Today we are nearly 20 years into the 21st century and America has been at war for nearly all of them. The endless cycle of wars that began with an invasion of Afghanistan — as a follow-up to the "9/11 terrorist attacks" at the World Trade Center and Pentagon — still continue. After Afghanistan, the United States invaded Iraq in 2003 and then under the auspices of NATO, invaded Libya in 2011. Meanwhile, the U.S. is involved in proxy wars in Syria and Yemen and is actively threatening Iran, Venezuela and North Korea.
Until the leaders of both North and South Korea turned their backs on the United States and began their own negotiations on lowering the war-rhetoric, the Trump administration’s threats against the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea were elevated to bellicose rantings promising attacks of “fire and fury such as the world has never seen.”
Spring Action 2018
Events will be held around the country: New York, NY; Seattle, WA; Bay Area, CA; Buffalo NY; Chicago, IL; Atlanta, GA; Greenwich, CT; Natick, MA; Minneapolis, MN, Washington, DC, various locations in Maine (details at the bottom).
Fund Human Needs
According to some labor activists, opposition to foreign wars among working people and young people in the United States is significantly higher than the 70% suggested by a national poll (70.8% would support Congress passing legislation that would restrain military action overseas in three specific ways). It has become clear that eight years of death and devastation in Iraq and over sixteen years of death and devastation in Afghanistan have accomplished nothing positive for the security of the United States, let alone for the people in those countries. During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump spoke out against the lies of the Bush administration which led to the Iraq war, but continues to follow the Bush agenda.
The American working people know that they are being asked to forego funding of basic human needs to divert money to unproductive military expenditures. Furthermore they recoil against the entrenched paradigm that to obtain benefits in society, their sons and daughters must offer themselves up to the all volunteer military — an economic draft if there ever was one — to be killed, maimed and psychologically destroyed for nothing. America's recent history once again shows that an experience in foreign wars fosters moral wounding (a wound that is not associated with people defending their homes and community). Statistics show that suicides among returning veterans far outnumber combat deaths — just as it was with Vietnam war.
- If you ask,"why are we in these wars?" — the answer is that they are in response to the Global War on Terror (GWOT),
- If you ask, "what is 'GWOT?' — the answer is that GWOT is the response to the "9/11 terrorist attacks,"
- If you ask, "what were the "9/11 terrorist attacks?" — the answer is that they aren't what our free press and government tell us they were,
- If you ask "why would they not tell us the truth about 9/11?" — the answer is that the attacks allowed further consolidation of power into the hands of the few and restrictions on civil rights and freedoms for the many.
Oppose Military Waste
While popular opposition to the continuing wars and interventions is at an even higher level than it was during the Vietnam War, for over ten years there has been very little visible protest against them. The women’s marches of January 21, 2017, and January 20, 2018, which mobilized hundreds of thousands of men as well as women, supported women's issues, immigrant rights, refugees and economic issues — yet were devoid of messages demanding human needs over military waste.
Peace and anti-war issues should be a rallying cry for demonstrations on the scale of those held in New York and Washington in the early years of the Iraq war, because a military focus means decreased resources for human needs.
These women's marches have shown the potential for mass action in the United States does exist — if only focused on prominent social issues that can be openly debated in the media. However, peace and anti-war issues are largely absent from the media and, consequently, absent from the marches.
In June 2017, the U.S. Conference of Mayors unanimously passed three resolutions opposing the military-heavy Trump budget proposal, a budget that called for an additional $54 billion to the Pentagon by slashing anti-poverty and environmental programs. The following resolutions were passed unanimously by the 253 mayors—Democrats, Republicans and independents.
- Resolution Calling for Hearings on Real City Budgets Needed and the Taxes our Cities Send to the Federal Military Budget
- Opposition to Military Spending Resolution
- Calling on President Trump to Lower Nuclear Tensions, Prioritize Diplomacy, and Redirect Nuclear Weapons Spending to meet Human Needs and Address Environmental Challenges
The mayors urge Congress and the President to move funding out of the military and into human and environmental needs.
On October 25, 2017, AFL-CIO delegates at its convention overwhelmingly adopted “Resolution 50: War Is Not the Answer,” calling on the President and Congress to "seek peace and reconciliation wherever possible” and to “bring the war dollars home.” This important document, adopted by an organization of more than twelve million members, clearly indicating strong potential for mass action for peace, which could mobilize the ranks of labor.
