This July 4, we’re not celebrating. We know that no one is free and liberated until we all are — and war oppresses everyone. Instead of celebrating, we’re taking to the streets in car caravans across the country to demand liberation from police and war. We have caravans in cities from Washington D.C. to Taos, to San Francisco. Sign up here to engage locally to call for independence from cops and war
For true liberation, we need to defund the police and defund war. Did you know that the Pentagon has so much money they’ve sent $7.4 billion in “surplus” military weapons to local police departments since the 1990’s?
We spend over 55% of our discretionary budget on the Pentagon every year and almost half of that money goes into the pockets of private weapons manufacturers while the American people remain without sufficient health care or other necessities.
Even if you can’t join a car caravan this weekend, you can join us in demanding liberation from police and war by contacting your Representative and Senators and ask them to support a 10% cut to the Pentagon budget
CODEPINK has endorsed the Poor People’s Campaign’s Moral Budget to emphasize a simple framework: We need to divest $350 billion from the Pentagon budget and instead invest it in social programs like Universal healthcare, education, and a Green New Deal. We also need to enact these priorities in our local communities, taking action to #DivestFromWar locally.
This week Congresswomen Barbara Lee, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Pramilla Jayapal have introduced a historic bill to cut the Pentagon budget by a whopping $350 billion—the exact amount called for by the Poor People’s Campaign.
Not only do we have to advocate to cut the Pentagon budget so we can invest in programs that will benefit people, we also have to work to organize people to take on the war machine in their local communities.
by Ruth Robertson
Tuesday May 26th, 2020 9:10 AM
Photos by Simona Martin, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.
On May 25, a Peace Caravan of activists drove in decorated cars through the streets of San Jose to demand human rights to health, housing, education, a living wage and all the components of a dignified life. The colorful caravan of about a dozen cars ended their protest at a homeless encampment where they made a donation and received thanks from Scott Wagers who serves and ministers to the city’s unhoused.
Participants in a Peace Caravan on Memorial Day say the holiday was established as a day to honor American service members who died in wars. But, they said on May 25th, glorification of war has never seemed more wrong than now, during this pandemic.
CODEPINK Memorial Day PEACE Car-avan & Rally
Report back by Eleanor & Toby
Photos by Leon Kunstenaar, unless otherwise stated.
A Pinked-Up 15 car CODEPINK car-avan marked Memorial Day 2020 with “HONOR the DEAD, END WAR” messaging, traversing through the streets of Sausalito, across the Golden Gate Bridge, along the windy streets of the Presidio (a former army base), past its veteran’s cemetery, exiting at Lombard Street to our final destination, California Senator Diane Feinstein’s Pacific Heights mansion. The Gandhi Mobile played the “caboose,” and Eleanor played the U.S. Bride Wedded to War! We were joined by another dozen people for a rally, challenging Feinstein to support Americans and all other people around the world by ending war, cutting the military budget, and ending sanctions. We implored her to direct resources from the Pentagon to support legislation funding jobs, housing, food access, education, health care, and the growth of a sustainable green society. Read letter to Feinstein and House Speaker Pelosi below. View more photos HERE by Indybay photographer Leon Kunstenaar. A colorful altar memorialized those killed by recent US Wars and the costs of endless war. The senator was publicly “Pink-slipped” again (for the umpteenth time), with a Giant Pink Slip, for her decades-long failed leadership on U.S. foreign policy.