Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Oppose Global Militarism: US, NATO, Empire

Take Action! Plant the Seeds for a NATO-free World
War Resisters League to jbennet 7-26-11
A Call to Action: Retire NATO, Create Jobs & Fund Peace!
Dear WRL'ers,
As we are on the brink of living through a decade of the "Global War on Terror," WRL has joined with a group of anti-war organizations, including our partners at War Resisters International, to bring people together in Chicago in May 2012 to protest a gathering of the global purveyors of violence.
In that month, the heads of state of the U.S. will join with their counterparts in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the G8 to continue building the roadmap to continued years of occupation and war, and we will be there to greet them.
This expanding network of peace and justice groups will not only be there to nonviolently protest the militarist enterprises of the U.S. and NATO, but we will also be there to meet one another, to build relationships that will inspire us for the long-haul, and to plant the seeds for structures of mutual support and solidarity that will allow us to create a demilitarized world without imperialist organizations like NATO.
Please read the call to action, spread it among your networks, sign up for our e-alerts, and join us in the planning process!
Contact us at the WRL National Office with any questions or to get involved in planning process by calling 212-228-0450 or emailing WRL Organizing Coordinator Kimber Heinz at kimber@warresisters.org.
A Call to Action: Retire NATO, Create Jobs & Fund Peace
A number of US groups have formed a network* in collaboration with allies in Europe who have been protesting the presence of NATO in their countries for years. Planning is underway for a counter summit and other activities in Chicago at the time of the NATO and G8 meetings in May 2012.
The goals for gathering in Chicago and for activities in the months leading up to the NATO Summit are to strengthen grassroots organizing capacity and political engagement on the trajectory of US foreign policy and NATO.
Our hope is that a broad discussion on international collaboration for the 21st century and an alternative vision for global security, peace and economic justice will be the outcome of our organizing efforts.
We are sending you the call to action: "Retire NATO, Create Jobs & Fund Peace" in hopes that you will post on elists and use social networking to publicize the call to action and the conference in Chicago.
Our goal is to use the time in the lead up to the NATO and G8 meetings for education and movement building focused on ending the wars, nuclear disarmament, and closing foreign bases and cutting military spending to meet human needs.
As rapid as the international and national developments are, much will go on between now and May 2012. Please join the announcement elist chicagomay2012@googlegroups.com to stay up to date on the planning. 
If you are a member of an organization, we hope your group will endorse the call, join the network and help plan the activities. For organizations: to sign onto this call or join the network and for additional information contact: Joseph Gerson (JGerson@afsc.org) or Judith Le Blanc (jleblanc@peace-action.org).
*Network for a NATO-Free World: Global Peace and Justice (List in formation): American Friends Service Committee-Peace and Economic Security Program, Code Pink, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, Maryknoll Office of Concerns, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Peace Action, United for Peace and Justice, US Labor Against the War, US Peace Council, War Resisters League. Chicago: American Friends Service Committee-Chicago, Code Pink, Greater Chicago Area Peace Action, New New Deal, US Labor Against the War
Check out the latest from the frontlines of antimilitarism on the WRL Blog!
Exoneration, Electricity, and the Movement on TV
The latest in the Iraq Now: Reports series, WRL organizer Ali Issa reports on the latest updates of the Iraqi revolution, including "The Friday of Iraqi Exoneration," the collusion of the Electricity Ministry with the Maliki regime, and the Egyptian TV show about the youth revolution in Iraq.
Know Before You Go: 'Cause There's No Reset Button
Introduces WRL's newest counter-recruitment leaflet and our process of creating it. Includes interviews with youth organizers with the Ya-Ya Network and links to three short films that can be used by counter-recruiters as additional tools for their work.
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Check out WRL's latest counter-military recruitment leaflet!
Know Before You Go, 'Cause There's No Reset Button is a collaboration with the Ya-Ya Network (Youth Activists-Youth Allies), a youth-led antimilitarist organization based in NYC.
Our leaflet breaks down the enlistment contract and life in the military and provides new stats about sexual assault in the military, racial disparities in becoming an officer, and stop-loss.
Written to be accessible to everyone while providing the most important info for making a fully informed choice about joining the military, this leaflet will be a staple for counter-recruiters.
 Available  on our online store for $0.15/copy plus 20% shipping.
The black and white and color versions of the leaflet are also available for FREE download.

For more information on WRL's counter-recruitment work, email kimber@warresisters.org or call 
212.228.0450 x12

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