News and articles related to GDAMS 2018:
Five Press Conferences to present the final GDAMS 2018 statement: The 2018 edition of Global Days of Action on Military Spending ended with a positive balance of more than a hundred actions and events held by our GCOMS partners in more than 25 countries. On May 2nd, as a new and big closure to this year’s campaign, five press conferences were organized in Sydney, Tokyo, Helsinki, Berlin and Barcelona coinciding with the publication of 2017 SIPRI data on military spending, and to present the GDAMS final statement on the urgence to reduce a 10% military expenditure and to redirection this money to social and development goals. Press Releases were also available in Italy and New Zealand. The statement is now available in several languages. Download, read, and disseminate it!.
GDAMS Statement on Disarm, no arm!: The Berlin press conference on May 2nd was held in the IPB headquarters and involved the co-president of the IPB Reiner Braun, who also presented the appeal Disarm! Don’t arm!, whose signatories are, among others, Noam Chomsky, Mairead Maguire, Samir Amin or Federico Mayor Zaragoza.
You All Owe Us: We have new materials to spread our demands in a new virtual campaign: #YouAllOweUs. The idea is to combine this first image with one of a local politician, adding those SDG’s or petitions we think military spending must be moved to, reminding political leaders what their priorities should be. More details on: http://demilitarize.org/materials-owe-us-gdams-campaign/
Selfie Campaign: GDAMS is launching a selfie campaign to create public awareness about what the money invested in increasing military spending could be used for instead. People can share their opinions using the line ‘#MoveTheMoney to’: Should governments move the money from the military sector to help fight climate change? To provide education for everyone? To ensure health insurance to all citizens? To provide humanitarian aid? The 2018 Selfie Campaign new slogan is “Where would you move 10% of global Military Spending? Take Action!” using the hashtags #MoveTheMoneyTo and #SelfieCampaign2018 #GDAMS. The GDAMS 2018 poster for your selfie is already accessible at GCOMS official website, so we invite you to print it and get this started: http://demilitarize.org/gdams-selfie-campaign-2018/ – We invite you to publish your selfie (we welcome your creativity!) on Twitter @Demilitarize, on Facebook @demilitarizeday, on Instagram @campaignonmilitaryspending with hashtags #MovetheMoney #SelfieCampaign2018 and any other ones you feel relevant for you, or send it to us directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. – More information here
A non-violent direct action against Expodefensa in Colombia: Those who call themselves “developed” countries invest billions in weapons every year. These weapons are sold to “underdeveloped” countries, where wars are promoted, producing conflicts on territories that are also exploited and plundered by multinational companies from the same countries that manufacture, sell weapons and sponsor wars worldwide. Antimilitarist groups held a Nonviolent Direct Action in Bogotá, in the framework of the Expodefensa arms fair, in December 2017 (Colombia is the 3rd country in Latin America regarding military expenditure). Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsa0FmdNSVk
Actions organized by WTR: The U.S. Maine War Tax Resistance (WTR) Resource Center has begun its annual war tax day actions around the state. The first one was held at the University of New England Career Expo on March 1st and included packets of information for students on the organization’s Youth & Militarism Project, peace jobs for youth, truth in military recruiting and war tax resistance resources. If you are interested in volunteering with the Maine WTR Resource Center and/or the Youth & Militarism Project or would like a presentation on peace jobs for youth at your school, please call 558-5758. The full document with all WTR actions taking place around the state is available here. For lots of great information go to http://mainewtr.nwtrcc.org
The GCOMS 2018 Statement is now available. Read or download the English pdf version here. It can also be accessed from the Statement presentation page. The Statement is also available in French , in Italian, and in Spanish. It will be soon available in Italian.
Infographics: You can also download our new GCOMS Infographics!
Scientists Statement: We have a new Statement on Military Spending and Climate Change. Read it (and sign it) here!
The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, addressing the Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva on February 26, 2018, announced a new United Nations initiative for nuclear disarmament.
On the Day of Non-Violence and Peace (January 30th, 2018), 44 schools from 23 different countries from the five continents organized, for the third consecutive year, a joint event all over the world to celebrate such day. The motto of the non violence and Peace School Day 2018 was “Flags for Peace”.
The Davos Forum, military spending, and GDAMS (article by Zoé Dubois)
Massive rise proposed in US milex. Trump tweeted that the bill, which gives the Pentagon an additional $165 billion, was a “big victory” for the US military. Read more…
CND slams £580 million Trident overspend. Read more…
The GDAMS 2018 campaign has stared! