Cancel the F-35

A petition to the United States Congress and the governments of Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Denmark, and Canada from the world and from the people of Burlington, Vermont, and Fairbanks, Alaska, where the F-35 is to be based. Initiated by Vermont Stop the F35 Coalition, Save Our Skies Vermont, Western Maine Matters, Alaska Peace Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks Peace Club, North Star Chapter 146 Veterans For Peace, World Beyond War,, Code Pink, Ben Cohen. Supported by: Centro Documentazione Manifesto Pacifista Internazionale, International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, Nej tak til nye kampfly (in Denmark), Peaceful Skies Coalition (in Santa Fe, NM), Straits Area Concerned Citizens for Peace, Justice, and the Environment (in Michigan).

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The F-35 is a weapon of offensive war, serving no defensive purpose. It is planned to cost the U.S. $1.4 trillion over 50 years. Because starvation on earth could be ended for $30 billion and the lack of clean drinking water for $11 billion per year, it is first and foremost through the wasting of resources that this airplane will kill. Military spending, contrary to popular misconception, also hurts the U.S. economy (see below) and other economies. The F-35 causes negative health impacts and cognitive impairment in children living near its bases. It renders housing near airports unsuitable for residential use. It has a high crash rate and horrible consequences to those living in the area of its crashes. Its emissions are a major environmental polluter.

Wars are endangering the United States and other participating nations rather than protecting them. Nonviolent tools of law, diplomacy, aid, crisis prevention, and verifiable nuclear disarmament should be substituted for continuing counterproductive wars. Therefore, we, the undersigned, call for the immediate cancellation of the F-35 program as a whole, and the immediate cancellation of plans to base any such dangerous and noisy jets near populated areas. We oppose replacing the F-35 with any other weapon or basing the F-35 in any other locations. We further demand redirection of the money for the F-35 back into taxpayers' pockets, and into environmental and human needs in the U.S., other F-35 customer nations, and around the world, including to fight climate change, pay off student debt, rebuild crumbling infrastructure, and improve education, healthcare, and housing.

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34904 4 months ago Anonymous Colchester, VT , this makes no sense. stop flying these dumb planes around non-stop OR give the public a legit reason for flying them other than "doing our job" the fuck kinda job are you doing!?????
34903 4 months ago Neal Kandel Williston, VT , I doubt that any decision makers that approved the basing live anywhere near the F-35s. They should be forced to live where the noise is earth shattering
34902 4 months ago Julie Watkins Urbana, IL , US
34901 4 months ago Ted Kozlowski Lacey, WA , US It is appalling, this victimization of Vermont! War Is Hell... Perpetual War For Profit maximizes hell even for the citizens of the supposedly supreme State. The end can only be global conflagration...
34900 4 months ago Diane Obannon Los Angeles, CA , US Making weapons for defense of one's own country is one thing, making weapons to sell to anybody to make money is quite another. And all the while, making life difficult, unhealthy and dangerous to A...
34899 4 months ago Alan Batten Fairbanks, AK , US This hugely expensive boondoggle is not making anyone safer and is yet another killing machine taking money and talent away from efforts to solve the true problems of our country and the world.
34898 4 months ago Doris Bedinger Burlington , VT , US
34897 4 months ago Anonymous S Burlington, VT , US The children at Chamberlin regularly cover their ears when the jets are warming up and taking off. It is highly disturbing and WAY louder than the F16s, which never bothered us.
34896 4 months ago Barbara Balch Northfield, VT , US
34895 4 months ago Anonymous South Burlington, VT , US
34894 4 months ago Jane Hendley Burlington, VT , US Just as with the draft for the military which it was a rare Congress person who served, you will never find F-35s training regularly over the Capitol. Hypocrisy and an ominous sign of the increasi...
34893 4 months ago Anonymous Hinesburg, VT , US Unbelievable. My son and I were both dropped to our knees by the roar when we thought we were taking a nature walk in Winooski. Oh my god, how does anyone live near the airport without going insane.
34892 4 months ago Genevieve henry Burlington, VT ,
34891 4 months ago Barrie Brigham South Burlington, VT ,
34890 4 months ago Karl Johnson Monroe, NH , US
34889 4 months ago dan kelley kurtistown, HI , US
34888 4 months ago SharylAnd now there is night fli Green Burlington, VT , US
34887 4 months ago Lindsay Colf St. George, VT , US I am a Vermonter living miles south of Burlington, yet within the flight range. These machines are not only ear-splittingly loud, they are scary. My children attend school within their flight path. ...
34886 4 months ago Anonymous BURLINGTON, VT , US The noise and air pollution from the F-35 is a threat to myself and my fellow Americans. It is a waste of our tax dollars. It is a threat to our health and our community well being. Our children’s ...
34885 4 months ago James Marc Leas S. Burlington, VT , US The F-35 basing and training flights in any populated area, including amidst 5 cities and towns in Vermont, violates constitutional rights, laws, treaties, and DoD and Air Force Directives and Instr...
34884 4 months ago Joanna Heller Guilford, CT , US Stop killing the planet and billing us!!
34883 4 months ago Kelley Johnson Hampden, MA , US This incredible waste of vital resources and the assault on U.S. citizens that it's presence represents should be halted immediately. There is no threat to our country that these weapons of war cou...
34882 4 months ago duncan nichols thetford, VT , US Thanks for keeping this front and center, with other life-taking American enterprises.
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34881 4 months ago Marc Estrin Burlington, VT , US
34880 4 months ago Michael Leahan Florence, MA , US
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Why this matters:

