President for Peace

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NOTE: CODEPINK is a 501c3 and we do not endorse any candidate! 

CODEPINK models social justice (with a splash of pink) by making beautiful trouble at 2020 Presidential candidate appearances. Armed with our 10-point peace platform, we remind candidates that U.S. foreign policies should be based on respect, cooperation, diplomacy, and demilitarization. We know that change will not occur unless citizens demand it!

TAKE ACTION!


WHERE ARE THE CANDIDATES?

Coming soon!


PLAN YOUR STRATEGY

  • Stage a presence:
    Will you be attending the event inside or staying outside with banners and signs? Use the peace platform for banner messaging suggestions. Depending on the circumstances, purchase or reserve a ticket, stand in line or otherwise peacefully enter the event.
  • Publicize your event:
    Email us to have your outside event posted to the CODEPINK action calendar.
  • Don't forget your banner:
    If you attend the event, you might be searched by security at the event. If so, slip your banner up your sleeves; fold in your pockets, pants/skirt or any other inconspicuous areas.
  • Don’t forget a copy of the 10 Peace asks for Presidential Candidates.
    Be prepared to hand a copy of it to the candidate or campaign aide.
  • Document your experience!
    Take a photo/or video with the candidate or campaign aide with a banner and/or discussion about the Peace platform. Share it on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the hashtag #PresidentForPeace

RESOURCES

 

10 Point Peace Platform

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Download the PDF version of these 10 points here!

U.S. relations with the rest of the world should be based on respect, cooperation, and diplomacy—not war. We are asking presidential candidates to agree to:

1. Reduce Military Spending, Invest at Home 

Instead of over $700 billion dollars to the Pentagon, invest in sustainable energy projects, infrastructure, care for veterans, education, housing, tax cuts for the lowest incomes, humanitarian aid, and payment of the federal debt. Create a transition program for workers to move from military to peace-based jobs.

2. End Wars, Use Diplomacy and International Law

Invoke the War Powers Act to end U.S. involvement in the Saudi and UAE-led war on Yemen. Cease the practice of launching wars not authorized by Congress or the United Nations. End U.S. sanctions against Iran, Venezuela, Cuba and instead use peace-making efforts and diplomatic solutions. Abolish the presidential kill list and stop using weaponized drones. 

3. Work for a Nuclear-Free World 

Abide by obligations under the NonProliferation Treaty (NPT) to cut the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Remove the missile defense systems from Europe. End NATO expansion on its borders. 

4. End Weapons Sales to Human Rights Violators 

Stop the practice of giving or selling weapons to countries that violate human rights, such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and Israel.

5. Close Overseas Military Bases 

Close the nearly 800 U.S. military bases located in more than 70 countries and territories abroad.

6. Build Peaceful, Green Economy 

Work towards a peace economy that respects people and planet. Enact the Green New Deal and develop and enact a New Peace Deal. 

7. End Support for Israel’s War on Palestinians

The U.S. government should hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law and Palestinian human rights. Commit to ending financial, military, and diplomatic support for Israel's policies of occupation and apartheid. 

8. Promote Women in Peacemaking

Uphold U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325 that calls for the full involvement of women in preventing, resolving, and recovering from conflict.

9. Stop Militarization of the Border and Police 

End the militarization of our borders and attacks on migrants and refugees. End the policy of transferring military-grade weaponry and surveillance equipment from the military to local police departments, which only serves to further criminalize communities of color.

10. No Campaign Donations from Weapons Companies

Refuse to take any contributions from weapons companies that make billions on spreading death and destruction including, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Boeing, and Elbit Systems. 

2020 Social Media Guide

Calling for a #PresidentForPeace

For the sake of humanity, respect, and dignity of all people — for the future’s sake — we are standing up and calling for a #PresidentForPeace. Whether it’s on the debate stage or on the campaign trail, the candidates must prove that they are serious about creating and enforcing foreign and domestic policies that are offer real solutions rooted in diplomacy, rather than being based on war and policing.

The candidates need to know we’re monitoring what’s being said (and not said), we are educating and mobilizing our communities, and bringing more allies along with us.

