The US has been at war for 93% of its history, not counting covert actions. Its military budget is by far the largest in the world at more than $600 billion, spending supported by Democrats and Republicans alike.
But national and global peace movements are at work too, building broad-based, grassroots, intersectional movements against militarism and its ills. National and international actions include Keep Space for Peace Week, the Women's March on the Pentagon, the November 10 Peace Congress: End the Wars at Home and Abroad, and the First International Conference Against US/NATO Military Bases in Dublin. Alliance co-Chair Nancy Price will be attending both the DC and the Dublin conferences.
We hope to bring you updates and ideas for local organizing. Solidarity events are being planned for the Women's March on the Pentagon. A local event can be as simple as an evening or Saturday afternoon standout at a busy intersection, or a larger event with speakers working for economic justice, better health care and education, or climate protection--all areas seriously impacted by the US addiction to war and big military budgets. Or write a letter to the editor, an excellent way for one person to impact the public consciousness on war and peace.
And if you are attending candidate events, ask these questions:
1. Do you support cutting military spending and redirecting that money toward much-needed domestic programs? What would you cut and how much? Where would you reallocate that funding?
2. Do you support auditing the Pentagon as outlined in the People's Budget and the Audit the Pentagon Act, in order to reduce waste and fraud?
3. Nuclear weapons stockpiles have shrunk since the height of the Cold War but no nation with nuclear weapons joined in the effort to negotiate and pass the recent UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Do you support nuclear disarmament? Do you think it is achievable? In the meantime, would you support legislation prohibiting the President from using the Armed Forces to conduct a first-use nuclear strike unless expressly authorized by a congressional declaration?