2014 REPORT ON
GLOBAL DAY AGAINST MILITARY SPENDING
On April 14, 2014, thirty-three different San Francisco Bay Area groups* marked the Global Day Against Military spending with over 100 volunteers distributing around 14,000 brochures marking the release of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) report on global military spending trends at 30 BART stations and three neighborhoods. Efforts exceeded the 15 BART stations covered/9,000 brochures distributed in 2013.
Coordinating Committee member Sandra Schwartz coordinated an 11:30 am press conference at the Oakland Federal building right before the Living Graveyard memorial readings/lie in at 12:30 pm. Two mayors (Richmond and Oakland) and one City Council (San Pablo) issued GDAMS proclamations, and Representative Barbara Lee issued a statement endorsing our efforts. Speakers at the press conference were: Michael Eisenscher, a veteran labor organizer, is cofounder of U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW). Rev Deborah Lee is a United Church of Christ clergy person and serves as the Director of the Interfaith Immigration Project of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, CLUE. Dr. Henry Clark, Executive Director, West County Toxics Coalition; Jackie Cabasso is Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation in Oakland, former Assemblywoman Wilma Chan, member of the Alameda Board of Supervisors; Reverend Daniel Buford heads the Prophetic Justice Ministry at Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland. Some statements and all proclamations are available from email@example.com. KPFA radio and China Press.
*Groups included: American Friends Service Committee, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Western States Legal Foundation, Mt. Diablo Peace Center, Piedmont Retirement Peace Group, San Francisco Friends Meeting, School of the Americas Watch East Bay and San Francisco, SF Bay New Priorities Campaign, Asia Americans for Peace & Justice, Tri-Valley CARES, Labor Committee for Peace & Justice, El Cerrito Democratic Club, East Bay Peace Action, Code Pink, East Bay and San Francisco Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, East Bay Coalition to Support Self-Rule for Iraqis, Grandmothers Against the War, MoveOn.org (Southern Alameda County), Southern Alameda CountyCoalition for Peace & Justice, Castro Valley Democratic Club, Bay Area Labor Committee for Peace & Justice, Oakland Catholic Worker, Physicians for Social Responsibility, NICCA (Nicaragua Center for Community Action), Women for Genuine Security, Richmond Progressive Alliance, Wellstone Democratic Club, Hayward Democratic Club, Peace & Solidarity Committee of SEIU 1021, Veterans for Peace, Mission High School students and a teacher, and Ecumenical Peace Institute, CALC.
Some groups inserted action/education postcards in the brochure: bases/pacific pivot by Women for Genuine Security, the drug wars by FOR, NICCA, and East Bay SOA Watch, and B61 nuclear bomb funding by Trivalley CARES.
Click here to see the full 2014 Report on GDAMS, including photos.
Requested actions in the brochure included a call to members of Congress to cut military spending, a twitter share, and a QR code to the NPC principles. We included one panel on the proposed increase in nuclear weapons spending.