10 Peace Positions Presidential Candidates Should Take

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By CODEPINK Staff

U.S. relations with the rest of the world should be based on respect, cooperation, and diplomacy, not war. We are asking presidential candidates to agree to:

 

1. Reduce Military Spending, Invest at Home

Dramatically reduce military spending, including closing over 800 military bases in 70 nations. Invest the freed-up funds in sustainable energy projects, infrastructure, care for veterans, education, housing, tax cuts for the lowest incomes, humanitarian aid, and payment of the federal debt. Create a transition program for workers to move frommilitary- to peace-based jobs.

2. Use Diplomacy First

Continue the policies started under the Obama Administration of making peace with Cuba and Iran, and extend to other conflict areas of the world, including North Korea. Cease US military involvement and  support diplomatic resolutions in the Middle East, including Israel-Palestine.

3. Abide by International Law - No Unauthorized Wars

Abolish the presidential kill list, stop using weaponized drones for extrajudicial assassinations, and support a global treaty banning these weapons systems. Cease the practice of launching wars not authorized by Congress or the United Nations.

4. Work Toward A Nuclear-Free, Peaceful World

Abide by obligations under the NonProliferation Treaty (NPT) to cut the US nuclear arsenal and promote a nuclear-free world. Stop intimidating Russia; end NATO expansion on its borders. Remove the missile defense systems from Europe.

5. Promote Women in Peacemaking

Uphold UN Security Council Resolution 1325 that calls for the full involvement of women in preventing, resolving, and recovering from conflict.

6. End U.S. support for Israel's occupation

The US government should hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law. Commit to ending financial, military, and diplomatic support for Israel's occupation and its human rights abuses. 

7. Observe US Law Prohibiting the Sale of Weapons to Human Rights Violators

Stop the practice of giving or selling weapons to countries that are human rights violators, such as Bahrain, Egypt, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

8. End the Militarization of Police Departments and US Borders

End the policy of transferring military-grade weaponry and surveillance equipment from the military to local police departments. End the militarization of our national borders.

9. Stop Illegal Detention of Prisoners in Guantanamo and Elsewhere, Hold Torturers Accountable

Release prisoners who have been cleared for release and try the others in federal courts. Arrest and put on trial US personnel who engaged in torture. Close Gitmo.

10. Respect Whistleblowers--and Our Privacy

Recognize the value of whistleblowers in serving the best interests of the public. End mass surveillance, including the bulk collection of our personal data.

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  • commented 2016-09-08 06:59:03 -0400
    This is a good article and a great pov. I wish more people shared it.
  • commented 2016-09-08 06:42:41 -0400
    Great article – hope this or most of this will be implemented.
  • followed this page 2016-09-08 03:14:52 -0400
  • commented 2016-09-07 22:13:15 -0400
    Beautiful & focused on promotion of Worldwide peace.
  • commented 2016-09-07 18:25:36 -0400
    Good points all. I’d argue for a stronger statement on military support for Israel and support a complete cut-off rather than relating it to the illegal occupation and siege of Gaza (is that included under ‘occupation’?) and Israeli commitment to relinquishing their nuclear arsenal and signing the NPT.
  • commented 2016-09-07 18:06:47 -0400
    It’s quite good, but greater emphasis should be placed on the relationship between peace and the environment. War is the most environmentally damaging activity. Peace will help us pull back from the environmental cataclysm all living beings are facing.
  • commented 2016-09-07 15:57:52 -0400
    Right on
  • commented 2016-09-07 11:30:22 -0400
    Excellent
  • commented 2016-09-07 11:20:14 -0400
    GREAT!
  • commented 2016-09-07 11:17:50 -0400
    Dr. Jill Stein, Presidential candidate for the Green Party, believes in all 10 of those issues. They are part of her platform. Why isn’t she going to this forum? Was she invited? IF PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR A PEACE CANDIDATE, LOOK AT THE GREEN PARTY!
  • commented 2016-09-07 10:49:45 -0400
    Although everything on this list makes a lot of sense, why? I mean really, is it being written to actually do something or is it to make a statement, because it seems were going to hell with great statements. Granted there seems like nothing we can do but this seems like a waste in order to only make us feel like we’re doing something. We have to change our future and the likes of these two psychopaths as our only path. Code Pink is a courageous organization for Peace and I’m behind you, and like many I’m voting for Jill Stein, but we have a little over two months till our elections and it looks like no matter how positive we are or what we do, one of these two clowns will be voted in. If you can think of anything that will alter the direction we’re heading in I’d love to hear that! We could have 1000 people on a Hunger Strike with ten reasonable and Humane things that could easily be accomplished and with the government we have in place today we’d only end up with 1000 people committing suicide by starvation.
  • commented 2016-09-07 09:30:04 -0400
    Well thought out points – Military veterans can offer a lot of skills & knowledge to civilians & politicians must think very carefully about wars.
  • commented 2016-09-07 09:27:43 -0400
    This is good
  • commented 2016-08-25 19:55:21 -0400
    OK Shared it.
  • commented 2016-07-17 13:27:30 -0400
    Save this country
  • commented 2016-07-16 21:37:12 -0400
    The 10 points are well thought out.
  • commented 2016-07-15 15:57:36 -0400
    This is what our country should stand for. If not my lifetime then at least for the next generation.
  • commented 2016-06-23 23:11:53 -0400
    I completely agree with all of it, most especially numbers 1 and 3.
  • commented 2016-02-17 19:14:03 -0500
    How could we disagree with any of it. It’s been our belief for years. How can we get people to listen?
  • commented 2015-12-15 23:10:42 -0500
    I agree 100%. We live in a violent society. Corporate neo-liberalism through its control of Media promotes fear and hate. We the people need to work incessantly towards just and merciful economical, political and ideological structures. Or our apathy and inaction will end up destroying everything and everybody. As long as there is life, there is hope.
  • commented 2015-08-13 23:39:08 -0400
    A very good list that I agree with – and presidential candidates ought to agree or be pushed to agree. Thank you!
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