Close Bases

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Join No to NATO — Yes to Peace activities in April 2019 at notoNATO.org

Learn where the bases are on the map: bit.ly/mappingmilitarism

Sign and promote this petition to get U.S. troops out of Germany.

Watch this video in italiano.

Powerpoint on closing bases. World BEYOND War Coordinating Committee Chair Leah Bolger is available to present this workshop to groups, in-person or virtually. Click here to contact Leah to arrange an event with your group.

A report on the social and environmental risks of U.S. bases in Australia, prepared by Friends of the Earth Australia and the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network.

Visit David Vine’s BaseNation.US.

Bombs in Your Backyard: searchable database that allows people in the U.S. to find military installations near them and see the toxic impacts

Recommended Reading List:
The Sun Never Sets: Confronting the Network of U.S. Foreign Military Bases by Joseph Gerson
Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World by David Vine
Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia by David Vine
The Bases of Empire: The Global Struggle against U.S. Military Posts by Catherine Lutz
Homefront by Catherine Lutz

A Pentagon Report released in March, 2018 details widespread chemical poisoning of water supplies on military bases and in surrounding communities worldwide. The report, Addressing Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) –  Maureen Sullivan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Environment, Safety & Occupational Health) March 2018,  identifies the presence of PFOS and PFOA in drinking water at levels known to be harmful to human health. At least 401 bases are known to have contaminated water. The chemicals are used in fire retardants during routine fire-training exercises on American military bases. The lethal substances find their way into the groundwater and are linked to severe problems associated with women’s’ reproductive health. They include severe pregnancy complications and long-term fertility issues. Even more alarming, these chemicals contaminate human breast milk. PFOS and PFOA cause liver damage, high cholesterol, decreased response to vaccines, and an increased risk of thyroid disease, and asthma diagnosis. Cleanup will take years to address and the full scope of the problem is unknown to the public, especially in US bases overseas where the information is normally kept secret. The DOD has a long list of environmental cleanup responsibilities at each of its more than 2,900 facilities around the world. More.

Recommended Films:
Standing Army

Movement to Close U.S. and NATO Bases Gathered in Dublin


World BEYOND War and allies met in Dublin, Ireland, in November 2018. Text and video of David Swanson’s remarks are here. Pat Elder presented here on the subject of the environmental damage of bases. Three complete videos of the three days of the conference are here. The conference program and schedule are here.

A No Foreign Bases conference was held in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., on January 12-14, 2018. Here is a tiny fraction of the highlights:

Full videos here.

David Swanson on Monroe Doctrine:

David Swanson in Baltimore:

Watch these videos from World Beyond War’s No War 2017:

Watch these videos from World Beyond War’s No War 2016:

Get involved in working on a campaign to close them by contacting us.

12 Comments

  1. Bruce Ryder says:

    It has been over 70 years since we have occupied Japan and Germany. Isn’t it time we closed some of the bases, brought our troops home and used them to protect our country?

  2. Doran F Goodwin says:

    I want to see an end to all wars in my lifetime. i am 67 and seen them my entire lifetime.

  3. every base in every country should be shut down and the men and women should all go home and stay there stop all wars

  4. Melissa Constable says:

    Maybe one day our country will actually become civilized

  5. Gudrun Rafeld says:

    Alle Miltärbasen in Deutschland und Europa schließen!

  6. Peter Bautsch says:

    Alle Militärbasen in Deutschland und Europa sofort schließen!

  7. Trine Eklund says:

    To all politicians in the world: Close down all military bases incl. all NATO/US bases

  8. Get your filthy bases out of my country. It only encourages the idiots that rule over us to carry on like dickheads. Right now they are baiting Russia, the PRC and the DPRK because you have bases and marines here. No amerikkkan military, no weenie waggling by our pollies. We also bomb civilians in the Middle East on your empires behalf and some of us think that that plainly sucks! Get the fuck out of our country!!! Nothing personal though.

    • I agree wholeheartedly with this. It’s time we all got angry about this warmongering of e US, the collusion of our governments with US warmongering, and the idiotic role we play as NATO members in acting a# a posse to enable US aggression around the world. History will tell that WE are NOT the ‘good guys’. Truth is the Daughter of Time. NATO will be our shame.

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