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Upcoming events all over the world are listed here.

June 19, 2017

A few highlights:

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

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

Jun 17 – Chicago, IL – Women’s Demonstration to Ban the Bomb

Aug 2-6: Minneapolis, MN – Democracy Convention, including Peace and Democracy Conference organized by World Beyond War

NEW: Sep 22-24 NO WAR 2017 at American University in Washington, D.C. Put it on your calendar now. The focus of this yet-to-be-named conference and action will be on activism and bringing together the peace and environmental movements.

Let us know about any event you’re planning. Resources with which to create an event are here.

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We Need Your Help for a Travel Fund

We’ve scraped together the funds to hire a fulltime organizer and halftime education coordinator, as well as a halftime director. We have a fantastic speakers’ bureau.
We have new chapters and potential chapters, affiliates, and friends that need our organizer to come help them in person, and she’s willing to do it.

We have people who would like our speakers to come speak, and they’re willing to do it.

We have other speakers we’d like to bring to our conference in September, and they’re willing to come.

What we need is a travel fund to cover low-cost transportation. We can always find free lodging and otherwise get by. But we need a transportation budget.

Can you help? A lot or a little? Click here.

The more we raise, the more we can do. We won’t waste a dime.

And we’ll come help YOU organize if we possibly can and you invite us.

Click here.

THANK YOU!

U.S. Conference of Mayors to Vote on Our Resolution

June 19, 2017

U.S. Conference of Mayors to Vote on Our Resolution to Support Moving Money from the Military to Human and Environmental Needs
New Haven, CT, Charlottesville, VA, Montgomery County, MD, Evanston, IL (see page 14 of linked document), New London, NH, and Ithaca, NY, have passed resolutions opposing the Trump budget’s moving of money from everything else to the military, urging that money be moved in the opposite direction.

Those passed by Ithaca and New Haven will be voted on by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Ask your mayor to contact the U.S. Conference of Mayors now to endorse resolutions #59 and #60.

Your town or city or county can also go ahead and pass its own. For more tips and sample materials from Ithaca, NY, click here.

You can also watch/listen to this webinar done with Code Pink and U.S. Peace Council.

Steps you can take:

Contact mary@worldbeyondwar.org to ask for help
Form a coalition of local groups concerned about the cuts, the military increase, or both
Find out how to speak publicly at local government meetings and how to submit a proposal or get one on the agenda for a vote; or ask council members/ aldermen / supervisors to sponsor it.
Collect organizations’ or prominent people’s or lots of people’s names on a petition
Hold rallies, press conferences
Write op-eds, letters, go on radio, tv
Use http://costofwar.com to calculate local trade-offs
Make use of this petition signed by many prominent people and over 20,000 people total
Revise the draft below:
Resolution Proposed for __________, ___

Whereas President Trump has proposed to move $54 billion from human and environmental spending at home and abroad to military spending[i], bringing military spending to well over 60% of federal discretionary spending[ii],

Whereas polling has found the U.S. public to favor a $41 billion reduction in military spending, a $94 billion gap away from President Trump’s proposal,

Whereas part of helping alleviate the refugee crisis should be ending, not escalating, wars that create refugees[iii],

Whereas President Trump himself admits that the enormous military spending of the past 16 years has been disastrous and made us less safe, not safer[iv],

Whereas fractions of the proposed military budget could provide free, top-quality education from pre-school through college[v], end hunger and starvation on earth[vi], convert the U.S. to clean energy[vii], provide clean drinking water everywhere it’s needed on the planet[viii], build fast trains between all major U.S. cities[ix], and double non-military U.S. foreign aid rather than cutting it[x],

Whereas even 121 retired U.S. generals have written a letter opposing cutting foreign aid[xi],

Whereas a December 2014 Gallup poll of 65 nations found that the United States was far and away the country considered the largest threat to peace in the world[xii],

Whereas a United States responsible for providing clean drinking water, schools, medicine, and solar panels to others would be more secure and face far less hostility around the world,

Whereas our environmental and human needs are desperate and urgent,

Whereas the military is itself the greatest consumer of petroleum we have[xiii],

Whereas economists at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst have documented that military spending is an economic drain rather than a jobs program[xiv],

Be it therefore resolved that the ____________ of ___________, ________, urges the United States Congress to move our tax dollars in exactly the opposite direction proposed by the President, from militarism to human and environmental needs.

[i] “Trump to Seek $54 Billion Increase in Military Spending,” The New York Times, February 27, 2017, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/27/us/politics/trump-budget-military.html?_r=0

[ii] This does not include another 6% for the discretionary portion of veterans’ care. For a breakdown of discretionary spending in the 2015 budget from the National Priorities Project, see https://www.nationalpriorities.org/campaigns/military-spending-united-states

[iii] “43 Million People Kicked Out of Their Homes,” World Beyond War, http://worldbeyondwar.org/43-million-people-kicked-homes / “Europe’s Refugee Crisis Was Made in America,” The Nation, https://www.thenation.com/article/europes-refugee-crisis-was-made-in-america

[iv] On February 27, 2017, Trump said, “Almost 17 years of fighting in the Middle East . . . $6 trillion we’ve spent in the Middle East . . . and we’re nowhere, actually if you think about it we’re less than nowhere, the Middle East is far worse than it was 16, 17 years ago, there’s not even a contest . . . we have a hornet’s nest . . . .” http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/02/27/trump_we_spent_6_trillion_in_middle_east_and_we_are_less_than_nowhere_far_worse_than_16_years_ago.html

[v] “Free College: We Can Afford It,” The Washington Post, May 1, 2012, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/free-college-we-can-afford-it/2012/05/01/gIQAeFeltT_story.html?utm_term=.9cc6fea3d693

[vi] “The World Only Needs 30 Billion Dollars a Year to Eradicate the Scourge of Hunger,” Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2008/1000853/index.html

[vii] “Clean Energy Transition Is A $25 Trillion Free Lunch,” Clean Technica, https://cleantechnica.com/2015/11/03/clean-energy-transition-is-a-25-trillion-free-lunch / See also: http://www.solutionaryrail.org

[viii] “Clean Water for a Healthy World,” UN Environment Program, http://www.unwater.org/wwd10/downloads/WWD2010_LOWRES_BROCHURE_EN.pdf

[ix] “Cost of High Speed Rail in China One Third Lower than in Other Countries,” The World Bank, http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2014/07/10/cost-of-high-speed-rail-in-china-one-third-lower-than-in-other-countries

[x] Non-military U.S. foreign aid is approximately $25 billion, meaning that President Trump would need to cut it by over 200% to find the $54 billion he proposes to add to military spending

[xi] Letter to Congressional leaders, February 27, 2017, http://www.usglc.org/downloads/2017/02/FY18_International_Affairs_Budget_House_Senate.pdf

[xii] See http://www.wingia.com/en/services/about_the_end_of_year_survey/global_results/7/33

[xiii] “Fight Climate Change, Not Wars,” Naomi Klein, http://www.naomiklein.org/articles/2009/12/fight-climate-change-not-wars

[xiv] “The U.S. Employment Effects of Military and Domestic Spending Priorities: 2011 Update,” Political Economy Research Institute, https://www.peri.umass.edu/publication/item/449-the-u-s-employment-effects-of-military-and-domestic-spending-priorities-2011-update

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10. Be prepared for the argument that a national issue is not your locality’s business:

The most common objection to local resolutions on national topics is that it is not a proper role for a locality. This objection is easily refuted. Passing such a resolution is a moment’s work that costs a locality no resources.

Americans are supposed to be directly represented in Congress. Their local and state governments are also supposed to represent them to Congress. A representative in Congress represents over 650,000 people — an impossible task.Most city council members in the United States take an oath of office promising to support the U.S. Constitution. Representing their constituents to higher levels of government is part of how they do that.

Cities and towns routinely and properly send petitions to Congress for all kinds of requests. This is allowed under Clause 3, Rule XII, Section 819, of the Rules of the House of Representatives. This clause is routinely used to accept petitions from cities, and memorials from states, all across America. The same is established in the Jefferson Manual, the rule book for the House originally written by Thomas Jefferson for the Senate.

In 1798, the Virginia State Legislature passed a resolution using the words of Thomas Jefferson condemning federal policies penalizing France.

In 1967 a court in California ruled (Farley v. Healey , 67 Cal.2d 325) in favor of citizens’ right to place a referendum on the ballot opposing the Vietnam War, ruling: “As representatives of local communities, board of supervisors and city councils have traditionally made declarations of policy on matters of concern to the community whether or not they had power to effectuate such declarations by binding legislation. Indeed, one of the purposes of local government is to represent its citizens before the Congress, the Legislature, and administrative agencies in matters over which the local government has no power. Even in matters of foreign policy it is not uncommon for local legislative bodies to make their positions known.”

Abolitionists passed local resolutions against U.S. policies on slavery. The anti-apartheid movement did the same, as did the nuclear freeze movement, the movement against the PATRIOT Act, the movement in favor of the Kyoto Protocol (which includes at least 740 cities), etc. Our democratic republic has a rich tradition of municipal action on national and international issues.

