A Local Peace Economy

Issue Details

local_peace_economy_banner.jpg

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.

PeaceEcon33.png 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. 

Judy Wicks, founder of BALLE, and author of Good Morning, Beautiful Business 

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.

E.F. Schumacher, author of Small is Beautiful 

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.

 —Karen Armstrong, author of Fields of Blood

One Billion Rising 2017

1billion_2017.png

RISE LOVE RESIST!

During the massive worldwide actions we have witnessed and participated in these past weeks, we are inspired by the power that the masses and solidarity have. We have marched, disrupted, and protested and we will continue as we build the strong connections we need to create a better world. The coming week of February 14, we have the opportunity to rise in solidarity with women around the world and unveil the violence that many groups of women face.

We continue to RISE, LOVE & RESIST! Let's take this energy and direct it locally towards concrete changes we want to see in our communities and cities. Let's rise, love and resist more creatively and politically. Let's Dance more fiercely.

JOIN ONE BILLION RISING 2017

Even though we are a week away, days away, hours away, we can still plan and/or join a great One Billion Rising action. There are many ways you can take action:

1) Join or organize a OBR Action

There will be a variety of actions organized around the week of February 14, 2017, across the globe. Some common action ideas include organizing a walk or march through your town or city, a rally with speakers and dance with a drum circle in your central plaza, a candlelight vigil, a potluck, or a community discussion. Some actions uniqueness will simply be their locations - is there a place to hold your event that is particularly important to your community, or symbolic? Examples include City Hall, Federal Building, Consulate, Embassy, community center, university, local church, mosque, synagogue or national monument.

2) Host a Community Gathering

  • Gather with friends and neighbors. Use this opportunity to discuss and reflect how different groups of women (indigenous, black, immigrant, undocumented, Muslim, trans, homeless, formerly incarcerated) are exploited and how they face violence. Create a statement, write an article, commit to volunteering with women organizations in your community. Make this gathering something recurrent! Let us know you are hosting a community gathering and we can support with ideas and outreach.

3) Take a picture with your message and post it on social media

  • Create a banner with a message to stop the violence and exploitation against women. Gather up as many friends as you can, and take a picture with the banner. Post it on our Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtags #rise4revolution & #1billionrising. Share it with us!

4) Create Art

  • Express your experience as a woman, your solidarity, your power through art. Share it with us on Facebook, Twitter, and/or email!

5) Donate


We RISE against neo-fascism, racist patriarchy, misogyny and sexism.

Rise against rape culture and all those who escalate and normalize it.
Rise against racism, discrimination and inequality.
Rise against neoliberal policies that place profit over people.
Rise against environmental plunder.
Rise to protect Indigenous people, land and water,
Rise against homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, exclusion and hate.
Rise against imperialist wars, occupation, internal and international displacement and militarization.
Rise against fear mongering and division.
Rise against international capitalist and imperialist systems that perpetuate poverty.
Rise against the corporations and the rich making more profit off the backs of people's suffering.
Rise against economic, labor and sexual exploitation.
Rise against human and sex trafficking.
Rise against the violence of poverty, exploitation and marginalization.
Rise for food, land and justice.
Rise for freedom, dignity, equality and respect.
Rise In Solidarity!

We need TO DISRUPT with active and radical defiance!

Disrupt to INCITE, MOBILIZE, EDUCATE, AROUSE, AWAKEN, and INSPIRE.
Disrupt to shake the present global structure characterized by patriarchy and capitalist greed.
Disrupt to show how strong a creative “people power” can be.
Disrupt to keep radicalizing our creative resistance.

COME TOGETHER.

Resist with Rage.
Resist with fierce hope.
Resist with unwavering insistence on a future where freedom, equality and dignity is possible.
Resist with collective defiance.
Resist altogether. With and For each other.

