The most important task of foreign and defence policy is to reduce threats to one’s own country in a way that creates security in all countries through diplomacy and cooperation on equal terms.
In light of the recent events in Ukraine, here are important things to know and do about their current situation.
In this wide-ranging conversation, Malalai Joya takes us through the trauma that has engulfed her country from the Soviet invasion in 1979 to the rise of the first Taliban regime in 1996 through to the 2001 US-led invasion and the Taliban’s subsequent return in 2021.
As the Trudeau government plans to buy 88 new fighter jets for a price tag of $19 billion, the second most expensive procurement in Canadian history, WILPF Canada is sounding the alarm.
In April 1941, four years before he was to become President and eight months before the United States entered World War II, Senator Harry Truman of Missouri reacted to the news that Germany had invaded the Soviet Union: “If we see that Germany is winning the war, we ought to help Russia; and if that Russia is winning, we ought to help Germany, and in that way let them kill as many as possible.”
In his State of the Union address, U.S. President Joe Biden praised unarmed Ukrainians stopping tanks. He did not praise them enough. Nonviolent resistance to oppression, occupation, and invasion is more likely to succeed than violent; the successes tend to be longer lasting; and — added benefit — the chance of nuclear war is decreased rather than increased.
Join CODEPINK, Divest Ed, and World BEYOND War for a training on how to divest from destructive industries, from weapons to fossil fuels, and how to reinvest in the just, peaceful, and green future we want. Learn about the growing global divestment movement and why divestment is a powerful tactic that gives us the agency to make change, on the individual, institutional, and municipal levels. We'll cover the nuts & bolts of how to divest, successful case studies of divestment, and resources for reinvestment strategies.
This special webinar is offered in support of Campaign Nonviolence Action Days' Sept 26th "Divest From Violence Day". On this day, we ask you to join us in taking action to stop money from going into industries that manufacture violence, including guns, weapons, nukes, prisons, and fossil fuels. The webinar on May 18th will cover what divestment is all about, how to research your banks and other groups, and how to take action. Learn more and sign-up here.
Note: We STRONGLY recommend this training. (It's great!) Please invite your local friends to join us, too. Reach out to people who care about violence, guns, weapons, and fossil fuels, and use this webinar as a way to build connections and get ready to take action together in September!
Greta Zarro is Organizing Director of World BEYOND War. She is based in New York State in the United States. Greta has a background in issue-based community organizing. Her experience includes volunteer recruitment and engagement, event organizing, coalition building, legislative and media outreach, and public speaking. Greta graduated as valedictorian from St. Michael’s College with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Anthropology. She previously worked as New York Organizer for leading non-profit Food & Water Watch. There, she campaigned on issues related to fracking, genetically engineered foods, climate change, and the corporate control of our common resources. Greta and her partner run Unadilla Community Farm, a non-profit organic farm and permaculture education center in Upstate New York.
Shea Leibow is passionate about anti-war, anti-imperialist, and climate justice movement-building. They received their bachelor’s degree in the Study of Women & Gender and Environmental Science & Policy from Smith College in 2020. Shea has worked on campaigns related to environmental justice, food access, and nuclear weapons abolition. They also have a background in research, and were a Next Leader with the National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies prior to coming to CODEPINK. Shea is based in Chicago, IL and is a National Organizer with the Divest from the War Machine and CODEPINK Congress campaigns.
Gracie Brett is an organizer and co-director of Divest Ed, the national strategy and resource hub for the college divestment movement. There, she trains and supports student organizers fighting for endowment justice. Gracie is passionate about collective liberation, animal liberation, abolition, and using rest as a form of resistance.
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