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.

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Latest News

  • Congressman: New Threats Could Halt Military Cuts
    September 10th, 2014

    Virginian-Pilot, September 6th, 2014: The second-in-command of the House Armed Services Committee predicted Friday that the automatic defense cuts set to begin again next fall will be stopped because rising threats worldwide are swaying Americans to support a stronger military…. he expects that the remainder of more than $500 billion in defense cuts set to be made over a decade — known as sequestration — will be changed or undone by late next year. Continue Reading…

  • The Pentagon — the climate elephant
    September 9th, 2014

    Workers’ World, September 4th, 2014: the Pentagon, the U.S. military machine, is the world’s biggest institutional consumer of petroleum products and the world’s worst polluter of greenhouse gas emissions and many other toxic pollutants. Yet the Pentagon has a blanket exemption in all international climate agreements… The complete U.S. military exemption from greenhouse gas emissions calculations includes more than 1,000 U.S. bases in more than 130 countries around the world, its 6,000 facilities in the U.S., its aircraft carriers and its jet aircraft. Also excluded are its weapons testing and all multilateral operations such as the giant U.S.-commanded NATO military alliance and Africom, the U.S. military alliance now blanketing Africa. Continue Reading…

  • Obama to push leaders for $5B counterterrorism relief fund
    September 10th, 2014

    The Hill, September 8th, 2014: President Obama is pushing congressional leaders to authorize a broad counterterrorism relief fund that could be used to support operations against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria. Continue Reading…

  • The incredible shrinking defense industry
    September 8th, 2014

    Politico, August 25th, 2014: Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest defense company, has shed close to a quarter of its employees since 2008. Raytheon, Boeing’s defense unit and Northrop Grumman have also shed thousands of workers over the past five years, seeking to maintain profits even as defense spending contracts…. Lockheed’s share price, for instance, has more than doubled since 2010 — even as it shed 19,000 employees.“A great deal of the profitability that you see among some companies in our industry was unfortunately delivered on the backs of thousands of workers who lost their jobs,” said Chip Sheller, a spokesman for the trade group Aerospace Industries Association. Continue Reading…



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