Call for Mass Actions
The No Foreign Bases Conference in Baltimore adopted the Resolution on a National Day of Action against U.S. Wars at Home and Abroad. This is a promising beginning, focused around five principled, united-front demands:
- Ending all U.S. wars, bombings and drone attacks, and other forms of U.S. aggression including economic sanctions and weapons sales;
- Closing of all U.S. bases on foreign soil;
- Bringing all U.S. troops home;
- Using the funds of the massive military budget for human needs and protection of the environment;
- Dismantling all nuclear weapons.”
While organizing the Spring Actions of April 14-15 have gotten off to a slower start than originally envisioned — and recognizing they will not be mass actions on the scale of the women’s marches of January 2017 and 2018 — antiwar activists must put their energy into making this year’s Spring Actions as successful as possible to foster participation in mass actions for peace in the future. They must also bring together a unified, authoritative coalition, bringing together UNAC, United for Peace and Justice, Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER), U.S. Labor Against the War, 9/11 Truth Action Project and other coalitions. The coalition needs to include organized labor, faith communities, and the millions of people who have a deep desire for peace but who have never before marched or picketed for it.
This process will continue long after April 15, 2018, and it has already started. Peace activists need to have a clear idea that mass action, which mobilizes the social forces that have the power to end the current wars and prevent future wars, is the winning strategy.
9/11 Truth Message
The “9/11 Truth” message can stop the wars raging across the Middle east and bring the GWOT to an end. The 9/11 message is central to demand accountability for why we were led into an endless cycle of wars that began in 2001. The free fall of WTC Building 7 provides irrefutable proof that the world was lied to about 9/11 — that the official investigation into the events of 9/11 was fraudulent and a cover for a false flag attack used to justify wars. A criminal investigation of those events is the only practical path to peace today because it undermines the very reasons for the militarism that followed 9/11. This is the message of 9/11 Truth.
Following 9/11 we were promised a "long war" in this "New American Century" fighting "the terrorists" wherever the American Empire deemed they were, and at a time when the Empire chose. Some said this long war would last 100 years. We are now nearly 20 years past the events of 9/11 and the public is becoming receptive to our message — even if the media isn't willing to transmit our message and give mass protests the permission to raise 9/11 Truth in their demands.
Events in cities around the country
For more up-to-date information and contacts, visit: http://www.springaction2018.org/list-of-actions.html
New York, NY, Sunday, April 15, 2 PM, Rally at Herald Sq. 34th St. and 6th Ave. and march to Trump Tower. Speakers include Medea Benjamin or Code Pink, Ajamu Baraka of the Black Alliance for Peace, Chris Silvera, Secretary Treasurer of Teamsters Local 808 and many others.
Seattle, WA, Saturday, April 14, 11 AM, Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle, Leafleting on the federal budget and where our taxes go - mostly to the military.
Bay Area, CA, Sunday, April 15, 2018, Assemble: 11 AM Lake Merritt Amphitheater (btwn 12th St & 1st Ave on Lake Merritt Blvd), OPENING RALLY 11:30 am, featuring Cindy Sheehan, Lara Kiswani, Janetta Johnson. MARCH 12:30 - 1:30 pm (from Lake Merritt to Oscar Grant Plaza (near 14th St & Broadway), FINAL RALLY 1:30 pm Oscar Grant Plaza, featuring Alice Walker, Cat Brooks, Francisco Herrera.
Buffalo NY, Sunday, April 15, 2 PM, Gathering at Niagara Square, Buffalo NY, March from Niagara Square to rally at the Naval Park.
Chicago, IL, Saturday, April 21, 12 noon, Michigan Ave and Congress Expressway.
Atlanta, GA, Saturday, April 14, rally at noon, Little 5 Points Square, Moreland Ave and Euclid St., Atlanta 30307.
Greenwich, CT, Saturday, April 14, 11 AM, Downtown Greenwich, CT.
