LAST UPDATED: October 13, 2020
Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.~ John Lennon
CodePink Updates Peace Resolutions
Peace activist group, CodePink, updated its ten peace resolutions — in time for the 2020 presidential debates. The ten peace positions are listed below, for quick reading.
You may note the interconnectedness between world peace and humanitarian rights, climate action, economic justice, and the role of Big Money in politics. Please share CodePink’s video, in order to help more people connect the dots that surround America’s role in global peace.
10 Peaceful Positions for Presidents
Here’s the written list of CodePink’s ten impactful peace resolutions (from the above video). They’re peaceful positions that a peace-seeking presidential candidate will likely endorse.
- Reduce military spending, invest at home: transition from military to peace-based jobs.
- End wars, use diplomacy and international law. Stop supporting the Saudi war on Yemen. End sanctions against Iran, Venezuela, and Cuba.
- Work for a nuclear-free world: Cut U.S. nuclear arsenal, remove missile defense systems from Europe, and end NATO expansion.
- End weapons sales to human rights violators: Stop giving or selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and Israel.
- Close the nearly 800 U.S. military bases: in more than 70 countries and territories abroad.
- Grow a green local peace economy: respect people and planet. Enact the Green New Deal and a New Peace Deal.
- End support for Israel’s war on Palestinians: hold Israel accountable for violating international law and Palestinian human rights.
- Promote women in peacemaking: uphold U.N.Res #1325 to involve women in preventing, resolving, and recovering from conflict.
- Stop militarization of the border and police: stop attacking migrants, refugees, and criminalizing communities of color.
- No campaign donations from weapons companies: Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Boeing, and Elbit Systems, etc.
It’s time to disempower the military industrial complex. It’s time for a foreign policy that is based on diplomacy and international law, not war. We must make presidential candidates talk about peace, and stand for peace — so Americans can vote for peace.
Audacious Peace Activist Groups
Do you support world peace? Then let your voice be amplified. Join and/or support peace organizations, in order to exert a denser impact against war. After all, it’s pretty audacious for the Little Guys and Gals to take on Big Guns. It’s so David vs. Goliath. But standing together multiplies our strength and powers anti-war endeavors that have impact.
Five audacious peace activist groups are listed below, for starters. Any of them are worthy of your attention, support, and involvement. If your favorite peace group is missing, tell us about them in the comment section at the end of this article. They may even be added to the list.
- CodePink – Is an audacous “women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect our tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming programs.” Very few anti-war activists proceed with the style and tongue-in-cheek humor of CodePink. They’re also known for skillfully sneaking into Congressional hearings and raising a pink stink, as they’re forced from the premises or arrested. CodePink thinks men look particularly strong in pink, and welcomes them to join the fight for peace.
- The Elders – Is a peace resolution group “founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007… [they are] independent global leaders working together for peace and human rights… [and] engage with global leaders and civil society at all levels to resolve conflict and address its root causes…” For example, former President Jimmy Carter hasn’t spent all his retirement on building houses for humanity; for many years, he has also volunteered his time and diplomatic expertise to The Elders. Basically, the Elders stand ready to provide diplomatic mediation when involved parties invite them to facilitate peaceful resolutions. How audacious that old, retired people continue working — not even for money, but for the mission of peace.
- Friends Committee on National Legislation – Is a pacifist group with the nerve to get involved with lobbying. They follow a “multi-faceted approach [toward peace and justice that] draws on the expertise of registered lobbyists in Washington, D.C., the commitment and passion of people around the country… and [cultivated relationships] with elected officials and community leaders.” At the FCNL website, you’ll find an audacious quote from A Theological Perspective on Quaker Lobbying by Margery Post Abbott: “Quakers live with paradox: They are law-abiding people, but they wrote the book on civil disobedience.”
- Peace Action – Join this group’s audacious email list. Regular people are empowered to make direct contact with their own elected officials on the topic of government foreign policy. There are usually several peace campaigns going on at the same time, ranging from nuclear disarmament to Pentagon spending. Want to get more involved? There may be a local chapter near you.
- Veterans for Peace – Is a group of warriors, who may surprise some people, because they audaciously want to end war. They’ve been “exposing the true costs of war and militarism since 1985… Veterans For Peace is a global organization of military veterans and allies dedicated to building a culture of peace by using [their] unique experiences as veterans… [They] also recognize that [they] have an obligation to heal the wounds of war, not only among… fellow veterans but also the wounds that… war-making has affected around the globe.”
- Win Without War – Is a “diverse network of activists and organizations working for a more peaceful, progressive U.S. foreign policy. They have the audacity to believe in the coming of an “American foreign policy that favors peace, not militarism.”
- World Beyond War – Is “a global nonviolent movement to end war and establish a just and sustainable peace… to advance the idea of not just preventing any particular war but abolishing the entire institution… to replace a culture of war with one of peace in which nonviolent means of conflict resolution take the place of bloodshed.” Serious about anti-war education, WBW provides an audacious online curriculum of peace courses.
Everyone, jump on the peace train!~ Cat Stevens
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