A Local Peace Economy

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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 and of the labor of people; resulting in a social, ecological, economic, and political 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 practicel 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.

Now, more than ever, different groups of people, such as immigrants, refugees, Muslim people, Black people, and women (mostly trans women of color) are being targeted and attacked. Therefore, it is crucial that we rise even stronger as accomplices (not allies), and take action!

 

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

Template for getting organizations to sign on passing No $54 Billion for War city resolution

Dear ________,

Can ______ help us pass a City of Ithaca resolution to oppose the $54 billion increase Trump has proposed in military spending? We’re proposing that the leadership and endorsement  of our many communities of worship and organizations would spur our Mayor Svante Myrick and/or Common Council to pass this resolution with a broad base of support throughout Ithaca.

We’ll be approaching a city council member with your endorsement to sponsor this resolution which needs passing by Mother’s Day, May 14th, before the 85th National Conference of Mayors meet in Miami, on June 19-22.                                          

The additional 10% increase in military spending would mean 60% of our taxes would go to weapons and war. It would come at the expense of massive cuts to the EPA, education, humanitarian aid, and human services,  cuts in programs such as meals-on-wheels and after school programs. It would mean the production of more drones, more Cruise missiles, more MOAB bombs, and more death.

The cities of New Haven, CT, Charlottesville, VA, and Montgomery County, MD, have already  passed city resolutions opposing the Trump budget’s moving of money from everything else to the military, urging that money be moved in the opposite direction.

With your _____ help, Ithaca can do the same.

We thank you in advance for your speedy response in support of this resolution. See the national joint organizational statement opposing the $54 billion.

The Ithaca Catholic Worker

 

Resolution Proposed for Ithaca, NY

Whereas President Trump has proposed to move $54 billion from human and environmental spending at home and abroad to military spending[i], bringing military spending to well over 60% of federal discretionary spending[ii],

Whereas polling has found the U.S. public to favor a $41 billion reduction in military spending, a $94 billion gap away from President Trump’s proposal,

Whereas part of helping alleviate the refugee crisis should be ending, not escalating, wars that create refugees[iii],

Whereas President Trump himself admits that the enormous military spending of the past 16 years has been disastrous and made us less safe, not safer[iv],

Whereas fractions of the proposed military budget could provide free, top-quality education from pre-school through college[v], end hunger and starvation on earth[vi], convert the U.S. to clean energy[vii], provide clean drinking water everywhere it’s needed on the planet[viii], build fast trains between all major U.S. cities[ix], and double non-military U.S. foreign aid rather than cutting it[x],

Whereas even 121 retired U.S. generals have written a letter opposing cutting foreign aid[xi],

Whereas a December 2014 Gallup poll of 65 nations found that the United States was far and away the country considered the largest threat to peace in the world[xii],

Whereas a United States responsible for providing clean drinking water, schools, medicine, and solar panels to others would be more secure and face far less hostility around the world,

Whereas our environmental and human needs are desperate and urgent,

Whereas the military is itself the greatest consumer of petroleum we have[xiii],

Whereas economists at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst have documented that military spending is an economic drain rather than a jobs program[xiv],

Be it therefore resolved that the ____________ of ___________, ________, urges the United States Congress to move our tax dollars in exactly the opposite direction proposed by the President, from militarism to human and environmental needs.

 


 

 

[i] “Trump to Seek $54 Billion Increase in Military Spending,” The New York Times, February 27, 2017, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/27/us/politics/trump-budget-military.html?_r=0

[ii] This does not include another 6% for the discretionary portion of veterans’ care. For a breakdown of discretionary spending in the 2015 budget from the National Priorities Project, see https://www.nationalpriorities.org/campaigns/military-spending-united-states

[iii] “43 Million People Kicked Out of Their Homes,” World Beyond War, http://worldbeyondwar.org/43-million-people-kicked-homes / “Europe’s Refugee Crisis Was Made in America,” The Nation, https://www.thenation.com/article/europes-refugee-crisis-was-made-in-america

[iv] On February 27, 2017, Trump said, “Almost 17 years of fighting in the Middle East . . . $6 trillion we’ve spent in the Middle East . . . and we’re nowhere, actually if you think about it we’re less than nowhere, the Middle East is far worse than it was 16, 17 years ago, there’s not even a contest . . . we have a hornet’s nest . . . .” http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/02/27/trump_we_spent_6_trillion_in_middle_east_and_we_are_less_than_nowhere_far_worse_than_16_years_ago.html