And GROW Your LOCAL PEACE ECONOMY

We need to CONNECT and expand our political consciousness.
Connect by educating ourselves on all issues.
Connect by uniting in all our struggles and fighting for ALL rights.
Connect by hearing and listening and learning.
Connect by deepening our understanding of issues within the context of race and class analysis.
Connect by joining organizations and mass actions.
Connect by organizing our communities.

Internal Work

We recognize that in order to transform the world we live in, we need to transform ourselves and the spaces we are part of. That is why we are committed to working internally to transform the ways we relate with each other at work and outside. We are working to:

  • Build a space and culture where our processes of coming to agreements are flexible and responsive to the internal and external needs of the movement and organization.

  • Guide actions through collective commitment and belief in the vision and goals (rather than coercion and rules) of ending war, militarism and violence; of supporting the communities we serve (the shoulders we stand on); and of honoring the role of the organization(s)/team(s) we are part of.

  • Build a culture where the team feels supported, nurtured, inspired and uplifted by belonging to an equitable and participatory work/living space rather than by rules/benefits/etc.

  • Create clear processes for collective agreements that ensure that everyone’s perspective, voice, and need is heard, communicated, and included.

  • Build avenues and create spaces for working through disagreements, voicing concerns, and transforming for peace and justice.

  • Build avenues and rooms for each of us to feel committed and dedicated to our goals.

  • Team vs. silos. Create spaces and the time to communicate more among each others so that we are more inclusive, supportive and coordinated. Create spaces where love, relationships and connection happens- get to know each other well.

  • Build each other up, rather than shame (encourage being vulnerable in a place where we will be supported), including people from outside the organization. Expressing differences in a supportive way that can lead to inclusion.

  • Care for one another and self-care.

  • Challenge the status quo of institutions, non-profit structures, capitalist thinking, relationships, working models.

  • Decolonize our minds and our hearts  --  actions show the values we have and proposing solutions and practices  --- be it and create the paths forward.

  • Transmit our vision externally through internal work.

Comments and/or ideas? Email us at peaceeconomy@codepink.org

Accomplices: Action Toolkit

Rise
Join/organize direct actions, boycotts, strikes, disruptions (especially black-, indigenous-, immigrant-, queer-, trans- houseless-, differently abled-, & people of color-led resistance)


Resist
Organize locally


Support 
Efforts and policies that protect and honor vulnerable peoples (such as Sanctuary Cities)


Join 
Rapid response networks (deportation resistance, hate crime response, safety walks, abortion facility protection, eviction blockades, cop watch, etc.) and other mutual aid supports


Create Spaces Free From
Antiblackness, anti-indigenity, racism, sexism, homo- and transphobia, ableism, and state & interpersonal violence


Attend
Local city council/board meetings, call your representatives - disrupt the normalization of inhumane decision-making processes


Grow local peace economies
Localize and decentralize food and energy production to build community resilience in the face of global environmental, economic, and political crises. Share with people around you


Educate
Yourself, our communities, and networks on colonization, the commons, public good, war economy, human rights, internationalist analysis, capitalism, militarization, trade aggression, migrant & refugee persecution & criminalization, climate change. 


Love
Prioritize care and healing (physical, mental, spiritual) for peoples’ resilience. Build long-term relationships of accountability- be responsive to the experiences, voices, needs, and perspectives of people across a spectrum of identities. Do more listening, less speaking and planning


Invest in and support cultural resistance and expression
Through art, music, poetry, dance


Resources

 

Accomplices Not Allies

Rising, Loving and Resisting Together

"Striving toward decolonization and walking together towards transformation requires us to challenge a dehumanizing social organization that perpetuates our isolation from each other, and normalizes a lack of responsibility to one another and the earth.”— Harsha Walia

For a long time, we have been thinking how to better work with and support people across a spectrum of identities and experiences, and have been asking ourselves: What do we stand for? What binds us together? How do we love our communities and across our communities? How do we bring love to the relationships with one another, especially during challenging situations/discussions?

