Demand Ed Markey Stop Supporting Military Funding for Endless Wars!
Sign our petition to Senator Ed Markey now and ask him to live up to his promise as a peaceful progressive to cut wasteful military spending and stop undiplomatic aggression against China by voting NO on the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act of 2021.
Dear Senator Markey,
On April 21st of 2021, you and every Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to advance the Strategic Competition Act out of committee to the full Senate for debate and consideration. Last year during Massachusetts’ Democratic Senate Primary, you categorized your 2003 vote for the War in Iraq as a “mistake.” Now after winning re-election with the support of groups like Massachusetts Peace Action, Senator Markey, we believe you have made another mistake in advancing the aggressive and undiplomatic Strategic Competition Act out of committee. Your support for this bill goes against your stated support for cutting the bloated Pentagon budget that diverts funding from important domestic needs like education, healthcare, and transitioning to a green economy.
The Strategic Competition Act sends over $650 million of our tax dollars to funding foreign militaries, with an additional $225 million for military training, all to escalate conflicts and tensions with China. This undiplomatic bill sets the stage for a new cold war with China that would undermine the necessary cooperation of the world’s two largest economies and biggest polluters in combating global challenges like climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the Strategic Competition Act has been folded into the larger U.S. Innovation and Competition Act of 2021, it has retained the most wasteful and dangerous provisions, including military funding and half a billion dollars for U.S. propaganda that demonizes China and endangers Asian and Asian American people at home and abroad. This includes funding for Radio Free Asia, which began broadcasting propaganda to mainland China in 1951, and which even the New York Times has described as “an arm of the C.I.A.”
Reckless Yellow Peril rhetoric and dangerous propaganda — both in the bill’s text and in its promotion — has devastating effects on Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities who face a new deadly wave of anti-Asian intimidation and attacks. Much like the post-9/11 Islamophobia that fueled the Iraq War, this current wave of Sinophobia is being amplified by politicians demonizing and scapegoating China in an effort to manufacture consent for further military spending, aggression, and war.
Senator Ed Markey, we write to you today calling for peace and asking that you oppose further nuclear proliferation, out-of-control Pentagon spending, anti-Asian propaganda, and undiplomatic posturing that forestalls cooperation on our biggest global issues. We ask that you keep your campaign promise to cut wasteful military spending and Vote No on the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act of 2021.