By Leonardo Flores
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Bolivia on November 8 to celebrate the inauguration of President Luis Arce. They would celebrate again the next day, as former president Evo Morales re-entered the country almost a year to the day after his government was overthrown in a coup backed by the Organization of American States (OAS). Almost a month ago, on October 18, the Bolivian people delivered a resounding 26-point electoral victory to the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party. They voted against the neoliberalism represented by candidate and former president Carlos Mesa and his Comunidad Ciudadana (Citizen’s Community), as well as against the fascism and white nationalism of candidate Luis Fernando Camacho and his Creemos (We Believe) party.
By Kelly Curry, Local Peace Economy Campaigner
“The great problem and the great challenge facing mankind today is to get rid of war…we have left ourselves as a nation morally and politically isolated in the world. We have greatly strengthened the forces of reaction in America, and inciting violence and hatred among our own people. We have diverted attention from civil rights. During a period of war, when a nation becomes obsessed with the guns of war, social programs inevitably suffer. People become insensitive to pain and agony in their own midst …” —Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., 1967
There is a garden where the fragrance of chamomile, spearmint, pineapple sage… lemon verbena and kale, passion fruit and cherimoya grow in an oasis of magic. It is life sustained by a little bit of water, California sun, love and intention, in the heart of an urban crime zone in West Oakland, deeply pocked by the ravages of what Peace activists call the “War Economy.”
Saudi Arabia’s War in Yemen Has Failed – Council on Foreign Relations
By Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davie
Donald Trump loves executive orders as a tool of dictatorial power, avoiding the need to work through Congress. But that works both ways, making it relatively easy for President Biden to reverse many of Trump’s most disastrous decisions. Here are ten things Biden can do as soon as he takes office. Each one can set the stage for broader progressive foreign policy initiatives, which we have also outlined.
Join Christine Ahn and Gloria Steinem, co-founders of Women Cross DMZ, in conversation with CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin, on the role of feminist peace-builders to advance peace agreement under the next administration and Congress. They will also reflect on their 2015 journey across the D-Militarized Zone (DMZ) and the extraordinary transitional grassroots movement that has been built since to end the Korean War and call for women’s leadership in peace building. To join the Zoom room, REGISTER HERE, or you can watch live on Youtube. Nov 11 8pm-9pm
The following story is a retelling of the experience of when Codepink and other women peace activists crossed the DMZ as part of their work to end war, to bring peace and healing to Korea and people around the world.
By Jodie Evans: Thirty peace activists from 15 countries arrived in Beijing on May 17th. I knew 11 of the women before arriving but most of the women knew maybe one or two others and a few knew no one. Our work for peace and justice had taken very different paths and it was striking that many of those paths had not crossed. We spent the first day in the hotel conference room meeting each other and learning what we could about the Koreas.
The United Nations has developed 17 Sustainable Development Goals to Transform Our World. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call for a decade of local action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. The 17 Goals were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which set out a 15-year plan to achieve the Goals. The 17 (SDGs) demand nothing short of a transformation of the financial, economic and political systems that govern our societies today to guarantee the human rights of all. More important than ever, the goals provide a critical framework for COVID-19 recovery.
Today, progress is being made in many places, but, overall, action to meet the Goals is not yet advancing at the speed or scale required. 2020 needs to usher in a decade of ambitious action to deliver the Goals by 2030.