Thanksgiving week brings many contradictions, we want to connect with people, but the history of these days comes from the opposite – genocide, colonization, and disconnection. Just transition is about navigating contradictions, and we are committed to doing what we can to create justice and peace. We believe we need to decolonize our minds and hearts while we navigate contradictions and build spaces for local peace economies to grow. Today we offer some ideas on how to decolonize our minds and hearts, and to challenge current ideologies, re-imagine ways to relate with people and the earth, and take action.
By Medea Benjamin
On Wednesday, November 8, just as President Trump was clinching new business deals with the repressive Communist government of China, the Trump administration announced its new rules rolling back President Obama’s opening with Cuba. The new regulations restricting travel and trade with the Caribbean island will make it once again illegal for Americans to travel to Cuba without a special license from the Treasury Department and will dramatically reduce the number of Americans traveling there.
CODEPINK and a coalition of 67 supporting organizations are pleased to announce the launch of a new national campaign to reel in U.S. wars and militarism: Divest from the War Machine. This campaign is designed to pressure financial institutions and individual investors to divest from the arms merchants that are making billions of dollars from the spread of militarism at home and abroad.
CODEPINK has been working for the past two years with Women Cross DMZ, an international women’s group that collaborates with women from both North and South Korea to come up with diplomatic solutions to the crisis. Women Cross DMZ calls for a freeze of North Korea’s nuclear and long-range ballistic missile program in exchange for a U.S. security guarantee that would include suspending U.S.-South Korea military exercises; a binding peace treaty to replace the 1953 Armistice Agreement; and support for citizen diplomacy with liaison offices in Washington DC and Pyongyang to reunite families and heal the legacies of the Korean War. For 15 years Codepink has been working to end war. The following story, in honor of the 15th anniversary, describes 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 Medea Benjamin
President Trump is expected to announce this week that he will not recertify that Iran is complying with the 2015 nuclear deal. He will argue, falsely, that the agreement is no longer in the national interest of the United States.
The president’s announcement will not end the deal but will pass the buck to Congress. In the next 60 days, Congress could impose new sanctions that would scuttle the deal or it could pass new legislation addressing issues that were never part of the original mandate, which would also effectively kill the agreement. Enough public pressure could keep the agreement intact.