A Local Peace Economy

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As genocide, climate change, poverty, mass incarceration, and other acts of destruction converge into the largest social, political and ecological crisis humanity has ever faced, we must ask ourselves these essential questions: what will it take to end war? What will it take to end the violence and suffering in our world?

We’ve been fighting war for a long time, and we’ve realized this: war, poverty, police brutality, ecological degradation, and nearly every other issue we face are all connected by the same root cause. Trace our country’s history back, and see that our entire economy was founded on waging genocide on Indigenous peoples, enslaving African peoples, and violently extracting resources from the earth, in order to accumulate wealth and power into the hands of a few.

We live in a war economy.*

Economies sound like complicated, abstract systems, but really, they’re just made up of relationships. Relationships to each other, and relationships to the land. How we manage these - how we manage our home - is what “economy” means.

Right now, our relationships to each other and the land are rooted in violence. To end violence and create the beautiful world that we so long to live in, we must radically reimagine and transform our relationships so they are defined by love instead: by care and compassion and sacredness, by the qualities that nourish our souls and enrich our humanity. This is how we transform our war economy into a peace economy.

Growing local peace economies is a revolution of values. It’s a revolution of practices. It might just be the most exciting revolution of our lives, and it’s already happening all around us.

Are you ready to join us? Head over to "It Starts with Culture" on the left menu to begin the journey!

*otherwise known as imperialist white supremacist capitalist heteropatriarchy

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It Starts with Culture

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“If we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. When profit and property rights are considered more important than people… racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

What are the values of the war economy? What is the culture that gives rise to the destruction and violence we see in the world?

We’ve created a resource for you to start identifying the different ways that the war economy culture shows up in your life, and ways to pivot to embodying a culture of peace in the here and now. Check it out, and share it with others!

Download 21 Days of Divesting from the War Economy (FREE PDF)

Our U.S./Western culture tells us that the natural world is to be pillaged and controlled by humans for our consumerist lifestyles. It tells us that we must all compete against each other - that there aren’t enough resources for everyone. It teaches us that our success lies in being independent, that accumulating money and possessions will make us happy, and that we should conform to the status quo.

This culture is what created our educational, political, and economic systems and it is deeply embedded into the worldviews, values and habits of all of us living within it. It’s so unconscious that a lot of us can’t even recognize it, or identify how it manifests in our own lives.

What we practice at a small scale is what reverberates to the largest. To transform the war economy and grow a peace economy, we must transform our culture, and to transform our culture, we must transform ourselves. As adrienne maree brown says, “this doesn’t mean to get lost in the self, but to see our own lives and work and relationships as a front line, a first place we can practice justice, liberation and alignment with each other and the planet.”

What would it look like if we put our attention to growing in our lives the beautiful culture we want to see in the world?

 

Community Building

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“People who live in highly self-sufficient local communities are less likely to get involved in large-scale violence than people whose existence depends on world-wide systems of trade.”   E.F. Schumacher, author of Small is Beautiful
"The next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community; a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the Earth." - Thich Nhat Hanh

We know that going against the dominant culture isn’t easy. Inertia is strong, and we can’t change it all alone. Holding a new story is only possible in a community.

One of the most devastating effects of the war economy has been severing community bonds and alienating us from each other. Where we used to live in villages where everyone knew and took care of each other, now we live in big boxes with doors and gates. Where we used to grow and cook food together, now we pay cashiers and servers for groceries and restaurant meals.

Growing the love between us and learning to depend on each other again is perhaps the most significant thing we can do to transform the war economy, and it’s also what nourishes our humanity and creates the conditions conducive to life.

Do you have a community to explore growing a local peace economy with? How can you find your people? And what can you do together?

We’re here to support you! Here are some ideas to start you off:

Local Peace Gathering

Pop Up for Peace

Gifting Circles

For individual support with growing your community, send an email to Kelly, our Local Peace Economy organizer, at peaceeconomy@codepink.org and we will set up a time to talk!

Collective Liberation

"If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." - Lilla Watson

In a time when immigrants, refugees, Black, brown, queer and trans, cash poor and houseless folks are under attack, we ask ourselves: how do we support people across a vast spectrum of identities and experiences? We know that this work isn't about "helping" people, but we build bridges because our collective liberation depends on it. We all suffer in this war economy, and we know that we are not free until everyone is free. 

This process starts with unlearning - those of us who have more "privilege" in the system (in race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, education, and citizenship) have to do the most work to do to understand both the experiences of others and how we've been socialized to normalize and enact the dominant culture. It's a never-ending journey of reflection and practice, but it's a beautiful one that heals our souls with every step we take away from colonial culture and separation towards interdependence. 

Here are a few resources to begin: 

We know this stuff is hard - prepare to challenge your worldview, feel a bit uncomfortable, and mess up a bunch. We're here to support you - reach out to peaceeconomy@codepink.org with any questions or comments about this process! 