As a conscious guide for candidates to address a country that is war­weary and struggling for racial justice, CODEPINK created a 10­ Point Peace Platform. This social media bird­dogging guide was created with these 10 points in mind.

Join the conversation on social media using #PresidentForPeace.

Don't forget to sign up and be our social media ambassador!


Tweet at the Candidates

@CoryBooker @TulsiGabbard @SenGillibrand @KamalaHarris @AmyKlobuchar @EWarren @SenSanders @RealDonaldTrump

Popular #hashtags for debates and election discussions are:

#2020Election #DemDebate #Debate

Make sure to add #PresidentForPeace


Sample Tweets

I stand with @CODEPINK in calling for a #PresidentForPeace https://bit.ly/2NvYBj0

I want a #PresidentForPeace who will reduce military spending and invest at home! https://bit.ly/2NvYBj0

We need a #PresidentForPeace who will reject border militarization and the militarization of police departments https://bit.ly/2NvYBj0

A #PresidentForPeace won’t run their #2020Election campaign on money from Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Elbit and other merchants of death. #DivestFromWar https://bit.ly/2NvYBj0

A #PresidentForPeace should welcome immigrants and refugees to the country and fight against Islamophobia and other forms of racism. https://bit.ly/2NvYBj0

A #PresidentForPeace should strive for diplomacy and bring the U.S. back into the Iran Nuclear Deal https://bit.ly/2NvYBj0

We have an emergency. It’s not the border with Mexico, it’s #ClimateChange #PresidentForPeace https://bit.ly/2NvYBj0

A #PresidentForPeace will end unauthorized wars and weapons sales to human rights abusers, like Saudi Arabia  https://bit.ly/2NvYBj0

A #PresidentForPeace will support Palestinian rights by ending U.S. support for Israeli occupation and apartheid  https://bit.ly/2NvYBj0

#2020Election candidates must show they will be #PresidentForPeace by opposing the US-orchestrated coup on Venezuela #handsOffVenezuela https://bit.ly/2NvYBj0

A #PresidentForPeace will lift the sanctions on Iran and Venezuela and support diplomatic solutions https://bit.ly/2NvYBj0


Resources and Fact ­Checking

Organizations like American Bridge, Center for American Progress, and People for the American Way will be fact­ checking the candidates’ statements. You can follow them on Twitter at @American_Bridge, @amprog, and @PeopleFor.

Tell 2020 Presidential Candidates: Skip AIPAC

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**Update: Senators Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, and candidates Beto O'Rourke,  Julian Castro, Pete Buttigieg, and Jay Inslee have all announced they will not be attending AIPAC either**

The AIPAC convention is a celebration of the most repressive elements of the Israeli state, featuring those most engaged in curtailing Palestine freedom. This year is no exception and the conference is struggling to mask it’s true nature. In 2016, Bernie Sanders skipped the AIPAC conference and in 2020, Elizabeth Warren has announced she would not attend AIPAC. The tide is turning as more and more progressives distance themselves from Israel’s brutal regime of occupation.

Not only has AIPAC’s headlining speaker Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formed an alliance with an Israeli political party so extreme they are referred to as the Jewish KKK. Last month, he also confirmed the systemic racism that exists in Israel when he commented that, “Israel is not a state of all its citizens. It’s the nation-state of the Jewish people — and them alone.”

This year, for the first time, AIPAC will host as a speaker a representative from an illegal settlement, Oded Revivi, the Mayor of the illegal settlement of Efrat. The growing, Jewish-only settlement of Efrat was built on the lands of several surrounding Palestinian villages in the southern West Bank. Settlements are illegal under international law and considered a major obstacle to peace.

Palestinians deserve freedom and equality. AIPAC is the annual variety show of the most blatantly racist and repressive elements of the Israeli state that are actively violating Palestinian human rights.

Join us in telling the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Corey Booker, Amy Klobuchar, and Tulsi Gabbard to join the avalanche of 2020 candidates announcing they will skip the AIPAC conference.

Related Campaigns

  • Kamala Harris: Skip AIPAC!

    Dear Senator Kamala Harris, You say your 2020 campaign for president is about hope, justice, respect, dignity, andtolerance for all. But in past years you have shown support...
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