BRING OUR WAR $$ HOME!



"…to end U.S. funded wars and occupations, to challenge militarism globally, and to redirect our resources into health care, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities."CODEPINK Mission Statement

Since our first White House vigils in fall 2002, CODEPINK has opposed not only the U.S. war on Iraq with its ongoing catastrophic consequences but all the wars and "special operations" that the United States wastes human lives and tax dollars on. The "war on terror" has been the pretext for the US military-industrial complex to metastasize, with steadily increasing budgets to a Warfare State whose representatives declare: "The world is a battlefield."

Now, thanks to the recent revelations of former Booz Allen Hamilton employee and whistleblower Edward Snowden , we know that the Warfare State is also the Surveillance State. The National Security Agency is part of the Department of Defense.
Lavishly funded by Congress through its annual “Defense” Authorization Acts with our tax dollars, the NSA is collecting our phone records (“metadata”) and surveilling our electronic communications with powerful tools such as PRISM and XKEYSCORE.

Government surveillance is checked by NO real oversight, even by the Senate and House Intelligence Committees established in the 1970s to prevent unconstitutional spying on Americans, as its budget and info-storage capacity skyrocket in a time of sequestration-driven cuts to education, healthcare, food aid to low-income families, veterans' assistance, and much more. Members of Congress have been lied to by DNI Director James Clapper and NSA head Keith Alexander.

CODEPINK has long brought light and heat to corporate war profiteers such as Blackwater, Halliburton, General Atomics and others.

CODEPINK now takes a close look at one of the corporations who do 70% of the NSA's surveillance, the federal government's highest-profile "partner": Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) , a publicly traded corporation based in MacLean, VA with 80 offices all over the world. The video on the right gives a clear picture of BAH's coziness with the CIA and the 16 other spying entities that our tax dollars fund. Please watch and share! Then take action - tips and tools below.


TAKE ACTION!

1. Connect the Dots
Communicate with your community about how military spending, including surveillance, leads to cuts in domestic programs:

  • Download the NEW War Dollars Home Flyer (pdf) and pass it out at congressional town halls, school board meetings, civic events, panel discussions on economic matters - wherever people are considering where their tax dollars go, or should go.
  • Bring this sign-up sheet to rallies and events to gather signatures to build your own local group and listserv, and add to CODEPINK's national email list.
  • Use the National Priorities Project "Trade-Offs" tool to find the cost of wars and surveillance to your state, city, county, or congressional district.
  • Wear the "truth tee" - it's a great conversation starter!
  • Need one or more banners? Buy these popular, all-weather banners in a variety of six different but related messages.
  • Write letters to the editor of your local newspaper, referring to news articles about city and state budget crises, school closures or other local issues and connecting those to the tax dollars drained from your community to fund wars, militarism and surveillance.

2. Communicate with Congress
Contact your senators and member of Congress with a Bring Our War $$ Home message, adding the "ask" to defund the NSA now. Call 202-224-3121 and ask for your member of Congress or senator by name. Or use our Letter to Congress tool.

3. Conduct a Penny Poll on Real People's Economic Priorities
This is a fun activity to do at a farmers' market, in front of a post office or any popular community spot. Here's your "recipe":

  • Assemble 100 - 200 pennies, and set up a table with "Penny Poll" sign, coins and jars.
  • Give participants 10 pennies to distribute among 5 glass jars labeled: Education, Environment, Health Care, Housing, Military.
  • Have a Bring Our War $$ Home sign-up sheet available so people can sign up to receive email alerts on these issues.
  • Invite the local media by sending a press release! And during the penny poll, greet reporters and photographers and help them get interviews and photos.
  • Afterward, send out another press release providing the results of your penny poll. Or, send a letter to the editor of your local paper, announcing the results.

4. Use online tools/social media

  • When you read an article online about the federal budget, surveillance, the costs of war, or related issues, go to the comments section and add your thoughts.
  • Follow @WarDollarsHome on Twitter, and/or use your own twitter account to post links to articles of interest, and your opinions on war spending.
  • Let your Facebook friends know your thoughts, and make suggestions about actions they can take.
  • Watch the trailer for the brilliant new documentary "Terms And Conditions May Apply" http://tacma.net/tacma.php about government and corporate surveillance of our electronic communications, and use the handy tips and tools provided on the website.

For your inspiration:

See the Bring Our War $$ Home flickr set

"I believe the public has a right to know"
—Alexa O'Brien, journalist and unofficial civilian transcriber of the Bradley Manning trial.

“Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
—Arundhati Roy

"It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it."
—Eleanor Roosevelt