Please join us in a vigil on Monday, September 26, 2016 from 18:00 GMT (12:00 EST) until 19:00 in front of the US Embassy in Berlin at Pariser Platz.
Our vigil is in solidarity with US peace activists who will be demonstrating, engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience, and risking arrest on September 26th at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, led by the National Campaign for Non-Violent Resistance (NCNR).
We in Germany vigorously oppose German, European, and US militarism. With the permission of the German government, the US government uses military bases in Germany for many illegal activities, including so-called „targeted“ drone killings violating the sovereignty ever more countries. The US also encourages the growing militarization of Europe and plays a key role in driving the escalation of NATO threats to Russia and Iran. Under the false banner of the so-called „War Against Terror,“ the US government draws Europeans into the quagmire of never-ending wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and elsewhere. Millions of refugees are fleeing these aggressions and seeking refuge in Europe. We demand that the German government end all cooperation with US militarism.
We stand in solidarity with progressive and peace-loving people in the US who are resisting the „forever war.“ The US presidential debates between Trump and Clinton that begins on September 26th offers no choice to peace-loving people in the US or anywhere in the world. The US elections are driven by the military-industrial-congressional complex and promise only more and more war for years to come.
The protest at the Pentagon on September 26th will be the culmination of the World Beyond War international “No-War 2016” conference in Washington, DC, organized by World Without War, which will be live streamed in Berlin on September 24th. (For more information, see http://www.kurzlink.de/nowar2016.)
The protest organizers, National Campaign for Non-Violent Resistance (NCNR), state: „We have reached a point in which we can no longer afford massive military budgets, plans for future war, and war games certainly preparing us for war. This is no longer sustainable in so many ways… Poverty, climate crisis, environmental destruction, and violations of international law can no longer be accepted as the new normal for our world… We call upon people of conscience to join us in a witness for peace, risking arrest, calling for an end to war.“
Solidarity actions in the US on September 26th will include a protest at West Point United States Military Academy, organized by Knowdrones.com, and a protest at Beale Air Force Base in California, organized by Northern California Activists United Against Drone Warfare at Beale. Other US endorsing organizations include Granny Peace Brigade, Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter, Knowdrones.com, Middle East Crisis Response, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, WESPAC Foundation, and World Can’t Wait.
(The Berlin vigil on September 26th was first announced on September 12th. Initial endorsers so far include Coop Antiwar Cafe, CODEPINK in Germany, and World Beyond War in Berlin.)
by Elsa Rassbach, Berlin