The War in Ukraine began with the US backed coup in 2014

Sponsors: Lois Gagnon and Eileen Wheeler Sheehan

Vetting Committees: AdCom and ComCom

Floor Manager: Lois Gagnon [email protected] 413-813-8321

Shepherd: Eileen Wheeler Sheehan

Summary: The purpose of this proposal is for the GRP to recognize that the war in Ukraine began with the US backed Maiden coup in 2014 and not on February 24, 2022. This is important to acknowledge as around 14,000 people have been killed in the Eastern Provinces to date. We should not be mislead by the corporate media that US militarist provocations on Russia's border had nothing to do with it's decision to intervene. Being informed about how long this conflict has been raging will help the GRP to be better prepared to communicate with the public on this very dangerous situation.

Background: The true beginning of hostilities in Ukraine happened 8 years ago. This is not when Westerners in the US and Europe have been told it began. It matters because thousands of innocent lives have been lost during those 8 years. Those lives matter as much as the lives being lost in the rest of Ukraine today. The adoption of this proposal will be an acknowledgement of the war on the people of the Donbass Region who are mostly of Russian descent. The provisions in this proposal will ensure the Green-Rainbow Party remains true to it's value of nonviolence by holding all parties in the conflict responsible for lives lost.

Text of Proposal: The Green-Rainbow Party acknowledges that the war in Ukraine began with the violent US backed Maiden coup in 2014 using $5billion in US taxpayer money, that has led to the deaths of an estimated 14,000 people in the Eastern Provinces. The Green-Rainbow Party holds all governments involved accountable for the loss of life and calls for an immediate ceasefire to stop the killing. The Green-Rainbow Party will do its part to help others understand the importance of recognizing the full 8 year history of the war in Ukraine.

Implementation: ComCom will post the proposal in its monthly newsletter and refer to it as needed to clarify the party's understanding of the conflict. Deadline: the next newsletter after Spring 2022 StateCom. AdCom will implement this acknowledgement of the war in Ukraine having begun in 2014 in its communications where appropriate.

There are no expected financial implications with this proposal.

An early warning from the late Robert Parry at Consortium News. A chronology of the war in Ukraine:

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  • David Spanagel
    commented 2022-04-03 13:41:30 -0400
    So sorry for offering these thoughts only on the day State Committee meets to discuss this proposal. It took me this long to figure out how to reconcile my convictions about nonviolence with the text that is being proposed. As written, the current text of the proposal feels unbalanced and risks aligning the Green-Rainbow party with the most unsavory kinds of acts of military force that superpowers routinely employ. A brief paragraph I would propose to insert at the beginning of the “text of the proposal”:
    “State sponsored violence is incompatible with the Green-Rainbow Party’s Ten Key Value of Nonviolence. Military invasion of any country by any other country, especially when the invader possesses nuclear weaponry, is unacceptable. This rebuke applies to Russia now as it has applied to the United States on many recent occasions. With this fundamental opposition to violence in mind, …”

    Without some such caveat that symmetrically condemns illegitimate uses of military force by Russia, I cannot support the proposal in its current state.
  • David Spanagel
    tagged this with Important 2022-04-03 13:41:29 -0400
  • Charlene DiCalogero
    commented 2022-04-03 11:19:16 -0400
    We as a group of people do not have the depth of knowledge, personal experience and reliable sources to make such a declaration. One source is insufficient. Common sense and a longer view tells me that the Russian anti-democratic, unfettered capitalist, kleptocratic oligarchy led by Putin is pushing narratives and disinformation that distract from its violent agenda. That agenda base on its actions, is to reassert its dominance over countries that became independent after the breakdown of the USSR.

    Some of the groups in the U.S. pushing these views have a long history of anti-Democratic, fascist and nonsensical narratives (Larouche party, but others as well; various neoNazi groups in this country and in Europe are backing Putin and Russian racists. Similarly, a former State Committee member is supporting this statement. He was removed by StateCom for years of anti-democratic, racist, sexist and anti-semitic attacks and frequent disruptions of StateCom. His comments on this page are permitted, but he is no longer a StateCom member.).

