Afghanistan Papers: What Are the Lessons for the Peace Movement? North Augusta, Feb 10, 5:30 pm

The Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) conducted interviews with politicians & military personnel to determine “lessons learned” from the war & occupation of Afghanistan. Now that these interviews have been published & widely dubbed the Afghanistan Papers, what lessons can peace activists learn to bring peace to Afghanistan, stop ongoing military interventions and prevent the destruction of future wars?

On Monday, February 10, 2020 at 5:30 PM – 7 PM, come to the Order of St. Helena in North Augusta. The address is 414 Savannah Barony Drive, North Augusta, SC 29841.

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The image is a political cartoon from Signe Wilkinson.

 

 

“No War on Iran” Protest Vigil Wednesday Jan 8th at the SC Statehouse

 

 

 

No War on Iran Protest Vigil
WEDNESDAY Jan 8th 5PM-6:30PM
SC Statehouse (corner Main & Gervais)

Join us for a “No War on Iran” Protest Vigil held in response to rapid and disproportionate escalation and threats of war with Iran. Gather in front of the SC Statehouse for a sign line vigil, 1100 Gervais Street (corner of Main & Gervais). Some signs provided. Please no profanity. Media will be invited.

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The recent assassination of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani via drone strike constituted a disproportionate and reckless escalation of a proxy war with Iran. Continue reading ““No War on Iran” Protest Vigil Wednesday Jan 8th at the SC Statehouse”

50 Years Ago: Dr King’s “Beyond Vietnam” Speech Called Out Racism, Materialism and Militarism

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s Beyond Vietnam speech, delivered April 4, 1967. A passionate defense of nonviolence, King called out his own government as the “greatest purveyor of violence in the world,” condemning the Vietnam war, a war that was consuming resources needed to remedy poverty and injustice a home. King went “Beyond Vietnam” and warned we would be rallying behind similar causes for a generation unless we correctly diagnosed America’s problem.  King called for a revolution in values in America from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society that valued human beings above material gain.  Here are some resources to learn more: Continue reading “50 Years Ago: Dr King’s “Beyond Vietnam” Speech Called Out Racism, Materialism and Militarism”

Peace Activists to Meet at Rick Allen’s (GA-12) Office in Augusta to Stop Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsOn Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at 10 am, peace activists in Augusta, Georgia are scheduled to meet with a member of Representative Rick Allen’s staff to urge Mr. Allen to oppose the Obama Administration’s decision to sell more weapons to Saudi Arabia as it continues to commit war crimes in Yemen. Continue reading “Peace Activists to Meet at Rick Allen’s (GA-12) Office in Augusta to Stop Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia”

ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Cut the Pentagon Budget this Week!

ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Cut the Pentagon Budget!

This week the House of Representatives will vote on one of the bills that funds the Pentagon — The National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 (NDAA).  Congressmen who believe in cutting Pentagon bloat will offer amendments to rid us of the burden of boondoggles.TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Cut the Pentagon Budget!

TAKE ACTION! Email & Call Your Rep!

(Links for email & phone numbers below)

This TUES June 11th is the best Call-In Day... Monday & Wednesday is OK, too.

Rep Mark Sanford (SC-1): https://sanford.house.gov/contact/email-me

Rep  Joe Wilson (SC-2) :https://joewilsonforms.house.gov/Forms/WriteYourRep/default.aspx

Rep Jeff Duncan (SC-3) https://jeffduncan.house.gov/contact-me

Rep Trey Gowdy (SC-4) http://gowdy.house.gov/Contact/default.aspx

Rep Mick Mulvaney (SC-5) https://forms.house.gov/mulvaney/webforms/zipauthen_contact.shtml

Rep Jim Clyburn (SC-6): https://forms.house.gov/clyburn/zipauth.shtml

Don’t know your Congressman? Outside SC? Go here: house.gov

WHAT TO ASK FOR:


  • The National Defense Authorization Act is coming up for a vote this week.
  • Please support upcoming amendments that cut the Pentagon budget without affecting troop benefits.
  • Congress is set to spending more on the Pentagon than they ask for… some $640 million.
  • Wasteful Pentagon spending has gone unchecked.
  • Please cut the Pentagon budget by:
  1. Drawing down our presence in Afghanistan and ending the war there.
  2. Reducing our nuclear weapons arsenal.  Cold War levels of nuclear weapons are unnecessary.  Example, Tridents subs can be cut back from 14 to 8.   Cutting back the Trident sub fleet would save $30 billion just on replacement subs in the future.
  3. Reduce our troops and bases abroad.
  4. Cut wasteful weapons programs such as the way over budget F-35 jet and a half a billion $ for Abrams tanks the Pentagon doesn’t want.
  • Thank your Rep and remind him you will be watching how he votes.

 

Your Representative needs to hear from you.

