Remembering Past Wars; Preventing Future Wars: Hochschild, Ellsberg, Cabasso and Hartsough
June 1, 2017 World Beyond War
On the Memorial Day weekend -- a century since World War I and a half-century since Vietnam -- World Beyond War hosted a group of authors who gathered in San Francisco to discuss the lessons learned from history and to assess the new tides of anti-war activism currently underway. The speakers included: Adam Hochschild, Daniel Ellsberg, Jackie Cabasso, and David Hartsough.
(May 26, 2017) -- A century since World War I and a half-century since Vietnam, a group of authors met in San Francisco to discuss new lessons learned and new activism underway. The speakers included: Jackie Cabasso, executive director of the Western States Legal Foundation and co-chair of United for Peace and Justice; Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers whistleblower, lecturer, writer, activist, recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, and author of books including Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers; David Hartsough, activist, co-founder of World Beyond War, and author of Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist, and Adam Hochschild, author of books including To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918.
***** A major march to ban the bomb is planned for June 17 in New York here.
World Beyond War is helping to plan marches in Chicago and other cities.
You can search for a march near you or create one anywhere in the world here.
Invitation to the national "Stop the Wars at Home & Abroad!" conference.
This is an invitation to join with hundreds of other activists from around the United States and many other countries for a conference called “Stop the Wars at Home & Abroad: Building a Movement Against War, Injustice & Repression!”
June 16-18 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia.
***** Democracy Convention is a multi-issue convention seeking to build a more unified movement. World Beyond War is organizing the Peace and Democracy Conference portion of it, which will run along with 9 other conferences August 2-6, 2017. Learn more and register here.
US Congress Members and Senators are home for a week, where they should hear from their constituents in person. In June they will have to vote one way or the other on whether to go on selling war weapons to Saudi Arabia. We will deliver this petition to them. Please sign it.
Stop US from Selling More Weapons to Saudi Arabia
Petition to Congress
Millions of people in Yemen are on the edge of starvation. Cholera is spreading. Bitter and violent resentment of those responsible: the Saudi and US governments is boiling up. Yet Donald Trump proposes to go right on selling Saudi Arabia the weapons with which to continue the war that has created and is maintaining the crisis.
Yes, the United States is slaughtering civilians by the thousands in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, and there is something ridiculously hypocritical about professing standards that prevent selling weapons to a government that uses them to kill civilians.
No, there is no proper moral way to conduct the campaigns of mass-murder known as wars, so that worthy recipients of war weapons can be distinguished from Saudi Arabia and other unworthy ones. But when we have a chance to alleviate great suffering, we must act on it immediately.
We have that chance. After May 26, US Congress Members and Senators will be home for a week, where they should hear from their constituents in person. In June they will have to vote one way or the other on whether to go on selling war weapons to Saudi Arabia. We will deliver this petition to them.
Please also, if you are from the US, phone your Representative and your two Senators at 1-(202) 224-3121.
Patrick Hiller: The $110 Billion Myth of Supporting Saudi Arabia's Defense Needs
The Hill: Senate Gears Up for Fight on Trump's $110 Billion Saudi Arabia Arms Sale
HuffPost: The $110 Billion Arms Deal Trump Just Signed With Saudi Arabia May Be Illegal
Defense One: There's Less than Meets the Eye in Trump's Saudi Arms Deal
Senate Joint Resolution
House Joint Resolution
Statement from Senator Chris Murphy
Statement from Congressman Justin Amash