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Sign up now for the War and Environment conference and flotilla

July 20, 2017

No War 2017: War and the Environment

We’re slowly adding the best speakers and workshop leaders, including representatives from Friends of the Earth, 350.org, Greenpeace, and other environmental organizations as well as peace ones. This is an opportunity to build a unified movement.
September 22-24 Conference in Washington, D.C.

Click here to register (includes 2 catered vegan meals and a copy of the new 2017 edition of A Global Security System: An Alternative to War). The venue seats 211, and we will close registrations when we need to.

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Just following the International Day of Peace, and in the tradition of No War 2016: Real Security Without Terrorism, and the best speech any U.S. president ever gave, this year’s conference will focus on activism, including activist planning workshops, addressing how the antiwar and environmental movements can work together.

We encourage and can help you to hold similar events in other locations, and this event will be livestreamed so that other events can watch it.

WHERE: American University Katzen Art Center
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
All events in the Recital Hall. Workshops on Sunday in the Recital Hall, and in Rooms 112, 115, 123, and 128.
How to get there.

Lodging and rides board.

WHEN:
Friday, Sept 22: 7-10 p.m.
Saturday, Sept 23: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, Sept 24: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

WHO: Terrific speakers are being lined up, including by reaching out to environmental organizations that have worked against militarism or are willing to do so. If you can recommend any such organizations, local, national, or global, please contact us. We’d like to get in touch with them and possibly invite them to participate.

Speakers will include: Gar Smith whose forthcoming book is The War and Environment Reader, and Max Blumenthal, Kevin Zeese, Kathy Kelly, Brian Terrell, Bruce Gagnon, Leah Bolger, Peter Kuznick, Ray McGovern, David Swanson, Dale Dewar, Nadine Bloch, Richard Tucker, Pat Elder, Mike Stagg, Natalia Cardona, Lindsay Koshgarian, Suzanne Cole, Eric Teller, a representative of Greenpeace, Robin Taubenfeld, Alice Day, Lincoln Day, Brian Trautman, a representative of Black Alliance for Peace.

WHAT:

[This agenda is a work in progress.]

Sept 22

7-8 p.m. Conference Opening Plenary: David Swanson, ________, _________.

8-10 p.m. our friends from the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence will present their annual award. Past recipients have included Coleen Rowley, Katharine Gun, Sibel Edmonds, Craig Murray, Sam Provance, Frank Grevil, Larry Wilkerson, Julian Assange, Thomas Drake, Jesselyn Radack, Thomas Fingar, Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, William Binney, and John Kiriakou.

Sept 23

9-10:15 a.m. Understanding the intersection of pro-environment and anti-war activism, with Richard Tucker, Gar Smith, and Dale Dewar.

10:30-11:45 a.m. Preventing domestic environmental damage of militarism, with Mike Stagg, Pat Elder, _________.

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. catered lunch by D.C. Vegan

1-2:15 p.m. Combining movements globally, with a Greenpeace representative, Robin Taubenfeld, and a representative of Black Alliance for Peace.

2:30-3:45 p.m. Financial tradeoffs, budgets, and conversion, with Lindsay Koshgarian, Natalia Cardona, and Bruce Gagnon.

4-5:15 p.m. Divestment from fossil fuels and weapons with Suzanne Cole, Eric Teller, __________.

5:15-6:45 dinner on your own
Here is a map showing restaurants and coffee shops (PDF).

6:45-7:30 Music by __________.

7:30-9:00 Screening of episode 7 of Untold History of the United States, followed by discussion with Peter Kuznick, Ray McGovern, and David Swanson.

Sept 24

9-10:15 a.m. Creative activism for the earth and peace, with Nadine Bloch, Bill Moyer, Brian Trautman.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Breakout workshop strategic planning sessions in Recital Hall, and in Rooms 112, 115, 123, and 128, and possibly outdoors.

12-1 p.m. catered lunch by D.C. Vegan

1-2 p.m. Reporting back and discussion in Recital Hall

2:15-3:30 p.m. Halting the environmental damage of distant U.S. wars, with Kathy Kelly, Brian Terrell, Max Blumenthal.

