CODEPINK SF Bay Area invites everyone to join CODEPINK’s campaign to say no to Trump proposed $54 Billion increase in military spending. Our goal is to encourage people to tell their elected representatives to divest from a war economy and to invest in a peace economy. Thanks to the work of many of our local CODEPINK communities we had a tremendous victory at the U.S. Conference of Mayors! The Conference, representing 253 attending mayors from big cities like New York and Los Angeles to small rural townships, unanimously passed a resolution opposing Trump’s call for an additional $54 billion to the Pentagon budget. Instead of slashing anti-poverty and environmental programs to increase war spending, the mayors urged Congress and the President to move funding in the opposite direction, out of the military and into human and environmental needs.
By Medea Benjamin
“Hello. I’m Congressman Ted Lieu. It’s very important to call your members of Congress and Senators to tell them about the devastation happening in Yemen and the unlawful airstrikes on civilians. And the United States should not be helping in that. We should not be selling weapons [to the Saudis] that are then being used by the coalition to drop bombs on civilians. I’ve been working on this issue, and we do have bipartisan support.So please call your members of Congress and US Senators and say: Do not sell weapons to the Saudi-led military coalition until they can demonstrate that they’re not going to be killing civilians with those weapons.” Continue reading
“I support CODEPINK and their call to Stop the Saudi/US Arms deal — a deal going to a dictatorship to kill innocent people in places like Yemen. I call on the American people to support CODEPINK’s ask to stop the Saudi Arms deal.” —Linda Sarsour, founder of Mpower and co-chair of the Women’s March. Any minute now, the Senate may be voting on SJ Resolution 42 to block the Saudi arms deal. The petition you signed has already had an impact. Now we are asking you to please make two calls to your two senators using this number: 855 68 NO WAR. Say: Please support SJ Resolution 42 to block weapons to Saudi Arabia.
BY ANN WRIGHT
In the eyes of many around the world, diplomacy has taken a back seat to military operations in U.S. foreign policy. The drone program is a prime example. The militarization of U.S. foreign policy certainly didn’t start with President Donald J. Trump; in fact, it goes back several decades. However, if Trump’s first 100 days in office are any indication, he has no intention of slowing down the trend. During a single week in April, the Trump administration fired 59 Tomahawk missiles into a Syrian airfield, and dropped the largest bomb in the U.S. arsenal on suspected ISIS tunnels in Afghanistan.