To mark the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, September 26, Veterans For Peace is publishing an Open Letter to President Biden: Just Say NO to Nuclear War! The letter calls on President Biden to step back from the brink of nuclear war by declaring and implementing a policy of No First Use and by taking nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert.
Author, activist, journalist, radio host, David Swanson spoke at the “Never Forget: 9/11 and the 20 Year War on Terror” event. David Swanson is executive director of World Beyond War and campaign coordinator of Roots Action.
Many of us have been screaming about it at the tops of our lungs for years and years, writing about it, making videos about it, organizing conferences on it. Yet it is ineluctably unknowable.
From Sept 18-26, tens of thousands of people are taking action for a culture of peace and active nonviolence, free from war, poverty, racism, and environmental destruction.
The moment of ending a war widely viewed as a 20-year catastrophe, having spent $21 trillion on militarism during those 20 years, and the moment when the biggest Congressional question in the media is whether the United States can afford $3.5 trillion over 10 years for things other than wars, is hardly the moment to increase military spending, or even to maintain it at remotely its current level.
The following letter was sent to members of the Senate Armed Services Committee Wednesday, July 21, 2021, ahead of a hearing during which it is expected that a provision to expand the draft to women would be attached to the “must pass” National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).