The F-35 will kill and destroy while making us all less safe.
The F-35 is a first strike stealth weapon designed to penetrate air space undetected. It will be used for massive killing and destruction in more wars like Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Syria, and Vietnam in which millions of civilians have been killed and wounded and millions of refugees created. Despite the misery they caused, these wars did not make people in the United States safer, and they made things worse in each of the countries that U.S. warplanes and soldiers attacked. In fact, CIA director John Brennan told the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee on June 16, 2016, that the wars since 2001 have not worked: “… despite all our progress against ISIL on the battlefield and in the financial realm, our efforts have not reduced the group’s terrorism capability and global reach.” In fact the war on terrorism has predictably and demonstrably increased rather than reduced terrorism. Gallup polling now finds that much of the world considers the United States the greatest threat to peace on earth. Nor is a fighter/bomber, like the F-35, capable of protecting anyone against nuclear ICBMs, cruise missiles, cyber attacks, global warming, or any individual acts of terrorism. The F-35 is designed for, among other things, delivery of the B61-12 nuclear weapon. Alaska's Congressional delegation has indicated several times that the F-35 is right for Alaska because of its proximity to Russia, making this weapon part of the new and perilous cold war.

The F-35 is a damaging trade-off.
1. Cost: The U.S. Air Force says the F-35 program will cost $1,400,000,000,000 over 50 years. The F-35 strips public money to pay private war contractors, like Lockheed Martin, that could better be spent to alleviate suffering, erase student debt, rebuild roads and bridges, defend against global warming, and provide education, health care, and housing. The money taken from such vital public use goes instead to war profiteers, increasing inequality and social division in the United States and elsewhere.

2. The F-35 destroys far more jobs than it creates: Researchers at the University of Massachusetts* report that each billion dollars spent on military preparations costs the United States between 4 and 16 thousand jobs as compared with tax cuts for working people or identical spending on clean energy, healthcare, or education. Thus, the $1.4 trillion, 50-year F-35 program means fewer jobs in the 45 U.S. states involved.

3. The F-35 causes cognitive impairment of children: The U.S. Air Force says the F-35A is more than four times louder than the intensely loud F-16 that it is replacing. A World Health Organization (WHO) report says that noise at the level of the F-35 on takeoff for just one minute is sufficient to cause health consequences: The WHO report states that children are more sensitive than adults, and the report cites data showing that the effects of such aircraft noise on children include cognitive impairment: adverse effects on reading, memory, auditory discrimination, speech perception, and academic performance, as well as other health effects, including increased blood pressure and increased stress hormones.*

4. The F-35 makes houses unsuitable for residential use: The Federal Aviation Administration says there is no effective mitigation for this noise besides families leaving. In Burlington Vermont, where F-16 jets are now based, the federal government paid to purchase and demolish 150 affordable homes to protect the people from damaging F-16 noise. The U.S. Air Force says that basing 18 F-35 jets at the airport in Burlington will cause 2,252 acres of land holding 2,963 households with 6,663 people to be in the “unsuitable for residential use” noise zone.

5. The F-35 has both a high crash risk and high crash consequences: The U.S. Air Force says all new military jets have a very high risk of crashing. The F-35 has far worse consequences when it crashes in or near people than older jets. Whereas older military jets were made of aluminum, the body of the F-35 is made of military composite materials with a stealth coating which emit highly toxic chemicals, particles, and fibers when set on fire during the inferno when thousands of gallons of jet fuel burst into flames. An Air Force report says this catastrophe should not be allowed to happen near people. The only way to prevent this tragedy from happening is to prevent basing of such military jets in or near densely populated areas, like Burlington Vermont or any of the other towns and cities planned for basing.