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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

World Beyond War via WorldBeyondWar.org info@worldbeyondwar.org via sg.actionnetwork.org
8:36 AM (4 hours ago)

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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Background:
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Tell Trump: No War on North Korea

April 26, 2017

World Beyond War via WorldBeyondWar.org info@worldbeyondwar.org via sg.actionnetwork.org
8:38 AM (5 hours ago)

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.

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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”
> John DeLury, The Washington Post: “Instead of Threatening North Korea, Trump Should Try This”

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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

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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.

Learn more, get involved, print flyers:
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How war threatens the natural environment:
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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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Upcoming Events to Change the World

April 19, 2017

World Beyond War via WorldBeyondWar.org info@worldbeyondwar.org via sg.actionnetwork.org
9:28 AM (13 hours ago)

Let us know about any event you’re planning. We’ll list it on our events page, and in the calendar on the right side of our website. And we’ll email everyone on our list who lives in your area asking them to attend.

Here are resources with which to create an event. And here’s a calendar of important peace holidays.

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!
Let us know about any event you’re planning.

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April 12, 2017

While Congress is home, tell them no more war
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The U.S. Congress, House and Senate, are out of session. But don’t breathe a sigh of relief. The destruction rolls on without them. And now, while Congress Members and Senators are in their districts and states until April 23rd, is the time to challenge them to do better.

It was this kind of in-person pressure that was key to preventing a massive bombing of Syria in 2013, and that has been central to improving policy on numerous issues.
The issue before us now is a budget proposal that moves another $54 billion from everything good to the military and more wars — plus the growing list of those wars.

Sign and print out this petition:
https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/un-trump-the-budget
Find events that your misrepresentatives have already shceduled, and attend:
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Create your own event, invite your rep and senators. Ask us to help.

Get commitments to de-fund the wars and to move the money out of militarism.

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Our online course has started. It’s not too late to register, join in, and not miss the first week.
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April 5, 2017

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Our environmental and human needs are desperate and urgent. We need to transform our economy, our politics, our policies and our priorities to reflect that reality. That means reversing the flow of our tax dollars, away from war and militarism, and towards funding human and environmental needs, and demanding support for that reversal from all our political leaders at the local, state and national levels.

We and the movements we are part of face multiple crises. Military and climate wars are destroying lives and environments, threatening the planet and creating enormous flows of desperate refugees. Violent racism, Islamophobia, misogyny, homophobia and other hatreds are rising, encouraged by the most powerful voices in Washington DC.

President Trump plans to strip $54 billion from human and environmental spending so as to increase already massive spending on the military. The plan raises Pentagon spending to well over 60 cents of every discretionary dollar in the U.S. budget — even as Trump himself admits that enormous military spending has left the Middle East “far worse than it was 16, 17 years ago.” The wars have not made any of us safer.

Washington’s militarized foreign policy comes home as domestic law enforcement agencies acquire military equipment and training from the Pentagon and from military allies abroad. Impoverished communities of color see and face the power of this equipment regularly, in the on-going domestic wars on drugs and immigrants. This military-grade equipment is distributed and used by many of the same private companies that profit from mass incarceration and mass deportation.

Using just a fraction of the proposed military budget, the US could provide free, top-quality, culturally competent and equitable education from pre-school through college and ensure affordable comprehensive healthcare for all. We could provide wrap-around services for survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence; replace mass incarceration with mass employment, assure clean energy and water for all residents and link our cities by new fast trains. We could double non-military U.S. foreign aid, wipe out hunger worldwide. The list of possibilities is long.

Instead, the Trump administration plans to take much of their $54 billion gift for the Pentagon from the budgets of the Environmental Protection Agency (even threatening to shut down its already under-funded environmental justice office), the Department of Health and Human Services (slashing family planning and anti-violence-against-women programs), from the State Department (thus privileging war over diplomacy), and foreign aid (so that the wealthiest country in human history turns its back on the world’s most desperate).