Resources

A glossary of common peace economy terms

Accomplices Not Allies Action Toolkit

Books We Recommend:

Emergent Strategy - adrienne maree brown

The Next American Revolution - Grace Lee Boggs

The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible (free) - Charles Eisenstein

This Changes Everything - Naomi Klein

Websites We Love:

Alternet LPE Corner - Local Peace Economy stories from our media partner Alternet/Independent Media Institute

Movement Generation’s Just Transition Zine - powerful framework for the transition to the new economy

Finding Steady Ground - a guide to strengthening our spirits to resist and thrive in these times  

Time Banks - a way of giving and receiving to build supportive networks and strong communities

Co-Op Directory - find your local food co-op

Shareable - a comprehensive action hub and toolkit for the sharing movement

earth altar - a collection of stories exploring the nature of personal and cultural healing 

Allies/Board of Advisors

If you’d like more information about becoming a partner, contact our campaign manager.

Here’s the full list of our friends and allies.

#No54BillionforWar Signatures

1 A. Garcia climbing poetree
2 A. TSao  
3 Adam Shah Senior Policy Analyst, Jobs With Justice
4 Alex Zucker translator
5 Alice Slater Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
WORLD BEYOND WAR
6 Alice Walker poet and writer
7 Alison Gottlieb Dorchester People for Peace; Theodore Parker Church (UU)
8 Angela Kelly  
9 Ann Tiffany Syracuse Solidarity Coalition
10 Ann Wright Veterans for Peace
11 Annie Leonard Greenpeace USA
12 Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson Highlander Research &a Education Center
13 Ayesha Gill IWW
14 Basav Sen  
15 Barbara Cicalese Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia
16 Barbara Dane  
17 Beverly Guy-Sheftall Professor, Spelman College
18 Bonnie Gorman Mass. Peace Action
19 Bonnie Hughes Berkeley Arts Festival
20 Rabbi Brant Rosen American Friends Service Committee
21 Bill goonan  
22 Bishnu Pathak (Professor) Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons, Nepal
23 Bonnie Lockhart System Change not Climate Change
24 Brenda F Charrier Peace Hub PCM
25 Brian Escobar Syracuse Peace Council, CNY Solidarity Coalition, Democratic Socialists of America
26 Brian Trautman Veterans For Peace
27 Bruce Taub, Field Operations Co-coordinator, Our Revolution MA Our Revolution MA
28 Buzz Davis Vets for Peace
29 Carmen Jovel Causa Justa: Just Cause
30 Carolyn Rusti Eisenberg UFPJ, Historians Against War, Brooklyn for Peace
31 Carrie Schudda  
32 Chris Kaihatsu RevLeft (affiliation only)
33 Chuck Kaufman National Co-Coordinator, Alliance for Global Justice
34 Chuck Woolery  
35 Cindy Wiesner Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
36 Collin Rees SustainUS
37 Corey E. Olsen CEO Pipe Organs/Golden Ponds Farm
38 Courtney Childs Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS)
39 Dara Baldwin President and CEO of DMADRINA, LLC, Social Justice Policy expert
40 Darakshan Raja Washington Peace Center
41 Dana Riell  
42 Daniel Carrillo Enlace
43 Dan Gilman Veterans For Peace
44 David F. Gassman System Change not Climate Change
45 David Hart New Economy Maryland, Institute for Policy Studies
46 David Hay-Edie Formerly with IPB, Geneva
47 David McReynolds former Chair, War Resisters International
48 David Swanson author, radio host, co-founder of WarIsACrime.org & World Beyond War
49 David Schwartzman DC Statehood Green Party
50 Dayne Goodwin Secretary, Wasatch Coalition for Peace and Justice, Salt Lake City
51 Don Harmon  
52 Ed Bennett  
53 Ed Goldman Fort Greene Peace
54 ed kinane upstate (NY) drone action coalition
55 Eddie S. Glaude Jr. Princeton University
56 Eleanor Stein Jewish Voice for Peace
57 Elizabeth Case Dorchester People for Peace
58 Elizabeth Schulman Every Voice Center
59 Ellen E Barfield VFP, WRL, SOAW, WILPF
60 Erich Pica President, Friends of the Earth
61 Erika Andiola Our Revolution
62 Eve Ensler V-Day and One Billion Rising
63 Frank Cordaro Des Moines Catholic Worker
64 Felice & Jack Cohen-Joppa the Nuclear Resister
65 Gene Keyes  
66 Harry Belafonte Artist & Activist
67 Henry Lowendorf Greater New Haven Peace Council
68 Gael Murphy Threshold Foundation
69 Garrett Blad SustainUS
70 George Martin Liberty Tree Fiundation
71 Gloria Steinem Author, feminist
72 Gregory Cendana Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO & Executive Committee Member of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans
73 George Martin Liberty Tree Foundation
74 Gwyn Kirk Women for Genuine Security
75 Harriet Barlow Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Working Families Organization, Mother Jones (Foundation for National Progress), Mesa Refuge, Blue Mountain Center, numerous local groups
76 Ivonne del Valle UC Berkeley
77 Jackie Cabasso National Co-convener, United for Peace and Justice; Executive Director, Western States Legal Foundation
78 James Early Institute for Policy Studies Board Member
79 Janine Baker none
80 j hoegler  
81 Jamie DeMarco Program for Nuclear Disarmament & Pentagon Spending, Friends Committee on National Legislation
82 Jane Fonda actress & activist
83 Jaron Brown Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
84 Jaron Browne Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
85 Jay Schaffner Moderator, Portside
86 Jean Maloney Maryknoll Sisters
87 Jeanne Mirer International Association of Democratic Lawyers
88 Jeff Cohen co-founder, RootsAction.org
89 Jeff Furman Ben & Jerry's Board of Directors
90 Jenny Lynn California for Progress
91 Jim Barton  
92 Jo Comerford Campaign Director, MoveOn.org
93 Joan Phillips  
94 Joanne Landy Co-Director, Campaign for Peace and Democracy
95 Jodie Evans CODEPINK
96 Jonathan Boyne  
97 John Kailin Member, Jewish Voice for Peace
98 John Cavanagh Director of the Institute for Policy Studies
99 John Lindsay-Poland American Friends Service Committee
100 John Sellers Other 98%
101 John Sheridan  
102 Jonathan Tasini Former National Surrogate Bernie Sanders Campaign; Author, "The Essential Bernie Sanders"
103 Josh Ruebner Policy Director, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights
104 Joseph gerson American Friends Service Committee
105 Joseph Persico The campaign for a Peace Tax Fund. peacetaxfund.org/
106 Judith LeBlanc Native Organizers Alliance
107 Julie Levine Topanga Peace Alliance and MLK Coalition of Greater Los Angeles
108 Kamesha Champaco  
109 Katherine Hite professor, Vassar College
110 Kathleen A Maloy Strategic Consulting for Health Equity
111 Kathleen Hidalgo Smyth International PEACE Bazaar
