Monday, April 15, 2013


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2013.  Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology.  

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Contents 2013
Global Day of Action
Peace Action, Move the Money
War Resisters League, Budget Pie
War Tax Resistance Committee
Historians Against the War

1.                             Global Day of Action on Military Spending: GDAMS
Join us in this Global Day of Action on Military Spending! ... It is also Tax Day in the US. In 2013, GDAMS will take place on Monday, April 15. ... such as the Afghanistan war and other wars, the anti-bases efforts, arms trade deals, work against small arms and nuclear weapons, resources for nonviolent conflict resolution, ...\
Global Day of Action on Military Spending
·                                 GDAMS
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·                                 NEWS AND OPINION
·                                 TOOLS
·                                 FIND AN EVENT
·                                 MEDIA AND LINKS
·                                 PREVIOUS GDAMS
·                                 CONTACT


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In 2011, global military spending surged to US $1.74 trillion. Given the numerous crises facing the planet — economic, environmental, health, diplomatic — it is imperative that we create a global movement to shift this money to human needs. We know that there are thousands of organizations and millions of individuals who support this point of view – what is needed is to begin a serious mobilizing effort to make it visible.
We are organizing a Global Day of Action on Military Spending each year in April to coincide with the release of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI) annual figures on world military expenditures. It is also Tax Day in the USIn 2013, GDAMS will take place on MondayApril 15. On this day, people on all continents will join together in joint actions to focus public, political, and media attention on the costs of military spending and the need for new priorities. Such events will help us to build an international network around this issue.
While each location will craft its own approach, there will be a common focus on calling attention to the overall size of global military spending. This would need in most cases to be linked to a national, local or international issue, such as the Afghanistan war and other wars, the anti-bases efforts, arms trade deals, work against small arms and nuclear weapons, resources for nonviolent conflict resolution, Article 9 campaign etc. We very much hope that peace groups will use this as an opportunity to connect up with development, anti-poverty, environmental, pro-democracy organizations and others who share our perspective.
As for types of actions: a whole range is possible — from street theatre/demonstrations, putting up banners to seminars, signature collection, flash mobs and much more. A key aspect is the visual side. By generating some captivating images, we plan to attract widespread media coverage and make available photos of our rallies and events. See the pictures from around the world in the  GDAMS Flickr page which document the global movement and  accompany our stories and the SIPRI report.

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Move the Money CAMPAIGN 2013

While the recommendations of the Sustainable Defense Task would cut over one trillion dollars from the Pentagon budget over the next 10 years, this would still leave the Pentagon a ten year budget of over six trillion dollars.
Today, military spending accounts for more than half of the federal government's entire discretionary budget. Nuclear weapons spending alone accounts for over $40 billion annually, and is scheduled to increase.  There is an obvious connection between the bloated Pentagon budget and the critical budget shortfalls facing virtually every community in the country.
Peace Action is partnering with Peace Action Education Fund on its Move the Money Campaign. This effort will serve as a platform for average people to voice their opinions and demands regarding military spending.  Communities will utilize public forums, education, public demonstrations, local resolutions and petitions as tools to influence decisions made by our elected officials.
 The following are goals that Peace Action’s Move the Money Campaign has for 2013:
  •  Build stronger alliances between the peace movement and labor, economic justice and human needs groups, whose constituencies have been devastated by the economic crisis.
  • Raise the stakes for President Obama and other elected officials in the 2014 elections as they define their positions on military spending issues through Peace Action’s Peace Voter 2014 organizing,  
  • Develop educational tools on the federal budget and the impact of military spending on their communities for local organizers to use in their outreach.
  • Work in key states to raise awareness and public support for reducing military spending by 25%.
  • Support the local efforts of Peace Action affiliates and chapters in strengthening local alliances with civil rights, labor and other community groups and build city, state and national coalitions focused on reductions of military spending to meet human needs, and encourage participation in the Congressional budget process in 2013 and beyond.

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·                     Action Alert: Sign and Circulate the Jobs Not Wars Petition!
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·                     Dr King on Peace, Militarism and Internationalism
·                     Action Alert: Pull the Pork from the Pentagon Budget!
As the debate continues on the automatic spending cuts, the deficit, and the 2013 federal budget, it may seem like there is n...
·                     Action Alert – Cut the Pentagon, Not Medicare!
When Congress came to a deal over the budget negotiations earlier this month, they finally agreed to make the top 1% pay thei...
Just a few points to add to Brother Matt Rothschild’s comprehensive commentary on the speech: It took the presid...
·                     Action Alert: Your Chance to Respond to the State of the Union
Tuesday night, President Obama delivered his first State of the Union speech of his second term. While it was a mixed b...
That’s right the Congressional Progressive Caucus just released its alternative budget called the ...
Lockheed Martin lobbyists and their friends are working to squeeze millions of dollars from Montgomery County tax payers. The...
Thanks for Stephen Miles of Win Without War for this legwork. To put this amount of money in context, Lockheed Martin’s...
·                     Move the Money Op-Ed in Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Great job by Peace Action Wisconsin Program Director Mike Helbick, who got help on this from our friends at the Coalition for...


·                     Super Committee Flier
·                     Super Committee Petition
·                     Lobbying 101 by AFSC
·                     5 Myths about the Military Budget Fact Sheet
·                     Move the Money Brochure
·                                                 Ending the War in Afghanistan
o                                                Move the Money
§                                                                     Move the Money Training
o                                                Preventing War in Iran
o                                                Nuclear Disarmament
o                                                Peace Voter

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·                             Speakers/Training
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BPC at Occupy Philly
Brandywine Peace Community,a long-time WRL affiliate, has been throwing their support behind the Occupy movement with "Welcome, Occupy Philly" signs and banners that made the connection between the corporate control of U.S. democracy and the corporate militarism of such war profiteers as Lockheed Martin, the world's #1 war profiteer and Pentagon weapons producer.


