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Washington Newsletter: Militarism

November 29, 2017

Militarism permeates our society. Our nation’s budget is skewed towards the Pentagon, and local economies depend increasingly on military industries as contractors reap the benefits. Our government gives surplus military equipment to local police forces and then wrings its hands when police officers see their own communities as the enemy.

People are at the heart of escaping the militarism trap in our country—both our action and our care for all our neighbors, without exception. In 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. called for a shift from a “thing-oriented” to a “person-oriented” society, saying “When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” We must continue to name and oppose militarism where it appears—in our communities as well as in our public policies—and keep working for the alternatives that recognize the Light that is in us all.

Update Militarism: Escaping the Trap 

Friends have long sought to live, in the words of George Fox, “in the virtue of that life and power that [takes] away the occasion for all wars.” What does that commitment look like today, in a country that seems to be moving in the opposite direction?

Update Every Person Is Sacred 

Lobbying on Immigration

The U.S. has a failed immigration system. Our elected leaders agree, regardless of political party or ideology. What they don’t agree on is what to do about it.

Background “Law and Order”: Militarism, Racism, and the Criminal Justice System 

Law enforcement is supposed to keep us all safe. But communities of color are also concerned about being kept safe from law enforcement.

Update The Endless War 

The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force has provided three presidents with a blank check to wage war against anyone, at any time, anywhere in the world without congressional review or approval.

Update Amid Crisis, Diplomatic Paralysis 

When he released President Trump’s budget blueprint in March, Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, boldy declared, “Make no mistake about it, this is a hard power budget, not a soft power budget. That is what the president wanted and that is what we gave him,”

Update Breaking the Militarism Mindset: The Pentagon Budget 

Today, U.S. taxpayers are giving as much money to the military as they did during the Vietnam War’s height. The Pentagon budget rivals military spending in the last years of the Cold War. And, unless we can change their minds, members of Congress are going to give the Pentagon even more.