March 2020 NYC Press Release

Coronavirus Alert: U.S. Sanctions escalate Global Crisis for 1/3 of world’s people
Press Conference Wednesday, March 11 at 11:00 AM 
 40 Wall Street
Human Rights Groups charge Trump and Big Pharma with criminal policy that threatens world — in front of Trump Building on Wall Street
A coalition of over 1000 organizations and activists will hold International Days of Action against Sanctions and Economic War March 13-15 to raise awareness of the enormous impact of sanctions imposed by the U.S. and its junior partners have on more than 39 countries – 1/3  of the world population.

Representatives of the International Action Center, December 12th Movement, Veterans for Peace, Nodutdol, Casa de las Americas, the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, and additional organizations will hold a press conference Wednesday, March 11 to discuss the impact of U.S. sanctions on global health care and the battle against the Coronavirus, and the March 13-15 Days of Action.

U.S. sanctions particularly target health care, depriving millions of people of access to medicine and medical supplies. According to reports by the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Korea Peace Now, sanctions are responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people in Venezuela over two years, and 4,000 people in North Korea in 2018, primarily due to lack of access to medicine. In Zimbabwe, Western sanctions handicapped the countries response to Cholera outbreaks and last year’s devastation from Cyclone Idai. As the Coronavirus continues to spread worldwide, the impact of U.S. sanctions on access to healthcare threatens to thwart attempts to contain the disease. U.S. sanctions have severely hampered Iran’s efforts to respond to the Coronavirus and accelerated it’s spread by limiting access to medical supplies, test kits and information about the virus.  

The NYC Rally for the International Days of Action against Sanctions and Economic War March will take place Saturday, March 14 at 1pm in front of 40 Wall St (Trump building).
More information about U.S. imposed sanctions and a list of March 13-15 actions can be found at