Stop Trump’s Military Parade!
Join a broad coalition of peace and justice groups to stop the parade before it happens
If it does happen, join us in protest!
Currently scheduled for Nov. 11 in Washington DC
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SIGN ON TO THE OPEN LETTER:
The letter below will be published as an open letter and sent to members of Congress and the Washington DC City Council urging them to stop the military parade. All organizations are invited to sign on to the letter.
President Trump has ordered a military parade to be held in Washington, DC to showcase “the price of freedom” on November 10, 2018. This glorification of war, which will cost millions of dollars, comes at a time when the United States is provoking more war and the military industrial complex is consuming a growing proportion, now almost two thirds, of our discretionary spending. Militarism has invaded our communities where police treat residents as “the enemy,” demonstrators are met with tanks and recruiters are allowed into schools. Militarism has also infected our national psyche by normalizing violence as armed men shoot and kill in our schools, stores and offices.
We reject this gross display of power and violence. We call on you to stop the military parade.
We have had enough of war and are ready to put an end to it. Its basic purposes are to enrich the weapons-makers and to secure cheap resources and labor for global corporations. War is killing hundreds of thousands of civilians and displacing millions of people. US aggression is causing increased insecurity and an assault on our freedom as we must now submit to searches before we can travel or enter buildings that once had open doors.
The cost of war is great. Our infrastructure is failing. Poverty is growing, and the social safety net is disintegrating. Our children are hungry, our families are unhoused and our air, land and water are polluted. Our veterans are in such despair that 20 of them, mostly young veterans, are committing suicide each day.
We, groups who advocate for peace and justice, are organizing a celebration of peace in Washington, DC and across the country from November 9 to 11. On Sunday, November 11, the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the World War I, veterans and military family members will lead a solemn procession to reclaim this day as a time to remember the cost of war and the preciousness of peace.
We urge you now to do all in your power to stop the military parade on November 10. The vast majority of people in the US and around the world crave peace.
If the parade goes forward, we will mobilize thousands of people on that day to protest it.
It is time to divest from the wars at home and abroad and invest in peace.
A Future Without War
Alliance for Democracy
Alliance for Global Justice
Arlington (MA) United for Justice with Peace
Atlanta Grandmothers for Peace
Baltimore Palestine Solidarity
Be The Change
Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace
Black Alliance for Peace
Brandywine Peace Community
Center for Conscience in Action
Center for Global Justice
Chicago Anti-War Coalition
Citizens’ Environmental Coalition
Coalition Against U.S. foreign Military Bases
Coalition for a Nuclear Free Great Lakes
Community Organizing Center for Mother Earth
Concerned Families of Westchester
Consistent Life Network
Corey E. Olsen Pipe Organs/Golden Ponds Farm
Democratic World Federalists
Elgin Green Groups 350.org
Environmentalists Against War
Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR-USA)
First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis
Fox Valley Citizens for Peace & Justice
Freedom Socialist Party – U.S.
