September 14, 2015
Founded in fall 2002 as a grassroots effort to prevent the US war on Iraq, they continue to organize for justice for Iraqis and to hold war criminals accountable. They actively oppose the continuing U.S. war in Afghanistan, torture, the detention center at Guantanamo, weaponized and spy drones, the prosecution of whistleblowers, U.S. support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine and repressive regimes.
Rooted in a network of local organizers, online supporters and generous donors, with an emphasis on joy and humor, their tactics include satire, street theater, creative visuals, civil resistance, and directly challenging powerful decision-makers in government and corporations. And of course, wearing pink.
Every transaction we make in our daily lives ultimately contributes toward building a peace economy or a war economy, a world of compassion and well being, or a world of indifference and violence. The peace economy model encourages us to reinvest in our local communities. It calls for creating cultural, social and economic models that cultivate a sense of respect, and uplifts all people… not just a select few. We cannot make these changes without the foundational building blocks of the very peace we are seeking. The first step is taking the macro problem to the micro.
The foundation for world peace is building an economy where every community is self-reliant in basic needs such as food, water and energy.