3:45-5:00 p.m. Building a Joint Peacenvironmentalist / Envirantiwar Movement, with Kevin Zeese, ______, _________.

5:00-6:30 p.m. dinner on your own
Here is a map showing restaurants and coffee shops (PDF).

6:30-7:15 Music by __________.

7:15-9:00 p.m. Film screening and discussion: Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War, with Alice Day and Lincoln Day.

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Hope to see you at the Democracy Convention

June 24, 2017

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Peace and Democracy Conference at the Democracy Convention, August 2-6, 2017, Minneapolis

Democracy Convention is a multi-issue convention seeking to build a more unified movement. World Beyond War is organizing the Peace and Democracy Conference portion of it, which will run along with 9 other conferences August 2-6, 2017.

Endorsed by Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers.
And Women Against Military Madness.

Register here.

This agenda is a work in progress:

August 2, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.: Do People Want Peace? The State of Public Opinion, the Peace Movement, and Governance.
Leah Bolger, Norman Solomon, Kathy Kelly.
Moderator: David Swanson

August 2, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.: Peace Media.
Maya Schenwar, Bob Koehler, Michael Albert.
Moderator: Mary Dean

August 3, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.: Peace Culture and Peace Celebrations: Outgrowing Nationalism, Materialism, Machismo, and Exceptionalism.
Suzanne Al-Kayali, Steve McKeown, Larry Johnson and student(s).
Moderator: Kathy Kelly

August 3, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.: The Case for War Abolition. Why We Can and Must End Our Greatest Crime.
David Swanson, Medea Benjamin.
Moderator: Pat Elder

August 3, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.: Replacing War Systems with Peace Systems.
Kent Shifferd, Tony Jenkins, Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, Marna Anderson.
Moderator: Tony Jenkins

August 3, 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.: Peacenvironmentalism. One movement, Indivisible.
George Martin, Kent Shifferd.
Moderator: Ellen Thomas

August 3, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.: Overcoming Racism, Militarism, and the Militarized Police
Monique Salhab, Jamani Montague, Nekima Levy-Pounds.
Moderator: Bob Fantina

August 3, 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.: Hole in the Ground, Dramatic Reading.
Tim “Brother Timothy” Frantzich.
Moderator: Coleen Rowley

August 4, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.: Divestment from Weapons Dealers.
David Smith, Tom Bottolene, Pepperwolf.
Moderator: Mary Dean

August 4, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.: Counter-Recruitment: Lack of Rights Within the U.S. Military
Pat Elder, Bob Fantina, Dick Foley.
Moderator: Leah Bolger

August 4, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.: Building Local Power for Peace.
Mary Dean, Betsy Barnum, Sam Koplinka-Loehr.
Moderator: David Swanson

August 4, 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.: Building Alliances Across Borders.
Ann Wright plus live Skype to Afghanistan, plus recorded videos from abroad.
Moderator: Pat Elder

August 4, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.: Nonviolence Training.
Trainers: Mary Dean, Kathy Kelly.

August 5, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., off-site: Flyering and talking about Frank Kellogg on Kellogg Blvd, and at nearby farmers’ market in St. Paul.

August 5, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.: Acting Through Local Governments.
Michael Lynn, Roxane Assaf, David Swanson.
Moderator: Tony Jenkins

August 5, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.: Ending the Nuclear Nightmare.
Marie Braun, Ellen Thomas, Bonnie Urfer.
Moderator: Bob Fantina

August 5, 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.: Peace Education.
Tony Jenkins, Karin Aguilar-San Juan, Amy C. Finnegan.
Moderator: Tony Jenkins

August 5, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.: Law vs. War and Global Governance Beyond Nations.
David Swanson, Ben Manski, _______.
Moderator: Leah Bolger

August 5, 6:00 p.m., off-site, Commemorative Tea Ceremony at Lyndale Park Peace Garden (4124 Roseway Road, Minneapolis 55419; across from the Rose Garden near Lake Harriet). A meditative beginning to the August atomic bombing commemoration events. The ceremony, led by Yukimakai Tea Study Group, involves the tea master and assistant brewing and serving special matcha green tea to two selected guests. It is a very quiet ceremony. Everyone sits on blankets or lawn chairs (bring your own). The ceremony itself lasts less than a half hour. We begin with meditative music, this year on the violin. The event is free and open to the public. It takes place near the Peace Garden Bridge at the same time that people in Hiroshima are gathering at their peace park.

