By David Swanson
The demise of the antiwar movement has been greatly exaggerated. Working on planning a series of events in Washington, D.C., next month, and related events around the world, I’m finding tons of enthusiasm for organizing and mobilizing to end war. In fact all kinds of events are being organized all the time, from conferences to marches to protests, a peace fleet taking on a military fleet in Seattle, a crowd demanding the closure of a U.S. base in Germany or Korea, counter recruiters keeping military tests out of schools, solidarity actions and support actions with victims and refugees around the world, and many other stories that flood in under the corporate radar.
No War 2016 will be a conference, workshops, and nonviolent action in Washington, D.C., September 23-26, livestreamed to events in other countries, and overlapping with other peace events in places all over the earth. While most well-meaning people are wasting their money on one lousy political candidate or another, NoWar2016 has found support from the Jubitz Family Foundation, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, RootsAction.org, Code Pink, International Peace Bureau, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Jane Addams Peace Association, and Veterans For Peace, and a big list of cosponsors.
Here’s a glimpse of what we have planned: