Today is the International Day of Peace, a day to recognize that wars are human constructs. Just as we create war, we can create peace if we choose to do so.
Across the United States, hundreds of groups are holding public actions for peace this week as part of Campaign Nonviolence. People will gather in Washington, DC this weekend under the banner of World Beyond War to strategize a path to abolish war.
The Green Party is based on four pillars, one of which is peace. We call for a dramatic change in US foreign policy to one that respects the sovereignty of all nations, upholds international law and protects the human rights of all people.
The US must stop overt and covert interventions that destabilize governments and create chaos throughout the world for our own gain. We must empower those who are working to build peaceful relations and stable governments. And we must lead the world in nuclear disarmament, rather than spending one trillion dollars to upgrade our nuclear weapons.
On this day of peace, let us recognize that the US government has been responsible since its founding for great atrocities against any population that has stood in the way of our quest for more - more material goods, more land, more power. It is up to us, the people, to put an end to the war culture and create a culture of peace.
Recent events in the greater New York area demonstrate the consequences of US foreign policy. The US is fomenting the rise of terrorism through its funding and arming of nations such as Israel, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, which commit human rights abuses, through its policy of endless war and through drone strikes in countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.
Yes, we must protect ourselves now from attacks inside the US, and I applaud those who are working to prevent more violence. But we must realize that we do a disservice to ourselves if we do not work at the same time and with the same effort to end the cause of these attacks: US foreign policy designed to enrich the military industrial complex.
As your senator, I will push for the US to become a cooperative member of the global community. We can shift the use of our resources away from war and towards the pressing needs that we have for research that benefits humanity, for the repair of infrastructure and for a full-scale mobilization to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis. We must build a policy of peace.