Karen Dolan of Cities for Peace writes: “A prime example of how direct citizen participation through municipal governments has affected both U.S. and world policy is the example of the local divestment campaigns opposing both Apartheid in South Africa and, effectively, the Reagan foreign policy of “constructive engagement” with South Africa. As internal and global pressure was destabilizing the Apartheid government of South Africa, the municipal divestment campaigns in the United States ramped up pressure and helped to push to victory the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986. This extraordinary accomplishment was achieved despite a Reagan veto and while the Senate was in Republican hands. The pressure felt by national lawmakers from the 14 U.S. states and close to 100 U.S. cities that had divested from South Africa made the critical difference. Within three weeks of the veto override, IBM and General Motors also announced they were withdrawing from South Africa.”

11. Remember that Trump has not proposed a smaller or larger budget. When people only oppose the “cuts,” as the cities of Pittsburgh and Ann Arbor have done, others will reflexively argue against “big government.” But that whole tired debate has nothing to do with Trump’s budget proposal, which is for the same sized budget as last year — except with $54 billion moved from everything else to the military. So you have to oppose the military increase as well as the cuts to everything else, if you want anyone to understand what’s going on — and if we hope to stop it.

12. Use this action to form a new World Beyond War chapter.

What residents said to the City Council in Charlottesville, Va.: VIDEO.

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Help Ban the Bomb!

June 19, 2017

CALL ON YOUR GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT THE HISTORIC NEGOTIATIONS TO BAN THE BOMB!

The breakthrough global initiative to negotiate a treaty to ban nuclear weapons just as the world has done for chemical and biological weapons will resume negotiations at the UN in New York on June 15. By July 7, the final day of the negotiations, we expect governments to adopt a historic treaty.

Call on your government to join the negotiations:

Is your government participating in the ban treaty negotiations? So far, over 130 governments are attending- is yours one of them? See
http://www.icanw.org/campaign-news/negotiations/

If not, there is still time to encourage your government to join. Send a message to your Foreign Minister encouraging them to join. Ask your parliamentarians to raise this in parliament. Contact the media.

Support a strong treaty

A draft of the treaty, the Convention to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, was released on May 22 by Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gómez, President of the negotiating conference. The draft treaty is a good basis for negotiations to continue and includes prohibitions on the use, possession, development, manufacture, deployment, stockpiling and testing of nuclear weapons. It also includes a prohibition on assisting, encouraging or inducing anyone to engage in such activities. It includes the provision of assistance to those affected by nuclear detonations, and recognizes ‘the disproportionate impact of ionizing radiation on maternal health and on girls.’ And it recognizes the role of civil society, including the Hibakusha, survivors of the catastrophic atomic bombing in Japan, in building public conscience for a nuclear-weapon-free world.

However, as negotiations continue, governments and organizations will make suggestions for strengthening the language to achieve the best treaty possible. A range of suggestions have been put forward and many organizations will hold side events during the talks. The negotiations are also scheduled to be webcast, so you can follow from home if you’re not in New York (also with translation into the UN languages). For the latest information, check this real-time blog of the negotiations (and the lead up to them). You can also follow the negotiations on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #nuclearban.

For background information, see It’s Time to Ban the Bomb,
http://worldbeyondwar.org/time-ban-bomb-2/

See also, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, http://www.icanw.org for general campaign information.

And join or create a march!

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

Jun 17 – Chicago IL – Women’s Demonstration to Ban the Bomb! – Chicago

Find or create a new march anywhere:
https://womenbanthebomb.org/solidarity-events-around-world
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TV: Huge number of sea creatures washing up dead along West Coast

June 16, 2017

Latest Headlines from ENENews

TV: Huge number of sea creatures washing up dead along West Coast — “It’s a crisis all along Southern California… large numbers getting sick and dying” (VIDEO)
Posted: 13 Jun 2017 06:53 AM PDT

Alarming mass die-off on California beaches

June 1, 2017

Latest Headlines from ENENews

Alarming mass die-off on California beaches — “Extremely high” number of sick and dead animals — Seabirds, sea lions, dolphins affected — Experts: Never seen this many sick birds — “How many have to die before somebody cares?” (VIDEOS)
Posted: 31 May 2017 08:44 AM PDT

Stop U.S. Selling Weapons to Saudi Arabia

May 27, 2017

World Beyond War via WorldBeyondWar.org info@worldbeyondwar.org via sg.actionnetwork.org
7:56 AM

SIGN THE PETITION
Millions of people in Yemen are on the edge of starvation. Cholera is spreading. Bitter and violent resentment of those responsible: the Saudi and U.S. governments, is boiling up. Yet Donald Trump proposes to go right on selling Saudi Arabia the weapons with which to continue the war that has created and is maintaining the crisis.

