CALL FOR ACTION
The International Peace Bureau is happy to announce that the date of the 4th edition of the Global Day of Action on Military Spending has now been fixed: Monday, 14 April 2014
It coincides, once again, with the release by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) of their annual statistics on global military spending.
In other places, activists may prefer to do an action on the weekend, i.e 12-13 April. This could be followed by an extra activity on the Monday, and/ or the release of an action-report to the media on that day, together with the latest SIPRI figures.
So you see there are a number of options available in terms of timing. Whatever works for you!
Similarly, the themes featured by each group will vary according to domestic and regional political circumstances. Some groups are focusing on opposing the governments’ purchase of more war hardware: F-35 and Gripen fighter planes and drones; re-negotiating the Pentagon budget in the U.S.; calming the drumbeat on regional political tensions; resisting amendments to laws that would lead to militarism; demanding an end to military violence, and the ultimate goal of persuading governments to reallocate military expenditures to peace, sustainable development, environment (especially climate change and biodiversity loss), social justice and green employment creation. We are building this in in the materials and resources we are creating centrally.
All we ask is that everyone makes an effort to make known the actual global spending figures which had reached 1.75 Trillion US dollars in 2012. After all, even if in some countries the national military budget is not so very large, or is even being reduced, it is the overall global total which is the real political and moral scandal.
Here at IPB Secretariat we will do all we can to ensure a smooth coordination of our activities. Among other things, we will negotiate with SIPRI – as in previous years – a pre-view of the basic data which can be made available to partners one week ahead of time, subject to signing an agreement not to release it ahead of 14 April.
More on this in due course and please come back to this website often. New materials will be posted here and in the IPB website.
Do try to draw in a wide range of partners in your area/country/sector as early as possible in the process. For inspiration, you may find it fruitful to look back at the actions done in each region in the previous editions of GDAMS.
Send us details of your plans and we will post them in the world map of GDAMS actions.
Good luck and we look forward to hearing from you!