[v] “Free College: We Can Afford It,” The Washington Post, May 1, 2012, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/free-college-we-can-afford-it/2012/05/01/gIQAeFeltT_story.html?utm_term=.9cc6fea3d693

[vi] “The World Only Needs 30 Billion Dollars a Year to Eradicate the Scourge of Hunger,” Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2008/1000853/index.html

[vii] “Clean Energy Transition Is A $25 Trillion Free Lunch,” Clean Technica, https://cleantechnica.com/2015/11/03/clean-energy-transition-is-a-25-trillion-free-lunch / See also: http://www.solutionaryrail.org

[viii] “Clean Water for a Healthy World,” UN Environment Program, http://www.unwater.org/wwd10/downloads/WWD2010_LOWRES_BROCHURE_EN.pdf

[ix] “Cost of High Speed Rail in China One Third Lower than in Other Countries,” The World Bank, http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2014/07/10/cost-of-high-speed-rail-in-china-one-third-lower-than-in-other-countries

[x] Non-military U.S. foreign aid is approximately $25 billion, meaning that President Trump would need to cut it by over 200% to find the $54 billion he proposes to add to military spending

[xi] Letter to Congressional leaders, February 27, 2017, http://www.usglc.org/downloads/2017/02/FY18_International_Affairs_Budget_House_Senate.pdf

[xii] See http://www.wingia.com/en/services/about_the_end_of_year_survey/global_results/7/33

[xiii] “Fight Climate Change, Not Wars,” Naomi Klein, http://www.naomiklein.org/articles/2009/12/fight-climate-change-not-wars

[xiv] “The U.S. Employment Effects of Military and Domestic Spending Priorities: 2011 Update,” Political Economy Research Institute, https://www.peri.umass.edu/publication/item/449-the-u-s-employment-effects-of-military-and-domestic-spending-priorities-2011-update

 

#No$54ForWar Twitter Storm

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Join us on Tax Day to tweet at your member of Congress and tell them to stand strong against Trump's proposed $54 billion increase.


