Photo by Buffalo IAC
We may not be able to eliminate the suffering that happens in this world, but through solidarity we can stand aside those who are suffering, and remind them that they are not alone. Standing in solidarity is a powerful way to liberate like-minded individuals who want to see change.
The Buffalo International Action Center (IAC) has shown countless examples of standing in solidarity with oppressed peoples. They’ve also organized several demonstrations against United States wars, and have sent several solidarity delegations internationally.
The IAC is a mass organization founded in 1992 by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark and antiwar activist Sara Flounders. The Buffalo chapter was founded shortly after. According to member Garrett Dicembre, the IAC came out of the First Gulf War in mass opposition to U.S. aggression in Iraq.
The Buffalo IAC is also known for organizing demonstrations around Palestine.
“Anytime that Israel has ended up attacking Gaza, which is constant, we’ve been out in the streets demonstrating against Israeli aggression and exposing the U.S. role in that,” Dicembre said.
They recently organized a demonstration in solidarity with Brazil against the U.S. backed coup that occurred in Parliament and stood in solidarity with Venezuela against U.S. intervention.
“The U.S. currently has sanctions against Venezuela that’s preventing medicine from coming in. In Brazil, they cleared out a bunch of progressive leadership and installed a bunch of white men in their congress,” Dicembre said.
This progressive organization spreads awareness and organizes around major international occurrences that hardly receive exposure from the corporate media. They stand in solidarity with other countries to assert their self-determination against what the U.S. is attempting to do.
If you’re interested in learning more about the IAC, stop by one of their meetings. They hold meetings the first and third Mondays of the month at the IAC office at 712 Main St, Buffalo near Tupper.