The Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) believes that along with the issue of Climate change, the following interlocking issues related to war and militarism are the main challenges facing the public: the militarization of police forces; the strengthening of the national security state domestically; and unending wars and imperialist intrigue abroad.
However, both parties continue to marginalize the issue of war and militarism.
It is imperative that the normalization of war, militarism and domestic repression become central elements of the public discussion during the 2020 electoral period at every level of government.
We the Undersigned call on ALL candidates at every level of government, to support the policies and principles reflected in the following list of demands:
Support efforts to cut the military budget by 50% as a first step in reducing military spending, and reallocate government spending to fully fund social programs as part of efforts to realize individual and collective human rights in the areas of housing, education, healthcare, green jobs and public transportation;
Oppose the militarization of the police and specifically the Department of Defense 1033 program that transfers millions of dollars’ worth of military equipment to local police forces;
Promote the closing of the more than 800 U.S. foreign military bases and the immediate cessation of U.S. participation in NATO’s white supremacist military structure;
Call for and work towards abolishing the U.S. African Command (AFRICOM), including the withdrawal of all U.S. military personnel from Africa;
Demand that the Department of Justice document and investigate all instances of the use of lethal force by domestic police officers and agencies against non-white populations as demanded by various United Nations human rights treaty monitoring bodies;
Commit to passing resolutions at every level of government that commit the U.S. to upholding international law and the United Nations Charter, and to opposing all military, economic (including sanctions and blockades that are acts of war) and political interventions in the internal affairs of sovereign nations regardless of the political party controlling the office of the presidency; and
Sponsor legislation and/or resolutions at every level of government calling on the U.S. to support the United Nations resolution on the complete global abolishment of nuclear weapons passed by 122 nations in July 2017.