We co-hosted this past Tuesday’s CODEPINK Congress Capitol Calling Party with Massachusetts Peace Action and were joined by our wonderful guests Phyllis Bennis and Joesph Gerson.
Phyllis Bennis is a Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington and of the Amsterdam-based Transnational Institute. She writes and speaks widely across the U.S. and throughout the world on Middle East issues including Palestine-Israel, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, and on US wars and foreign policy.
Joseph Gerson is president of the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, vice-president of the International Peace Bureau, and a board member of MAPA. He long served the American Friends Service Committee as director of the Peace and Economic Security Program. Joseph Gerson is also the author of the book, “Empire and the Bomb: How the U.S. Uses Nuclear Weapons to Dominate the World.”
Our guests discussed options for peace that include neutrality for Ukraine, humanitarian aid for refugees, an international security agreement, status of the secessionist regions in the Donbas, Russian reparations for Ukraine and an off-ramp for lifting sanctions on Russia. How do we reach a peace settlement before further escalation? The stakes are high for all of us.They also discussed how we should give the same attention to all the wars going on right now, not just the war in Ukraine.
Bennis and Gerson examined the current crisis in Ukraine - watch Tuesday’s full recording here now.