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April 4, 2019, is the 51st anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Disrespectfully ignoring Dr. King’s lifelong dedication to peace, military leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have chosen to celebrate NATO’s 70th anniversary – on that very day – by holding its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. This is not only an insult to Dr. King but conveys NATO’s message that Black lives and indeed the lives of the vast majority really do not matter.
We are calling for a peaceful mass mobilization against this year’s NATO summit in Washington for Saturday, March 30. Additional actions will take place at the opening of the NATO meeting on April 4.
We invite you to add your, and/or your organization’s name to the list of supporters of the anti-NATO, antiwar and antiracism mass actions in Washington, D.C. against the NATO alliance and its celebration of war and militarism this spring. Because the NATO alliance, an extension of the Pentagon, is a relic of the Cold War that does not have a legitimate purpose, it is especially dangerous. This is because in order to justify its existence, NATO must find new enemies – and if NATO can’t find any, then NATO must conjure-up new enemies. The recent coup attempt in Venezuela was undoubtedly facilitated by its neighbor, Colombia – NATO’s newest “Global Partner.” We also object to NATO’s dangerous build-up, right on the borders of Russia, along with NATO’s past aggressive wars in the Middle East, Yugoslavia, and other places.
It is imperative that we understand, as Martin Luther King did over 50 years ago, that the poverty in our own communities is directly related to the vast treasures spent on war every year. The Pentagon’s budget for 2019 is $716 billion, 61% of federal discretionary spending.
We must understand, as King did, that equality, security, civil rights are impossible to attain in a militarized society.
At home, education, health care, preschool, public transportation, infrastructure, pensions, and more – all suffer from lack of funds. Even though the resources exist in this, the richest country in history, they are headed to make war. We must redirect those resources to peaceful needs. The level of inequality in the US is by far the highest of any developed country, as well.
Abroad and at home, women and children bear the brunt of war and war spending.
Globally, the environment suffers the damage of wars and actions of the world’s greatest single polluter – the Pentagon. The many wars waged to control fossil fuels and ensure that corporations make profits on burning them must be stopped if we are to halt and reverse the impact of global warming and build a sustainable energy economy.
LET US MARCH TO END THIS SCOURGE OF WAR!
PLEASE JOIN OUR NATIONAL MOBILIZATION!
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Contact us to help organize a Connecticut response to NATO and militarism at: [email protected]
Connecticut Peace & Solidarity Coalition