112 Kathy Bradley  
113 Kathy Kelly Voices for Creative Nonviolence
114 kathy lipscomb senior & disablity action
115 Kathy Spillar  
116 Kelley Ready Dorchester People for Peace, Congo Action Now
117 Keith McHenry Food Not Bombs
118 Kevin Lindemann  
119 Kevin Martin President, Peace Action and the Peace Action Education Fund
120 Kevin Zeese  
121 Kourtney Andar Veterans For Peace
122 Kimberle Williams Crenshaw The African American Policy Forum
123 Kristine Acevedo Dorchester People for Peace
124 Lana Cable  
125 Lari Phillips Mussatti CTA
126 Lary Cohen Our Revolution (Bernie's right hand man)
127 Laura Flanders host of The Laura Flanders Show
128 lea staake  
129 Leslie Cagan Peoples Climate Movement NY
130 Leah Bolger World Beyond War, Veterans For Peace, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
131 Lindsay Koshgarian Research Director, National Priorities Project
132 Lindsey Allen Executive Director, Rainforest Action Network
133 Litsa Binder NJ Peace Action, FCNL, AFSC, Greenpeace
134 Liz Moore Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane
135 Lukas Ross Climate and Energy Campaigner, Friends of the Earth
Mab Segrest, Southerners on New Ground
136 Lydia Davis  
137 Madelyn Hoffman New Jersey Peace Action
138 Maggie Martin Co-director of Iraq Veterans Against the War
139 Margaret Flowers Popular Resistance
140 Marjorie Cohn National Lawyers Guild.
141 Mark Almberg  
142 Mark Foreman Veterans For Peace
143 Mark Klein Peace Action
144 Marie Dennis Co-President, Pax Christi International.
145 Martha Hennessy Catholic Worker
146 Marthe Reed CNY Solidarity
147 Martin Melkonian  
148 Mary Crane  
149 Mary Sue Meads  
150 Matthew Hoh Veterans For Peace
151 Maud Easter Women Against War
152 May Boeve 350.org
153 Medea Benjamin CODEPINK
154 Megan Amudson Women's Action for New Directions
155 Mehrene Larudee mehrenelarudee@gmail.com
156 Michael Eisenscher US Labor Against the War
157 Michael Kaufman Communities for a Better Environment
158 Michael T. McPhearson Veterans For Peace
159 Michelle Alexander author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness
160 Michelle Dixon Global Progressive Hub
161 Michelle Manos California for Progress
162 Mickie Lynn Women Against War, Grannies for Peace, Albany Jewish Voice for Peace, Palestinian Rights Committee, Capitla District Coalition Against Islamophobia
163 Mike Farrell Actor and human rights advocate
164 Mike Tidwell Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network
165 Mimi Lang LEPOCO Peace Center, Lehigh Valley Friends Meeting
166 Miriam Pemberton Institute for Policy Studies
167 MJ Engel  
168 M.K.Brussel  
169 Monisha Rios Veterans For Peace, National Board of Directors
170 Monique Salhab Veterans For Peace
171 Murshed Zaheed Vice President and Political Director, CREDO Mobile
172 Nabil Mohammad ADC
  Nadine Bloch Beautiful Trouble
173 Nancy Porter Peace and Justice Caucus, NEA, ISEA, UNAIA, LWV, Democrats
174 Naomi Klein author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate
175 Nicolas J S Davies Journalist, Consortium News
176 Norman Solomon Co-Founder and Coordinator, RootsAction.org
177 Olivia Alperstein Communications and Policy Associate, Progressive Congress
178 Opal Tometi Executive Director, Black Alliance for Just Immigration; & Co-Founder, BLM Network
179 Oscar Chacon Alianza Americas
180 Paki wieland Code pink, Northampton Committee to stop war
182 Patrick McCann Veterans For Peace, National Education Association
183 Paul Shannon American Friends Service Committee
184 Pauline Coffman Middle East Task Force of Chicago Presbytery
185 Peggy Monges New Jersey Peace Action
186 pedro Escuela de La Paz
187 Peter Buffett American musician, composer, author and philanthropist
188 Peter E Swords Syracuse Peace Council, University UMC
181 Phyllis Bennis Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies & Director, New Internationalism Project
189 Phyllis Bloom CAPPNY
190 Rachel Gilmer Dream Defenders
191 Rev. Rich Peacock Peace Action of Michigan
192 Rabbi Brant Rosen American Friends Service Committee
193 Rafael Jesús González - poet Xochipilli, Latino Men's Circle
194 Richard Greve Veterans for Peace, Peace Action
195 Ridegely Fuller indivisible, codepink
196 Rhonda Hungerford CNY Solidarity, League of Women Voters
197 Robert Applebaum  
198 Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Indigenous World Association, Human Rights Advocates
199 Richard (RJ) Eskow Host, The Zero Hour radio program
200 Riitta wahlström taiga-institute
201 Robert Borosage People's Action
202 Robert Cordova Several: DPTC, FVC4PJ, WSFPC, NIPG
203 Robert Naiman Just Foreign Policy
204 Robert Shetterly Americans Who Tell the Truth
205 Robert Weissman Public Citizen
206 Rosa Clemente 2008 Green Party VP candidate
207 Rosemary Kean Dorchester People for Peace
208 Rosette M. Bagley Pax Christi Illinois
209 Rebecca Vilkomerson Executive Director, Jewish Voice for Peace
210 Reece Chenault National Coordinator, US Labor Against the War
211 Regina Birchem Women's International League for Peace & Freedom
212 Samina Sundas Founder, American Muslim Voice Foundation
213 Saru Jayaraman Co-Director at Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC-United)
214 Sarah Browning Split This Rock
215 Sister Francine Dempsey, Women Against War Sisters of St. Joseph
216 Stacy Bannerman MFSO
217 Staceyann Poet
218 Steph Guilloud Project South
219 Stephen Miles Director of Win Without War
220 Steve Cobble  
221 Steve Ongerth IWW, IBU (ILWU), Climate Workers, Railroad Workers United, System Change not Climate Change, and Sunflower Alliance
222 Sue Ann Martinson Rise Up Times and Women Against Military Madness
223 Tara Tabassi War Resisters League
224 Tarak Kauff Veterans For Peace
225 Taylor Hynes  
226 Terry Kay Rockefeller September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
227 Terry O'Neill President, National Organization for Women
228 Thea Paneth Arlington United for Justice with Peace, United for Peace and Justice
229 Thenmozhi Soundararajan Equality Labs
230 Thomas L Harrison Campaign for Peace and Democracy
231 Tom Swan Connecticut Citizen Action Group (CCAG)
232 Victoria Ross WNY Peace Center; Interfaith Peace Network
233 Vince Warren Exec Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
234 Vinton Deming Earth Quaker Action Team
235 Vijay Prashad  
236 Wendy Thompson UAW, L. 22
237 William D. Hartung Center for International Policy
238 Winnie Wong co-founder, People for Bernie
239 Yifat Susskind MADRE
240 Zillah Eisenstein writer, anti-racist feminist, International Women's Strike/US