August 6, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m., off site, Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration at Peace Garden at Lake Harriet (see above)This remembrance of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has taken place at the Peace Garden since 1985. It climaxes with a moment of silence at 8:15 a.m. when the Hiroshima bomb was dropped. It begins with singing, welcome, telling the story of Sadako and the 1000 cranes, Veterans for Peace ring bells, and guest speaker, David Swanson this year. Our theme this year is disarmament, building on the UN resolution. After the moment of silence, everyone receives a paper crane to put on a tree. This year we will also have a ‘haiku walk’ where people can walk from station to station and read haiku about war and peace. The program begins at the Spirit of Peace sculpture in the Peace Garden and proceeds to the Peace Garden Bridge. These events are sponsored by the Minneapolis St. Paul Hiroshima Nagasaki Commemoration Committee which offers these events to the community to encourage reflection on the past and hope for the future through action in the present. It calls for the total abolition of nuclear weapons throughout the world as one measure of ensuring a just and lasting peace. There is also a Nagasaki Commemoration event on August 8 in the evening in St. Paul.

August 6, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.: Drafting a Charter.
Moderators: Leah Bolger, Larry Johnson.

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Raising women’s voices for nuclear sanity

June 23, 2017

 
 
 
 
It’s time to tear down the old ways of thinking that for generations have led to devastating wars and dangerous arms races. We must make it clear to the Trump administration — which has increased funding for nuclear weapons by 11 percent while slashing healthcare, education and diplomacy — that it does not look or sound like, nor speak for, the whole of American society.

I hope you’ll consider giving what you can to help us elevate new voices to spread this message.

NEW VOICES FOR NUCLEAR SANITY

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I firmly believe that women are some of our most powerful messengers. Since its founding by disarmament activist Sally Lilienthal in 1981, Ploughshares Fund has recognized women’s significant contributions to peace and security. In recent years we’ve provided over half a million dollars annually to women and women-led initiatives working to rid the world of nuclear threats.

And I’m thrilled to say that starting this year we’re moving forward with a new effort to further amplify women’s voices — and draw out perspectives from a variety of backgrounds — to make our world safe from nuclear threats.

Last month, Ploughshares Fund convened more than 20 women leaders from both inside and outside the traditional arms control community — including leading peace activists, scientists, feminist thought leaders, indigenous leaders and academics — to help kick-start this new initiative.

Even though women have long been active in nuclear disarmament — from Women Strike for Peace who led a 50,000 woman-strong, 60-city march in 1961, to last week’s Women’s March to Ban the Bomb in New York — they have not always been supported or heard. As January’s Women’s March showed, our voices can be extraordinarily powerful in demanding the best of our leaders, and of our democracy.

So please, join us in making sure women’s voices are heard, and in changing the course of our future so that our children and grandchildren can live without the threat of nuclear weapons.

Thanks to one devoted donor deeply concerned about our future, all new and increased gifts will be matched — dollar for dollar — up to $125,000. Please consider a gift today.

Be assured, whatever you can donate will help make a real difference as we meet head-on the challenges before us. Together, I know we can achieve a more peaceful, secure and just world.

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Ban the Bomb, Spread the Abolition

June 19, 2017

The draft text of the new treaty to ban nuclear weapons was released last week.

Alice Slater writes about the topic here, and David Swanson speaks about it on video to TheRealNews.com here.
The final treaty negotiations open in two weeks at the United Nations in New York City.

A major march to ban the bomb is planned for June 17 in New York here.
World Beyond War is helping to plan marches in Chicago and other cities.

You can search for a march near you or create one anywhere in the world here.

Then tell your country’s government to help lead this effort, or at least follow — or otherwise get out of the way!

