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Concerned Citizens Hope to Deliver a Letter to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo Seeking a Meeting to Call Attention to the Trump Administration’s Disastrous Foreign Policy
PRESS RELEASE-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2019
WHO: The Baltimore Nonviolence Center and Baltimore Peace Action have been protesting the Trump administration since its inception in January 2017. Of great concern is the Trump Administration’s foreign policy which has been disastrous for so many peoples and countries around the world.
WHAT: A group of peace and justice advocates have written a letter to request a meeting with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo or a high-level representative. At the meeting, it will be pointed out that the U.S. is engaging in numerous wars, most notably in Yemen. Also that the military budget is bankrupting the government. The War on Terror has failed miserably. Even allies of the United States have criticized this abhorrent foreign policy of which Pompeo is a principal architect. If Pompeo would meet and listen to these advocates, there would be a radical change in U.S. foreign policy.
Unfortunately, he has supported waterboarding and other forms of torture. He criticized the Obama administration for closing "black sites" - secret prisons used to interrogate suspects overseas - and the requirement for interrogators to adhere to anti-torture laws. He has resisted ending US military support for the Saudi-led war on the people of Yemen. In Yemen, US interrogators have questioned detainees in secret prisons run by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and UAE-backed Yemeni forces where torture is widespread. He is also a proponent of denying due process to prisoners languishing in Guantanamo.
Another urgent concern is that Pompeo, John Bolton and Elliott Abrams are involved in trying to overthrow the government in Venezuela. And at the height of hypocrisy, they have insulted the citizens of Venezuela by declaring Juan Guaido as the interim president. Venezuela does not represent a threat to the United States. Instead of trying to destabilize Venezuela, the US should engage in dialogue with the Maduro government to assist the country in these difficult times.
This list of disastrous foreign policy decisions is endless. And thus the citizen activists will be persistent in trying to obtain a meeting with a State Department official who will agree to a radical change in policy.
WHEN: Monday, March 31, 2018 at 12:30 PM
WHERE: U.S. Department of State,
WHY: The citizen activists felt they have to speak out to end the wars, the human rights abuses, the destruction of the environment and the trampling of the constitution. They believe that there must be a significant change from the current foreign policy morass. Continuing the current policy will only cause more death, destruction, devastation and an immense drain of tax dollars. It is essential to severely cut military spending, to stop the threats to other countries, to close a majority of the foreign bases, including Guantanamo, to not prop up dictators, to show respect for human rights, to end arm sales to dictatorial regimes, and to engage in dialogue not belligerence. Real security can only happen when tax dollars are reallocated from military spending towards housing, education, environmental regulations, health services, the infrastructure and programs aimed at lifting people out of poverty.
Should the activists be arrested during their attempt to arrange a meeting with the Secretary of State, they will look forward to their day in court. During a trial, they would raise these many issues of concern which are contained in the letter to Pompeo. The letter is available upon request.
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"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