December 10, 2015
Peace Action is encouraging its online activist network to join in on a Thunderclap, Disarm For Our Planet, calling for a reallocation of 10% in world military expenditures and directing the money towards efforts to counter the serious threat of rapidly accelerating climate change
The call was issued by the International Peace Bureau (IPB) of which Peace Action is a member. You may remember IPB is the coalition that leads the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) each year around Tax Day. Peace Action was North American coordinator of the GDAMS in two of the past 3 years. This from IPB’s call to action:
What is Thunderclap?
Thunderclap is a crowdspeaking platform which allows individuals and organizations to spread a message across the Internet via social media. It works almost the same way as crowdfunding, but in this case, if we do not manage to get our desired number of supporters – a hundred – the message isn’t published.
How you can help
The campaign ends on December 13, meaning we only have a few days left and need your help if we want it to succeed. In order to do so, you can start by supporting it on Thunderclap by using this link and choosing one of the three options available: support via Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr.
For increased visibility, we will also be very active on social media during the following week. If you have not already, we strongly invite you to follow us on both Twitter and Facebook, and help us by posting/tweeting using the hashtag #DisarmForOurPlanet and liking/sharing/retweeting our posts. For the last couple of weeks, we have been pushing out the IPB message every day with some interesting infographics, so feel free to take a look at them as well! You can find our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ipb1910b, our Twitter at https://twitter.com/IntlPeaceBureau and our Instagram @IntlPeaceBureau.
Again, your support is very much needed and appreciated, so thank you in advance!
Special thanks to Sarah El Gharib and Sarah Lucek, social media and web coordinators for the International Peace Bureau.
November 12, 2015
Negotiations to end the ‘nonstop horror’ of the Syrian civil war have begun. Peace Action applauds the parties for finally getting to the table – better late than never – but decries the endless political machinations that caused the governments involved from doing so long ago. These same calculations are still in play, however, and hope for a ceasefire and finally, an end to the war, is still tenuous at best.
For that reason, we – and our peace movement allies – are continuing to collect signatures on our petition calling for a political settlement to the Syrian civil war. If you haven’t signed, please do. If you have, please forward the link to your friends and family and ask them to join the effort.
Peace Action is supporting a bi-partisan emergency spending bill introduced by Senators Leahy (D-VT) and Graham (R-SC) that would would allow for resettlement of up to 100,000 refugees over 2 years and provide a billion dollars to help deal with the refugee crisis caused by the Syrian civil war. It’s a human catastrophe that we can’t close our eyes to, yet the U.S. has taken in less than 1,500 Syrian refugees. In contrast, countries like Lebanon have taken in 1.1 million. The U.S. plans on taking in only 10,000 refugees next year – Germany did that in a day.
Please call your Senators today and ask them to co-sponsor the Leahy-Graham bill to provide emergency relief to those who have been displaced by over 4 years of brutal warfare. The number is 202.224.3121.
May 12, 2015
by Paul Kawika Martin
It’s that time of year when Congress figures out the federal budget for next year. The House will take up the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) this week. Despite the Republican stranglehold in the House they may allow a few amendments to be voted on where we can make a difference.
Please call your Representative now at 202-224-3121 and ask them to support amendments to the NDAA that cut Pentagon spending and cut the OCO slush fund.
You’ve heard us talk about the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account. It is supposed to be used to fund the U.S. wars abroad that we oppose. The Republicans and, to a lesser extent, the Obama administration has been using it as a slush fund to cover costs for programs the Pentagon would otherwise be forced to cut. Indeed, the Republicans almost doubled the account to nearly $100 billion at a time when the war in Afghanistan is supposed to be winding down.
This week, Congress may vote on amendments to slash the OCO, make the slush fund more transparent, or both. Additionally, House amendments might address various Pentagon boondoggles like the wasteful F-35 and unneeded nuclear weapons.
This is not how we want our hard earned tax dollars spent. Pick up your phone now and call your Representative, 202-224-3121, and tell them to slash the OCO slush fund and cut Pentagon pork like the F-35 and nuclear weapons.
May 12, 2015
With a little over a month to go before negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 (the U.S., UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) are concluded, everything is proceeding as planned. The technical details are being worked out in Vienna with no obvious hurdles in evidence at this writing. The deadline for presenting a final document, expected to be several hundred pages long, is June 30, 2015.
Meanwhile, the Corker Bill, which we have been opposing, has passed the Senate, but it’s been watered down and has yet to pass the House. Just last week, Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and David Price (D-NC) sent a letter, signed by 151 Representatives, to President Obama praising the work of his administration to finalize an agreement that verifiably ensures Iran will refrain from developing nuclear weapons. The letter demonstrates strong support for the agreement in the House, sufficient to sustain a presidential veto on any effort by congressional opponents of the deal should they attempt to torpedo an agreement this summer.
Peace Action affiliates across the nation generated calls, letters and emails to Representatives urging them to sign on to the letter and will continue to pressure Congress until a final agreement is reached and implemented. Thanks to all our members and our allies for all your hard work.