Banning nukes is a first key step toward ending war. Please share this email far and wide.

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World Beyond War Selfie Contest

World Beyond War is growing into a movement that can influence agendas. We have people signed on, committed to working to end war, in 153 countries.

Let’s show each other what we look like!

Let’s make a public and global statement.

Here’s how:

1. Take a photo of yourself holding up one of these signs (with the blank filled in — use a big, bold, dark marker).


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2. Take a photo of yourself holding up one of these signs (with the blank filled in) in front of a military base, a weapons company, a recruitment office, a department of war, a U.S. embassy, another nation’s embassy, a parliament, a royal palace, a bank or financial institution that invests in war, a local office of an elected official, or another piece of the war machine.


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Make up your own sign!

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We will publish a collection of the best photos and offer prizes (banners, shirts, books, etc.) to the winners.

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Nuclear Experimentation Year 72: Collectivism over Common Sense

May 11, 2017

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Fascism: “Any program for setting up a centralized autocratic national regime with severely nationalistic policies, exercising regimentation of industry, commerce, and finance, rigid censorship and forcible suppression of opposition.” ~ New Collegiate Dictionary, 1956.

With so many disastrous failures defining its history, the nuclear industry is little more than an experiment, conducted for the benefit of national regimes at the expense of free information, technological innovation, our health and environment, and all life on Earth. Despite the calls of its proponents, such nuclear experimentation and industrial institutionalization is a formation of fascism to the letter, and worse. It is comparable to no other that has ever been, and perhaps, to none that ever will be. It is biological oligarchical collectivism to the extreme, which threatens to turn out world into a netherworld dystopia.

Power and Defense
Nuclear experimentation is presented by the military industrial complex as a modality of self-defense and low-cost power generation. In actuality, however, nuclear experimentation provides the opposite.

Firstly, it removes the ability for all beings and nations to defend themselves. Although governments claim that the notion of Mutually Assured Destruction protects nuclear nations, in the case of all out war, it is an illusion to think that nuclear facilities (both power and military) are not going to be targets of war. They are military targets just waiting to happen, just as fossil power plants have been clear and effective targets in previous wars. The difference is, if a nuclear plant goes up in smoke, most everything and everyone in a hundred miles goes up with it. No-one wins a nuclear war, regardless who strikes first.

Further, it is impossible to “defend” oneself with weaponry so toxic and destructive that it permanently disrupts the very ground we ourselves walk on, poisoning the water we drink and the air we breathe. The industry is unable to properly manage nuclear waste or the contamination created by its nuclear power and weapons development programs (which are inherently entwined), other than to bury solid waste material in the ground, put up a warning sign and leave it for our children’s children to deal with– and that’s when the industry operates to plan. The National Academy of Sciences concluded over a decade ago that most of the sites on which the US government has built nuclear bombs will never be cleaned up enough to allow public access to the land.

Moreover, an analysis regarding the financial cost of nuclear energy shows that nuclear energy, touted as a “cheap” energy solution, is actually more expensive for consumers than other energy sources. U.S. states that use nuclear power to generate electricity pay an average 25 percent more for electricity than states that do not, because nuclear plants are more costly to build, operate and maintain than other forms of power, and are heavily dependent on taxpayer handouts to survive. Nuclear power experimentation is not only an unsustainable risk, it is also an unsustainable business model. Contrast this with nations like Denmark, which generates 140% of its electricity needs from clean wind power, and we see how unnecessary nuclear energy experimentation truly is.

With so many other genuinely-sustainable energy technologies in existence, and more being developed, the continuation of the nuclear experiment is an oligarchical madman’s dream — and a nightmare to the rest of us who are stuck with degraded and altered elements in our biosphere and our bodies. (For more, please see the article, “Oligarchical Collectivism: The Institutional “ism” That Threatens Our Very Biology”.)

