Time to Cut the Military Budget – Congressman John Conyers

This week, longtime civil rights activist Congressman John Lewis and more than 50 Members of Congress joined me to introduce my new resolution, H.Res. 246, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the April 4, 1967 “Beyond Vietnam” sermon given by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Riverside Church in Harlem, New York.

In the sermon, Dr. King declared his opposition to the U.S. war in Vietnam. He also gave an important warning to our nation, one that still rings true today. Dr. King said: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

Since I recorded this message, President Trump unilaterally decided, without approval from Congress or the United Nations, to bomb a sovereign nation. Those 59 Tomahawk missiles alone cost taxpayers more than $50 million. I will continue do to everything in my power to stop Trump from wasting our tax money bombing people abroad, when we have so much important nation-building to do right here at home. There is no question that the United States must do more to relieve the suffering of the civilians trapped in Syria’s civil war. If President Trump wants to help the Syrian people, he should start by welcoming those seeking refuge from this terrible civil war.

Trump, TV & Tomahawks: Corporate Media Become State Media as the Cruise Missiles Fly

In times of war, U.S. corporate media often find themselves tripping over their own feet in their rush to show how patriotic they can be. Sadly, this remains true in the Trump era, as much of the corporate press has rushed to breathlessly embrace the awesome spectacle and firepower of the U.S. military in action,…

The People’s Tribunal on the Iraq War – Live Stream Dec. 1 & 2

Code Pink:

The People’s Tribunal on the Iraq War: After 14 years of costly war based on lies, it’s time for truth and accountability. The People’s Tribunal on the Iraq War will unify the global anti-war/peace movements with other justice movements by uplifting testimonies of the costs of this war—and war itself. The Tribunal will bring the lies that created the war on Iraq into public awareness, while demanding Obama act on them. It will build and inspire the anti-war movement that we will need after the inauguration of the next administration in 2017. It will be a tool that all groups can use to build, inspire, and enliven their organizations and communities. Testifiers Day One and Two.

Visit Code Pink’s Iraq Tribunal website at IraqTribunal.org

9/11, Permanent War and the Transnational Capitalist Class

Look for Censored 2017, the Fortieth Anniversary Edition of Project Censored’s annual publication, at your favorite independent bookstore now. You can also find it online here. Below we post the transcript of a speech Peter Phillips gave in September 2016. Phillips is a Sociologist & the President of the Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored. – RR…

U.S. Support of Saudi War on Yemen a Humanitarian Disaster & Possible War Crime

A public hearing of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, November 17, 2016. From the Commission: A year and a half after the escalation of conflict between the northern Yemeni Houthi movement in alliance with forces still loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and an international Coalition led by Saudi Arabia seeking to restore…

STOP The War Supplemental Bill

STOP The War Supplemental Bill Sign the Roots Action petition. President Obama waited until after the election to ask Congress for $11.6 billion extra — outside the huge existing military budget — for wars. This massive pile of money, equivalent to the annual spending that the United Nations says could end the lack of clean…

Obama Wants Trump & Pentagon Abundantly Funded, Requests $11.6 Billion in Extra War Funding on the Way Out

  Read David Swanson’s take on the war supplemental: Another $11.6 Billion for Obama/Trump Wars? Hell No! November 16, 2016. President Obama waited until after the election last week to propose an unpopular idea. He asked Congress for $11.6 billion extra — outside the huge existing military budget — for wars. Here’s his letter including all…