Joe Biden: Be a President for Peace!

We’re putting forward an exciting 10-point call for the Biden administration to re-envision U.S. policy from a feminist perspective. Add your name to endorse our 10 Challenges for Biden and we will deliver this petition while he considers his cabinet and policies.  

Dear President-elect Biden,

U.S. relations with the rest of the world must be based on respect, cooperation, and diplomacy—not war. We are challenging you to agree to:

  1. Reduce Military Spending, Invest at Home. Under both Republican and Democratic administrations, we have been allocating over $700 billion dollars to the Pentagon. Instead, we want Biden to significantly cut the Pentagon budget and use that money to invest in what really keeps us safe: universal healthcare, infrastructure, a Green New Deal, education, housing, tax cuts for the lowest incomes, and humanitarian aid. To do this, he must create a transition program for workers to move from military to peace-based jobs.
  2. End Wars, Use Diplomacy, and Respect International Law. Biden must stop U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. He must finally get U.S. troops out of Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. He must rejoin the Iran Nuclear Deal and remove crippling U.S. sanctions against Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, and others. 
  3. China is Not Our Enemy. During the 2020 election, Biden and Trump competed with each other on who could do more China-bashing. Now, more than ever, we need cooperation, not another Cold War and that’s why we are calling on Biden to fight COVID, not China! 
  4. Stop Supporting Israel’s War on Palestinians. $3.8 billion dollars a year for Israel to maintain a system of apartheid is shameful! A Biden administration must hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law and Palestinian human rights.
  5. Stop Arming the Middle East, No Weapons to Human Rights Violators. Rather than isolating Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after the gruesome murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Trump continued weapons sales to the Saudis and has now set up a weapons deal with the United Arab Emirates, in exchange for them normalizing relations with Israel. Biden must block Trump’s deal with the UAE, stop arming the Middle East, and end the U.S. practice of selling or giving weapons to countries — such as Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the Philippines — that violate human rights. 
  6. Work for a Nuclear-Free World. A peaceful country is a country that abides by its obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). We are calling on Biden to remove missile defense systems from Europe and end NATO expansion. And we want to see the U.S. join the UN’s Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
  7. Close Overseas Military Bases. Did you know that the U.S. has nearly 800 military bases in more than 70 countries and territories abroad? The U.S. needs to begin the process of closing those bases and using the U.S. military to protect the nation, not seek new enemies overseas.
  8. Grow a Green Local Peace Economy.  The U.S.needs a feminist peace economy that respects people and the planet, and is based on giving and sharing that’s local and relational. Biden must begin his term in office by supporting the Green New Deal and developing a feminist foreign policy. 
  9. End the Corporate Influence of Weapons Manufacturers. Weapons manufacturers donated millions of dollars to both candidates' campaigns — a down payment to ensure they will continue to see their profits rise. A president for peace can begin to address this endless cycle by denying cabinet positions for any former CEOs or lobbyists from weapons companies and rejecting policy recommendations from think tanks funded by weapons manufacturers.
  10. Stop Militarizing the Border and the Police. After Obama’s reign as Deporter-in-Chief and Trump’s policy of family separation, it is more important than ever that we stop these attacks on migrants and refugees. Likewise, we must end racist U.S. policing, as well as the transfers of military-grade weaponry and surveillance equipment to local police departments. 


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  • Rev. Dr. Eric Ledermann
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    signed 2020-12-01 15:31:26 -0500
    More Human Rights enforcement will result in less law enforcement, thus allowing for the Peace Dividend to finally come into fruition. Furthermore, “man up” and be a human being rather than a human doing. I know you can do it, it will make your mother proud!
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  • betts putnam-hidalgo
    signed 2020-11-30 23:32:45 -0500
    President elect Biden, you know that you can accomplish few of your domestic goals if you do not accomplish the first of these demands. And as much as your party would like to ignore the voices of new, young and independently minded voters, it does so at its peril. Listen to these demands and make the democrants relevant to the largest potential voter pool in the country. “Firsts” that represent new racial and gender diversity but the same old US structure of domination are no advance for anyone and their selection is the worst form of tokenism. Please designate people in your cabinet and elsewhere that have whats needed to make these 10 demands the new policies of the land.
  • Samirah Shehadeh
    signed 2020-11-30 11:48:59 -0500
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  • Hari Dhoundiyal
    signed 2020-11-29 18:44:43 -0500
    The President elect not only adhere to the principles mentioned above, but also to the policies and financial aid to low-income and the people with disabilities. It’s now time to introduce a concept of a basic income as a human right!
  • Congetta Gemmell
    signed 2020-11-29 17:12:07 -0500
  • Susan Singh
    signed 2020-11-28 22:00:58 -0500
    Our foreign policy must be much less force-based. We can negotiate and respect our alliances and international law, and the sovereignty and dignity of other nations. It would be good not to be the most feared nation in the world. I remember when we were loved and respected around the world, from WW II thought the sixties.