This holiday season, we have much to be grateful for. After nearly 9 years, 40,000 troops are returning from Iraq. Likewise, we are turning the tide on the war in Afghanistan (check out our sidebar highlighting our progress this year). Across the country, a new wave of resistance has energized the nation.
2011 has certainly been a year of milestones.
Next year, we have much to look forward to as history unfolds. In the meantime, enjoy this month’s edition of our e-newsletter!
Humbly for Peace,
Restore the American Dream for the 99%
For the past year, Peace Action has collaborated with civil rights, labor and community groups to fight for The Dream that Dr. Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement fought for.
The Dream is plain and simple, the right to a decent life in a more peaceful and just world.
This week, the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) introduced the Restore the American Dream for the 99% Act which creates more than 5 million jobs in the next two years and saves more than $2 trillion over 10 years. Read More
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2012: Looking forward to history
The occupy movement has strengthened the demand for corporate and government accountability. It is a rare moment in history where crisis and opportunity combine to create the potential for sweeping social and political change.
The outcome of the 2012 elections will likely determine whether organized money or people power will set the agenda for the next decade and beyond. The 1% knows it and has decided its ‘all in’. They’re betting the 99% won’t be able to match them vote for vote. Read More
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Troops coming home from Iraq
By years’ end, the US war and occupation of Iraq will be over.
Opposing the war from the start, Peace Action participated in the February 2003 protest where tens of millions around the world voiced their opposition. Peace Action continued its opposition even when political and public support for ending the war was almost non-existent, helping organize all the large demonstrations and playing an important role in building opposition in Congress.
The deadline for US troop withdrawal was established in 2008’s Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) forced on the Bush administration which had steadfastly stated its opposition to a ‘timetable’ for withdrawal. The Pentagon wanted to maintain a military presence, but was unwilling to be held accountable for future civilian casualties, a condition Iraq would not accept. Read More
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