Ultimately, nuclear experimentation continues to be about military armament and annihilation, just as it was when these programs were founded. As former-US government nuclear scientist Dr. Andreas Toupadakis explains in the article, “Cancer, Coverups and Contamination: The Real Cost of Nuclear Energy”:

“In the United States, it is the Department of Energy finances and manages the nation’s nuclear weapons programs. In reality the Department of Energy is basically the Department of Weapons. The nuclear weapons programs need nuclear materials to make the bombs. Who provides them? The Department of Energy does. The building of nuclear power plants in the U.S. began in 1943 to produce atomic bombs — it was not until 1957 that plants began to produce electricity, providing a continuous supply of plutonium to the nuclear weapons programs.” ~ Andreas Toupadakis, Ph.D

Now, only 72 years into a million year nuclear waste cycle, we are no closer to solving the problem of mounting nuclear waste and no closer to the promise (propaganda) of “too cheap to meter” power. What we are, however, is arming the military industrial complex with nuclear weaponry at an unprecedented rate, and moving ever-closer to the ultimate in oligarchical madness: nuclear war.

Oligarchy vs. Individualism
“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” ~ Albert Einstein

As is always the case, when oligarchies rule, imperialism is the goal. Monopolization is instituted, manipulation applied and powers unduly expanded — that is the defining nature of empire. The difference today is the deadly nuclear element. With nuclear experimentation so perilously dangerous to all life on earth, the energy sector so fraught with failures and coverups, the industry so geared toward weaponry, and the US government so determined to deploy them in its “humanitarian” war on the world, a little legitimate research inevitably brings us to one conclusion: it quickly spawns feelings of helplessness and inevitable doom, both literal and existential.

And yet, however common it may be, this conclusion is a premature one. When we understand that oligarchy and the systems that support it depend on our ongoing collective consent, those feelings of helplessness are surpassed by the realization that the only way to solve the problem of nuclear experimentation (and the broader problem of prioritizing imperial and commercial interests over humanitarian and spiritual ones) is for everyday folks to begin activating and formalizing the opposite of oligarchy — by uniting the brotherhood of humanity. In order to move beyond the fear, helplessness and idleness of the impending nuclear threat, we must unite to create Mutual Agreed Peace instead of Mutually Assured Destruction.

It begins with changing our war ways, which is complex, but possible. But more than that, it is now necessary — to our future and our survival. Until humanity unites as individuals instead of being divided as institutions, we will continue to fall victim to the oligarchical systems that are tailored to benefit those who already control them at the expense of all else — including our most basic common sense. And we will continue to be divided by the “us and them” mentality of war — the psychological glue holding this oligarchical war world together, which upholds a perception of threat and inhumanity in those we are consistently told are our enemies. (For more, please see the article “Your Government Needs You to Dehumanize Foreigners — It’s How They Justify Killing Them”.)

To create peace, we must acknowledge that there is only “us”, and there is no “them”. And I don’t just mean this in terms of the inherent brotherhood of humanity, I mean it in practical terms too. It is no secret that during The Cold War, the USA and the USSR worked together on various high level military engineering and space technology programs. This fact alone confirms that, at least in part war, The Cold War and the threat of Mutual Assured Destruction it heralded was created by mutual design, by “opposing sides” collaborating on technological programs — all seemingly part of a greater war on human consciousness which, to this day, serves to maintain the oligarchical power structure on two major sides of modern geopolitical conflict.

Despite the rhetoric of the oligarchies, the way to global peace is not paved with war. Such thinking is designed only to protect institutions and to rally and collectivize a society’s thinking. The war mentality encourages separation and dependence on institutions, peace encourages respect for our interconnection and common humanity. To create true peace, human rights, free thinking and the co-operation of individuals must become the order of the day for each of us. We need to open our hearts and minds to individuals — to each other — and close our minds to institutions.

We must question and confront the energy systems and social structures where the deck is clearly stacked against us. We must acknowledge that any political “leader” threatening and espousing war stands on the side of oligarchical institutions, not humanity, and therefore poses a threat to humanity regardless of which “side” they’re on. We must deconstruct the mechanisms of propaganda (such as mainstream news) that work to perpetuate the psychology of war within us on behalf of those institutions. We must give peace all our energy, both politically and personally, and, through the power of our will and the weight of our numbers, remove from government any individual who mandates war.

For further exploration of peaceful solutions to this problem, please see the insightful article “Unifying The Global Peace Movement — Challenges and Solutions”.

In closing
Initiating change is actually quite easy for individuals, it is the fear of change we find most difficult. But, in order to truly develop the collective consciousness of humanity, we have to unite and surpass our fears and the manipulations of our adversaries — those institutions of the military industrial complex that keep us thinking and feeling adversarial and disempowered, perpetuate the war mentality, and hinder our path toward genuinely sustainable development.

Below is a brief list of contrasting points of divergence, which illustrates some of the ways our society has been steered toward oligarchical thinking and structures, rather than toward options that would benefit all individuals. They also illustrate the potential ease of change, highlighting areas where one system or option can easily be substituted for another.

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Block War Funding

May 4, 2017

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War making and war funding are out of control.

It’s time for a new initiative to reverse the madness.

Please click here to join with World Beyond War, RootsAction.org, United for Peace and Justice, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, Watchdog.net, and Progressive Democrats of America in telling Congress the following:

We call on you to help our country turn away from what Martin Luther King Jr. called “the madness of militarism.” As a vital step, we urge you to enact legislation to block the use of any U.S. taxpayer funds for continuing warfare, directly or by proxy, in Syria. We further implore you to strive for better relations with Russia instead of fueling the current conflicts that could lead to nuclear annihilation of us all. While defunding endless and disastrous wars as well as cutting wasteful military expenditures, you can provide funds for urgent human and environmental needs.

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Tell Trump: No War on North Korea

April 26, 2017

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Donald Trump claims he has no choice but to threaten North Korea with war — a war that would prove disastrous for multiple countries, if not the entire world.

In reality, from all appearances, Trump has no clue as to the choices available or the history at work.

From everywhere in the world, please click here to help educate him — or at least the U.S. media and some of those around him.

The fact that North Korea is a horrific dictatorship does not change the reality that threatening to attack that nuclear-armed country is an extremely reckless policy that gravely risks setting off a cataclysmic catastrophe.

North Korea has repeatedly offered to abandon its nuclear weapons program if the United States and South Korea would stop flying over North Korea practicing to bomb it as well as engaging in other explicitly threatening military exercises nearby.

North Korea has shown interest in developing a peace treaty with the South to finally end the Korean War.

North Korea adhered to an agreement to halt its nuclear weapons program right up until George W. Bush labeled it a member of an axis of evil and viciously attacked one of the other designated members, Iraq.

A lot of such information is unfamiliar to many people. The “Background” links below provide a bit of that information.

Let’s remind Trump and the U.S. media of this context, and of the options it opens up.

When Trump says he’s sending ships to North Korea, people in North Korea with historical knowledge will remember the devastating bombing inflicted on the country by the United States nearly 70 years ago. The U.S. bombed dams, bridges, and villages. It dropped huge quantities of napalm. It dropped insects and feathers infected with anthrax, cholera, encephalitis, and bubonic plague.

The United States has never relinquished wartime command of the South Korean military, and it has been building big new bases in South Korea opposed by serious popular protests. The U.S. is building what it calls a missile defense system in South Korea that North Korea and China consider offensive and part of an offensive first-strike policy. The people of South Korea have been protesting it in huge numbers.

Click here to tell Trump some of the damaging policies that he has the option of halting.

Legally, when North Korea tests missiles it breaks no laws. The United States tests missiles all the time. But when the United States threatens war it commits a grave violation of the law as well as risks getting us all killed.

Let’s chart a different course before it is too late.

After signing the petition, please use the tools on the next webpage to share it with your friends.

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If you are in the United States, you should also phone your two senators today at 1-202-224-3121.

Background:
> Bruce Cumings, The Nation, “Korean War Games”
> Dave Chaddock: “This Must Be the Place: How the U.S. Waged Germ Warfare in the Korean War and Denied It Ever Since”
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Alarming situation in Japan

April 26, 2017

 
 
 
Dear Friends,
 
I am sending you the letter of Professor Ernst von Weizsaecker addressed to the Japanese Ambassador to Germany,Mr. Takeshi Yagi.
Professor von Weizsaecker expresses his deepest indignation about the use of Adolf Hitler’s autobiography “Mein Kampf”  as teaching material in schools.
He points out that the implementation of Hitler’s intentions has led Europe and a big part of the world into the most horrendous catastrophe of the 20th century. He is afraid that the Japanese constitution based on peace between nations would be violated by the new step and ask Ambassador Tagi to do his best to reverse it.
I am convinced that Professor Weizsaecker’s message will be fully understood and supported globally.
It will certainly have an impact on the future of Japan.
 
Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland
 
 

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From: Ernst von Weizsaecker
Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 11:55 PM
To: ‘mitsu’
Subject: AW: Alarming situation in Japan
 
 
Dear Ambassador Murata,
 
Here is my letter to the Japanese Ambassador to Germany. He speaks German well, – so I wrote it in German.
 
Best regards
 
Ernst Weizsäcker
 
Von: Ernst von Weizsaecker [mailto:ernst@weizsaecker.de]
Gesendet: Freitag, 21. April 2017 11:10
An: ‘mitsu’
Betreff: AW: Alarming situation in Japan
 
Thanks very much for informing me. I’ll write a letter of protest to the Japanese Embassy against the use of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”.
 
Ernst von Weizsäcker

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Von: mitsu [mailto:mm.murata@jcom.zaq.ne.jp]
Gesendet: Freitag, 21. April 2017 09:35
An: mitsu
Betreff: Alarming situation in Japan
 
Dear Friends,
 
Conscientious Japanese do not forget the goal described in the Constitution “We desire to occupy an honored place in an international society striving for the preservation of peace.” They are required to stay particularly vigilant to any departure from it,under present circumstances.
 
The Japanese Government has decided to tolerate the use of Adolf Hitler’s autobiography “Mein Kampf” (“My Struggle”) as teaching material in schools. It is known that this book advocates fascism, racism and extremism.
 
Earlier, the Government announced its intention to allow equally the use of the Imperial Rescript on Education of 1890.
 
It has stunned the majority of the Japanese and, to a greater degree, the international community, because it reveals undeniably the move of returning to the prewar militarism.
 
On April 18, Chinese Foreign Ministry official’s reaction was reported as expected. It is to the effect that fascism and militarism “must be held thoroughly accountable and eradicated” and that Japan must educate its young people with “the right view of history”.
 
Something seems to be wrong in Japan.
The credibility of the party in power is seriously being damaged by successive scandals in addition to the Moritomo school problem and newly surfacing Kakei school affair, concerning the transfer of national land and the supply of  huge grant-in-aid.
 
Mr.Toshinao Nakagawa has tendered his resignation as Parliamentary vice minister of Economy, Trade and Industry for having had an extramarital affair. We are reminded of recent verbal gaffs by a number of ministers and the presence in the Cabinet of certain incompetent ministers.
 
A few days ago, a commentator of the Television Asahi expressed his astonishment about the unprecedented resolution of the commission to enable the presence of a director-general of the Ministry of Justice in order to assist the Minister of Justice.Opposition parties are severely criticizing the autocratic
manegement of the parliamentary deliberations.
 
It is noteworthy that Chaiman Natsuo Yamaguchi of Komeito, the coalition partner of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party could not refrain from stating
in his recent public speech made a few days ago that the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is “strikingly lacking in a sense of alertness.”
To complicate the situation,the President of the organizing Committee,Yoshiro Mori,has written a book commented in the attached Japanese article.
It seems to be a fierse attack against Governor Koike. President Mori is” fighting against two fears,one is cancer and the other is the blade of Governor Koike”.This will invite a discussion on the “under control”assertion. I have sent to Governor Koike the attached message to reiterate my conviction that the retreat from the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 would mark the beginning of  a new age awaited by the majority of the Japanese.
 
Please allow mw to count on your undersanding and support.
 
Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland
 
 

Be at the People’s Climate March

April 21, 2017

David Swanson via WarIsACrime.org david@davidswanson.org via sg.actionnetwork.org
11:27 AM (11 hours ago)

On Saturday, April 29, in Washington, D.C., please join the peace contingent of the People’s Climate March.

As you know, we worked hard to get peace included in this march. Ending war is now part of the central message, and we have a peace rally and march planned.

We will join with other marches for a unified march and rally at the end.

To be part of the peace rally, be at 3rd Street south of Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, before 11 a.m. for our 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. rally before marching.

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April 19, 2017

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EVENTS

Find a huge list of events here.

Some selected highlights:

Apr 18 – Chicago, IL – Pay No War Tax Demonstration

Apr 20 – Chicago, IL – World Beyond War Chicago Chapter Meeting

If you go to a science march, bring the Seville Statement on Violence.

April 22 – National & Local & Global Marches for Science on Earth Day 2017

April 22 – Awesome all-day conference on ending war, in beautiful Burlington, Vermont. Key speakers: David Swanson and Pat Hynes. Register.
Apr 23 – St. Louis, MO – “Let’s End the Whole Nuclear Era!”

Apr 23-29 – Ground the Drones: Shut Down Creech Air Force Base 2017

Apr 25 – Columbia, MO – “Let’s End the Whole Nuclear Era”

Apr 29 – Washington, DC and Everywhere: A People’s Climate March for Peace: As you know, we worked hard to get peace included in this march. Ending war is now part of the central message, and we have a peace rally and march planned. We will join with other marches for a unified march and rally at the end. To be part of the peace rally, be at 3rd Street south of Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, before 11 a.m. for our 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. rally before marching. Learn more, get involved, print flyers.
May 1 – Vienna, Austria – Abolition 2000 Annual General Meeting, 2017

May 2 – Madison, WI – “Let’s End the Whole Nuclear Era!”

May 4 – Milwaukee, WI – “Let’s End the Whole Nuclear Era”

May 4-6 – Guantanano, Cuba – Program for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases

May 6 – Minneapolis, MN – “Let’s End the Whole Nuclear Era”

May 10 – Chicago, IL – “Let’s End the Whole Nuclear Era”

May 18 – Pittsburgh, PA – “Let’s End the Whole Nuclear Era”

May 21-26 – Belgium: Call for international actions against the NATO Summit

May 21-26 – Lagos, Nigeria – Satyagraha Institute Gandhian nonviolence training

May 24-25 – Brussels, Belgium – Protests against NATO at NATO Summit 2017

May 25 – San Francisco, CA – Remembering Past Wars . . . and Preventing the Next. Speakers include: Jackie Cabasso, Daniel Ellsberg, David Hartsough, and Adam Hochschild.

May 29 – Washington, DC – 2017 Memorial Day Event – Letters to The Wall

Jun 9-10 – London, UK – Peace History Conference 2017

Jun 16-18 – United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) annual conference in Richmond, Va.

Jun 17 – New York – Women’s March to Ban the Bomb

Jul 8 – Hamburg, Germany – Major demonstration against the G20 summit in Hamburg!

Jul 8 – Tiperary, Ireland – A Day of Peace: A World Beyond War (TBC)

Jul 27-30 – Chicago, IL – WILPF US 33rd Triennial Congress 2017 in Chicago

Jul 31-Aug 6 – Germany – War Starts Here, Let’s Stop It Here

Aug 2-6: Minneapolis, MN – Democracy Convention, including Peace and Democracy Conference organized by World Beyond War — Register Now for the biggest gathering of antiwar organizers and strategists, joining with other movements to create a stronger coalition.

Aug 3-9 – Hiroshima & Nagasaki, Japan – 2017 World Conference against A and H Bombs

Aug 9-13 – Chicago, IL – Veterans For Peace Convention – “Education Not Militarization.”

Aug 27-Sept 2 – Innsbruck, Austria: International Institute on Peace Education: Aesthetic Peaces

Sep 3-10 – Germany – Stop Ramstein Peace Camp and human chain

October 6-8 in Washington, D.C. — No War 2017 annual World Beyond War conference and action. Details to come. Put it on your calendar now!

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