The people who run our society are consistently choosing to invest in death rather than the thriving of society. Many have been accomplices of state violence for too long for enabling injustice to happen. Humanity cannot afford for us to be accomplices of the state, of governments who fail to protect us. We are women against war, militarism and we stand for peace and justice. It’s no longer enough to say we are allies with other people, which implies distance and passivity, but rather we must actively unabashedly defy, challenge, and expose the criminal forces destroying life and the possibilities for it to continue. We must be fearless in our demands that we emit through the spiritual force of love.

If we strive for liberation, we should act as accomplices, not allies. Liberation is dependent on each other, colonization and formation of social organization based on hierarchy has tricked us into being separate.

An accomplice is someone who understands that law and social institutions have been designed on lawlessness for those in power. Therefore, liberation requires being accomplices in resisting the legitimized forces of social control, which is criminalized and repressed. Being an accomplice means acting out of radical love against institutions that have sustained their domination over us through self-legitimization. We must delegitimize these systemic forces together and dream something new.

We are aware that we live in a world with different and complex identities, and that some identities are more oppressed. At this moment, we can’t afford to work in silos. We need to work together, building the power we need to dismantle systems of oppression and create systems of love and transformative justice. We all have a stake in one another’s liberation, and need to act from that interdependence. These times call for accomplices- not allies. Solidarity is a verb; therefore we commit to:

  • Build long-term relationships of accountability- be responsive to the experiences, voices, needs, and perspectives of people across a spectrum of identities. Do more listening, less speaking and planning.
  • Create spaces free from antiblackness, anti-indigenity, racism, sexism, homo- and transphobia, ableism, and state & interpersonal violence.
  • Understand that we are all somehow beneficiaries of the oppression, exploitation, repression of others and the Earth.
  • Act fiercely- putting our bodies on the line, picking a side (no neutrality), militantly, collectively, and led with love.
  • Make the time and space for deep reflection- is crucial for serious resistance. Keep a critical eye and a tender heart.
  • Practice what you preach. What are your values? Are you living with them? Our movements and work need to be based on shared values, principles and analysis.
  • Challenge yourself - learn about different perspectives, be open to conflicting conversations. There are contradictions that we must come to terms with. Accomplices aren’t afraid to engage in uncomfortable, unsettling, and/or challenging debates or discussions.
  • Anti-oppression and decolonization are much a process as a goal. It requires that we practice anti-oppression in our movements and all interpersonal relationships. We need to re-imagine our relationships with one another, with the land, and with the state- this requires study, conversation, practice, learning and unlearning.
    • “The State is a condition, a certain relationship between human beings, a mode of behavior; we destroy it by contracting other relationships.” - Gustav Landauer
  • Learn and act from a place of responsibility rather than guilt.
  • Unravel our socialized individualization until we can feel how our survival/liberation is infinitely linked to the survival/liberation of others. Foster interdependence, as opposed to independence, and take responsibility for our choices.
  • No one is here to be saved, no need of “missionary allies” or pity. We are all in this together. There is a difference between acting for others, with others, and for one’s interests.

We move towards decolonization and liberation of all. This will require learning, unlearning, re-imagining, and collective, radical love. We will lead with our heart and show the world we want with our actions.

Do you commit? Take the pledge to grow local peace economies.

What to do?

 Other ideas and/or suggestions? Please write us at peaceeconomy@codepink.org

*These ideas were inspired mostly by the various articles from the book, Taking Sides. We honor all the writers, organizers, and healers who are challenging dominant ideologies and imagining transformative practices.

Start NOW!

        Want to grow your local peace economy,                                                ...but don't know where to start?

Here are some resources, and steps that can help you start.

Crisis is inevitable; we see it happening both in the planet and in people’s lives. Historically, these crises vacuums have been filled with exploitation and accumulation of wealth. Growing local just peace economies will build solutions to the vacuums created by the extensive extraction and exploitation.

How will the transition from a war economy to a peace economy look like? How will we build it? We all participate in different economies, we all invest our time, energy and resources in different practices, both extractive and regenerative. Divesting from the extractive war economy means taking power away from it, and instead building a just peace economy, which is based in cooperation and equity.

  • Watch How We Live - Transition towards a Just Economy

  • How are you building a peace economy for all?
  • What does peace mean for others? What does peace mean for you?

Your connection locally and your imagination can be your guides, but if you need assistance, here are some steps and examples:

It is global warming and the war economy.

Recognition -- Recognize, learn, reflect, act. Be aware of the impacts your daily habits have on people and the planet. Where are you not living your values?

  • We all contribute to the extractive war economy by living extractive practices and values.
  • We can’t fix the economy and the planet with the mindset that caused this crisis in the first place. Corporate, violent “solutions” will continue to benefit the few at the expense of the many.
  • How are you contributing to war, poverty, state violence? What is the purpose of your actions? Is it to create a caring environment, or to create profit? The “green economy”, for example, is also a war economy when its purpose is to create profit.
  • Some people don’t have many choices, do you? People are just trying to survive. What choices you can make to support the livelihoods of people and the earth?
  • What do you engage your time, thoughts, energy in?

*It is global warming and the war economy.   

Support local, national, and global efforts against violent and extractive practices. Amplify your voice.

  • Shift the power balance. At the root of the problem is an imbalance of power. 
    • We are all building power together. Our reinvestment efforts are embedded within a mass social movement of interlocking justice struggles. Underlying all of our work must be a deep commitment to solidarity organizing and accountability to the communities who are the driving force for change.
  • Connect with movements that are working against extractive/violent practices. Go to actions, sign petitions, share information, donate, support:

Corporate greed

Surveillance
Militarization Environmental injustice
Immigration enforcement Occupation and gentrification
Criminalization War
Police violence  

 *These groups are mostly based in CA. Find you local groups!

Invest your daily money/energy in regenerative community-led businesses, such as co-ops, instead of investing in extractive corporations.

Instead of buying at Walmart, for example, buy at your local co-op or community store. Why co-ops?

  • Find your local food co-ops
  • Are you part of a divestment campaign? Want to find ways to reinvest in a regenerative economy? Check out Regenerative Finance projects/tools- Regenerative Finance shifts the economy by transferring control of capital to communities most affected by racial, climate and economic injustice.
  • Time Banks- a way of giving and receiving to build supportive networks and strong communities.
  • Connect with people and organizations that are creating change and building the infrastructure for a peaceful and just economy.

JTFramework_APR2016.png

Self-local-governance. Be engaged in your local politics.change_the_rules.jpg

  • Be prepared to change things internally and externally. Be connected to local, national, and global movements, but also be part of, for example, county/city commissions. Shift power internally; contest for power at the level of governments.
  • Change the culture by working locally. National and global policy reforms, like LGBTQIA rights, had happened with local fights.

Challenge the status quo/your beliefs and assumptions.

Learn to unlearn, re-learn - the media has filled our minds with trash. Unlearn the trash, learn the love. Be open to learning about different perspectives (listen), be critical, ask questions, be compassionate.

  • "People will not go someplace we have not first traveled to in our minds." Imagine, reimagine, be creative, be diverse.
  • We created what we live in, we can create another way of living.
  • Pop-Ups for Peace- Spaces for open dialogue, reflection, critical thinking, and imagination can ignite visions for change and motivations for collective action.

When you "divest" from the extractive/war economy, can be automatically investing in a peaceful one, by changing the narrative and taking a stance. BUT it is not about reacting all the time, we have to be proactive. What are the roots of the problems we live with? How can you support/build real solutions? Communities and people are building community-led solutions for resilience, justice and peace. Connect with them.

Any questions and/or feedback, please email us to: peaceeconomy@codepink.org

 JOIN THE MOVEMENT

Sign up to receive daily Local Peace Economy inspirational emails.

Resources

PeaceEconomy_CityScape.jpg

 

Local Peace Economy Introductory Webinar

Accomplices Action Toolkit

How to be Accomplices, not allies

Pop Ups for Peace- facilitating conversations on peace 

A How-To Guide for Gifting Circles

7 Ways to Divest from a Militarized Economy

A glossary of common Local Peace Economy terms

 Suggested Reading 

  • This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
  • The Next American Revolution by Grace Lee Boggs

Allies/Board of Advisors

If you’d like more information about becoming partner, contact our campaign manager.

Here’s the full list of our friends and allies.

Local Peace Economy Glossary

Local Peace Economy Glossary

A NOTE from the editors:  This is a very short glossary of terms often used in the Peace Economy movement, starting with Economics. We love this definition by our ally and advisor Judy Wicks: “Economics is nothing more than human ingenuity organizing human labor to transform the natural world into new products for use by others. That process can be life-affirming, or can be degrading to those involved and to the planet itself.”

Banking and Investment Terms

Community: a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, activities, interests, and goals. In terms of banking, this is a bank that is usually locally owned and operated, serving the needs of local businesses, organizations, and families.

Cooperative: a business, farm, store, or other entity that is legally owned and run jointly by its members, who share the profits or benefits.

Corporate: Most banks whose signs and ads we see everywhere are huge, profit-driven financial institutions. The top 10 U.S. banks now hold $10.2 trillion in assets. These banks are not held accountable by local communities or the US government to reinvest in local businesses and make capital available for cooperatives and other locally-based non-profit organizations.

Divest-to-Invest: a process of moving your money, energy, and thoughts from somewhere and investing them in another place/practice. Best known in the movement to divest pension and university funds from fossil fuels, but can be applied to any withdrawal of funds, individual or organizational, from the global or corporate economy to invest in the local peace economy.

Public: a movement to create “network of state and local publicly-owned banks that create affordable credit, while providing a sustainable alternative to the current high-risk centralized private banking system”. Currently the Bank of North Dakota is the only public bank in the U.S., but several municipalities are working on establishing their own.

Economic Systems

Barter Economy: a mode of trade where goods and services are exchanged, and reciprocity is expected.

Gifting Economy: a mode of exchange that is without an agreement for immediate or future reward or reciprocation. Participants in a gifting economy give as much as they can and pass it on. Gifting is a sign of care and support, not an exchange.

Globalized Economy: an international exchange of goods and services. It is comprised of different economies in individual countries, each being interrelated with the other. Globalization involves trade across international borders and the selling of commodities in markets around the world, in highly speculative methods driven by profits to the 1%.

Green Economy: an economy that has its roots in political, social and economic developments that reduce the human ecological footprint, fostering sustainability. It should be noted that this form of economy has fallen under corporate control and a reductionist approach that has received criticism for not being sufficient to cope with the complexities of climate change and enviromental degradation, and sometimes leading to Greenwashing (see below).

Peace Economy: the cultural, social, spiritual, and economic models that cultivate a sense of respect and self-determination for all our communities. It is the relational, just way of managing our environments.

Sharing Economy: the redistribution, sharing and reuse of goods (such as used clothes) and services (such as car rides), often using the internet and social media, both for profit and in non-monetary transactions.

War Economy: an extractive and violent economy that creates inequality and injustice, and it is held in place by militarization, war, extraction, and exploitation. Philippe Le Billon, researcher at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, describes the war economy as a "system of producing, mobilizing and allocating resources to sustain violence."

Miscellaneous

Greenwashing: Using targeted advertising, public relations campaigns, and celebrity spokespersons to exaggerate environmental achievements, usually by corporations, in order to divert attention away from environmental problems caused by those corporations. For example, a corporation might spend more money advertising an environmental achievement than actually putting the money into doing it.