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
Granny Peace Brigade, New York City
Greater Boston United for Justice with Peace Coalition
Green Party, Pinellas County, FL
Green Party, Montgomery County, Maryland
Green Party of Michigan
Green Party, Capital Area, Michigan
Green Party of New Jersey
Green Party of Ocean County, New Jersey
Green Party of the United States
Green Party U. S. Peace Action Committee
Green Women Rising
Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action
Hands Off Syria Coalition
International Peace Resource Center Library
InterReligious Task Force on Central America & Colombia
Itasca County Indivisible of Minnesota
Joy Mennonite Church – Oklahoma City
Kinzua Country Indivisible
Korean American National Coordinating Council
Labor Fightback Network
Labor United For Class Struggle-LABOR TODAY
Libertarian Party of Wayne County, MI
Little Falls Occ U Pie
Metro Justice Peace Action and Education
Military Families Speak Out
Military Law Task Force of the National Lawyers Guild
MLK Coalition of Greater Los Angeles
Movimiento Todos Por La Paz
Neighbors East and West
New Jersey State Industrial Union Council
New Progressive Alliance
New Wineskins Catholic Worker
Newton Dialogues on Peace and War
NW Alliance for Alternative Media and Education
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Nuclear Ban US
NYC Jericho Amnesty Movement
On Earth Peace
Party of Communists USA
Pax Christi Illinois
Pax Christi Lansing
Pax Christi Michigan
Pax Christi Seed Planters
Peace Action – Massachusetts
Peace Alliance National Department of Peacebuilding Committee
Peace and Freedom Party
Peninsula Peace and Justice Center
People For A New Society
Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign
Public Intellectuals for Social and Spare Change
Raging Grannies, New York Metro
Refuge Ministries of Tampa Bay International
Revolutionary Road Radio Show
Rooms for Peace
Saint Mary’s Area United Way
Self-Sovereign Individual Project
Show Up! America
SLO Mothers for Peace
Stafford Indivisible Community Action Network
Temitope Motivational Foundation
The Leaven Community
The Metta Center for Nonviolence
The National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth
The Nuclear Resister
The Oracle Institute (Home of the Peace Pentagon)
The Peace Resource
Topanga Peace Alliance
Trade Justice Alliance
Tree of Trust
United Church of Christ, Network for Environmental & Economic Responsibility
United for Peace and Justice
United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
Upstate Drone Action
US Friends of the Soviet People
US Peace Council
Veterans Against Parade (VAP)
Veterans For Peace
Veterans For Peace, Chapter 001
Veterans For Peace, Chapter 27
Veterans for Peace, Chapter 35, Spokane, WA
Veterans For Peace, Chapter 58, Woodstock, NY
Veterans For Peace, Chapter 63, Albuquerque, NM
Veterans For Peace, Greater Seattle Chapter 92
Veterans For Peace, Chapter 099
Veterans For Peace, Chapter 102
Veterans For Peace, Chapter 115
Veterans For Peace, Chater 132, Corvallis, OR
Veterans For Peace, Adirondacks Chapter 147, Saratoga Springs, NY
Veterans For Peace, Chapter 168
Veterans For Peace Joan Duffy Chapter, Santa Fe, NM
Veterans Peace March
Viet Nam Veterans Against the War/Old School Sappers
Vietnam Veterans Against the War Legacy Trust
Voices for Creative Nonviolence
Wall of Women Colorado
War Resisters League, Chicago Chapter
War Resisters League, New York City
Western States Legal Foundation
Women Against Military Madness
Women Against War
Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Corvallis OR branch
Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, U.S., Earth Democracy Committee
Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, U.S. Section, National Corporations v Democracy Issue Committee
World Beyond War
World Beyond War- Central Florida Chapter
World Can’t Wait
World Constitution & Parliament Association
Zona Libre (Mexico)
Why we are organizing to stop the military parade:
At a time when the United States’ military budget is growing, now constituting 57% of our federal discretionary spending, programs for domestic needs such as food, education, housing and health care are being cut and US militarization is infecting most of the countries of the world, our schools and our communities, President Trump plans to spend more than $30 million dollars to parade tanks and weapons through the streets of Washington, DC on Veteran’s Day weekend this November. While it is President Trump who is calling for the parade, both major political parties are responsible for escalating US militarization and aggression throughout the world. Members of Congress voted nearly unanimously to give the Pentagon $70 billion more than requested in the current budget and are complicit in antagonizing Russia, North Korea, Iran and Venezuela.
Many groups are organizing to stop this parade, reclaim Veteran’s Day as Armistice Day and call for demilitarization and investment in programs that protect and support our communities in positive ways and heal the climate crisis and environmental degradation. We are joining together to collaborate on making the response to President Trump’s military parade bigger than the parade itself. We will show up in Washington, DC or wherever the parade might be held or take action in our local communities. If the parade is cancelled, we will still take action to make our demands heard.
