Love to Afghanistan Feb. 14, 2022

A Call from National Peace Action:

Call your Senators & President Biden! Stop the humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan!

While East Bay Peace Action is unable to sponsor a vigil at this time, in support of the day of Love to Afghanistan, please consider calling your Senators/Reps on Valentine’s Day to take action to end the crisis in Afghanistan.

When the United States military pulled out of Afghanistan, the Biden administration responded by choking off assets to Afghan banks and economy by freezing the reserves of the Afghan Central Bank held in the U.S. They also imposed sanctions on those doing business with Afghanistan and cut off aid. Jobs and income disappeared, people could not afford to buy food and mass starvation is now occurring.

Members of both parties have sent letters to the Biden administration asking that these policies change in order to stop this humanitarian disaster. A December 20 letter to President Biden signed by 48 members of Congress states: “As you transition into a new phase of our relationship with the country and people of Afghanistan, we stand with American allies and humanitarian experts in urging the United States to avoid harsh economic measures that will directly harm Afghan families and children. This means conscientiously but urgently modifying current U.S. policy.”

On Valentine’s Day, we send our love to the people of Afghanistan by demanding that the Biden administration unfreeze Afghanistan’s assets so they can restart their economy and feed their people.

Antonio Guterres, the Secretary General of the UN, warned that millions of Afghans are on the “verge of death,” urging the international community to fund the U.N.’s $5 billion humanitarian appeal, release Afghanistan’s frozen assets and jump-start its banking system to avert economic collapse. 

Call Congress today at the Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121.

1. Dial the Congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121.

2.  Ask to speak to your Senator and/or House member [you can call three times to reach all three!]

3. Once connected, say (in your own words as much as you can):

“Hello, my name is ___________  [your name] and I am a constituent from _________ [your city]. I am calling because I want to ask __________ [name of elected] to take action regarding the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. I oppose President’s Biden’s current plan to confiscate the Afghan Central Bank’s assets and set aside half for 9/11 victims’ families and half to a special “trust fund” for Afghanistan. The Afghan economy is collapsing precisely because the Central Bank’s assets have been frozen. We should be unfreezing the assets to help the collapsing Afghan economy, not giving them to 9/11 victims or diverting them to a “trust fund” for unspecified uses.”  

More info at:

http://www.peaceaction.org/2022/01/27/what-we-must-do-for-afghanistan

EBPA joins call to hold Pentagon accountable to drone

Today, East Bay Peace Action joined the call to hold the Pentagon accountable to the tragic loss of 10 lives in an August 2021 drone strike. You can add your name here.

Hold the Pentagon Accountable for the Drone Strike that killed 10 Innocent Civilians

On August 29, 10 members of the Ahmadi family, seven of them children, were killed by a U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan.

How was the Pentagon held accountable for this horrific crime?

They weren’t. The Pentagon investigated itself for killing 10 innocent civilians and found no negligence and no need for disciplinary action. 

This cannot stand. The Ahmadi family and all innocent civilians who have been killed by U.S. drone strikes need justice. 

Sign your name to call on Congressman Adam Smith, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and Senator Jack Reed, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee to conduct an independent investigation into this horrific crime. 

Dear Chairman Smith and Reed, 

On August 29, 10 members of the Ahmadi family, seven of them children, were killed by a U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The media has been reporting that a “watchdog” has concluded an “independent” investigation that the Pentagon did nothing wrong in a drone strike that killed 10 innocent civilians. What they fail to mention is that this “watchdog” was Air Force Lt. Gen. Sami Said. That’s not an independent investigation–the US Air Force is a branch of the U.S. Military!

As Chairman of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, you each have the power to call for a truly independent investigation into this horrific crime that killed 10 innocent civilians, seven of them children. The Ahmadi family and the American public deserve to know how this happened and who will face consequences for killing 10 innocent people, especially given that whistleblower Daniel Hale was sent to Federal prison in July for releasing government documents that addressed the same faulty intelligence and other problems inherent to the U.S. drone program that led to the August 29th attack.

The Pentagon must be called upon by people around the world and by the U.S. Congress to make public all of the communications and logs, including communications with the White House, pertaining to the August 29, 2021 drone attack. 

I’m calling on you, Congressman Adam Smith and Senator Jack Reed, to initiate a truly independent investigation into what many international human rights lawyers have said clearly violates international law. 

Connecting Racism with Militarism

Brittany Ramos DeBarros

East Bay Peace Action wishes to thank Brittany Ramos DeBarros for speaking on Racism and Militarism at the 2021 Annual Gathering. A recording of the talk and transcript are available below. A Spanish translation is forthcoming.

To learn more about Brittany please visit brittanyforthepeople.org
To learn more about East Bay Peace Action, please visit eastbaypeaceaction.org

East Bay Peace Action Joins Call for Reduction to Military Budget

April 23, 2021

Today, East Bay Peace Action has signed on to the letter below to allies in Congress, asking them to send a letter to relevant committee chairs expressing opposition to the proposed $753 billion military budget.

