Join the Global Days of Action on Military Spending (April 5-18)

People across the globe are organizing local actions to decry current priorities that spend $1.75 trillion/year on arms when our planet is in crisis. On April 5, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute will release its annual report on world military expenditures. April 15 is U.S. Tax Day.GDAMS-2013-logo-349x350 This year, April 5 – 18, have been designated as Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS), days to campaign against military spending and to promote spending on to life-affirming, sustainable social programs. The International Peace Bureau is coordinating plans at the international level. United for Peace and Justice is part of the U.S, planning group. Click here to find ideas, resources and reports from previous years’ GDAMS. April 4 is the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, and also of his remarkable speech, “Beyond Vietnam: Time to Break Silence,” delivered in 1967, exactly one year before his death. Identifying the U.S. government as “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today,” Dr. King powerfully described the inextricable links between militarism, racism and poverty in the struggle for peace and justice. His words were both precautionary and prophetic, providing both a diagnosis and a cure – “a true revolution of values”—for our society’s gravest illnesses, “the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism.” And they apply more than ever today. Consider organizing a public participatory reading of “Beyond Vietnam” in your community as part of GDAMS. UFPJ has prepared a “how to” kit, with everything you need, including the text of the speech. (Whatever else you do, be sure to read or listen to this speech!) Start planning a GDAMS action in your community now! And let the rest of the world know about it by adding it to the UFPJ events calendar.  Please support UFPJ by making a donation today. Read more of our analysis  here: “US Militarism’s Expanse and the Need for an International Movement to Cut Military Spending”

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  1. US Militarism’s Expanse and the Need for an International Movement to Cut Military Spending | United For Peace and Justice - March 2, 2016

    […] Despite the fact that we inhabit a war culture and machine with a vast reach and capacity never seen before, we must stand strong in opposition to endless war. It falls upon us as peace activists to inspire American people – and people around the world – to call for an end to war, to protest drone attacks and nuclear weapons modernization, to wage campaigns to cut the military, to stand up in our communities to bring attention to the futility of war, and to demand a full focused effort on diplomacy and redirection of resources to meet human needs and protect mother earth. It’s time for the movement for peace and justice to rise again! Join the 2016 Global Days of Action on Military Spending.  […]

  2. » Tax Day 2016 Action, New Haven: End the Wars, Cut the Military, Spend on Human Needs - April 17, 2016

    […] At the same time we passed out the flier below calling on all candidates to debate the US military budget. Most are unaware that past, present and future wars soak up over half of our taxes every year. The Military Industrial Complex makes huge profits selling weapons to all sides of the wars and then uses only a fraction to lobby and press Congress and the President to start more wars. Our actions joined the international Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS), co sponsored by United for Peace & Justice. […]