#No54BillionforWar Signatures

1 A. Garcia climbing poetree
2 A. TSao  
3 Adam Shah Senior Policy Analyst, Jobs With Justice
4 Alex Zucker translator
5 Alice Slater Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
WORLD BEYOND WAR
6 Alice Walker poet and writer
7 Alison Gottlieb Dorchester People for Peace; Theodore Parker Church (UU)
8 Angela Kelly  
9 Ann Tiffany Syracuse Solidarity Coalition
10 Ann Wright Veterans for Peace
11 Annie Leonard Greenpeace USA
12 Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson Highlander Research &a Education Center
13 Ayesha Gill IWW
14 Basav Sen  
15 Barbara Cicalese Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia
16 Barbara Dane  
17 Beverly Guy-Sheftall Professor, Spelman College
18 Bonnie Gorman Mass. Peace Action
19 Bonnie Hughes Berkeley Arts Festival
20 Rabbi Brant Rosen American Friends Service Committee
21 Bill goonan  
22 Bishnu Pathak (Professor) Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons, Nepal
23 Bonnie Lockhart System Change not Climate Change
24 Brenda F Charrier Peace Hub PCM
25 Brian Escobar Syracuse Peace Council, CNY Solidarity Coalition, Democratic Socialists of America
26 Brian Trautman Veterans For Peace
27 Bruce Taub, Field Operations Co-coordinator, Our Revolution MA Our Revolution MA
28 Buzz Davis Vets for Peace
29 Carmen Jovel Causa Justa: Just Cause
30 Carolyn Rusti Eisenberg UFPJ, Historians Against War, Brooklyn for Peace
31 Carrie Schudda  
32 Chris Kaihatsu RevLeft (affiliation only)
33 Chuck Kaufman National Co-Coordinator, Alliance for Global Justice
34 Chuck Woolery  
35 Cindy Wiesner Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
36 Collin Rees SustainUS
37 Corey E. Olsen CEO Pipe Organs/Golden Ponds Farm
38 Courtney Childs Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS)
39 Dara Baldwin President and CEO of DMADRINA, LLC, Social Justice Policy expert
40 Darakshan Raja Washington Peace Center
41 Dana Riell  
42 Daniel Carrillo Enlace
43 Dan Gilman Veterans For Peace
44 David F. Gassman System Change not Climate Change
45 David Hart New Economy Maryland, Institute for Policy Studies
46 David Hay-Edie Formerly with IPB, Geneva
47 David McReynolds former Chair, War Resisters International
48 David Swanson author, radio host, co-founder of WarIsACrime.org & World Beyond War
49 David Schwartzman DC Statehood Green Party
50 Dayne Goodwin Secretary, Wasatch Coalition for Peace and Justice, Salt Lake City
51 Don Harmon  
52 Ed Bennett  
53 Ed Goldman Fort Greene Peace
54 ed kinane upstate (NY) drone action coalition
55 Eddie S. Glaude Jr. Princeton University
56 Eleanor Stein Jewish Voice for Peace
57 Elizabeth Case Dorchester People for Peace
58 Elizabeth Schulman Every Voice Center
59 Ellen E Barfield VFP, WRL, SOAW, WILPF
60 Erich Pica President, Friends of the Earth
61 Erika Andiola Our Revolution
62 Eve Ensler V-Day and One Billion Rising
63 Frank Cordaro Des Moines Catholic Worker
64 Felice & Jack Cohen-Joppa the Nuclear Resister
65 Gene Keyes  
66 Harry Belafonte Artist & Activist
67 Henry Lowendorf Greater New Haven Peace Council
68 Gael Murphy Threshold Foundation
69 Garrett Blad SustainUS
70 George Martin Liberty Tree Fiundation
71 Gloria Steinem Author, feminist
72 Gregory Cendana Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO & Executive Committee Member of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans
73 George Martin Liberty Tree Foundation
74 Gwyn Kirk Women for Genuine Security
75 Harriet Barlow Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Working Families Organization, Mother Jones (Foundation for National Progress), Mesa Refuge, Blue Mountain Center, numerous local groups
76 Ivonne del Valle UC Berkeley
77 Jackie Cabasso National Co-convener, United for Peace and Justice; Executive Director, Western States Legal Foundation
78 James Early Institute for Policy Studies Board Member
79 Janine Baker none
80 j hoegler  
81 Jamie DeMarco Program for Nuclear Disarmament & Pentagon Spending, Friends Committee on National Legislation
82 Jane Fonda actress & activist
83 Jaron Brown Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
84 Jaron Browne Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
85 Jay Schaffner Moderator, Portside
86 Jean Maloney Maryknoll Sisters
87 Jeanne Mirer International Association of Democratic Lawyers
88 Jeff Cohen co-founder, RootsAction.org
89 Jeff Furman Ben & Jerry's Board of Directors
90 Jenny Lynn California for Progress
91 Jim Barton  
92 Jo Comerford Campaign Director, MoveOn.org
93 Joan Phillips  
94 Joanne Landy Co-Director, Campaign for Peace and Democracy
95 Jodie Evans CODEPINK
96 Jonathan Boyne  
97 John Kailin Member, Jewish Voice for Peace
98 John Cavanagh Director of the Institute for Policy Studies
99 John Lindsay-Poland American Friends Service Committee
100 John Sellers Other 98%
101 John Sheridan  
102 Jonathan Tasini Former National Surrogate Bernie Sanders Campaign; Author, "The Essential Bernie Sanders"
103 Josh Ruebner Policy Director, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights
104 Joseph gerson American Friends Service Committee
105 Joseph Persico The campaign for a Peace Tax Fund. peacetaxfund.org/
106 Judith LeBlanc Native Organizers Alliance
  Julie Levine Topanga Peace Alliance and MLK Coalition of Greater Los Angeles
107 Katherine Hite professor, Vassar College
108 Kathleen A Maloy Strategic Consulting for Health Equity
109 Kathleen Hidalgo Smyth International PEACE Bazaar
110 Kathy Bradley  
111 Kathy Kelly Voices for Creative Nonviolence
112 kathy lipscomb senior & disablity action
113 Kathy Spillar  
114 Kelley Ready Dorchester People for Peace, Congo Action Now
115 Keith McHenry Food Not Bombs
116 Kevin Lindemann  
117 Kevin Martin President, Peace Action and the Peace Action Education Fund
118 Kevin Zeese  
119 Kourtney Andar Veterans For Peace
120 Kimberle Williams Crenshaw The African American Policy Forum
121 Kristine Acevedo Dorchester People for Peace
122 Lana Cable  