Yes, the United States is slaughtering civilians by the thousands in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, and there is something ridiculously hypocritical about professing standards that prevent selling weapons to a government that uses them to kill civilians. No, there is no proper moral way to conduct the campaigns of mass-murder known as wars so that worthy recipients of war weapons can be distinguished from Saudi Arabia and other unworthy ones. But when we have a chance to alleviate great suffering, we must act on it immediately.

We have that chance. After May 26, U.S. Congress Members and Senators will be home for a week, where they should hear from their constituents in person. In June they will have to vote one way or the other on whether to go on selling war weapons to Saudi Arabia. We will deliver this petition to them.

Please sign it.

Please also, if you are from the U.S., phone your Representative and your two Senators at 1-(202) 224-3121.

Get informed:

> Patrick Hiller: The $110 Billion Myth of Supporting Saudi Arabia’s Defense Needs
> Senate Joint Resolution
> House Joint Resolution
> The Hill: Senate Gears Up for Fight on Trump’s $110B Saudi Arabia Arms Sale
> HuffPost: The $110 Billion Arms Deal Trump Just Signed With Saudi Arabia May Be Illegal
> Defense One: There’s Less than Meets the Eye in Trump’s Saudi Arms Deal
> Statement from Senator Chris Murphy
> Statement from Congressman Justin Amash

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ALARM: Record die-off of marine life along West Coast

May 8, 2017

Latest Headlines from ENENews

ALARM: Record die-off of marine life along West Coast — Huge numbers washing up on shore… “This is just the tip of the iceberg” — Several types of animals found dead — Hemorrhaging from brain infection (VIDEOS)
Posted: 06 May 2017 06:47 AM PDT

Brain-rotting toxin killing huge numbers of marine animals on California coast

May 3, 2017

Latest Headlines from ENENews

Brain-rotting toxin killing huge numbers of marine animals on California coast — Die-offs skyrocket over past week — Expert: “It’s worst year we’ve ever seen” — Mass deaths of sea lions, dolphins, birds — Officials warn outbreak is spreading (VIDEOS)
Posted: 02 May 2017 05:05 AM PDT

Events to mark WWI, MLK, nuke ban treaty

March 30, 2017

 
 
 

David Swanson via WarIsACrime.org david@davidswanson.org via sg.actionnetwork.org 

2:00 PM (3 hours ago)

 

 
 
 
 
 
April 4, 2017, marks 100 years since the U.S. Senate voted to enter World War I, and 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. spoke against war on Vietnam. Treaty negotiations are underway in New York to ban nuclear weapons. We’ve planned events with fantastic speakers to consider all of these topics.

Join us in New York City on April 3.

Join us in Washington DC on April 4 or watch the live video from anywhere.

To go more in-depth, sign up for our online course in War Abolition 101. It starts on April 10.

Join David Swanson in Cambridge, Mass., on April 13, and in Burlington, Vt., on April 22.

Here are lots more events happening all over the world.

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Has Van Jones Lost His Mind, Or Are Sane People Missing the Point?    

March 4, 2017

 

David Swanson via WarIsACrime.org david@davidswanson.org via sg.actionnetwork.org 

Mar 1 (3 days ago)

 
 

A few brand new articles and shows below for your enjoyment.

A big thank you to everyone who donated so I can visit Russia. I’ve committed to going, though still haven’t raised enough. I’ll report on the trip as soon as it happens (in May).

–David

Has Van Jones Lost His Mind, Or Are Sane People Missing the Point?

A Sample City Resolution to Resist and Overcome

Our Causes Are Connected, Our Movements Should Be Too

Trump reverses ‘costly, failed war’ rhetoric; gives Pentagon a raise

Nancy Pelosi: Resister Without a Clue. A 10 point rant.

This Is Not Your Grandparents’ Resistance

Talk Nation Radio: Michael Kazin on the Peace Activists Who Warned Against World War I

The Choice Trump’s Budget Creates

Can Canada Get Out of the War Business?

Open Guantanamo!

100 Years of Using War to Try to End All War

Talk Nation Radio: L.A. Kauffman on Direct Action

Ukraine on Fire

Understanding Robert E. Lee Supporters

Trump vs. Spies

Which Washington Crimes Matter Most?

Love Beyond Flags: Nothing More Beautiful

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