We’re often told that RootsAction.org is the most effective pro-peace, anti-war online organization in the United States. Whether or not that’s an exaggeration, we’re eager to make it true.
The year ahead presents more big opportunities and dangers than ever.
To help us continue and expand our work, please donate here.
Below is a little background on where we've been and where we're going.
RootsAction helped prevent the bombing of Syria in 2013. We were part of the successful pressure for talks and negotiations between the presidents of Iran and the United States, and we demanded the upholding of their agreement for years. We helped persuade Congress to forbid any new war on Iraq. We were part of reducing military weapons transfers to local police forces. In a matter of hours, we became the first large group to support NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. We led the way in demanding justice for CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling and strongly joined in support for Chelsea Manning as well as for publisher Julian Assange.
RootsAction members helped lobby the Governor of Connecticut to create a commission to advance conversion from a war economy to a peace economy. We helped to successfully pressure the city of Burlington, Vermont to reverse its position and oppose basing F-35 fighter jets there. We've helped persuade numerous cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors to tell Congress to move money from war to human and environmental needs.
We've helped educate the public through the course of these campaigns. We can only continue doing so with your help. Contribute here.
We've urged employees of companies to reject military contracts and led an effort that succeeded in canceling a pro-war television program. RootsAction has pushed hard for steps toward peace in Korea, including the cessation of war rehearsals, that have been achieved. Much more will be needed in the months ahead.
RootsAction is working to reduce hostility between the United States and Russia, and to reduce the likelihood of nuclear war. We're pressing Congress to uphold the INF treaty. We're urging both NATO and Russia to halt war rehearsals.
Congress is closer than it has ever been to ending a war, the war on Yemen, on which RootsAction has flooded Congressional offices with constituent demands. This will be a big focus in the coming days.
Meanwhile, Trump is proposing to pull the U.S. military out of Syria and to reduce its presence in Afghanistan. And Iraqi legislators are demanding that the U.S. military finally get out of Iraq. These are all demands that we have advanced and will continue to advance without fear or favor to party or politician.
We've pressed politicians to take on military spending and seen them respond, as with a recent public letter to Senator Bernie Sanders, following which he's produced a statement and a video on the topic.
We're advancing efforts under the War Powers Resolution to end wars, and articles of impeachment to hold warmakers accountable. We're going after the hatred and bigotry that accompany militarism. We're educating and mobilizing, locally, nationally, and globally for a systemic and cultural conversion to a peaceful and sustainable world.
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-- The RootsAction.org Team
P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Frances Fox Piven, Lila Garrett, Phil Donahue, Sonali Kolhatkar, and many others.