This year marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The tragedy of that day sparked an era of tragedy for so many here at home and for millions around the globe.
For the past 20 years, U.S. politicians have continually gambled with our lives. They sent U.S. service members to participate in a failed policy of endless war, a policy that resulted in thousands of their deaths and tens of thousands physically wounded and psychologically scarred. Untold numbers of civilians have been killed and wounded with millions displaced in multiple countries as a result.
As veterans who have served in these wars and past wars, we are enraged by leaders that continue to use days such as today to justify a spread of U.S. militarism, while using veterans and soldiers as pawns to cloak their nationalistic aims. These same political figures and corporate power brokers lie to us and enrich themselves, stoking fear under the phrase, "Never Forget".
There are many things about today and the last 20 years that we can never forget. Almost all of which is rooted in the catastrophic destruction that U.S. militarism has perpetuated in our lives and in lives around the globe.
We demand accountability in real and tangible ways. We must see a shift towards a future that holds the military and our government officials accountable. We must reduce the military budget and reallocate funds towards social programs that prioritize meeting people's needs and support the masses of refugees that seek safety for their families. Most importantly, we need to work to never allow this destruction to occur again.
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P.S. In the next few weeks, the House will vote on legislation to increase the Pentagon budget to its highest level in U.S. history. The $740 billion Pentagon budget included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a $23.9 billion dollar increase from the president’s proposed budget, and a $37 billion increase from the year prior. Can you take action today and let Congress know that veterans want a budget that reflects HUMAN NEEDS and not more overinflated military spending?
SHUT DOWN CREECH IS THIS MONTH!
During the week of Sept 26-Oct 2, members of Veterans For Peace, Code Pink, Ban Killer Drones, and ally organizations are taking action outside of Creech Drone Air Force Base, north of Las Vegas, in opposition to militarized drones. Want to come? REGISTER HERE
We call for an immediate halt to U.S. drone attacks and a ban on the use of all armed drones. For 20 years, the U.S. has carried out drone attacks with no accountability to the public for how many civilians were killed. We stand with the innocent civilians who are living under the covert U.S. drone program, in a state of constant fear. We stand with the thousands of innocent victims who have lost their lives to drone strikes. Will you stand with us?
Members In Action
Robert Vivar, co-director of the Unified U.S. Deported Veterans Resource Center and member of the Steering Committee of Veterans For Peace Deported Veterans Advocacy Project, recounts the the honor of walking Mrs. Rocio Rebollar, Deported Mother of U.S. Army Intel Officer 1st Lieutenant Gibram Cruz to the U.S. border crossing for her re-admission to the U.S. Read more
Source: National Priorities Project