Activism against Endless War during Dem POTUS Race

Proposed panel for Netroots Nation 2019

Leading online and offline antiwar and peace activists -- and you -- strategize together. How do we make popular positions on peace and on spending priorities better known and a bigger focus during the season of presidential primaries? Where does the public stand? Where do the candidates stand? Where do media outlets stand? What has worked before? What might work now? What has never been tried? What intercections should we focus on developing between peace activism and anti-racism, environmentalism, civil liberties, and funding priorities in meeting human and environmental needs? How do we build a bigger, stronger coalition that outlasts and moves beyond election seasons?
  • Submitted by: David Swanson
  • Moderator: Greta Zarro
  • Panelists: Matthew Hoh, Hassan El-Tayyab, Ariel Gold, David Swanson

What are the takeaways for people who attend this panel? Why is this panel important to the progressive movement?

Over 60 percent of federal discretionary spending now goes into militarism. Public polling for many years has supported moving funding to human and environmental needs. Militarism is a leading generator of racism, xenophobia, militarized police, the erosion of civil liberties, environmental and climate damage, nuclear risk, and terrorist threats. Coalitions that include peace can be stronger. Elections that include peace can add a big edge for the better candidates.

Why should the Netroots Nation community vote for your session?

We're bringing together some of the most articulate and experienced speakers, who are focused on war and peace, but who are also organizers and coalition builders engaged in many other supposedly separate issue areas. We anticipate new ideas, campaigns, and alliances coming out of this session, into which we will put the wisdom of those engaged in lobbying in Washington, those working to educate the public, and those engaged in all sorts of activism, including leading online activists.

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