Our mission is to encourage people to reflect on how we are all invested in the war economy, take actions to divest from it, and find ways to invest instead in a just, peace economy, creating conditions conducive to life. Join us!
We live at a time where the economic power is concentrated in the hands of the wealthy, who control political, social, and economic systems to safeguard and expand their power. This process has exacerbated the chasm between rich and poor and led to the violent extraction of the planet’s natural resources; resulting in a social, ecological, and economic crisis that threatens life on earth.
Even though there is evidence that shows that humans are predisposed to be cooperative and sharing, the war economy survives by creating the experience of scarcity that forces the reliance on greed, selfishness, competition, and a sense that we are separate.
Every transaction we make in our daily lives ultimately contributes toward building a peace economy or a war economy, a world of compassion, justice and well being, or a world of indifference and violence. The peace economy model encourages us to reinvest in our local communities, in the people. It calls for creating cultural, social and economic models that cultivate a sense of respect and self-determination for all our communities. We cannot make these changes without the foundational building blocks of the very peace and justice we are seeking. The first step is realizing the impact that our daily behaviors, ideologies, actions have in local and global communities and change these in a way that reinvest in the people and the earth.
Join us in divesting from the unjust, extractive war economy into building a just peace economy for all.
Part of growing local peace economies is building organizations that practice the values they preach. At CODEPINK we are taking steps to move towards and practice the values we honor. Check out some of the goals we are working for internally as an organization.
The Local Peace Economy defined in the inspiring words of fellow allies and leaders who have already layed the fertile grounds for peace:
The foundation for world peace is building an economy where every community is self-reliant in basic needs such as food, water and energy.
People who live in highly self-sufficient local communities are less likely to get involved in large-scale violence than people whose existence depends on world-wide systems of trade.
We have created a dangerously polarized world that is linked together more closely than ever before. War is caused by our inability to see relationships to each other.