123 Lari Phillips Mussatti CTA
124 Lary Cohen Our Revolution (Bernie's right hand man)
125 Laura Flanders host of The Laura Flanders Show
126 lea staake  
127 Leslie Cagan Peoples Climate Movement NY
128 Leah Bolger World Beyond War, Veterans For Peace, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
129 Lindsay Koshgarian Research Director, National Priorities Project
130 Lindsey Allen Executive Director, Rainforest Action Network
131 Litsa Binder NJ Peace Action, FCNL, AFSC, Greenpeace
132 Liz Moore Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane
133 Lukas Ross Climate and Energy Campaigner, Friends of the Earth
Mab Segrest, Southerners on New Ground
134 Lydia Davis  
135 Madelyn Hoffman New Jersey Peace Action
136 Maggie Martin Co-director of Iraq Veterans Against the War
137 Margaret Flowers Popular Resistance
138 Marjorie Cohn National Lawyers Guild.
139 Mark Almberg  
140 Mark Foreman Veterans For Peace
141 Mark Klein Peace Action
142 Marie Dennis Co-President, Pax Christi International.
143 Martha Hennessy Catholic Worker
144 Marthe Reed CNY Solidarity
145 Martin Melkonian  
146 Mary Crane  
147 Mary Sue Meads  
148 Matthew Hoh Veterans For Peace
149 Maud Easter Women Against War
150 May Boeve 350.org
151 Medea Benjamin CODEPINK
152 Megan Amudson Women's Action for New Directions
153 Mehrene Larudee mehrenelarudee@gmail.com
154 Michael Eisenscher US Labor Against the War
155 Michael Kaufman Communities for a Better Environment
156 Michael T. McPhearson Veterans For Peace
157 Michelle Alexander author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness
158 Michelle Dixon Global Progressive Hub
159 Michelle Manos California for Progress
160 Mickie Lynn Women Against War, Grannies for Peace, Albany Jewish Voice for Peace, Palestinian Rights Committee, Capitla District Coalition Against Islamophobia
161 Mike Farrell Actor and human rights advocate
162 Mike Tidwell Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network
163 Mimi Lang LEPOCO Peace Center, Lehigh Valley Friends Meeting
164 Miriam Pemberton Institute for Policy Studies
165 MJ Engel  
166 M.K.Brussel  
167 Monisha Rios Veterans For Peace, National Board of Directors
168 Monique Salhab Veterans For Peace
169 Murshed Zaheed Vice President and Political Director, CREDO Mobile
170 Nabil Mohammad ADC
171 Nadine Bloch Beautiful Trouble
172 Nancy Porter Peace and Justice Caucus, NEA, ISEA, UNAIA, LWV, Democrats
  Naomi Klein author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate
173 Nicolas J S Davies Journalist, Consortium News
174 Norman Solomon Co-Founder and Coordinator, RootsAction.org
175 Olivia Alperstein Communications and Policy Associate, Progressive Congress
176 Opal Tometi Executive Director, Black Alliance for Just Immigration; & Co-Founder, BLM Network
177 Oscar Chacon Alianza Americas
178 Paki wieland Code pink, Northampton Committee to stop war
179 Patrick McCann Veterans For Peace, National Education Association
180 Paul Shannon American Friends Service Committee
182 Pauline Coffman Middle East Task Force of Chicago Presbytery
183 Peggy Monges New Jersey Peace Action
184 pedro Escuela de La Paz
185 Peter Buffett American musician, composer, author and philanthropist
186 Peter E Swords Syracuse Peace Council, University UMC
187 Phyllis Bennis Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies & Director, New Internationalism Project
188 Phyllis Bloom CAPPNY
181 Rachel Gilmer Dream Defenders
189 Rev. Rich Peacock Peace Action of Michigan
190 Rabbi Brant Rosen American Friends Service Committee
191 Rafael Jesús González - poet Xochipilli, Latino Men's Circle
192 Richard Greve Veterans for Peace, Peace Action
193 Rhonda Hungerford CNY Solidarity, League of Women Voters
194 Robert Applebaum  
195 Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Indigenous World Association, Human Rights Advocates
196 Richard (RJ) Eskow Host, The Zero Hour radio program
197 Riitta wahlström taiga-institute
198 Robert Borosage People's Action
199 Robert Cordova Several: DPTC, FVC4PJ, WSFPC, NIPG
200 Robert Naiman Just Foreign Policy
201 Robert Shetterly Americans Who Tell the Truth
202 Robert Weissman Public Citizen
203 Rosa Clemente 2008 Green Party VP candidate
204 Rosemary Kean Dorchester People for Peace
205 Rosette M. Bagley Pax Christi Illinois
206 Rebecca Vilkomerson Executive Director, Jewish Voice for Peace
207 Reece Chenault National Coordinator, US Labor Against the War
208 Regina Birchem Women's International League for Peace & Freedom
209 Samina Sundas Founder, American Muslim Voice Foundation
210 Saru Jayaraman Co-Director at Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC-United)
211 Sarah Browning Split This Rock
212 Sister Francine Dempsey, Women Against War Sisters of St. Joseph
213 Staceyann Poet
214 Steph Guilloud Project South
215 Stephen Miles Director of Win Without War
216 Steve Cobble  
217 Steve Ongerth IWW, IBU (ILWU), Climate Workers, Railroad Workers United, System Change not Climate Change, and Sunflower Alliance
218 Sue Ann Martinson Rise Up Times and Women Against Military Madness
219 Tara Tabassi War Resisters League
220 Tarak Kauff Veterans For Peace
221 Taylor Hynes  
222 Terry Kay Rockefeller September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
223 Terry O'Neill President, National Organization for Women
224 Thea Paneth Arlington United for Justice with Peace, United for Peace and Justice
225 Thenmozhi Soundararajan Equality Labs
226 Thomas L Harrison Campaign for Peace and Democracy
227 Tom Swan Connecticut Citizen Action Group (CCAG)
228 Victoria Ross WNY Peace Center; Interfaith Peace Network
229 Vince Warren Exec Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
230 Vinton Deming Earth Quaker Action Team
231 Vijay Prashad  
232 Wendy Thompson UAW, L. 22
233 William D. Hartung Center for International Policy
234 Winnie Wong co-founder, People for Bernie
235 Yifat Susskind MADRE
236 Zillah Eisenstein writer, anti-racist feminist, International Women's Strike/US

