Join CODEPINK and U.S. anti-war organizations to oppose sending cluster bombs, and all weapons, into the Ukraine War.
We urge all who oppose the U.S. sending cluster bombs and any weapons to Ukraine and who want an immediate ceasefire in the Ukraine war to join us at the Scranton (PA) Army Ammunition Plant*, where the production of 11,000 artillery shells a month cannot keep up with the demand for killing.
That the U.S. would even consider sending cluster bombs into the Ukraine War, supposedly to make up for the lack of artillery shells, is horrifying and also clarifying. It reveals to the world just how little the U.S. cares for Ukrainian people and their futures and the futures of the Russian people. Corporations reaping bloody profits from cluster bombs are the only beneficiaries of this tragic policy and this war.
Cluster bombs prove how ready the U.S. is to turn Ukraine into a desperate, barely governable country like Afghanistan or Iraq, where it also used cluster bombs, as one more way to dominate those nations and control their resources. Cluster bombs expose the lengths to which the U.S. government is willing to go, the suffering that it is willing to cause, and the proxies that it is willing to exploit in its ceaseless effort to dominate the planet.
We must note as well that precedents set by the United States on the use of cluster bombs and the deployment of nuclear weapons to other countries are being used as excuses by Russia to do the same, and that the last remaining taboo -- that against the use of nuclear weapons, must be upheld for the sake of continuing life in Earth.
On July 22, we will call for:
- President Joe Biden to announce that the U.S. wants an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and the start of negotiations to end the war.
- An immediate halt to all U.S. weapons shipments into the Ukraine War and the removal of U.S. nuclear weapons and weaponized drones from Europe.
We urge President Joe Biden to attend the July 22 Scranton rally to discuss his Ukraine war policy.
- David Swanson, Executive Director, World BEYOND War
- Martha Hennessy, granddaughter of Dorothy Day and formerly imprisoned nuclear war protester.
- Debra Sweet. Director, World Can’t Wait
- Ariel Gold, Executive Director, Fellowship of Reconciliation USA
- Susan Smith, Fellowship of Reconciliation-USA
- Susan Schnall, National President, Veterans For Peace
- Gloria Caballero Roca – Professor, Bard Micro College, Care Center, Holyoke, MA
Endorsers: Campaign for a Global Ban on Weaponized Drones, Ban Killer Drones, CODEPINK, Fellowship of Reconciliation-USA, Bob Cushing, Chair, Gospel Nonviolence Group of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests, Pax Christi USA, Veterans For Peace, World BEYOND War, World Can’t Wait.
*The Scranton Army Ammunition Plant is operated by General Dynamics, the fourth largest U.S. weapons producer, with revenue of $38.5 billion in 2022.