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As the circus of the government shutdown continues and the debt debate looms large, the task of progressive forces in the country are once again clear: defeating a morally bankrupt right-wing and taking aim at militarism’s toll on our war-weary economy and people. If the GOP is doubling down on class war and racism,we must double down on peace and justice. Will you make a donation toWar Times or become a monthly sustainer and help support our work against militarism in all of its forms?
On the war and peace front, the past month has been momentous. Just a few weeks ago, it looked like a U.S. strike on Syria was inevitable. Then a global outpouring of antiwar sentiment threw a wrench into Washington's drive toward military action. Just a few weeks ago, no one thought a breakthrough was possible in the international impasse over Iran’s nuclear development program. Now President Obama and President Rouhani have spoken to each other, and plans for further talks are in the works. While developments are still fragile, with enough push, we could see the replacement of war threats with real diplomacy.
War Times is a part of this push. We believe that a renewed momentum for peace, connected to other vital fights being waged by grassroots movements across the U.S, is the way to break the right-wing’s stranglehold on the country and move us in a progressive direction. Since September 11, 2001, we have worked to deepen and strengthen the linkages between these movements by offering information and analysis and amplifying the voices of those hardest hit by militarism.
Now 12 years later, our project has taken big steps forward. This fall we rolled out ourupgraded website, and with it we are showcasing a new generation of War Times writers who are hitting their stride— posting original content covering the fight against foreign wars and the ways militarism has taken hold here at home. This fall we also brought together organizers working for immigrant rights (Border Action Network, National Network on Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Black Alliance for Just Immigration), racial and economic justice (Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Causa Justa), and for an end to the prison-industrial complex (Critical Resistance), in a unique strategic discussion on how decades of war have further militarized domestic police forces, borders, and the communities of the working-class and people of color; and what can be done to counter it.
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Thanks and Peace,
The War Times/Tiempo de Guerras Crew: Jan Adams, Christine Ahn, Clare Bayard, Attieno Davis, Rami El-Amine, Max Elbaum, Francesca Fiorentini, Alicia Garza, Rebecca Gordon, Felicia Gustin, Gary Hicks, Greg Hom, Ellen Kaiser, Hany Khalil, Lynn Koh, Sarah Lazare, Alberta Maged, Elvis Méndez, Nathan Paulsen, Michael Reagan, John Trinkl, Rebecca Tumposky, Ryan Wadsworth, Ruth Warner and Sasha Wright.
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