In collaboration with the Toolbox for Education and Social ActionFY2014 Pie Chart (TESA), WRL is releasing NEW educational resources this Tax Day--from role plays to handouts to conversation starters to group activities--designed to help you put the WRL Tax Day flyerinto practice, whether on the street as you hand it out, in community groups, or in classrooms. 

A15 Global Day of Action on Military Spending Add your (war) tax day event to this list!This week, Portland, OR, Belfast, ME, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Phoenix, Bristol, RI joined the list of US cities where activities to mark Tax Day and the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) will occur. On Long Island, NY, 4 Congressional offices will be visited. In the Bay Area over a 20 BART Train stations will be "adopted" for informational leafleting. To list YOUR event go to:
Also check out the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee's nationwide Tax Day actions here:

FY 2014 Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes - Pie Chart Flyer
The War Resisters League's famous "pie chart" flyer analyzes the Federal Fiscal Year 2014 Budget (released in early 2013). Perfect for Tax Day!


WIN Spring 2013 coverSpring is here and WIN wants to talk about healthcare. We all know that Obamacare doesn't cut it for the millions without health care, but what's the alternative? This issue of WIN contains stories of the obstacles, struggles, and movements to making health care for all a reality.

War Resisters League is proud to have reached our 90th anniversary and we are doing a number of things in 2013 to celebrate. Keep your eyes and calendars open!
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Only weeks before the 50th anniversary of the Great March for Jobs and Freedom (which former WRL staffer and Civil Rights movement leader Bayard Rustin organized), WRL will hold our 90th anniversary conference: Revolutionary Nonviolence: Building Bridges Across Generations and Communities. It will be held at Georgetown University in Washington DC, August 1-4, 2013. Save the date!

Facing Tear GasFacing Tear Gasis a story-telling project of War Resisters League by and for people that have experienced tear gas all over the world. By making the links between these stories we hope to bring those that profit off of tear gas further into the public consciousness and, along with that, the inspiring movements the gas is used to squelch. This is part of a broader campaign to end the US’s role in the business of tear gas in solidarity with global nonviolent uprisings and those facing US-backed repression everywhere, including within the US.
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2012 Peace Award:
WRL Honors Suez Port Worker and Labor Leader Asma Mohammed

2012 Peace Award to Asma Mohammed
U.S.-made tear gas has continued to rain down on protesters in Egypt calling for Morsi to reversehis decision as well as on those who filled Mohamed Mahmoud Street to call for justice and accountability for those who were gassed, beaten and murdered there exactly one year ago. Much of the tear gas --- then and now --- was made in Jamestown, Pa., by Combined Systems Incorporated, the same manufacturer whose seven-ton shipment, approved by U.S. government, was refused on November 27, 2011 by Asma Mohammed and her fellow customs workers at the Port of Adabiya in Suez.
The War Resisters League has awarded Asma Mohammed its 2012 Peace Award, given in the past to activists including Bayard Rustin, Bob Moses and Jeanette Rankin. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the first WRL Peace Award event in 1958.

Building Bridges through Revolutionary Nonviolence: Bayard Rustin and the Future of Peace and Freedom2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of civil rights icon Bayard Rustin, and many groups—from the Quaker-based American Friends Service Committee and inter-faith Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) to the labor federation AFL-CIO and countless educational institutions — are celebrating this man of humble beginnings.

This slideshow was put together by WRL, for whom Rustin served as Executive Secretary from 1953 to 1965 — including the period when he was chief architect of the historic 1963 March on Washington. The slideshow focuses on this radical bridge-building aspect of Rustin’s life.

View the slide show on Slideshare

We Have Not Been MovedEdited by Elizabeth “Betita” Martínez, Mandy Carter & Matt Meyer

We Have Not Been Moved looks at the major points of intersection between white supremacy and the war machine through both historic and contemporary articles from a diverse range of scholars and activists. The editors emphasize what needs to be done now to move forward for lasting social change. Produced in collaboration with the War Resisters League, the book also examines the strategic and tactic possibilities of radical transformation through revolutionary nonviolence.

Introduction by Cornel West
Afterwords/poems by Alice Walker & Sonia Sanchez

Buy a copy now on the WRL Online Store


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2.                                DEMOCRACY NOW, WAR TAX RESISTANCE

3.                                 Tax Day: While Millions Rush to Meet Deadline, Resisters Continue ...
6 hours ago – To protest paying for lethal weapons, some Americans are taking a stand by personally refusing to fund the military. ... We speak with Ed Hedemann of the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee. ... Apr 12, 2013 | Story .... our defense budget—is, in itself, an act of aggression against the poor.

4.                             HISTORIANS AGAINST THE WAR

5.                             Tax Day and the Pentagon | Common Dreams
1 day ago – Last weekend, Historians Against the War hosted an ambitious, ... D.C. Days, for strategizing, training and lobbying on nuclear weapons, power, waste ...article titled Our Tax Dollars are off the War  2013 edition on Daily Kos ...

6.                             Notes and Sources - Tax Day 2013 - Analysis - National Priorities ...
Tax Day 2013 shows how federal funds were spent during fiscal year 2012, the time ...National defense, nuclear weapons activities, war costs, and international ...

7.                             Press Release: Tax Day 2013 - National War Tax Resistance ...
5 days ago – 30 years of Tax Day anti-war protests, refusing to pay for cruise ... and other weapons, and led to the 1982 formation of the National War Tax ...


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