Accomplices: Action Toolkit

If we strive for liberation, we should act as accomplices, not allies. Liberation is dependent on each other, colonization and formation of social organization based on hierarchy has tricked us into being separate. Learn more about accomplices, not allies here.

Rise
Join/organize direct actions, boycotts, strikes, disruptions (especially black-, indigenous-, immigrant-, muslim-, queer-, trans- houseless-, differently abled-, & people of color-led resistance)


Resist
Organize locally


Support 
Efforts and policies that protect and honor vulnerable peoples (such as Sanctuary Cities)


Join 
Rapid response networks (deportation resistance, hate crime response, safety walks, abortion facility protection, eviction blockades, cop watch, know your rights trainings, etc.) and other mutual aid supports

Check out our #NoBanNoWall Campaign Resources


Create Spaces Free From
Antiblackness, anti-indigenity, racism, sexism, homo- and transphobia, ableism, and state & interpersonal violence


Attend
Local city council/board meetings, call your representatives - disrupt the normalization of inhumane decision-making processes


Grow local peace economies
Localize and decentralize food and energy production to build community resilience in the face of global environmental, economic, and political crises. Share with people around you, start a community garden, get solar panels, bike where you can.


Educate
Yourself, our communities, and networks on colonization, the commons, public good, war economy, human rights, internationalist analysis, capitalism, militarization, trade aggression, migrant & refugee persecution & criminalization, climate change. 


Love
Prioritize care and healing (physical, mental, spiritual) for peoples’ resilience. Build long-term relationships of accountability- be responsive to the experiences, voices, needs, and perspectives of people across a spectrum of identities. Do more listening, less speaking and planning


Invest in and support cultural resistance and expression
Through art, music, poetry, dance


 

 

Internal Work

We recognize that in order to transform the world we live in, we need to transform ourselves and the spaces we are part of. That is why we are committed to working internally to transform the ways we relate with each other at work and outside. We are working to:

  • Build a space and culture where our processes of coming to agreements are flexible and responsive to the internal and external needs of the movement and organization.

