Action Alerts

  • ISIS means we need LESS militarism

    In the Mideast, ISIS is grabbing headlines by beheading US journalists. And in Washington, hawks are claiming that’s a reason to reinflate the Pentagon’s budget. Meanwhile, President Obama is pushing for his own Pentagon slush fund (see articles below).

    We say:

    • There’s no military solution to ISIS’s atrocities. In fact, military action will make solutions impossible down the road. See USLAW’s excellent alert below, channeling Phyllis Bennis.
    • Pentagon cuts didn’t create ISIS. Excessive militarism did.
    • The Pentagon’s budget should still be cut and we still need that money in our communities.

    Please use these ideas in letters to the editor, conversations, and public forums as Congress and a third of the Senate run for reelection.

  • There is an alternative to bombing Iraq

    See USLAW’s excellent alert, which channels IPS’s Phyllis Bennis and says:

    • No bombing. Bombs can’t destroy an ideology.
    • No troops. Boots on the ground created the mess we’re in now.
    • Work with Iran, work through the UN,
    • Put real money into humanitarian relief for the war-displaced, and
    • Tell Congress and the President: No new quagmire!

     

  • Progressive Caucus Releases 2014 Budget

    On March 12 the Congressional Progressive Caucus released its Better Off Budget. This alternative federal budget for 2014 would create almost 9 million jobs by 2017, protect Social Security and Medicare, eliminate the OCO slush budget, cut base-level Pentagon spending, and fund a just transition for communities and workers whose jobs disappear. Call your congressperson and senators at 202-224-3121 and ask them to support the CPC’s Better Budget.

Resources

  • Great new video on our national priorities

    Sen. Sanders on Pentagon Bloat

  • F-35 Resources

    Taxpayers for Common Sense has put its report, articles, blogs, and interviews on the F-35 on one page: http://www.taxpayer.net/library/article/f-35-resources

  • Demilitarization for Deep Decarbonization:

    Reducing Militarism and Military Expenditures to Invest in the UN Green Climate Fund and to Create Low-Carbon Economies and Resilient Communities argues that war must stop for global warming to slow down. Military expenditures must be reduced and re-directed for climate finance to create low carbon economies and climate-resilient communities. Disarmament must take place alongside mitigation and adaptation. Read the report here.

Latest News

  • The Tragedy of the American Military
    January 8th, 2015

    The Atlantic, January/February 2015: “We are vulnerable,” the author William Greider wrote during the debate last summer on how to fight ISIS, “because our presumption of unconquerable superiority leads us deeper and deeper into unwinnable military conflicts.” And the separation of the military from the public disrupts the process of learning from these defeats. Continue Reading…

  • Fighting the Islamic State — how much will it cost?
    October 10th, 2014

    Boston Globe, October 8th, 2014: The combined cost of abandoning planned cutbacks at the Defense Department, new spending to combat the Islamic State, and extra foreign military assistance means that America will wind up spending up to $100 billion more on military activities than we had expected this year alone. Continue Reading…

  • Ashton Carter Takes Revolving Door to Higher Level
    January 8th, 2015

    Program on Government Oversight, January 6th, 2015: Countless officials in Washington have traveled a familiar path through the revolving door, moving from the private sector to the government and back again. Ashton Carter, President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, is part of an elite crowd that has managed to keep a foot in both worlds at the same time. Continue Reading…

  • At Pentagon, Obama urges sequestration deal
    October 10th, 2014

    Politico, October 8th, 2014: President Barack Obama used a visit to the Pentagon on Wednesday to renew his call for Congress to free the military from what he called “draconian” budget strictures that would return next fiscal year under sequestration. Continue Reading…



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