National Organization for the Iraqi Freedom Struggles


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Kevin Anderson, Purdue University

Stanley Aronowitz, New York, NY

Susan Blake, PeaceSmiths, Long Island, NY

Ronald Bleier

Kaveh Boveiri, Tehran, Iran

Grace Braley

Lizzie Czerner, NYC

Anne Denise, Tropizmo, Los Angeles, CA

Franklin Dmitryev, News and Letters

Matthew Dodge, Northern Indiana

Kathleen (Kaitlin) Drury, Chicago
Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal

Robert Erler, New York Metropolitan
Alliance of Anarchists (NYMAA)

Joseph Grim Feinberg, University of Chicago

Columbia Fiero, New York Environmental
Law & Justice Project (NYELJP)

Andrea Fishman, The New SPACE

Christina Forras, Student at UTPA
and former intern at WESPAC

Sam Friedman, poet, New Jersey

Urszula Frydman, woman prisoner
activist, Oakland, CA

Jay A. Gertzman, Philadelphia

Thilo Gesche, Paris, France

Peter Gorman, writer

Alex Hanna, Purdue University, West
Lafayette, IN

Ann Marie Hendrickson, Moorish
Orthodox Radio Crusade(WBAI), Neither
East Nor West

Joshua Howard, National Co-Chair,

Peter Hudis, News and Letters
Committees, Chicago, IL

Anne Jaclard, National Co-Chair,

F. John Jeannot, Squire Park
Community Council, Seattle WA

Tom Jeannot, Gonzaga University,
Spokane, WA

Dan Karan, New York, NY

Ron Kelch, Philosopher Activist,
Oakland, CA

Andrew Kliman, Pace University,
Pleasantville, NY

Paul Knopf, New York, NY

Ray Lampe

Robbie Liben

Allan Lummus, peace and justice
activist, Memphis, TN

Christopher MacDonald-Dennis,
Brwn Mawr College, Drexel Hill, PA

David Massey

Bob McGlynn, founding member of
Neither East Nor West and veteran
leading bike messenger activist

Ray McKay, New York, NY

Terry Moon, News and Letters Committees

Judith Mahoney Pasternak, War Resisters

Andy Phillips, Detroit, MI

Ali Reza, Chicago, IL

Brad Rodgers, Lafayette, Indiana

Richard S., blog Commie Curmudgeon

Carlos Saracino, Lafayette, Indiana

Jason Schulman, Democratic Socialists of

Steve Seltzer, New York, NY

Susan Stellar, Detroit Agriculture

Vida Tehrani, Los Angeles, CA

Bill Weinberg, National Co-Chair,

Steve Weierman, Lockport, IL

Seth Weiss, The New SPACE

Steven Wishnia, writer and musician

Anonymous #1, New York, NY

Anonymous #2, New York, NY

The National Organization for the Iraqi Freedom Struggles (NO-IFS) is a coalition of individuals who have come together to oppose the U.S. war against Iraq by supporting the secular, democratic, and progressive movements in Iraq that are struggling for freedom against the occupation and against the Ba'athists and the political Islamists of all stripes, who aim to impose a theocratic state on the Iraqi people. We intend to be an organized presence within the American antiwar movement on the basis of the following principles:

(1) We recognize the brutality under which the people of Iraq live, due to a recent history that includes dictatorship, wars, economic sanctions, and, especially, the current occupation by foreign troops, accompanied by indiscriminate killing and systematic torture. The presence of these troops has helped to promote indigenous reactionary forces that often target women, trade unionists, and innocent civilians. The Iraqi people cannot be free as long as foreign armies occupy their land. We therefore demand the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops and military bases from Iraq, and an end to the U.S.-created "democratic process" that is part of the occupation. We also deem it necessary to stop the "next war" before it happens. To this end, we will help educate Americans as to the causes of continual U.S. intervention overseas.

(2) We recognize the overwhelming, steadily growing opposition of Iraqis to the occupation, but also the sharp divisions within the opposition. Accordingly, we do not support "the resistance" as such. In particular, we oppose all forms of outright or tacit support for the political Islamist and Ba'athist forces that overwhelmingly make up the armed insurgency. We reject all suggestions that non-Western peoples are somehow less entitled than we are to freedom from oppression by foreign and indigenous reactionary forces.

(3) We support the secular, democratic, and progressive freedom struggles in Iraq – the Iraqi women, workers, and youth who have created their own organizations within Iraq, who oppose both the occupation and the terrorist reaction, and who fight for the rights of women, workers, national minorities, and GLBT people. For instance, we support the efforts of the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq to prevent the imposition of Sharia law and to maintain women's shelters; the struggle led by the Basra Oil and Gas Workers Union, in defiance of threats and assassinations, against the privatization of the industry; the demand for secular government put forward by the Iraqi Freedom Congress, a new coalition of several civil groups; and the IFC's efforts to build a non-sectarian, multi-ethnic society based on neighborhood assemblies in communities of Baghdad and Kirkuk. These struggles and their accompanying ideas are the latest instance of a long and rich history of indigenous Iraqi mass movements for self-emancipation – much of it secular, feminist, and multiethnic – that existed prior to the Ba'athist dictatorship. Although these groups are at present relatively small and weak, this is no reason to neglect them. On the contrary, it is a reason to make our support of them an urgent priority.

(4) We advocate that the antiwar movement as a whole adopt this approach to ending the war and occupation – active support for the secular, democratic, and progressive freedom struggles against both the U.S. occupation and the indigenous reactionary forces. This type of solidarity is a central way to build and sustain our movements here. It is by evincing an unyielding, principled commitment to human freedom and to people struggling for freedom – not by explicitly or tacitly supporting a supposedly "lesser evil" – that the antiwar movement and other movements will be able to grow.

New York City

February 2006

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