL. SA paid Donald Trump almost $490 billion to be silent. I WISH FOR ALL ARABS TO COME HERE, TO END THIS WAR, THIS HUMANITARIAN CATASTROPHIE”.

The group of at least 100 marched from Zuccotti park south to the bull then west and north to the Stock Exchange where they had another rally letting the people on the street know what is happening in Yemen and chanting YEMAN CAN’T WAIT

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