IAC’s activism is founded on the central premise that a racist, imperialist, sexist, homophobic United States is the world’s chief violator of human rights -- guilty of unspeakable atrocities, past and present, foreign and domestic. As one IAC official puts it, "no one in the world … has a worse human rights record than the United States." “We know,” says IAC, “that the U.S. government kidnaps, detains and tortures people -- at home and abroad -- while illegally and secretly monitoring its own population.”
Accusing the Bush administration of using the “tragedy” of 9/11 “as a pretext to launch new wars of aggression and to step up the assault on civil rights and civil liberties here at home,“ IAC calls for drastic cuts in America’s military-related spending (“the cost of endless war”) -- money the organization believes would be better utilized to fund “desperately-needed social programs.” “We have launched a national campaign to ensure that the criminals in Washington don't have enough soldiers to continue their wars,” adds IAC. “We are mobilizing against military recruiters in our communities.”
IAC has expressed solidarity with antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan and former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. It passionately supports “the struggle of the Palestinian people in their heroic resistance to [Israeli] occupation.” And it embraces “the powerful new movement for immigrant rights” which calls for open borders as well as amnesty and full civil rights for illegal aliens residing in the U.S.
Viewing women as an oppressed demographic group in the United States, IAC was a Cosponsoring Organization of the April 25, 2004 March for Women's Lives, a Washington, D.C. rally advocating that women be granted unrestricted access to taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand.
IAC was a signatory to a February 20, 2002 document, composed by the Maoist C. Clark Kissinger’s radical group Refuse & Resist, condemning military tribunals and the detention of immigrants apprehended in connection with post-9/11 terrorism investigations. The document charged that “the denial of any due process for Arab[s], Muslim[s], South Asians and others, [has] chilling similarities to a police state.”
IAC is the parent organization of numerous anti-war, civil liberties, civil rights, and human rights groups. These include the following:
People Judge Bush, whose mission is “to address the growing evidence of crimes against peace, war crimes, and other human rights violations committed by the U.S. leadership in Iraq and elsewhere”
Korea Truth Commission, which is “dedicated to discovering and prosecuting alleged U.S. war crimes committed during the Korean War, as well as ejecting American troops from the Korean peninsula”
No Draft, No Way!, which contends that the U.S. uses its armed forces for mostly evil purposes
Troops Out Now!, which calls for “coordinated mass protests and resistance to the war and occupation of Iraq,” and seeks to build “a mass, militant movement” aimed at curtailing America’s alleged quest for “world empire”
Activist San Diego, which works to develop “an active, inter-related, progressive community in San Diego”
People’s Video Network, whose productions share one overriding theme -- that the United States is a fundamentally racist, discriminatory, evil nation
Mumia Mobilization Office, Youth and Students for Mumia, and Rainbows Flags for Mumia: These three organizations support the cause of convicted cop-killer and leftist icon Mumia Abu Jamal, who IAC deems a “political prisoner.”
National People’s Campaign, a self-described “nationwide organization of progressive activists” dedicated to combating: a “resurgence in reactionary extremism”; “the right wing’s continual encroachments upon basic human, civil, and economic rights”; and “a political climate which is becoming increasingly hostile to working people, people of color, women, the unemployed, gays and lesbians, and other marginalized groups”
Demand Freedom for Leonard Peltier: This organization supports the American Indian rights activist who murdered two FBI agents in 1975 and is now serving a life sentence in prison. In IAC’s printed literature, Peltier describes himself as a man “deprived of freedom” by a government “that keeps getting more oppressive and tyrannical.”
New York Committee to Free the Cuban Five, which defends five individuals imprisoned for trying to infiltrate U.S. military bases and Cuban exile groups in South Florida
Association of Mexican American Workers, which laments that illegal aliens residing in the United States: (a) are “under severe attack”; (b) must endure “brutal working conditions”; and (c) face the constant threat of “racist attacks” by “vigilante hate groups”
Leftbooks, which features a host of publications that present favorable portraits of such figures as Che Guevara, Mumia Abu Jamal, and Hugo Chavez
Rosa Parks Day Headquarters, whose raison d’etre is to depict the United States as a nation where civil rights protections have worsened since its namesake's historic 1955 action aboard a Montgomery, Alabama bus
IAC receives financial assistance from numerous sources, including: the Alliance for Global Justice, a Washington, DC-based charity that opposes free-market capitalism, underwriting and publicizing the activities of revolutionary Marxist movements from Nicaragua to Mexico; the People’s Rights Fund, which provides “funding for educational programs on peace, civil rights, civil liberties, economic inequality, anti-repression and social justice issues”; and the Progress Unity Fund, which is closely affiliated with the Workers World Party. According to the Foundation Center, between 2003 and 2005 IAC received $305,000 from the Ford Foundation. The Vanguard Public Foundation has also supported IAC.
Headquartered in New York City, IAC has local chapters in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Providence (Rhode Island), San Diego, and San Francisco.
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