#No54BillionForWar City Resolution

Why should you get a resolution passed in your city opposing the proposed $54 billion increase in military spending

  • Your city can influence your members of congress votes on the budget
  • Establish your city’s values and priorities

    • What does your community want in your local peace economy? What does your city values rather than war - education, healthcare, transportation, clean water, etc.?

  • Build your community’s capacity to organize, resist, and build together

New Haven, CT, Charlottesville, VA, and Montgomery County, MD, have passed resolutions opposing the Trump budget’s moving of money from everything else to the military, urging that money be moved in the opposite direction.

Your town or city or county can do the same.

Steps you can take:

Contact mariana@codepink.org to ask for help

Form a coalition of local groups concerned about the cuts, the military increase, or both - 

    • Decide on a group or individual to take lead and ask them
    • Ask local organizations to sign on (use this template letter to ask groups to sign on)

Research who is your mayor and who are your city council members - what issues do they support/don’t support - who can you easily move and get support from? Think about other key players that could help you move your city councils and mayor?

  • Approach your city council member and ask them to sponsor the resolution

Find out how to speak publicly at local government meetings and how to submit a proposal or get one on the agenda for a vote; or ask council members/ aldermen / supervisors to sponsor it.

Hold rallies, press conferences

Use http://costofwar.com to calculate local trade-offs

Use the resolution template below, revised for your city:

Resolution Proposed for __________, ___

Whereas President Trump has proposed to move $54 billion from human and environmental spending at home and abroad to military spending[i], bringing military spending to well over 60% of federal discretionary spending[ii],

Whereas part of helping alleviate the refugee crisis should be ending, not escalating, wars that create refugees[iii],

Whereas President Trump himself admits that the enormous military spending of the past 16 years has been disastrous and made us less safe, not safer[iv],

Whereas fractions of the proposed military budget could provide free, top-quality education from pre-school through college[v], end hunger and starvation on earth[vi], convert the U.S. to clean energy[vii], provide clean drinking water everywhere it’s needed on the planet[viii], build fast trains between all major U.S. cities[ix], and double non-military U.S. foreign aid rather than cutting it[x],

Whereas even 121 retired U.S. generals have written a letter opposing cutting foreign aid[xi],

Whereas a December 2014 Gallup poll of 65 nations found that the United States was far and away the country considered the largest threat to peace in the world[xii],

Whereas a United States responsible for providing clean drinking water, schools, medicine, and solar panels to others would be more secure and face far less hostility around the world,

Whereas our environmental and human needs are desperate and urgent,

Whereas the military is itself the greatest consumer of petroleum we have[xiii],

Whereas economists at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst have documented that military spending is an economic drain rather than a jobs program[xiv],

Be it therefore resolved that the ____________ of ___________, ________, urges the United States Congress to move our tax dollars in exactly the opposite direction proposed by the President, from militarism to human and environmental needs.


