“It is increasingly clear that all global regimes as currently established are inadequate to the monumental tasks ahead and that people’s movements must arise around the world to save the day,” says one UFPJ Coordinating Committee Member and Peace Pledge Organizer.
In a recent piece for Common Dreams, Thea Paneth asks the question: “Can We Unify?”
“As we face the 2016 election those of us in the self-selected, dissatisfied minority who are deeply concerned about the need for change might contemplate Hayden’s suggestion of finding a path to unity.
Unity does not mean lock-step agreement on every issue or detail, it does mean finding an avenue by which to bring our presently atomized struggles for peace, the environment, racial, social, and economic justice together. None of our struggles can achieve a lonely objective for change without all the other struggles joining in across lines of class, race and gender. We all know it, but have not been able to bridge the divides by calling for transformative change together.”
Thea also offers 6 crucial components for organizing that must be “identified and agreed upon” in this time:
- “ending all the wars immediately, cut off arms trading, cease bombing, convene nuclear abolition talks as required by the NPT, end military giveaways to police departments that significantly increase the militarization of police, increasing the level of violence in our communities
- halting all invasive energy projects – mountaintop removal, pipelines, fracking
- shifting resources to transition to 100% clean, renewable energy as we already know can be done from the Solutions Project at Stanford University.
- meeting needs: jobs, housing, single-payer healthcare and education are crucial for all of us, our basic needs must be met across lines of race and class and across the planet.
- addressing terrorism by minimizing the conditions (disenfranchisement, violence) by which it takes root and flourishes.
- placing the needs of the 65 million refugees front and center so that the global humanitarian crisis is alleviated – this cannot be done with guns and bombs, but with providing food, shelter, healthcare, education. If the violence is brought to a halt, maybe people will be able to return home.”