  • Guide actions through collective commitment and belief in the vision and goals (rather than coercion and rules) of ending war, militarism and violence; of supporting the communities we serve (the shoulders we stand on); and of honoring the role of the organization(s)/team(s) we are part of.

  • Build a culture where the team feels supported, nurtured, inspired and uplifted by belonging to an equitable and participatory work/living space rather than by rules/benefits/etc.

  • Create clear processes for collective agreements that ensure that everyone’s perspective, voice, and need is heard, communicated, and included.

  • Build avenues and create spaces for working through disagreements, voicing concerns, and transforming for peace and justice.

  • Build avenues and rooms for each of us to feel committed and dedicated to our goals.

  • Team vs. silos. Create spaces and the time to communicate more among each others so that we are more inclusive, supportive and coordinated. Create spaces where love, relationships and connection happens- get to know each other well.

  • Build each other up, rather than shame (encourage being vulnerable in a place where we will be supported), including people from outside the organization. Expressing differences in a supportive way that can lead to inclusion.

  • Care for one another and self-care.

  • Challenge the status quo of institutions, non-profit structures, capitalist thinking, relationships, working models.

  • Decolonize our minds and our hearts  --  actions show the values we have and proposing solutions and practices  --- be it and create the paths forward.

  • Transmit our vision externally through internal work.

Comments and/or ideas? Email us at peaceeconomy@codepink.org

Accomplices Not Allies

Rising, Loving and Resisting Together

"Striving toward decolonization and walking together towards transformation requires us to challenge a dehumanizing social organization that perpetuates our isolation from each other, and normalizes a lack of responsibility to one another and the earth.”— Harsha Walia

For a long time, we have been thinking how to better work with and support people across a spectrum of identities and experiences, and have been asking ourselves: What do we stand for? What binds us together? How do we love our communities and across our communities? How do we bring love to the relationships with one another, especially during challenging situations/discussions?

The people who run our society are consistently choosing to invest in death rather than the thriving of society. Many have been accomplices of state violence for too long for enabling injustice to happen. Humanity cannot afford for us to be accomplices of the state, of governments who fail to protect us. We are women against war, militarism and we stand for peace and justice. It’s no longer enough to say we are allies with other people, which implies distance and passivity, but rather we must actively unabashedly defy, challenge, and expose the criminal forces destroying life and the possibilities for it to continue. We must be fearless in our demands that we emit through the spiritual force of love.

If we strive for liberation, we should act as accomplices, not allies. Liberation is dependent on each other, colonization and formation of social organization based on hierarchy has tricked us into being separate.

An accomplice is someone who understands that law and social institutions have been designed on lawlessness for those in power. Therefore, liberation requires being accomplices in resisting the legitimized forces of social control, which is criminalized and repressed. Being an accomplice means acting out of radical love against institutions that have sustained their domination over us through self-legitimization. We must delegitimize these systemic forces together and dream something new.

We are aware that we live in a world with different and complex identities, and that some identities are more oppressed. At this moment, we can’t afford to work in silos. We need to work together, building the power we need to dismantle systems of oppression and create systems of love and transformative justice. We all have a stake in one another’s liberation, and need to act from that interdependence. These times call for accomplices- not allies. Solidarity is a verb; therefore we commit to:

  • Build long-term relationships of accountability- be responsive to the experiences, voices, needs, and perspectives of people across a spectrum of identities. Do more listening, less speaking and planning.
  • Create spaces free from antiblackness, anti-indigenity, racism, sexism, homo- and transphobia, ableism, and state & interpersonal violence.
  • Understand that we are all somehow beneficiaries of the oppression, exploitation, repression of others and the Earth.
  • Act fiercely- putting our bodies on the line, picking a side (no neutrality), militantly, collectively, and led with love.
  • Make the time and space for deep reflection- is crucial for serious resistance. Keep a critical eye and a tender heart.
  • Practice what you preach. What are your values? Are you living with them? Our movements and work need to be based on shared values, principles and analysis.
  • Challenge yourself - learn about different perspectives, be open to conflicting conversations. There are contradictions that we must come to terms with. Accomplices aren’t afraid to engage in uncomfortable, unsettling, and/or challenging debates or discussions.
  • Anti-oppression and decolonization are much a process as a goal. It requires that we practice anti-oppression in our movements and all interpersonal relationships. We need to re-imagine our relationships with one another, with the land, and with the state- this requires study, conversation, practice, learning and unlearning.
    • “The State is a condition, a certain relationship between human beings, a mode of behavior; we destroy it by contracting other relationships.” - Gustav Landauer
  • Learn and act from a place of responsibility rather than guilt.
  • Unravel our socialized individualization until we can feel how our survival/liberation is infinitely linked to the survival/liberation of others. Foster interdependence, as opposed to independence, and take responsibility for our choices.
  • No one is here to be saved, no need of “missionary allies” or pity. We are all in this together. There is a difference between acting for others, with others, and for one’s interests.

We move towards decolonization and liberation of all. This will require learning, unlearning, re-imagining, and collective, radical love. We will lead with our heart and show the world we want with our actions.