Natick, MA, Wednesday, March 21, 7 pm, Morse Institute Library, Natick 14 E Central St. (Rt. 135), Natick, MA. Movie screen on the history of the Korean war from the perspective of the Koreans. Why the Koreans are still seeking reunification and what is the United State's role in working for peace. Paul Atwood PhD American Studies will facilitate discussion after the film on what we can do to encourage diplomacy and avoiding a violent conflict there.
Minneapolis, MN, Sunday, April 15, 1:30 PM, Hennepin and Lagoon Aves., Minneapolis, Facebook Event Listing
Washington, DC, Saturday, April 14, 12:00 p.m., Rally and March - Gather at the White House, followed by teach-in at George Washington University
Maine, The following actions will take place across the state:
- 3/1/18 10am-2pm University of New England Career Expo, Biddeford campus center and mid-April TBA
- 4/10/18 11am-2pm Bates College Commons
- 4/11/18 10am-3pm University of Southern Maine, Portland, Student Union (with a polar bear)
- 4/14 to 4/16 WTR table and workshop on Organizing Against Militarism in your Community at Resources for Organizing Social Change’s Youth Activism Gathering, Pine Tree Camp, Rome, ME
- 4/14-16 Table and workshop to be announced (TBA) at ROSC Youth Activism Gathering, Pine Tree Camp, Rome, ME
- 4/14/18 10am-2pm and beyond, Belfast coop
- 4/14/18 11am-1pm, Damariscotta post office (PO)
- 4/17/18 11pm-1pm, Damariscotta post office (PO)
- 4/14/18 11am-3pm Blue Hill coop
- 4/17/18 8am-5pm, noon-1 Downeast band Fire in the Commons and speakers, Lobsterman Park (outside the Nickelodeon Movie Theater), (rain location Portland Media Center, 516 Congress St), Portland.
- 4/17/18 10am-2pm UMaine, Farmington, student union
- 4/17/18 11a-1p Unity College student union lobby
- 4/1718 11am-1pm Brunswick PO sponsored by PeaceWorks
- 4/17/18 Bowdoin College - Location and times TBA
- 4/17 11am-1pm or later UMaine, Orono, student union - Larry and UMaine Peace Action
- 4/17/18 11am-1pm, 4/18/18 11am-1pm UMaine, Machias, Torrey Hall next to the library.
- Dates TBA - College of the Atlantic; Ellsworth, ME; USM, Lewiston; University of New England Earth month; Bethel.
Detroit, MI, Saturday, April 14 at 12:30 PM, Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48226, Facebook Event Listing
Portland, OR, Saturday, April 14, 1 PM, Rally: Waterfront Park, Battleship Memorial (Natio pkwy, Oak & Pine). March to Saturday Market.
El Paso, TX, Friday, April 13, 11:30 AM, Downtown El Paso, Texas Corner of E. San Antonio Ave. and N. Campbell St. Across from El Paso County Courthouse. Description of event: Border Peace Presence will host a Peace Vigil. END THESE WARS! Signs available. We say: - End US overt and covert wars. - Close Foreign bases. - Dismantle nuclear weapons. - Use trillions for human needs. - Say No to white supremacy. - End mass deportations. Yes to DACA and TPS. - No human being is illegal.
Kalamazoo, MI, Sunday, April 15, noon, Downtown Kalamazoo in front of the Federal Building. War Tax protest
Los Angeles, CA, Saturday, April 14, 5:30 PM, The corners of Western Avenue and Palos Verdes Drive North, Harbor City. We will be holding signs at having a vigil on the corner in front of a military recruiting office that is right across the street from a housing project. Our message: Recruit for Peace, Not for War. We need a Peace, not a War economy. Books not Bullets.
Pittsburgh, PA, Tuesday, April 17 at noon, Corner of Murray Ave. and Darlington St., Pittsburgh. Tax day rally with posters and flyers on US military spending. With a penny poll for people to distribute 10cents we provide into Jars marked Food, Healthcare, Education, Public Transportation, Military. Raging Grannies will provide music.
Greenfield, MA, Saturday, April 14 at noon, Greenfield Massachusetts Town Commons.
Rochester, NY, Saturday, April 14, 3 PM, House of Mercy,285 Ormond St., Rochester, NY, march to Federal Building.
Vancouver, BC, Canada, Friday, April 13, 5 PM, Vancouver Art Gallery (Robson at Howe Street) Downtown Vancouver, Canada.