Among those most desperate are the 24 million refugees who have been forced out of their homes and countries, more than at any time since World War II. Instead of cruel Muslim bans and cuts to the already meager number of refugees allowed into the U.S., we should be welcoming far more. Alleviating the refugee crisis also means working to end, rather than escalate, the wars that create refugees, and supporting human rights defenders in their home communities. That means more diplomacy and foreign aid, not more military spending.

With its hundreds of billions of un-audited dollars, the military remains the greatest consumer of petroleum in the United States, and one of the world’s worst polluters. The US needs new green, sustainable jobs across our economy targeted to people facing the highest rates of unemployment and low wages. Military spending results in an economic drain. Clean energy production creates 50% more jobs than the same investment in military spending.

The U.S. military also serves as a security force protecting the extraction and transport of fossil fuels domestically and from the Middle East and other parts of the world. U.S. military force thus enables the continued assault on the planet and some of its most impoverished inhabitants by ensuring the supply of cheap fossil fuels, all while subsidizing some of the largest corporations in the world.

A December 2014 Gallup poll showed people in 65 nations considered the United States far and away the largest threat to peace in the world. If the United States was known for providing clean drinking water, schools, medicine, and solar panels to others, instead of attacking and invading other countries, we would be far more secure and face far less global hostility.

We can do this. Reverse the flow. No walls, No War, No Warming!

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Updates, successes, and events

March 21, 2017

David Swanson via WarIsACrime.org david@davidswanson.org via sg.actionnetwork.org
2:58 PM (1 hour ago)

Hi everybody,

We got my city council here in Charlottesville, Va., to pass a resolution last night telling Congress to move money from the military to human and environmental needs instead of the reverse. Try this at home! Let me know if you need help!

I’ve signed on for a trip to Russia in May to meet with activists, authors, others in Moscow. But of course it’s going to cost more than I’d been told, and I’m flat broke. If you can help, please donate. Thank you to those who already have!

I’m also headed to speak in these places:
March 23 Charlottesville VA – Syria, Yemen, and U.S. Warmaking

April 3 New York – Remembering Past Wars . . . and Preventing the Next

Apr 4 Washington DC – Remembering Past Wars . . . and Preventing the Next

April 8: Huntsville, Alabama: 25th Annual Space Organizing Conference & Protest

April 13: David Swanson speaking in Boston, Mass.

April 22: David Swanson speaking in Burlington, Vermont

June 16-18: David Swanson and many others speaking at United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) annual conference in Richmond, Va.

August 2-6: Peace and Democracy Conference at Democracy Convention in Minneapolis, Minn.

Find more events here.

Also I’m one of the instructors in an online course you may want to sign up for:

Before April 10: Sign up for Online Course: War Abolition 101

Here’s some recent writing, etc.:

City of Charlottesville Passes Resolution Asking Congress to Fund Human and Environmental Needs, Not Military Expansion

Trump’s Budget Counts on Us to Be Dumber Than He

Mike Signer: Profile in Cowardice

Russia Conspiracists Claim to Possess Reality

Talk Nation Radio: William Geimer on Why Canada Should Stay Out of Other People’s Wars

Jimmy Breslin on How to Impeach Trump

Listen to Black Agenda Report Radio

Help “The End of War” Win

City to Vote on Resolution Opposing Trump’s Budget

The Problem With the CIA and Drones

Talk Nation Radio: Ellen Schrecker on McCarthyism Then and Now

The People’s Tribunal on the Iraq War, Day Two: David Swanson

Deep state & MSM hysteria

Charlottesville to vote on resolution urging Congress to fund human and environmental needs, not more militarism

Is Advocating Humane Policies Inhumane?

Talk Nation Radio: Tressie McMillan Cottom on For-Profit Colleges and the Society That Produces Them

I confess to meeting with the Russian ambassador in Charlottesville

Audio from Event in Arlington in January

Audio: From Canadian Radio

Our Causes Are Connected, Our Movements Should Be Too

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