- Fund education; Cut the war budget
- Diplomacy now! Not War
- Create the Department of Peacemaking / Yes to HR1111
- $886 billion for the War Machine No to the FY2024 $886B war budget
- US Military is the world's #1 polluter Enough is enough Cut the US war budget
- War is Always a Mistake / Enough is enough / Cut the US war budget
- Give Peace a Chance / Enough is enough / Cut the US war budget
- Cut $100 billion from the war budget / No to the FY2024 $886B war budget
- Healthcare, Not Warfare No to the FY2024 $886B war budget
- Cut Student Debt and the War Budget
- Build Public Housing or fund the War Machine / Which is more important?
- US spends more on its military than over 144 nations combined including Russia and China / Enough is enough!
- Stop the War Machine / No to the FY2024 $886B war budget
- We can fund the War Machine or human needs but not both
- Fund Human Needs not endless wars / Enough is enough
- No NATO, Yes United Nations
- Skip the war, Start the peace Now!
- Peace is Patriotic / Stop the Wars / Enough is enough / Cut the war budget
- Solve the climate crisis, End the endless wars
Anti-war signs: stand out and speak up on military spending v. human needs, diplomacy, and the carbon "bootprint"
Need a quick printable sign or a good slogan for an anti-war standout? We have you covered. These signs print up on letter-sized paper and paste up to a visible 11 x 17 final. Download as .pdfs below.
Ask your Representative and Senator to support HR669, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act
The Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2023 will establish that it is the policy of the United States that no first-use nuclear strike should be conducted without an official declaration of war by Congress.
First filed by Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), this bill currently has 16 co-sponsors. It has not been introduced into the Senate yet this session, though it has been in the past. Please contact your US Representative and Senators; tell them to cosponsor the bill in the House and introduce it into the Senate.
HR669 would prohibit using federal funds to conduct a first-use nuclear strike unless Congress expressly authorizes such a strike pursuant to a declaration of war. A first-use nuclear strike is an attack using nuclear weapons against an enemy that did not first launch a nuclear strike against the US, its territories, or its allies.
A first-use nuclear strike by the US would constitute a major act of war. A first-use nuclear strike conducted without a Congressional declaration of war would violate the US Constitution, which gives Congress the right to, or not to, declare war. Congress has not officially declared war since World War II, therefore the US could not use nuclear weapons as a first strike military operation. The only situation in which the US could use nuclear weapons would be in response to a confirmed nuclear attack on itself or its allies.
Here's a downloadable flier to print and share. Thanks for taking action!
Please call your Representative and Senator and ask them to co-sponsor HR 1134, the People Over the Pentagon Act of 2023.
The People Over the Pentagon Act of 2023 is legislation proposed in the United States Congress that would reduce the amount authorized to be appropriated for the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2024 by one hundred billion dollars.
First introduced into Congress by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), it has 13 co-sponsors as of March 2023. The bill has not been introduced in the Senate yet. Please ask your Senators to introduce it now. And ask your Representative to co-sponsor the bill.
Bill purpose: This bill would affirm the desire of the American people to reprioritize our financial resources to build a budget that works for people like you and me instead of weapons contractors or war-hawks. By the end of this decade the annual Pentagon budget could be as high as a trillion dollars. This bill would cut the Pentagon budget for fiscal year 2024 by one hundred billion dollars ($100,000,000,000).
Application of the funding cuts: The Department of Defense shall take into consideration the findings and recommendations contained in the Congressional Budget Office report entitled "Illustrative Options for National Defense Under a Smaller Defense Budget," dated October 2021.
Funding cuts will not apply to: The Defense Health Program, each military personnel account and each account providing for pay and benefits for persons appointed into the civil services should be funded at the level provided for in fiscal year 2024.
In our last issue of Justice Rising, Ingeborg Breines wrote about "Neighbors as Friends Not Enemies," the person-to-person diplomacy project that seeks to bring people from Nordic countries and Russia into dialogue. If you were moved by this story, you'll be happy to know that it is not the only instance of peacebuilding at the grassroots level. In fact, a new initiative seeks to "de-demonize" across another divide: Iranian and American, and to promote non-violence within Iran itself.
The recently founded "Iranian Nonviolence" (IN) initiative has been meeting weekly online to talk and learn about non-violence as an ethically evolved collaborative and peaceful approach to human interactions and to managing conflicts. These Sunday gatherings are held on the online Clubhouse mobile application. Participants in these live bilingual (English-Persian) waging-peace "rooms" include Iranians both in and outside Iran--and also those who do not speak Persian (Farsi).
The guest at the group's upcoming session on Sunday, Feb. 5, is Prof. Michael Nagler, founder of the Metta Center for Nonviolence. The Center helps people develop, sustain, and deepen their commitment to nonviolence globally, and has Special Consultative Status at the United Nations.
The session starts at 1 p.m. Eastern time.
The meetings hope to establish a bilingual forum within which Iranian people (especially inside Iran) can build on the heritage of non-violence found in their culture and poetry to engage in peace-building, especially with American people.
For more information, including how to connect on Clubhouse, visit
Iranian Nonviolence's web page.
A new resource for peace work is heading your way! Our upcoming issue of Justice Rising is almost ready for the printer. In it you’ll find articles that explore our country’s military/industrial/corporate and Congressional complex—including our ever-growing “defense” budget—and examine the US’s complex relationship with violence, from militarized policing at home to imperialism overseas.