[i] “Trump to Seek $54 Billion Increase in Military Spending,” The New York Times, February 27, 2017, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/27/us/politics/trump-budget-military.html?_r=0

[ii] This does not include another 6% for the discretionary portion of veterans’ care. For a breakdown of discretionary spending in the 2015 budget from the National Priorities Project, see https://www.nationalpriorities.org/campaigns/military-spending-united-states

[iii] “43 Million People Kicked Out of Their Homes,” World Beyond War, http://worldbeyondwar.org/43-million-people-kicked-homes / “Europe’s Refugee Crisis Was Made in America,” The Nation, https://www.thenation.com/article/europes-refugee-crisis-was-made-in-america

[iv] On February 27, 2017, Trump said, “Almost 17 years of fighting in the Middle East . . . $6 trillion we’ve spent in the Middle East . . . and we’re nowhere, actually if you think about it we’re less than nowhere, the Middle East is far worse than it was 16, 17 years ago, there’s not even a contest . . . we have a hornet’s nest . . . .”  Trump: We Spent $6 Trillion In Middle East And We Are Less Than Nowhere

[v] “Free College: We Can Afford It,” The Washington Post, May 1, 2012, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/free-college-we-can-afford-it/2012/05/01/gIQAeFeltT_story.html?utm_term=.9cc6fea3d693

[vi] “The World Only Needs 30 Billion Dollars a Year to Eradicate the Scourge of Hunger,” Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2008/1000853/index.html

[vii] “Clean Energy Transition Is A $25 Trillion Free Lunch,” Clean Technica, https://cleantechnica.com/2015/11/03/clean-energy-transition-is-a-25-trillion-free-lunch / See also: http://www.solutionaryrail.org

[viii] “Clean Water for a Healthy World,” UN Environment Program, http://www.unwater.org/wwd10/downloads/WWD2010_LOWRES_BROCHURE_EN.pdf

[ix] “Cost of High Speed Rail in China One Third Lower than in Other Countries,” The World Bank, http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2014/07/10/cost-of-high-speed-rail-in-china-one-third-lower-than-in-other-countries

[x] Non-military U.S. foreign aid is approximately $25 billion, meaning that President Trump would need to cut it by over 200% to find the $54 billion he proposes to add to military spending

[xi] Letter to Congressional leaders, February 27, 2017, http://www.usglc.org/downloads/2017/02/FY18_International_Affairs_Budget_House_Senate.pdf

[xii] See http://www.wingia.com/en/services/about_the_end_of_year_survey/global_results/7/33

[xiii] “Fight Climate Change, Not Wars,” Naomi Klein, http://www.naomiklein.org/articles/2009/12/fight-climate-change-not-wars

[xiv] “The U.S. Employment Effects of Military and Domestic Spending Priorities: 2011 Update,” Political Economy Research Institute, https://www.peri.umass.edu/publication/item/449-the-u-s-employment-effects-of-military-and-domestic-spending-priorities-2011-update

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9. Be prepared for the argument that a national issue is not your locality’s business:

The most common objection to local resolutions on national topics is that it is not a proper role for a locality. This objection is easily refuted. Passing such a resolution is a moment’s work that costs a locality no resources.

Americans are supposed to be directly represented in Congress. Their local and state governments are also supposed to represent them to Congress. A representative in Congress represents over 650,000 people — an impossible task.Most city council members in the United States take an oath of office promising to support the U.S. Constitution. Representing their constituents to higher levels of government is part of how they do that.

Cities and towns routinely and properly send petitions to Congress for all kinds of requests. This is allowed under Clause 3, Rule XII, Section 819, of the Rules of the House of Representatives. This clause is routinely used to accept petitions from cities, and memorials from states, all across America. The same is established in the Jefferson Manual, the rule book for the House originally written by Thomas Jefferson for the Senate.

In 1798, the Virginia State Legislature passed a resolution using the words of Thomas Jefferson condemning federal policies penalizing France.