    I will support a statement that opposes war, as the basic war crime.
  • Charlene DiCalogero
    tagged this with Bad 2022-04-03 11:19:15 -0400
  • David Rolde
    tagged this with Easy 2022-04-02 15:39:39 -0400
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  • David Keil
    commented 2022-03-14 11:13:29 -0400
    Documentary evidence gathered by a US journalist who visited Eastern Ukraine to interview civilians targeted in Kyiv’s war against the people of that region: The media is suppressing these stories as part of a drive toward more direct US participation in this war.
  • David Keil
    commented 2022-03-13 01:07:52 -0500
    It is urgent that we counter the war psychosis that the media is now fueling in the US before such a psychosis leads the Pentagon and NATO into direct military conflict with Russia. This is a proxy war between the US and Russia as Jill Stein pointed out at an antiwar rally last Sunday (

    When we see the great suffering in parts of Ukraine now under Russian siege, it is helpful to think also of those in eastern Ukraine who were under siege from the Kyiv government for eight years. That is the point made by this proposal: NATO and the US have played a harmful role and will continue to do so if we let them.
  • Lois Gagnon
    tagged this with Important 2022-03-12 15:58:21 -0500
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    tagged this with Good 2022-03-12 15:58:20 -0500
  • Lois Gagnon
    commented 2022-03-12 15:53:47 -0500
    Russia has been claiming publicly it will rebuild the Soviet Union since its collapse? Really? What I have seen is the US do everything in its power to turn Russia into a vassal state which it did quite well under Yeltzin causing massive suffering and death. Putin has indeed been working to rebuild Russia since he took over. Is that a crime? It is to the US which prefers to remain the world’s only super power allowed to wage wars for profit without interference. Perhaps there are members of the GRP who agree with that destructive policy. I’m happy to say, I’m not one of them.

    This proposal simply asks the party to acknowledge that the war in Ukraine began with the attack on the Donbas region by Ukrainian forces in 2014 which did not cease until Russia intervened.

    And oh by the way, The Rand Corporation has plans on its website of different tactics for the US to employ to destabilize the Russian Federation. Just your very own empire doing its bit to prevent peace.
  • David Gerry
    commented 2022-03-12 11:20:50 -0500
    This is wrong. Russia has been publicly exclaiming that they will rebuild the Soviet Union since its dissolution. Even before Putin took control in 1999 Russia was already using political, economic and military means to achieve that objective. Russia is hoping to take advantage of the fear of nuclear war to swiftly take over Ukraine with little disturbance from western nations.
  • David Gerry
    tagged this with Bad 2022-03-12 11:20:48 -0500
  • Elizabeth Humphrey
    commented 2022-03-10 12:26:13 -0500
    I fully support this proposal & will do my part in informing those I encounter the understanding & acknowledgement of the GRP regarding this conflict.
    Furthermore, a big THANK YOU to Lois & Eileen for this proposal!
  • Elizabeth Humphrey
    tagged this with Easy 2022-03-10 12:26:12 -0500
  • Elizabeth Humphrey
    tagged this with Important 2022-03-10 12:26:12 -0500
  • Elizabeth Humphrey
    tagged this with Good 2022-03-10 12:26:11 -0500
  • David Keil
    commented 2022-03-08 21:18:42 -0500
    I support this proposal but would hope that in our discussion process we can develop a consensus for a plan of antiwar action and the building of coalitions to build actions such as the one last Sunday at Park Street. The slogan there was CodePink’s slogan of “Russian troops out, No NATO expansion.” I believe that antiwar actions need not agree on what Russia should do and should focus on demands of Washington. As this proposal accurately points out, it was NATO in 2014 that launched the current war in Ukraine.

    The US financed the war by Kyiv, in Western Ukraine, against the Russian-speaking republics in Eastern Ukraine, to the tune of $3 billion. Now a package totaling $10 billion is under discussion. The openly stated objective is to incorporate Ukraine into NATO; an objective announced by NATO itself in 2008 at a meeting in Bucharest, Romania.

    NATO has already waged war in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Somalia. It is a very symbol of US-led violence and power-hungry abuse.

    Many wish for a Russian departure from Ukraine. Today it is clear that war crimes are being committed. But all parties, including Kyiv, may have committed such crimes. Crimes against people in Donbas in 2014-2022 matter too. Ukraine has the right to independence, but what independence has it had as a US military proxy in the decades-long thrust against Russia? Yes, let us be in solidarity with Russian antiwar protesters. “Russian troops out” is an inappropriate slogan in the US, however. It will be seen as chiming in with the war aims of Washington in the war psychosis that the media is stoking. Let’s build rallies directed with laser focus at our own warmakers in Washington.

    David Keil, West Metro region
  • Lois Gagnon
    published this page in 2022 Spring Statecom Proposal Entry & Discussion Page 2022-03-06 17:56:26 -0500