If you believe that the glorification of war is obscene, if you believe it’s time to stop celebrating war and start working for peace, if you believe that our public dollars should be invested in positive ways that lift up communities and protect the planet, if you believe that militarized and racist police have no place in our schools and communities, if you believe the United States must become a cooperative member of the global community instead of the world’s greatest purveyor of violence, sign up to join us.
Here are our demands:
Stop the glorification of war.
Return Veteran’s Day to Armistice Day, a day to celebrate peace.
Divest from the war machine and use public dollars for human needs and protection of the planet.
End the wars at home and abroad.
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 – Peace Concert and Peace Art at Catharsis, 5:00 pm to 1:00 am on the National Mall near the Washington Monument.
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 – Rally and protest during the military parade along the route. Exact location to be determined.
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 – Silent march led by veterans and military families. Location to be determined.
Press Release: Mass Protest to President Trump’s Military Parade if it Occurs
Washington, DC – Leaders of major peace and anti-war organizations met on February 28, 2018 to collaborate on actions to bring hundreds of thousands of people to Washington, DC in November to protest President Trump’s military parade and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I.
Participants at the meeting are united in opposition to the military parade because it glorifies war and militarism and wastes taxpayer dollars that could be used to fund people’s necessities and protection of the planet. All agreed to mobilize people to come to DC in November or to any location on any day if plans for the military parade change. There is a lot of enthusiasm to oppose Trump’s military parade. Peace advocates intend to outnumber parade supporters. In fact, a recent informal poll by Military Times of their readers, with 51,000 responses, found 89% opposition to the parade.
“Veterans, active duty GI’s and their families are paying a high price for these endless U.S. wars,” explained Gerry Condon, president of Veterans For Peace. “We are inviting our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters in the U.S. military to march with us in Washington, DC on November 11, Armistice Day.”
David Swanson, director of World Beyond War, declared, “We will turn out en masse to oppose and overwhelm this glorification of war, whenever and wherever it happens, and to replace it with a demonstration worthy of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, a celebration of what the world could be if we put an end to war for good. A hundred years of using war to end all war has failed miserably; it’s time we tried using peace to end all war.”
Brian Becker, national director of the ANSWER Coalition adds, “The War Parade is aimed at stimulating a new war drive that will bring death and destruction to one (or more) of the countries on the Pentagon hit list, potentially Iran, North Korea, or Venezuela. The over-the-top celebrations of the war machine — in the false guise of ‘patriotism’ — also serve to stifle dissent at home, as Trump has repeatedly shown with his racist attacks on #BlackLivesMatter protesters.”
“Trump’s new idea for a $22 million military march is a big, flashy way to normalize militarization. However, let’s not be fooled. We see more militarized police and soldiers in airports, train stations and bus stations. We see videos like this one of people on an Amtrak train being asked to produce ‘papers.’ That’s why it’s all the more important we oppose the normalization of militarism in our culture,” said Ajamu Baraka, national coordinator of Black Alliance for Peace.
“Since the 1990s, over $5 billion dollars-worth of military grade weapons and equipment have been transferred to local police forces,” said Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK. “In 2017, the United States spent $794 billion dollars on foreign and domestic militarism while over 40 million people in this country lived in poverty. We need a transformation of American priorities away from hyper-militarism, and toward serving and healing our people at home and spreading peace and justice in the world.”
Armistice Day was initially a day to remember the brutalities of WWI and celebrate peace, but in 1954 the US Congress changed it to Veterans Day and it has become a day to glorify war and the veterans who fought in them. Veteran’s groups are working together to reclaim Armistice Day. Trump’s military parade is out of touch with the millions of veterans and others who want an end to war and greater investment in human needs at home and abroad as well as protection of the planet at this time of climate change and extreme environmental degradation.
The organizers also intend to urge activists around the world to protest US militarism if the parade is held. US embassies and other locations should become a focal point of opposition to US hegemony. While this parade is intended to show off brutal US weapons to intimidate other countries, it is also an opportunity for the world to take action against US militarism and threats of war.