As we move towards January 20, we are all thinking about what we can do to speak out and act in resistance to Trump. According to Forbes Magazine, Nov. 9, 2016, "President Trump is likely to boost US military spending by $500 billion to $1 trillion." We need a strong presence on January 20 to call for an end to all warfare, including drone warfare.
The National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance is planning an action in DC for the Inauguration. Here are three ways to get involved.
1 - Join us in DC on January 20 for our action. We will be meeting at 10:00 am in the lower level food court at Union Station for a final planning meeting.
Some of us will be risking arrest, but we need more who are willing to join us in solidarity, holding signs and banners, handing out literature, and joining us in witness.
We will have to keep things fluid that day and make decisions as we move along, but the plan will be to process from Union Station towards the Capitol with signs, banners, model drones, coffins, and leaflets to distribute.
We will go as far as we can to then ask the Capitol Police to deliver our petition to Donald Trump, and likely do a die-in.
If you are considering risking arrest or would like to talk more about it, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
2 - If you live in the DC area and can offer housing, please contact email@example.com
If you need housing, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. It is particularly important for this action because hotels are filling up.
3 - Below is the petition we will be carrying on January 20. If you would like to sign your name to this petition, please contact mobuszewski at verizon.net with your name, city, and/or organizational affiliation and Max will add your name.
Please share this information widely
In peace and resistance,
Dear President Trump:
We are writing on behalf of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance as people committed to nonviolent social change to urge you to renounce most of your boastful campaign promises and instead to commit to a program which ends U.S. militarism, income inequality and climate chaos. We presume some of your acrimonious statements during the campaign –Mexicans are rapists, Muslims will be banned and the U.S. military must be rebuilt—were just bombastic attempts to garner votes and media attention. If you are to be the President of the people of the United States, you must publicly and strongly repudiate these statements of hatefulness towards others. As president, you must deal with so many critical issues, but unfortunately your rhetoric and cabinet choices suggest a future with death, destruction, racism, turmoil and unrest.
As members of peace and justice organizations opposed to our government’s failed domestic and foreign policies, we are speaking on behalf of the poor and those who suffer from a system which is designed to benefit a wealthy and privileged elite. At home, our economic system has been a bust for most everyone but the one percent. Overseas, U.S. warmongering has had a devastating effect, most especially in the Middle East and Africa. For example, the government is using militarized unmanned aerial vehicles (or drones) to kill people, mostly civilians, in at least seven countries. The use of armed drones is wrong on many levels: the illegality of assassinations, the violation of international law and the Constitutional protection of due process, the lack of Congressional approval and the disregard of sovereignty. Instead of militarism, your administration should emphasize diplomacy and humanitarian aid.
Disregard of the scientific research for the causes of climate chaos is leading to the destruction of the planet. According to the November 17, 2016 edition of the Health and Environment News of the World Health Organization’s Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, this was reported: "Ministers and senior officials responsible for health and environment today committed to reducing the annual 12.6 million deaths caused by environmental pollution. Gathering at the COP22 climate meeting in Marrakech, over two dozen high level officials from both sectors signed up to the Declaration for Health, Environment and Climate Change. The goal is to reduce pollution-related deaths via a new global initiative to promote better management of environmental and climate risks to health." We believe that another way is possible and that there are alternatives to the life threatening policies that our government has promoted and that have been so destructive to the people of the world. Of course, your administration must be supportive of the decisions reached at COP22.
NCNR members have vigorously protested the belligerency of the Bush and the Obama administrations. This belligerency is a tremendous waste of precious tax dollars and other resources. Currently our government spends more than 50% of the discretionary federal budget on militarism. This is one of the leading causes of income instability.
Poverty is adversely affecting the quality of life for too many citizens. The people are suffering from lack of food, health care, education, a living wage, adequate housing, and the list goes on. It is unconscionable that we have children in the United States going to bed hungry. Just a portion of the bloated Pentagon budget redirected towards human needs could alleviate this suffering.
Unending war and imperialism is damaging both our country and the world. Within the last 14 years we have experienced how the United States has responded to international crisis with violence. Our government has waged wars in violation of international law with a failed Middle East policy that leaves a whole region mired in violence and instability, launched an illegal drone war, tortured and illegally detained individuals, and refused to get rid of nuclear weapons capable of annihilation of all life on the planet.
You have been elected president, as the people are seeking change. Previous administrations have failed to listen to the people, but you now have the chance to change course. These changes would only be a beginning, but would provide a good start:
1. End all drone warfare. It is illegal and immoral.
2. Establish a living wage for all workers.
3. Take a real and meaningful role in the abolition of all nuclear weapons of all countries.
4. Initiate and work for an international treaty for swift verifiable action to reverse climate change. Listen to the scientific community and not the fossil fuel industry.
We have not had access to the decision-making process like the oil lobby, the financial and corporate sector, or the arms industry have had over the decades. If people and groups such as ours had this same kind of access we very well may not have rushed to war and occupation on false pretense, tortured people, continued to operate the criminally complicit Western Hemispheric Institute for Security Cooperation at Fort Benning, had the devastating and destructive oil spills in addition to still considering a pipeline through sacred grounds, or had civil unrest caused by society's structural violence, unresolved racism, and failed economic policies.
A new approach to leadership is required to address the problems and crises we all face. We have the audacity to petition you to give serious consideration to the demands stated here. Failure to do so will cause so many of us to nonviolently resist an administration bent on continuing policies which will lead to more war, more inequality and ecocide.
Joy First, Malachy Kilbride, Max Obuszewski and Janice Sevre-Duszynska
Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218. Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski [at] verizon.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/
"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs