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

  • 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.

  • Mapping Militarism

    World Beyond War has created a set of online interactive maps to help us all see where and how war and preparations for war exist in the world today. You can find the maps they’ve created thus far at http://bit.ly/mappingmilitarism and send them your ideas for more maps here. Above: annual military spending.

Latest News

  • 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…

  • War and Climate Change: Time to Connect the Dots
    October 1st, 2014

    Truthout, October 1st, 2014: In 2009, at the global climate summit in Copenhagen, developed countries made a commitment to raise $100 billion annually by 2020 for the Green Climate Fund to finance adaptation in developing countries. This is less than 1 percent of global annual military expenditures…. The trillions that are spent on weapons rob national treasuries of the resources needed to provide funds for climate mitigation and adaptation. 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…

  • Who Will Profit From the Wars in Iraq and Syria?
    October 1st, 2014

    Huffington Post, October 1st, 2014: the arms industry will join with the Pentagon and hawks on Capitol Hill to use the current Middle East crisis as leverage to lift the caps on the Pentagon’s base budget that exist under current law. If they are successful, it could mean tens or even hundreds of billions of new business for Pentagon contractors over the next decade. Continue Reading…



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