To: Rep. John Yarmouth, Chair, House Budget Committee; Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Chair, House Appropriations Committee; Rep. Betty McCollum, Chair, House Defense Subcommittee; Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Chair, House Energy Subcommittee; Rep. Adam Smith, Chair, House Armed Services Committee; Senator Bernie Sanders, Chair, Senate Budget Committee; Senator Patrick Leahy, Chair, Senate Appropriations Committee; Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chair, Senate Subcommittee on Energy; Senator Jack Reed, Chair, Senate Armed Services Committee; Senator John Tester, Chair, Senate Defense Subcommittee.

Dear Committee and Subcommittee Chairs:

As members of the United States Congress sent to Washington to provide oversight and serve our constituents, we stand united in our opposition to the proposed increased $753 billion military budget and urge you to reduce the military budget by at least 10% , exempting military pay and benefits, before the budget leaves your committee.

It is time to shift to a human-centered definition of security that prioritizes the urgent needs of those highlighted in the Poor People’s Campaign for a moral budget. The campaign points out that 87-million Americans lack adequate health care coverage, eleven million people are houseless, 35 million are food insecure and one in three Black and Latinx households are steeped in debt. .

We call for re-evaluating US priorities to reduce Pentagon and Department of Energy spending to instead invest in health care, education, housing, climate sustainability, racial justice and more. We call this the Peace Dividend: increased investment in public goods as the result of winding down US wars.

With President Biden’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and his review of the necessity of 800 overseas bases in 80 countries, we expect and hope to spend less, not more on the military. We reject a proposed US pivot to Asia that increases troop deployments to the South China Sea, opens new military bases, and greenlights nuclear warships and mock nuclear strikes–all of which threaten to provoke another war, this one with a nuclear armed nation.

We stand united in opposition to spending billions of dollars in 2022, $1.7 trillion over the next decades, to develop new nuclear weapons that will escalate the arms race, increase the odds of a catastrophic accident and risk global annihilation.

Respectfully, we ask committee chairs preparing the military budget to remove expenditures for new nuclear weapons from the base bill or any document that merges with an overall budget bill, scrap the euphemistically titled “nuclear modernization” plan that fails to reflect modern thinking on the imperative of peace in the midst of a global climate crisis, budget to begin closing some overseas bases and re-evaluate billions of dollars for a US Space Force that will also escalate the arms race.

Again, we stand strongly united in our request that you reduce military spending for the Fiscal Year 2022 budget by a minimum of 10 percent before allocations are embedded in a final budget bill.

Sincerely,
Progressive Democrats of America
World BEYOND War
Greenpeace US
Rainforest Action Network
CODEPINK
Our Revolution
RootsAction.org
Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace
Veterans For Peace
World Beyond War-Central Florida
Rooms for PEACE
Seattle Anti-War Coalition
Massachusetts Peace Action
Women Against Military Madness
United We Dream Network
Peace, Justice,  Sustainability NOW
Nuclear Free World Committee
Dallas Peace and Justice Center
Peace Farm
War Resisters League
Witness for Peace Southwest
Green Party of Pima County
NH Veterans for Peace
Veterans For Peace Chapter 154
Veterans For Peace Chapter 181
Veterans For Peace – Santa Fe Chapter

National Peace Action Comments on Natanz Attack

Today, National Peace Action Executive Director, Jon Rainwater, commented on the problems raised by the Natanz Attack in Common Dreams:


https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/04/12/iran-says-israeli-nuclear-terrorism-could-have-led-catastrophic-crime-against

“If Israel is behind this while [Defense Secretary] Austin visits Israel this is shameless. Iran and the U.S. can’t let this derail diplomacy. Time to put in place a return to the JCPOA.”
—Jon Rainwater, Peace Action

Mass Poor People’s Assembly in June 2020

Poor Peoples Assembly June 2020

The fact that there are 140 million poor and low-wealth people in a country this rich is morally indefensible, constitutionally inconsistent and economically insane. Join poor people and moral witnesses from across the country June 20, 2020 for the Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington! On June 20, 2020, we rise together!

RSVP here: bit.ly/MoralMarch2020 

Preserve the INF

preserve inf

Interested in preserving the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and learning more about its history? Abolition 2000 is hosting a webinar Thursday January 17th. Learn more or sign up here

East Bay Peace Action Annual Gathering: Post Election Analysis – Advancing a People’s Agenda

 

Eric See, Director of Outreach and Organizing Campaigns - Peace Action
Eric See of national Peace Action discusses the post-midterm election at the 2018 Annual Gathering for EBPA

The 2018 Annual Gathering of East Bay Peace Action featured a talk by Eric See, Director of Outreach and Organizing Campaign for national Peace Action. See described 2018 Midterm Election activities for the national organization and the endorsement process. With an unprecedented number of people running for office, Peace Action activity intensified. National Peace Action endorsed 8 of the newly-elected members of the U. S. House of Representatives.

See also spoke about activities to end U. S. support for the war in Yemen and the state of diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula. Additionally, See discussed the need to create a peace movement that connects peace with human needs and climate chaos.

A full transcript of the talk is available here. 2018 Annual Gathering Program Transcript.E_See_transcript_final