Do you commit? Take the pledge to grow local peace economies.

What to do?

 Other ideas and/or suggestions? Please write us at peaceeconomy@codepink.org

*These ideas were inspired mostly by the various articles from the book, Taking Sides. We honor all the writers, organizers, and healers who are challenging dominant ideologies and imagining transformative practices.

Local Peace Economy Glossary

Local Peace Economy Glossary

A NOTE from the editors:  This is a very short glossary of terms often used in the Peace Economy movement, starting with Economics. We love this definition by our ally and advisor Judy Wicks: “Economics is nothing more than human ingenuity organizing human labor to transform the natural world into new products for use by others. That process can be life-affirming, or can be degrading to those involved and to the planet itself.”

Banking and Investment Terms

Community: a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, activities, interests, and goals. In terms of banking, this is a bank that is usually locally owned and operated, serving the needs of local businesses, organizations, and families.

Cooperative: a business, farm, store, or other entity that is legally owned and run jointly by its members, who share the profits or benefits.

Corporate: Most banks whose signs and ads we see everywhere are huge, profit-driven financial institutions. The top 10 U.S. banks now hold $10.2 trillion in assets. These banks are not held accountable by local communities or the US government to reinvest in local businesses and make capital available for cooperatives and other locally-based non-profit organizations.

Divest-to-Invest: a process of moving your money, energy, and thoughts from somewhere and investing them in another place/practice. Best known in the movement to divest pension and university funds from fossil fuels, but can be applied to any withdrawal of funds, individual or organizational, from the global or corporate economy to invest in the local peace economy.

Public: a movement to create “network of state and local publicly-owned banks that create affordable credit, while providing a sustainable alternative to the current high-risk centralized private banking system”. Currently the Bank of North Dakota is the only public bank in the U.S., but several municipalities are working on establishing their own.

Economic Systems

Barter Economy: a mode of trade where goods and services are exchanged, and reciprocity is expected.

Gifting Economy: a mode of exchange that is without an agreement for immediate or future reward or reciprocation. Participants in a gifting economy give as much as they can and pass it on. Gifting is a sign of care and support, not an exchange.

Globalized Economy: an international exchange of goods and services. It is comprised of different economies in individual countries, each being interrelated with the other. Globalization involves trade across international borders and the selling of commodities in markets around the world, in highly speculative methods driven by profits to the 1%.

Green Economy: an economy that has its roots in political, social and economic developments that reduce the human ecological footprint, fostering sustainability. It should be noted that this form of economy has fallen under corporate control and a reductionist approach that has received criticism for not being sufficient to cope with the complexities of climate change and enviromental degradation, and sometimes leading to Greenwashing (see below).

Peace Economy: the cultural, social, spiritual, and economic models that cultivate a sense of respect and self-determination for all our communities. It is the relational, just way of managing our environments.

Sharing Economy: the redistribution, sharing and reuse of goods (such as used clothes) and services (such as car rides), often using the internet and social media, both for profit and in non-monetary transactions.

War Economy: an extractive and violent economy that creates inequality and injustice, and it is held in place by militarization, war, extraction, and exploitation. Philippe Le Billon, researcher at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, describes the war economy as a "system of producing, mobilizing and allocating resources to sustain violence."

Miscellaneous

Greenwashing: Using targeted advertising, public relations campaigns, and celebrity spokespersons to exaggerate environmental achievements, usually by corporations, in order to divert attention away from environmental problems caused by those corporations. For example, a corporation might spend more money advertising an environmental achievement than actually putting the money into doing it.

Participatory budgeting: a process of democratic deliberation and decision-making in which community members decide how to allocate part of a municipal or public budget.

Socks for Refugees!

UPDATE: Thank you for your contributions! We are now getting ready for our trip and no longer accepting socks. Stay tuned for our news blogs!

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Help refugees have warm, dry feet by providing socks

In August, CODEPINK will travel to Greece to support migrants and war refugees living in camps. We will deliver much-needed baby shoes and socks to the Greek island of Lesbos. After fleeing war and conflict in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, over 50,000 refugees in Greece are refused the right of movement in Europe. The situation is dire. UNICEF estimates 1800 unaccompanied minors are living in Greece waiting for shelter.

Support the trip

Instructions for mailing socks

  • Put the new socks in a sealable plastic bag (Ziploc bag) and either write in marker on the bag or put a piece of paper in the bag with the size (make sure we can see the size) add your message to the bag, if you are putting one in. 
  • Squeeze out the air, seal the bag, put in an envelope or box and send to the CODEPINK LA office at 2010 Linden Ave., Venice, CA 90291
  • Deadline to mail in socks is July 27, 2018.

More information about the trip

The CODEPINK team will travel to Greece on August 6th and return August 23rd. In Athens, the team will meet with migrant women’s group the Melissa Network. Between August 7th and 22nd, the team will meet with the Dirty Girls of Lesvos, an environmental and migrant support group on the Greek island of Lesbos. The remainder of the trip will be spent on the island delivering socks and providing support at a refugee camp. 

If you’re an independent traveler and would like to be part of this extraordinary team send an email to nancymancias@codepink.org

Boxers Not Bombs

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Help young refugee boys by donating new boxer briefs

In August, CODEPINK members traveled to Greece to support migrants and war refugees living in the Kara Tepe camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. We delivered baby shoes and socks to the Hope Project, a distribution and art center, and clothes to Kara Tepe. After witnessing camp conditions and the lack of resources, we are making another trip in December to deliver much-needed boxer briefs for boys. Over 10,000 refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos are refused the right of movement into the rest of Europe, after fleeing US-fueled conflict and violence in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. In the United States, the Trump administration continues to reduce the number of refugees admitted into the country, while at the same time increasing the country’s military budget.

Support the December trip

  • Order boxer briefs: Consider purchasing a new pack of 2/3, 4/5, or 6 size boxer briefs for boys living in the refugee camps on the Greek island of Lesbos and ship to the CODEPINK office in Los Angeles at 2010 Linden Ave., Venice, CA 90291
  • Mail boxer briefs: You can directly mail new briefs to the CODEPINK office. See instructions:

Instructions for mailing briefs

  • Pack the new boxer briefs in a large envelope or box and send to the CODEPINK LA office at 2010 Linden Ave., Venice, CA 90291
  • Deadline to mail in briefs is November 23, 2018.

More information about the August trip

In August, CODEPINK members traveled to Athens and the Greek island of Lesbos. In Athens, the team met with migrant women’s group the Melissa Network and the Hotel Plaza Solidarity Space. Later, the team met with the environmental and migrant support group Dirty Girls of Lesvos and supported the efforts of the Amsterdam-based non-profit Movement on the Ground at Kara Tepe and the Olive Grove at the Moria camp. CODEPINK had the opportunity to tour the self-managed refugee camp Pikpa and women’s refugee shelters Bashira and Amira.



Peace Caravan to the US/Mexico Border

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CODEPINK Community Call

In December 2019 the CODEPINK Local Peace Economy community directed their efforts to the caravan of Asylum Seekers at the border. You can see our team blogs below. The hardships for all are heartbreaking and we are working together to organize more ways to assist.

Latest Update: Tijuana Warehouse — Benito Juarez

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January 10: After a six-day standoff with local and federal police, things in Tijuana at the warehouse where Caravan members were holding space finally took a turn for the light when asylum seekers moved to a new space.

Leaving the one way in, one way out warehouse, they relocated to a spot with bathrooms, a kitchen, a garden and other amenities.

CODEPINK supported the last night, like we did the first, with hot Pizza for the battle-weary asylum seekers and US allies, who hadn't eaten anything substantial in a few days. Thank you for donations of money and other resources to support the asylum seekers in their bid for freedom and peace of mind.


You Can Work Directly at the Border

Or You Can …

Send us your contact info if you are willing to

  • Sponsor a refugee (see below)
  • Commit to monthly contribution sustaining a family
  • Work a consistent daily shift on a 24-hour emergency hotline for those stranded in the desert who need help

Live in San Francisco, New York, Boston, Portland, Seattle, LA, Chicago DC?

  • If so, you live in an area with a favorable Court Circuit and you may be able to sponsor a family or individual of the Caravan.
  • Please check out this info and if you think you qualify, please contact Kelly Curry and she will help with next steps.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

  • BorderAngels.org is an organization that has been supporting asylum seekers and people migrating for many, many years. It is a great group to volunteer with on either side of the border (San Diego or across the border in Mexico).
  • San Diego Rapid Response at OneJustice.org. ICE drops families and individuals off to San Diego Rapid Response after they are through detaining and processing. There is a need for clothing, personal care kits (especially for women's needs), blankets and toys.

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Team Blogs

Jodie Evans: 

Kelly Curry:

Prisca Gloor, Dede Moore, Pat Wickens:

Xan Joi:


Learn More

The Immorality of Trump's Border Wall, Explained, Teen Vogue

As Washington Fights Over a Wall, a Humanitarian Crisis Is Unfolding on America’s Doorstep, Mother Jones


More Info

Get in touch: Peaceeconomy@codepink.org805-231-6755


Contact Congress!

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is breaking both federal and international law at the border by denying asylum to refugees fleeing from violence and a breakdown of societal structures. Tell Congress to show love and humanity — and help enforce the law — by traveling to the border to accompany asylum seekers across.

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Poor People's Campaign

Reverend Barber

 

THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN:

A National Call for Moral Revival

is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country. Over 40 days – six weeks of nonviolent action – the Poor People's Campaign is taking to the streets in more than 40 states and the District of Columbia to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality. Learn about the Poor People's Campaign and our demands here.


WEEK 3 (MAY 27 - JUNE 2)

THE WAR ECONOMY: Militarism and the Proliferation of Gun Violence

As an endorsing partner of The Poor People's Campaign, CODEPINK has created the following platforms to help you take action on militarism, gun violence, and the war economy in your state or at the federal level. Download these documents to move towards action with your community, or scroll down to read the platform in full.

Poor People's Campaign Platform for Action on Militarism: State Level

 

Poor People's Campaign Platform for Action Militarism: Federal Level


MILITARISM & THE WAR ECONOMY

“What was true in 1968 and what remains an ancient truth today is the understanding that any nation — we are not an exception — any nation that lives by the sword will ultimately die by the sword.”

