The Delegate Assembly of the United University Professions (UUP), the nation’s largest higher education union, with more than 42,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees, passed the following Non Intervention Resolution at its most recent meeting May 10 in Albany, New York:
Whereas the U.S. has no legitimate claim to intervene in the internal affairs of other countries or take sides in internal political disputes, and
Whereas we have seen the disastrous consequences of recent U.S. interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and through the alliance with Saudi Arabia in Yemen, and,
Whereas U.S. intervention in Venezuela can only bring further hardship and suffering, as followed U.S. support for the 2009 coup in Honduras that overthrew the elected government there and contributed to the stream of asylum seekers now on our southern border seeking relief from that disaster, and
Whereas it reveals the deep cynicism of U.S. policy makers that they denounce what they call a dictatorial regime in Venezuela while providing unlimited support to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the murderous absolute dictatorship of its royal family, and to a host of other autocrats, authoritarians, absolute monarchs and dictators in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, United Arab Emirates, and Egypt, to name a few, and
Whereas there is no case in which U.S. intervention in the internal affairs of other countries has led to greater democracy and better conditions of life for the people, there be it
Resolved that UUP opposes U.S. military intervention in Venezuela and all US efforts to intervene in the internal affairs of that country to destabilize its society, and be it further
Resolved that UUP officers will distribute this resolution to NUSUT and AFT for their consideration, and to the U.S. Congressional and Senate delegations from New York, and to U.S. Labor Against the War for circulation to the broader U.S. labor and peace movements.