What is the Peace Collective?
The peace collective is anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist. We are for a world free from neoliberal greed and violence. We support and affirm the right to self-determination for all peoples, especially those in the Global South, as they resist the colonial domination of the U.S. empire. We advocate for international cooperation, not a unipolar world order. The Peace Collective is made up of people under the age of 30 who come together for anti-imperialist education in the form of book clubs and discussions. Collective members have opportunities to start or get connected to divestment campaigns in their area to gain anti-war organizing experience, as well as other CODEPINK campaigns around the country and world.
To defeat the military-industrial complex and the obsession with power, we must begin to look at our existences very differently. We must view the world and each other as abundance instead of buying into the capitalist myth of scarcity. Believing there is not enough for all of us is both untrue and violent. Austerity breeds violence. We must begin to challenge the belief that humans are inherently selfish, competitive, and individualistic, because we are not. Greed is taught and we often find that when we are our fullest, most raw selves, we are giving, kind, and interdependent.
The Peace Collective is for a world that embraces sustainability in all forms: sustainability of resources, peoples, cultures, the economy, and international cooperation. A world that embraces our true human nature, which is to care for one another. A world without empire would demonstrate that life can exist without unrelenting profit at people’s expense. A world where people can get their needs met while being fulfilled and not exploited.
A sustainable, just, and cooperative future for all is possible in our lifetime, but only by first envisioning and fighting for a world without empire and its needless destruction of the environment, the economy, diplomatic relations, and — most importantly — human life.