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 Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies
On June 1, President Trump threatened to deploy active-duty U.S. military forces against peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters in cities across America. Trump and state governors eventually deployed at least 17,000 National Guard troops across the country. In the nation’s capital, Trump deployed nine Blackhawk assault helicopters, thousands of National Guard troops from six states and at least 1,600 Military Police and active-duty combat troops from the 82nd Airborne Division, with written orders to pack bayonets.
After a week of conflicting orders during which Trump demanded 10,000 troops in the capital, the active-duty troops were finally ordered back to their bases in North Carolina and New York on June 5th, as the peaceful nature of the protests made the use of military force very obviously redundant, dangerous and irresponsible. But Americans were left shell-shocked by the heavily armed troops, the tear gas, the rubber bullets and the tanks that turned U.S. streets into war zones. They were also shocked to realize how easy it was for President Trump, single-handedly, to muster such a chilling array of force.
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.
This week, the official death toll in Iran from the coronavirus pandemic surged to 1,433 deaths and nearly 20,000 infected, with tens of thousands of confirmed cases. On top of this, researchers say that Iran’s infections will not peak until late May, at which time as many as 3.5 million Iranian lives may be lost.
China and Britain are pressing the U.S. to lift its crippling sanctions on Iran amid the coronavirus crisis. But last week, rather than coming together as a world community, the Trump administration imposed even more sanctions on Iran. “Our [new] sanctions will deprive the regime of critical income from its petrochemical industry and further Iran’s economic and diplomatic isolation,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo bragged, despite the fact that the sanctions are preventing diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of COVID-19. This is evil. This is inhumane. This is murder.
Congress and the international community need to step in immediately! Send a message now to your Senators and Representative in Congress calling on them to introduce legislation to lift the sanctions. After you send that message, you will be automatically directed to the petition asking the World Health Organization and U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres to issue statements calling on the U.S. to lift the sanctions.