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. 

Sincerely,

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  • Marilyn Elaine Stachenfeld
    signed 2021-02-07 00:52:54 -0500
    We know you and the U.S. powers couln’t give a thought to real democracy
  • Lynn Hamilton
    signed 2021-02-06 22:54:22 -0500
    Remember MLK’s evil triplets
  • Ellen Goodman
    signed 2021-02-06 16:37:51 -0500
  • Gloria Garcia
    signed 2021-02-06 15:16:59 -0500
  • Dorrine Marshall
    signed 2021-02-06 11:51:37 -0500
  • Sara Jordan
    signed 2021-02-05 21:42:51 -0500
  • Shannon Nelson-Deighan
    signed 2021-02-05 21:40:01 -0500
  • Eugene Rizzo
    signed 2021-02-05 15:42:42 -0500
  • Gordon Poole
    signed 2021-02-05 14:47:08 -0500
    Is he listening? If he is, great. If he is not …)
  • Lucas Alden
    signed 2021-02-05 14:26:44 -0500
  • Marcy Winograd
    signed 2021-02-05 13:30:45 -0500
  • Mary Ellen Campion
    signed 2021-02-05 09:48:17 -0500
  • Viivi Ahola
    signed 2021-02-05 09:17:26 -0500
  • Erin white
    signed 2021-02-05 05:04:11 -0500
  • Niloufar sanatinia
    signed 2021-02-04 22:48:09 -0500
  • Sharon Conlon
    signed 2021-02-04 20:52:17 -0500
  • Kathy Ruopp
    signed 2021-02-04 20:30:30 -0500
  • J. Beverly
    signed 2021-02-04 18:38:52 -0500
  • Isolda Vogel
    signed 2021-02-03 23:33:20 -0500
  • Ruvita Maharaj
    signed 2021-02-03 14:44:16 -0500
  • Maryam Sharifzad
    signed 2021-02-03 03:41:32 -0500
    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.

    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.

    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!

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.
  • Juan Alvarado
    signed 2021-02-03 01:35:31 -0500
  • John Holscher
    signed 2021-02-03 01:04:50 -0500
    All life is precious, we should do everything in our power to sustain life, not destroy it
  • Lisa King
    signed 2021-02-02 19:22:01 -0500
  • Mark Cripe
    signed 2021-02-02 13:58:56 -0500
  • David Butler
    signed 2021-02-02 13:15:04 -0500
  • Lori Donath
    signed 2021-02-01 21:07:39 -0500
  • Judith Emerson
    signed 2021-02-01 17:03:27 -0500
    Israel’s military occupation of Palestinian Territory has cost far too many lives and ruined their economy. Daily life is made difficult to the point of “What’s the sense in trying?” Yet the Palestinian people continue to strive to move forward.

    The Palestinian people have suffered too much already. Please do not continue to award or deliver weaponry in any form to the Israeli government. Bring the Israeli and the Palestinian leaders to negotiate a real Peace Treaty.

    Thank you. 🙏
  • M-M Thomsen
    signed 2021-02-01 09:24:23 -0500
  • Anitra Wetzel
    signed 2021-02-01 00:32:00 -0500