Participatory budgeting: a process of democratic deliberation and decision-making in which community members decide how to allocate part of a municipal or public budget.

Support for Refugees

I_HEART_REFUGEES.png

Many of us have been shaken by the enormity of the refugee crisis. Every day we are given more information and the numbers are overwhelming. The United Nations refugee agency has reported that the number of refugees and migrants arriving on Lesvos, Greece continues to be high, at an average of 3,300 people per dayIt is not only Syrians who are fleeing their homes. Refugees from all over the Middle East including Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan are also desperately escaping their war-torn countries. Last winter 6,000 refugees died from the cold. The young and very elderly are especially prone to hypothermia and pneumonia.

In the face of suffering, how can we take action?

At CODEPINK we created the Local Peace Economy campaign because at the heart of our work is the goal of creating cultural, social and economic models that cultivate justice and a sense of respect. The next step we take after dismantling and walking away from the violent, extractive, war-based economy that allows these conditions to exist, is building up and growing the peace we seek...for not only ourselves and our own communities, but for people everywhere.

To that end...

We are launching a nationwide call to action to support refugees in different ways-- Knitting for Refugees and Letters for Refugees. Join us.


 Letters for refugees

In May 2017, CODEPINK will join a trip to Iraq Kurdistan led by the Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT). The Kurds of northern Iraq faced discrimination, terror, and death under the regime of Saddam Hussein. As the security situation deteriorated in rest of Iraq following the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, thousands of displaced persons fled to the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) area in the north, where it seemed safer. However, northern border villages have recently been the site of military attacks by Turkey and Iran. 

We think that a letter can show somebody that you care, and show that we won't stop our work until there is peace and justice for everyone. It can make somebody feel loved and motivated. It’s a gesture that requires personal effort. It’s easy to forget that Iraqi internally displaced persons and don't realize all the suffering and harm these wars have created. We remember, we have the refugees and other impacted people on our minds and hearts. Let them know. 

Write a letter to a refugee today. We’ll collect your letters into a scrapbook and share with refugee camps and displaced communities while in Iraq Kurdistan. You can create a difference in someone's life, someone will create a difference in you.

**Letters must arrive by April 21, 2017 to ensure your letter makes it into the scrapbook.**

Letters can be sent to:
ATTN: CODEPINK
PO Box 475142 
San Francisco, CA 94147

Knitting.jpg

Knitting Update!

Items that are in serious need include:

  • unnamed-32.jpgGloves, dark colored hats/beanies and socks.
  • 100% wool items are preferred, because warmth is a priority, and acrylic can be a fire risk for people living without electricity and in close proximity to open flames, as many refugees do.
  • If you are someone who sews, you can also make reusable menstrual pads, which are also in dire need.  

Please feel free to also visit our Knitting for Refugees Pinterest Board for images, additional patterns and design inspiration.

Here are a few suggestions for starting:

  1. Do you knit, crochet or sew or have someone in life who does? Tell them about our call to action & how they can use their skills to help provide comfort and relief for refugees. 
  2. Gather a group of friends and organize a party around making items for refugees. Invite others in your community to join you by creating a Facebook event.
  3. Click here to find your local knitting, sewing or crocheting group near you and suggest this as project for the group to take on. You can also find groups here.
  4. Download our Knitting for Refugees Guide and hand it out at your gathering.
  5. Deliver our flyer to a knitting store near you.

We will support you by posting your event in our Action Calendarso you may share the event link & use it to invite your community and friends.

DON’T FORGET to submit & post pictures of your gatherings, and images of your finished products to your own Facebook page or Twitter account using the hashtags #knit4refugees and #peaceeconomy.

Packages can be sent to:

ATTN: CODEPINK
2010 Linden Avenue
Venice, CA 90291

Questions?

Please email peaceeconomy@codepink.org

Related Campaigns

Related Events

Sign up to Workgroup

Liquid syntax error: Error in tag 'subpage' - No such page slug Pop Ups for Peace