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, May 6, 2018


War is Stealing from our Communities

The war economy disproportionately impacts people of color and the poor. Instead of investing in social or economic programs that would invest in the future, our country has prioritized investing in weapons and war. During Rev. Barber’s sermon on May 6, he said, “Overcommitment to militarism and war will literally drive us down to the graveyard of life.”

The U.S. is doing exactly that. The military budget in the U.S. accounts for 64% of federal discretionary spending. Of the $818 billion spent in 2017 on military programs, more than a third went directly to private weapons contractors. Weapons manufacturers like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, General Dynamics, and Northrop Grumman spend millions on lobbying every year to ensure that military spending increases. Tax dollars are funneled directly into their coffers, and private citizens and institutions support them by investing in those companies.

In order to take action against the war economy, we must begin to dismantle it so that we can recreate a society that is more just and equitable. We should be investing in our schools and basic infrastructure, and creating economic programs that give people life in their communities.


War, Racism, and Punishing the Poor

War is in our streets and in our neighborhoods. We see the impacts of militarization in how police interact with protestors, such as the protests around the Dakota Access pipeline and the reactions to protests in places like Ferguson. Thanks to projects like the Pentagon’s 1033 program, war has turned our police forces into SWAT teams. Instead of protecting the communities they are intended to serve, our police forces have been armed with military-grade vehicles and weapons, resulting in the escalation of unnecessary force against citizens.

After the Ferguson protests, President Obama restricted police access to some of the most egregious offenders on the 1033 list, such as grenade launchers and anti-landmine vehicles. However, in August 2017 President Trump and Attorney General Sessions rolled back those controls, once again signing off on the militarization of our police forces.

The war economy has filtered into our schools as well. Our children are being assimilated into the military as early as Junior High into High School. Programs like JROTC come into our schools to teach our children to use military-style weapons, when they should be in class learning to become well-rounded citizens. JROTC is also used as a recruiting tool, funneling our children into the military. This practice is defended as a way to lift people out of poverty, when in fact they target children from low-income communities for military recruitment while funneling precious resources to these programs instead of toward critical school infrastructure. In 2016, the army had a budget in excess of $300 million dedicated entirely to recruiting, focusing its high school recruiting at the poor.

Take the example of two similarly-sized high schools in two Hartford suburbs: Avon and Bloomfield. Army recruiters visited Avon High, where only 5 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, four times during the 2011-12 school year. Yet at Bloomfield High, where nearly half the students qualify for such assistance, recruiters made more than 10 times as many visits.

The current ‘voluntary’ army relies upon those who are poor to look to the military for a way out of poverty. We may not have a legal draft, as Rev. Barber noted; instead we have “...a poverty draft. A no other job draft. A no money for college draft, and sometimes a no other way to get my family healthcare draft.”


War & Environmental Racism

The military and its contractors are also responsible for excessive environmental pollution. The Pentagon is directly responsible for 141 Superfund sites, which are contaminated sites that are so dangerous to human health or the environment that they qualify for special federal clean-up grants. That’s about 10% of all of Superfund sites in the world, easily more than any other polluter. Another 760 or so additional Superfund sites are abandoned military facilities or sites that otherwise support military needs. If the U.S. military were its own country, it would rank 7th in the world for fossil fuel consumption.

The military and its contractors are not subject to basic environmental controls and protections. The EPA estimates that around 40 million acres of land have been contaminated by the military and its contractors. For example, the military open-burns excess munitions without air pollution controls. Munitions contain toxic chemicals such as lead and mercury. We know that those pollutants go up and immediately come down, so they are poisoning the communities where these disposal sites are located and the personnel who are disposing of them. Despite promises from the Pentagon and warnings from the EPA, soldiers in places like Iraq & Afghanistan have been unnecessarily exposed to toxic chemicals by disposing of spent munitions and other waste in open-air burn pits.

Another specific example of the military and its contractors putting our communities at unnecessary risk is the manufacturing of RDX. RDX was developed during WWII and continues to be used today. RDX has been classified as a possible human carcinogen and is connected with causing epileptic seizures in humans. Even though RDX is produced at a single factory in Tennessee, the chemical is used in many military weapons, and RDX contamination has been found at 65 military installations in the U.S. The Pentagon settled a drinking water contamination case against the manufacturing plant for a community that was 143 miles downstream from the plant. Despite the Pentagon’s assertions, the EPA has previously classified RDX as a persistent, concentrated toxin that moves quickly through water sources.

Want to take action on militarism and the war economy in your community? Email divest@codepink.org to connect with our organizers.


Learn more about the Poor People's Campaign here.

Find details about all six weeks of national action here:

Lights for Liberty

CODEPINK is co-sponsoring Lights for Liberty, an international evening of action calling for the closure of filthy, overcrowded DHS migrant detention camps that subject asylum seekers to treatment so inhumane it has drawn the ire of the United Nations. More than 600 events are being planned worldwide. Below are the cities where CODEPINK staff and volunteers are attending vigils — if you live nearby, please join us and RSVP below! 

Here is a list of cities across the country where Lights for Liberty Vigils are happening — if you’re interested in attending a vigil near you on behalf of CODEPINK, you can email Carley and she will be in touch to provide materials and support for the event! 

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