Founded in 1992 by Ramsey Clark
The International Action Center is committed to the building of broad-based grassroots coalitions to oppose U.S. wars abroad while fighting against racism and economic exploitation of workers here at home. With every mobilization or campaign, the IAC strives to draw from the leadership, connect the struggles, and bring together communities of color, women, lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, youth and students, immigrant and workers' organizations in order build a progressive movement for social justice and change.
Ultimately it is our goal to work towards the liberation and freedom of all peoples living in the U.S. and around the world.
IAC defines itself as an "anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist" organization. We want to see an end of the human suffering caused by living under a system that puts profit before peoples needs. We want to shut down the multi-national corporations and banks based in the U.S., Europe and Japan that extract resources and debt payments from the rest of the world. We want to put a stop to the role of the Pentagon and the CIA play by protecting and expanding this wholescale plunder of these private businesses.
We also believe that the best way to fight U.S. imperialism abroad is to wage an all out assault against the centuries-old war on people of color living within U.S. borders. The IAC believes that the fight against racism in the U.S. must be foremost in the minds and hearts of all those that call themselves anti-war activists.
Since our founding in 1992, opposing the first war on Iraq, The IAC has been at the forefront against the U.S. conspiracy to re-colonize the Middle East. For the last 19 years, the IAC has organized demonstrations, direct actions, picket lines, community forums & speak-outs and war-crimes tribunals, and published books, produced videos, traveling around the country and throughout the world.
The IAC has held actions to demand an end to aid to Israel and defends Palestinian self-determination and liberation, including the right to return. We have organized campaigns and/or educated against U.S. occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Yugoslavia, South Korea and Somalia. We have worked to end the blockade of Cuba and the sanctions against North Korea. The IAC has shown solidarity with the people and the Bolivarian government of Venezuela, with organized labor in repressive Colombia, and with those fighting for self-determination in Puerto Rico and Hawaii. It has exposed the Pentagon's use of working class youth as soldiers to fight and die for corporate greed and we have stood in solidarity with military personnel refusing to fight.
The IAC has mobilized nationally against racist police brutality, to end the death penalty, and defense of political prisoners like Mumia Abu-Jamal, Leonard Peltier and the Cuban Five. We have been part of local community-based struggles demanding affordable housing, healthcare, utility prices, education and the right of every worker to a job at a living wage. We have built coalitions in solidarity with immigrant workers, calling for the end to raids and deportations and against criminalization of undocumented workers. The IAC has launched campaigns in solidarity with Katrina survivors, against attacks on women's reproductive rights and to demand an end of the violence and oppression that lesbian and gay, bi and trans people face in society.