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   A Campaign for a New Foreign Policy



Peace Action is working on a national campaign that calls on our elected officials to take leadership in shaping a new foreign policy that is safer, less costly, and more reflective of our values as Americans. We have created a three point platform with guidelines for a more responsible and proactive approach to making Americans, and the world, a safer place.

1. Support Human Rights and Democracy

We should exhibit international leadership by opposing the policies of human rights abusers, not rewarding them with weapons. Sadly, our country leads the world in providing arms sales and military training to human rights abusing governments and dictatorships that are hated by their own people. Our troops have faced dictators we previously empowered through military support in our last seven consecutive conflicts, yet we have increased the amount of military support we give to these types of governments. This does not make us safer and is in direct conflict with the values most important to Americans. We call on our elected officials to:

a. Oppose Arms transfers and military training or assistance to human rights abusing governments as deemed by the state department.

b. Actively support efforts to regulate and control the international arms trade

2. Reduce and Control the Nuclear Threat

Our nation should lead a worldwide campaign to reduce and control the threat from weapons of mass destruction - a policy we could be proud of. Instead, the Bush Administration is pressuring Congress to approve the research, testing, and creation of new, “more usable” nuclear weapons, as well as allocating billions of our tax dollars to a missile defense system that won’t work. This increases the nuclear threat by encouraging other nations to develop and use nuclear technology in self defense, causing a new arms race. We can not ask other nations to reduce their nuclear stockpiles, or abandon the creation of nuclear weapons, if we are actively developing and using them ourselves. We are calling on elected officials to:

a. Oppose funding for the development or testing of new nuclear weapons.

b. Support programs and agreements designed to reduce and secure the world’s existing nuclear stockpiles.

c. Oppose missile defense and space weapons that increase the pace of nuclear proliferation.

3. Cooperate with the World Community

We should play a positive leadership role in the world community, planning strategies for a future we can all live with. Our allies in the world community make us stronger, yet during a time when we desperately need their support, we are isolating ourselves rather than the terrorists. Our elected officials have abandoned or blocked a host of international agreements on arms control, human rights, the environment, and the International Criminal Court, as well as promoting a policy of “preemptive attack” that is in direct conflict with international law. We are not conducting ourselves in a democratic manner when dealing with issues that effect the world community, which only causes anti-American sentiment. We are calling on our elected officials to:

a. Comply with treaties such as the Non-Proliferation Treaty and

b. Strengthen international law and stability by opposing the doctrine of "preemptive attacks."

c. Promote and support international systems which foster global cooperation such as the UN and the International Criminal Court.

Click here for more information on the campaign and the issues.

Peace builders present petitions in Oak Ridge

 Peace builders present petitions in Oak Ridge

Upcoming Events
PeaceBuilder
Celebration

Saturday, May 10, 2014
at Barth Hall
Click here for Details

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ONGOING PEACE VIGILS

Every day "Occupy Detroit" - local component of national protest movement. At Grand Circus Park, Woodward @ Adams.

Every Sunday at 7:00 p.m. Pointes for Peace Vigil/Discussions. Kercheval & St. Claire in Grosse Pointe. peace@yahoo.com

Every Monday @ 4:15 p.m.
Anti-war protest. Woodward & Nine Mile Ferndale.

Every Saturday (except 2nd) from 11:00 a.m. to noon
Big Beaver and Rochester Rd (11th Hour for Peace)

Last Saturday of Month from noon to 1:00 p.m.
11 Mile and Woodward
(Huntington Woods Peace Citizenship & Education Project)

4th Saturday at noon Women in Black (Metro Detroit). Silent protest against US sanctioned violence in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and other countries. Info: sueghan@yahoo.com
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4th Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
Regular meeting of Peace Action of MI Board. Call for location.

Ours & other listings can always be found at: www.graypanthersmetrodetroit.org

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Peace with Justice
Calendar of Events

Regularly Updated Courtesy
of Gray Panthers of Metro Detroit. This Calendar includes activities of a wide range of peace and justice groups.  More >>

Submit events for this calendar to Randy Block, randyblock@yahoo.com

   Further Reading

The New Yorker
The Next World Order, by Nicholas Lemann - An exceptional summary of the origins of Bush foreign policy and their long term goals. More >>

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Excerpts from the classified Nuclear Posture Review,
a document outlining our official nuclear policy. More>

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The San Francisco Chronicle:
Administration Hawks See Win In Iraq as Chance to Remake Region, by John Donnelly - Administration planners see invading Iraq as a first step in re-ordering the Middle east to their liking. More >>

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The San Francisco Chronicle:
U.S. Eyes 'Usable' Nuclear Bombs, by James Sterngold
The Bush Administration's plans to build a new "family" of "more usable" nuclear weapons and resume underground nuclear testing. More >>

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The New York Times

Missile Defense: The Untold Story, by Bill Keller - A concise examination of the offensive strategic role of missile defense, why it appeals to the far right and why it will launch a new arms race. More >>

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Insight

Six Lessons from the London Airline Bombing Plot
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