There is a sense of relief that many here in the U.S. feel after the presidential election, but we understand this is a time to step up our organizing for peace and economic justice — including the growing movement to close and withdraw the nearly 1,000 U.S. military bases located in foreign nations.
From Okinawa and Guam to Honduras, Germany, Iraq, and beyond people who have suffered from the abuses inherent to foreign military bases have been calling for their withdrawal. People in the U.S. have joined this call, outraged by the damage done by U.S. bases abroad and by their expense, which diverts $138 billion a year from addressing human needs and revitalizing our economy.
The American Friends Service Committee will be holding a national organizing conference at American University, "Security Without Empire," from February 27-March 2. Leading experts such as Miriam Pemberton, Walden Bello, and Zia Mian will share information on resistance to U.S. overseas military bases and develop new strategies for expanding the anti-bases movement. March 2 is a lobbying day.
See this link for more information and registration.