Divest From War; Invest In Peace; Reclaim Armistice
At a time when the United States’ military budget is growing, now constituting 57% of our federal discretionary spending, programs for domestic needs such as food, education, housing and health care are being cut and US militarization is infecting most of the countries of the world, our schools and our communities, President Trump plans to spend more than $30 million dollars to parade tanks and weapons through the streets of Washington, DC on Veteran’s Day weekend this November. While it is President Trump who is calling for the parade, both major political parties are responsible for escalating US militarization and aggression throughout the world. Members of Congress voted nearly unanimously to give the Pentagon $70 billion more than requested in the current budget and are complicit in antagonizing Russia, North Korea, Iran and Venezuela.
Many groups are organizing to stop this parade, reclaim Veteran’s Day as Armistice Day and call for demilitarization and investment in programs that protect and support our communities in positive ways and heal the climate crisis and environmental degradation. We are joining together to collaborate on making the response to President Trump’s military parade bigger than the parade itself. We will show up in Washington, DC or wherever the parade might be held or take action in our local communities. If the parade is cancelled, we will still take action to make our demands heard.
If you believe that the glorification of war is obscene, if you believe it’s time to stop celebrating war and start working for peace, if you believe that our public dollars should be invested in positive ways that lift up communities and protect the planet, if you believe that militarized and racist police have no place in our schools and communities, if you believe the United States must become a cooperative member of the global community instead of the world’s greatest purveyor of violence, sign up to join us.
HERE ARE OUR DEMANDS:
Stop the glorification of war.
Return Veteran’s Day to Armistice Day, a day to celebrate peace.
Divest from the war machine and use public dollars for human needs and protection of the planet.
End the wars at home and abroad.
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 – Peace Concert and Peace Art at Catharsis, 5:00 pm to 1:00 am on the National Mall near the Washington Monument.
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 – Rally and protest during the military parade along the route. Exact location to be determined.
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 – Silent march led by veterans and military families. Location to be determined.
November 9, 2018 - 12:00 am
November 11, 2018 - 12:00 am