In 1967 a court in California ruled (Farley v. Healey, 67 Cal.2d 325) in favor of citizens’ right to place a referendum on the ballot opposing the Vietnam War, ruling: “As representatives of local communities, board of supervisors and city councils have traditionally made declarations of policy on matters of concern to the community whether or not they had power to effectuate such declarations by binding legislation. Indeed, one of the purposes of local government is to represent its citizens before the Congress, the Legislature, and administrative agencies in matters over which the local government has no power. Even in matters of foreign policy it is not uncommon for local legislative bodies to make their positions known.”

Abolitionists passed local resolutions against U.S. policies on slavery. The anti-apartheid movement did the same, as did the nuclear freeze movement, the movement against the PATRIOT Act, the movement in favor of the Kyoto Protocol (which includes at least 740 cities), etc. Our democratic republic has a rich tradition of municipal action on national and international issues.

Karen Dolan of Cities for Peace writes: “A prime example of how direct citizen participation through municipal governments has affected both U.S. and world policy is the example of the local divestment campaigns opposing both Apartheid in South Africa and, effectively, the Reagan foreign policy of “constructive engagement” with South Africa. As internal and global pressure was destabilizing the Apartheid government of South Africa, the municipal divestment campaigns in the United States ramped up pressure and helped to push to victory the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986. This extraordinary accomplishment was achieved despite a Reagan veto and while the Senate was in Republican hands. The pressure felt by national lawmakers from the 14 U.S. states and close to 100 U.S. cities that had divested from South Africa made the critical difference. Within three weeks of the veto override, IBM and General Motors also announced they were withdrawing from South Africa.”

10. Remember that Trump has not proposed a smaller or larger budget. When people only oppose the “cuts,” as the cities of Pittsburgh and Ann Arbor have done, others will reflexively argue against “big government.” But that whole tired debate has nothing to do with Trump’s budget proposal, which is for the same sized budget as last year — except with $54 billion moved from everything else to the military. So you have to oppose the military increase as well as the cuts to everything else, if you want anyone to understand what’s going on — and if we hope to stop it.

What residents said to the City Council in Charlottesville, Va.:

Credit: http://worldbeyondwar.org

Mothers’ Day 2017

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In 1872, Julia Ward Howe declared the first "Mother's Day for Peace” when she sounded the call to DISARM, DISARM! This year, we heed will Julia’s call and bring together our mothers, daughters, aunts, children and all who want to work for an end to racism, islamophobia, transphobia, misogyny, militarism, violence, war, and other forms of hate.

As Trump took office we pledged to rise, love, and resist with all our strength. Over the last couple months we have seen the hate and racism that Trump’s campaign promised us go into overdrive. But we have also seen a massive rise in the resistance movement. Together we can stand against walls, bans, and wars and bring about a world of peace and justice.

Other ways you can take action:

  • Host a Community Gathering

Gather with friends and neighbors. Use this opportunity to discuss and reflect how the extractive, violent, war economy impacts mothers, women, children, and other peoples around the world. Talk about how to rise, resist and build around the military budget increase and the divestment in social services. Create a statement, write an article, commit to volunteering with 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.

  • Take a Picture with Your Message, Or Use Our's and Post it on Social Media

Create a banner with a message to stop the violence and exploitation against mothers, women, children. 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 #riseloveresist #feminismnotmilitarism #No54forWar. Share the graphic above. 

  • Create Art

Express your experiences and power through art. Show how the creation of the feminine will change the world. Share it with us on Facebook, Twitter, or email us!


Join/organize another local action! Let us know how we can support you!!

Rise, Love, Resist at the 2017 People’s Climate March!

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Join or organize an action on April 29!

Rise with us in DCOakland, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, or join/organize another local action!


People’s Climate March CODEPINK Social Media/Outreach Toolkit

Multiple crises are threatening the people of our communities, our country, and our world, and menacing our very planet. Military and climate wars are destroying lives and the environment, and creating enormous flows of desperate refugees.

In this toolkit you’ll find everything you need to spread the word about the People’s Climate Movement for Peace.


Top 4 Requests

REQUEST #1:

Send an email to your supporters/friends/family.

Share our peace message with your friends and networks. We need to Save the Planet, Stop War!

You can find sample email here —feel free to adapt and use it however you see fit.

REQUEST #2:

Help build buzz on social media.

We’ve created sample recruitment materials for you to use, but feel free to create your own. You can find sample facebook posts and tweets below, and sample images here.

REQUEST #3:

Join us on the streets

Rise with us in DC, Oakland, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, or join/organize another local action!

REQUEST #4:

Sign on to the #No54BillionForWar Campaign!

