50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination

“As the nation prepares to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we should dwell not merely on how Dr. King died but also on how he lived. How he lived is why he died.” Jesse Jackson (read full article here)
King understood the inter-relationship of the sources of oppression and the need forfundamental, systemic and cultural transformation if humankind is to survive in freedom. Inperhaps the most ringing phrases of this speech, he taught that “if we are to get on to the rightside of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values…the shiftfrom a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers,profitmotives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of f being conquered.”Anticipating his final campaign – the Poor People’s Campaign, a year later –
and daring to include a critique of capitalism, King declared that “A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth.“

His commitment to nonviolence was deep and uncompromising. As King taught, reclaiming and healing the world and achieving a revolution of values necessitates bold, imaginative and nonviolent actions. To end and prevent wars. To honor and support the immigrants and refugees in our midst. To end racial and religious discrimination, to ensure economic and social justice. To defend and promote democracy. And to ensure human

survival by abolishing nuclear weapons and restoring environmental sustainability.
“If not us, who? If not now, when?”
(Read the IPB statement on the Speech “Beyond Vietnam” here)

Doomsday and the Apocalyptic Trump Nuclear War Fighting Doctrine

by Joseph Gerson

The Doomsday clock is seen after members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved it 30 seconds closer to the end of the world January 25, 2018, in Washington, DC. Mounting concerns about the possibility of a nuclear war along with Donald Trump’s “unpredictability” have pushed the symbolic “Doomsday Clock” to two minutes before midnight, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists said Thursday.
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Anti-Bases Conference Held in Baltimore

by Joseph Gerson*

The Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases was held in Baltimore, convened by the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases. The conference, organized under the leadership of the U.S. Peace Council and UNAC (United Anti-War Coalition,) with the participation of Veterans for Peace, World Beyond War and other traditional peace movement organizations. It served to place foreign military bases back on the U.S. anti-war movement’s agenda. Continue reading “Anti-Bases Conference Held in Baltimore”

GCOMS is now launching the Cut Milex campaign

Dear GCOMS partners,

The Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS) is an international campaign founded in December 2014 and promoted by the International Peace Bureau. The main aim is to reduce the global military spending thanks to the cooperative works made by the organisations of civil society. Nowadays, more the 100 organizations from 35 different nations have joined the campaign. Continue reading “GCOMS is now launching the Cut Milex campaign”

Joseph Gerson at the CND International Conference

London, October 14, 2017

I want to thank Kate for the opportunity to join and learn from this year’s conference. In each of our countries, we have disastrous leaders in power. But, with its imperial power, its arsenals, and its disregard of the rule of law, and with a man described by his secretary of state as a “fucking moron” at the helm of power, Trump and his coterie are far and away the most dangerous. Continue reading “Joseph Gerson at the CND International Conference”