After serving in the US Army, and later as a diplomat, Colonel Ann Wright resigned her position in opposition to the US invasion of Iraq, 2003. She explains her opposition to the use of drones, and why any demilitarism plan for the planet must begin with the United States.
Each year in April, activists around the world participate in the annual Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS). This year, actions were held in more than 40 countries and 100 cities. There was street theater in Dhaka, demonstrations in Istanbul, a parliamentary debate in Yaoundé, protests against military bases in Okinawa, a peace village in Oslo, a high-level seminar at the UN in Geneva, a flash mob in Oakland, Tax Day leafleting in Bethlehem, PA, a “walk of shame” in Washington, DC, and more .
It is up to us, the global citizens, to force our governments to reduce and end the senseless spending on war and move to a world of dialogue and conflict resolution without violence.
That is a monumental task, but one that we must continue to pursue with vigor for the health and safety of all on our planet.
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