 

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ACTION ALERT: Prevent War with Iran, Oppose S. Resolution 65

ACTION ALERT: Prevent War with Iran, Oppose S. Resolution 65

Senator Graham’s Senate Resolution 65 “Greenlights” an Israeli attack on Iran, lays groundwork for US military intervention

Senator Lindsey Graham (SC-R) and Senator Menendez (NJ-D) introduced Senate Resolution 65, a “sense of Congress” resolution, just as the AIPAC conference was convening in Washington DC and it seems more like a “sense of AIPAC” resolution.”  Senate Resolution 65 is a dangerous step toward war with Iran, “greenlighting” an Israeli preemptive attack on Iran and pledging US “diplomatic, military and economic” support for such an attack and building support for direct US military intervention.  The sponsors of this resolution hope to pass it before President Obama’s March 20th visit to Israel… take action NOW!

TAKE ACTION: Tell Your Senators You Oppose S. Resolution 65

CLICK HERE: http://www.capwiz.com/peaceactionwest/issues/alert/?alertid=62464786

Customizable Message Sent to Senators in Opposition to S. Resolution 65

(Take a few minutes to personalize your message… and make it more effective.  Individualized messages are taken more seriously versus form letters.)

Shareable Link to this Action Alert: http://bit.ly/ZGlnnV

Click “Read More” to Learn More & for Full Text of S. Resolution 65

Although Senate Resolution 65 disclaims “nothing in this resolution shall be construed as an authorization for the use of force or a declaration of war” the resolution affirms “that the policy of the United States is to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon capability and to take such action as may be necessary to implement this policy.” Further, the resolution states that “if the Government of Israel is compelled to take military action in self-defense, the United States Government should stand with Israel and provide diplomatic, military, and economic support.” Such a preemptive attack on Iran would draw the US into hostilities and is unacceptable to anyone who puts US interests or the interest of peace first.

Judge for yourself…

Full Text of Senate Resolution 65:

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c113:S.RES.65:

 

ACTION ALERT: Seqester? Tell Congress to Cut the Pentagon Budget

The mess of sequestration is about to hit… tell Congress to avert disaster by cutting the Pentagon budget.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Cut the Pentagon Budget!

Email your Congressmen Write one short, kind letter (two paragraphs at most) asking your elected reps to cut the Pentagon budget and send it to your two Senators (Graham and DeMint) and your Representative using these links below.  An individually written letter is given more weight by Congressional staff and will be read; petitions and form letters are discounted.

US Senate:

Senator Lindsey Graham (SC-R): http://lgraham.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.EmailSenatorGraham

Senator Tim Scott (SC-R): http://www.scott.senate.gov/contact.cfm

US House of Representatives:

Rep  Joe Wilson (SC-2) :https://joewilsonforms.house.gov/Forms/WriteYourRep/default.aspx

Rep Jeff Duncan (SC-3) https://jeffduncan.house.gov/contact-me

Rep Trey Gowdy (SC-4) http://gowdy.house.gov/Contact/default.aspx

Rep Jim Clyburn (SC-6): https://forms.house.gov/clyburn/zipauth.shtml

Don’t know your Congressman? Outside SC? Go here: house.gov

For SC-5 Mick Mulvaney ,SC-1 and  More Information on Cutting the Pentagon Budget, click “Read More”

 

SPECIAL CASES:

 

Rep Mick Mulvaney (SC-5) https://forms.house.gov/mulvaney/webforms/zipauthen_contact.shtml

Congressman Mulvaney has been the exception to the rule, crossing partisan lines and calling for Pentagon savings in this op-ed published with Democratic Congressman Ralph Ellison.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-keith-ellison/make-pentagon-savings-par_b_2348065.html

Please thank him!

 

SC-1, formerly Rep Tim Scott’s seat: Currently South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District has no vote in Congress pending a special election to replace Tim Scott who was appointed a US. Senator.

 

Background:

Since 2001 the Pentagon budget has doubled and keeps increasing despite the fiscal crisis.   In FY 2012, Defense spending amounted to $663.7 Billion, eclipsing all other discretionary spending, and rivaling such entitlement programs as Social Security ($695 Billion, the biggest entitlement program).  Military spending has gone relatively unscathed in the recent fiscal debates.

 

FCNL’s Practical Options for Cutting the Pentagon Budget:

From cutting nuclear weapons and closing bases to cracking down on fraud and military contractors, these are the Friend’s Committee on National Legislation’s recommendations on cutting Pentagon waste.

http://fcnl.org/issues/budget/Practical_Options_Handout.pdf

 

FCNL’s Nuclear Weapons Budget Fact Sheet:

Reducing the Trident nuclear submarine fleet to eight would save $18 billion over the next ten years while delaying a new bomberwould save another $18 billion over the next ten years.

http://fcnl.org/pdfs/issues/budget/Nuke_Budget_Fact_Sheet.pdf

 

FCNL’s Video Explain Sequestration Cuts:

http://fcnl.org/issues/budget/catastrophic_pentagon_cuts_not_really/

Rep. Barbara Lee “Solving the Fiscal Impasse Begins and Ends at the Pentagon”