The issue also features
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has sparked global calls for peaceful settlement of the conflict. It has also emboldened hawkish demands for a no-fly zone, fears of a showdown between nuclear powers or the use of “tactical” nuclear weapons, and greatly increased military spending. A national peace movement for a peace economy has never been more necessary!
Good news! If you’re a member of the Alliance for Democracy, you’ll automatically receive a copy. If you’re not a member, we’ll happily send a copy at your request—just contact us at email@example.com, or call the office at 978-333-7971. We’ll also post Justice Rising online so you can read and print individual articles. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to share them there, too.
Liberty Tree is hosting an event this Thursday, March 11, starting at 7 p.m. Eastern, on Zoom and Facebook live featuring various activists weighing in on "Movements at the Millenium."
Event organizers note, "We often are called to look back to the 1960s for lessons. But what of the 1990s and the movements at the turn of the millennium?"
It's been 20 years since the Battle of Seattle, and robust campaigns against global corporate rule continue to make impacts and inroads. If we are hoping that 2020 is the start of a period of major change for the better across borders and issues, what can we draw from this history to help make that happen?
Participants in the conversation will be Bill Fletcher, Jr., Shannon Gleeson, Hillary Lazar, Ben Manski, Suren Moodliar, Jackie Smith, Norman Stockwell, and Lesley Wood in conversation. You can register in advance here.
The speakers will be referencing a recent special issue of the journal Socialism and Democracy focusing on "Movements at the Millenium: Seattle +20".
Today's "Corporations and Democracy" looks at a new far right Justice and the security of the November election
On today's edition of "Corporations and Democracy" radio, hosts Annie Esposito and Steve Scalmanini explore "Will New Supreme Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett Become the Most Radical Right-Wing Member of the Supreme Court" with guest Marjorie Cohn, professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and former president of the National Lawyers Guild.
In the second half of the program, Annie and Steve welcome Harvey Wasserman, a long-time writer and radio host, for a take on "The Integrity of the Presidential Election."
"Corporations and Democracy" airs from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. [Pacific Time] on Mendocino and Ukiah public radio stations KZYX & Z, 90.7, 91.5, and 88.3 FM, or you can listen live at the station website, www.kzyx.org.
Hopefully by now you have a plan to vote. Maybe you've already cast a mail-in or drop-off ballot, or taken advantage of early voting, along with more than 60 million Americans so far.
Now do you have a plan for the day after election day?
President Trump has repeatedly dodged questions about whether or not he'll leave office if he loses the election, all the while making false claims about the security of voting by mail. Contentious elections over issues that shape the soul of the nation are not a new thing, but what's new is a president positioning himself to resist the peaceful transfer of power by alleging that votes have been miscounted or have been fraudulently cast.
In response, Protect the Results have called for demonstrations the day after the election, to "honor the valid results of the 2020 election, ensure that every vote is counted, and...demand that the losing candidate put their ego aside and concede for the good of our country."
As of this past weekend, more than 245 events have already been organized around the country, timed to begin as early as November 4. If you would like to participate, we encourage you to sign up for a local event online. Being on the list ensures that the organizers can reach you with information, and helps them with planning.
Twenty years ago we saw the Supreme Court put a premature halt to ballot counting in order to hand the election to George W. Bush. Four years later, Alliance activists had enough concerns about the conduct of the Ohio Secretary of State to start the Ohio Honest Election Campaign, and challenge the results based on allegations of planned voter suppression in mostly Black, heavily Democratic precincts. Our concerns about voter suppression and the accuracy of electronic voting machines go back a long way. But to campaign on "If I lose it's rigged" is something new.
We hope that regardless of party you'll take a stand. Make plans to come out for the promise of democracy on November 4th and be prepared to stay out for as long as it takes to know for sure who won the 2020 presidential election.
Alliance co-chair David Delk has written a great letter to the editor in support of public banking, looking to the success of the public Bank of North Dakota in making Paycheck Protection Program loans to struggling businesses in that state.
Economic forecasts predict long-term unemployment and business closures as the result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Until there's a widely available and safe vaccine, there will be no hoped-for "V-shaped" recovery. In fact, what we have seen so far is the largest corporations getting bigger and the rich getting richer, as they take over market and services from smaller and locally-owned retailers, restaurants, and service providers.
As financial institutions committed to putting the public good first, public banks would be a key component of a broad economic recovery, if there were more of them! Fortunately there are active campaigns to establish public banks in cities and states across the US. The Massachusetts and Oregon campaigns are Alliance-sponsored projects.
by David Delk
Portland Public Banking Alliance is moving forward with a dual focused plan to advance creation of a Portland (OR) municipal public bank while at the same time beginning the process for a state-wide initiative campaign to amend the state constitution to allow formation of a state public bank.
Language in the Oregon state constitution has been interpreted to prohibit such a bank. We are working on the initiative language now with a view to getting this on the ballot in November 2022.
In the city of Portland we have identified several candidates running for Mayor and City Council positions who support a municipal bank formation. Happily those candidates are in a strong position to join the council next year to give us a majority of council members, and a likely strong partner voice in the Oregon legislature.
Organizing at the state level continues as we need to change state law to facilitate municipal bank formation. While the state constitution is said to prohibit a state public bank, no such language exists regarding municipal bank formation. But a couple of changes need to be made to state law to ease the path to achieving that goal. We continue our outreach to current members of the Oregon legislature as well as candidates running for those positions. And we will reintroduce the Municipal Banks Bill in the new legislative session.