Our environmental and human needs are desperate and urgent. We need to transform our economy, our politics, our policies, and our priorities to reflect that reality. That means reversing the flow of our tax dollars, away from war and militarism, and towards funding human and environmental needs, and demanding support for that reversal from all our political leaders at the local, state and national levels.


Sample Email (Note: We suggest including photos in your emails!)

[Subject: Rise for Peace at the People’s Climate March]

Hi [name],

The war economy, its violence and extractive practices, destroy communities and the planet. Wars and global warming contribute to the enormous flows of desperate refugees, now over 65 million and growing.

During the People’s Climate March, those of us working to end wars and create peace will be rising together. We are the guardians of the future. Without ending war none of us will have a planet that is safe and healthy to raise the younger generations.  Please join us in DC or at one of the People’s Climate March peace contingents in Oakland, Dallas, Chicago, and Los Angeles! Or let us know if you want to lead a peace contingent in your local march!

For People’s Climate Day, help us stop war, save the planet, and build a more peaceful world.

Please share the image on the top of the this email on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtags #No54BillionForWar #PeoplesClimateMarch #WarIsNotGreen #SaveThePlanetStopWar

Share this information far and wide to your networks, and reach out to CODEPINK if you have any questions!

Toward a peaceful, healthy planet!

[name]


Sample Facebook & Twitter Posts

  • #WarIsToxic, We say #No54BillionForWar. Invest in the health of communities & the planet instead! #ClimateMarch http://bit.ly/pcm2017CP

  • Will you rise for a peaceful & healthy world for future generations? #ClimateMarch #No54BillionForWar http://bit.ly/pcm2017CP

  • The @Peoples_Climate is on Saturday! Join @CODEPINK to rise for peace & say #No54BillionForWar http://bit.ly/pcm2017CP

  • I’m attending the @Peoples_Climate with @codepink because... [insert reason] Will you join me? http://bit.ly/pcm2017CP

Tweet using the hashtags #No54BillionForWar #SaveThePlanetStopWar #PeoplesClimate and #ClimateMarch

Link to share: http://bit.ly/pcm2017CP


Images

You are welcome to use these images in your emails and posts, or create your own. Make them your cover photo, use them for memes, share them with the signup form on Facebook!

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Logistics and Links

Where & when is it taking place?

In DC:

Connecting as a CODEPINK Peace presence: We are gathering at 10am to put on our costumes, practice our singing, and enjoy muffins and juice. 

To be part of the peace rally, be at 3rd Street south of Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, before 11am for our 11am–12:30pm rally before marching.

In Oakland:

Codepink Golden Gate will do a DEFUND TOXIC BANKING action around 12pm @ Lake Merritt, followed by pink booth, and speaking from the stage at 3:30pm.

In Los Angeles:

Meet with us in Pershing Square at 8am (an hour before the march) to discuss the importance of talking about peace in the climate justice movement and have breakfast together, and be ready to march!

In Chicago:

Meet up at Federal Plaza (50 W. Adams St., Chicago) at Noon.

In Dallas:

Meet up at 9:30 AM - 12 PM
Dealey Plaza, 411 Elm Street, Dallas, TX 75202

Let Leslie know you can join her. Email Leslie Harris: JHarris866@aol.com 

 

Do you want to lead a peace contingent in your city? Let us know!

Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, suggestions, or resources you would like to see. Email: peaceeconomy@codepink.org

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

One Billion Rising 2017

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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.

Accomplices: Action Toolkit

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. Learn more about accomplices, not allies here.

Rise
Join/organize direct actions, boycotts, strikes, disruptions (especially black-, indigenous-, immigrant-, muslim-, 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, know your rights trainings, etc.) and other mutual aid supports

Check out our #NoBanNoWall Campaign Resources


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, start a community garden, get solar panels, bike where you can.


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


 

 

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?

Now, more than ever, different groups of people, such as immigrants, refugees, Muslim people, Black people, and women (mostly trans women of color) are being targeted and attacked. Therefore, it is crucial that we rise even stronger as accomplices (not allies), and take action!

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.

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  • 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

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Resources

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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

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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.

Recommended Guidelines For Writing Letters to Refugees:

  • Try to keep it positive! 

  • Don't take on the role of savior. 

  • Write about your authentic self: Who you are, your family, your favorite activities, your daily life, your school, your job.

  • Describe where you are from - city, state, country.

  • State why you are writing

  • You can write the women's peace group CODEPINK encourage you to write a letter 

Resources:

**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

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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

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