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/279-82/15490-solving-the-fiscal-impasse-starts-and-ends-at-the-pentagon

 

More  Suggested Pentagon Budget Cuts

1. Zero Option: Drawing down forces in Afghanistan& ending the US presence there.

2.  Scaling back hundreds of US military bases abroad.

3.  Canceling or reducing procurement of the costly V-22 Osprey,  F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle,  and  the Space Tracking and Surveillance System.*

4. “Rightsizing” or reducing the US nuclear weapons arsenal.*

 

*Part of $107 Billion in Pentagon budget cuts suggested in a joint report by the conservative National Taxpayers Union and the left-leaning US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Toward Common Ground: Bridging the Political Divide to Reduce Spending

 

Fiscal Cliff? Tell Congress Cut the Pentagon Budget!

CUT THE PENTAGON BUDGET! UPDATE: Fiscal Cliff?

Congress faces automatic sequestration spending cuts if it doesn’t come up with a budget plan by the end of the year.  Tell Congress to get serious about cutting Pentagon spending to make progress on the budget.

Email or Call Their Local Office

Rep Mick Mulvaney (SC-5) https://forms.house.gov/mulvaney/webforms/zipauthen_contact.shtml

Rep  Joe Wilson (SC-2) : https://joewilsonforms.house.gov/Forms/WriteYourRep/default.aspx

Rep Jim Clyburn (SC-6): https://forms.house.gov/clyburn/zipauth.shtml

Don’t know your Congressman? Outside SC? Go here: house.gov

More South Carolina Congressman Email Links, Info on the Pentagon Budget & More: Click “Read More”

More South Carolina Congressman Email Links

Rep Tim Scott (SC-1) http://timscott.house.gov/Contact/

Rep Jeff Duncan (SC-3) https://jeffduncan.house.gov/contact-me

Rep Trey Gowdy (SC-4) http://gowdy.house.gov/Contact/default.aspx

 

How Much Money?  What’s the Next Step?

The 2013 House Defense appropriations bill amounted to $605.8 billion (including $87.7 billion to fund “the war” called OCO or Overseas Contingency Operations.)   The House bill will next be reconciled with a Senate Defense appropriations bill to create a final Defense appropriations bill for 2013.

 

Since 2001 the Pentagon budget has doubled and keeps increasing despite the fiscal crisis.   In FY 2012, Defense spending amounted to $663.7 Billion, eclipsing all other discretionary spending, and rivaling such entitlement programs as Social Security ($695 Billion, the biggest entitlement program).  Military spending has gone relatively unscathed in budget cuts.

 

Two Very Informative Links:

 

“Unlike Mitt Romney, Most Americans Want to Cut US Military Spending” by Lawrence Wittner http://hnn.us/articles/unlike-mitt-romney-most-americans-want-cut-us-military-spending

 

Peace Action’s Peace Blog “Thank and Spank” by Judith LeBlanc

http://networkedblogs.com/AjU4K

 

 

 

Suggested Pentagon Budget Cuts

1.  Drawing down forces in Afghanistan and ending the US presence there.

2.  Scaling back hundreds of US military bases abroad.

3.  Canceling or reducing procurement of the costly V-22 Osprey,  F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle,  and  the Space Tracking and Surveillance System.*

4. “Rightsizing” or reducing the US nuclear weapons arsenal.*

*Part of $107 Billion in Pentagon budget cuts suggested in a joint report by the conservative National Taxpayers Union and the left-leaning US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Toward Common Ground: Bridging the Political Divide to Reduce Spending

 

ACTION ALERT: Say No to Attack on Iran!

 

SAY NO TO AN ATTACK ON IRAN!

Senator Lindsey Graham has sponsored Senate Resolution 380 which would pave the way for military intervention in Iran. Senator DeMint, to his credit, is not one of the co-sponsors of the measure: let’s keep it that way.

TAKE ACTION:

Send two quick messages to Sen. DeMint & Sen. Graham with this FCNL action alert.

http://capwiz.com/fconl/issues/alert/?alertid=61041011

 

 

 

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has introduced a resolution in the US Senate  calling for ruling out “containment” as a response to Iran developing a nuclear weapon. The bipartisan resolution has 44Senator co-sponsors. The Graham resolution would pave the way for escalation and US or Israeli military intervention with Iran. In Graham’s own words: “All options must remain on the table when it comes to stopping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.” The resolution is supported by powerful AIPAC (America Israel Public Affairs Committee) lobby.

 

While a nuclear armed Iran is undesirable, containment would be a rational response if it came to that.  Israel, with its  robust nuclear deterrent, would not truly be threatened by Iran, while Gulf  states (Saudi Arabia, etc.) have a strong US presence in the region to deter any attack.  The military option is off the table,  Sen. Graham: a US or Israeli attack on Iran is not in our our country’s interest.  Now, if you want to continue selling our nation’s foreign policy to a foreign government’s proxy lobby, there’s a choice word or two that describes that.

Graham Press Release: http://politicalnews.me/?id=11934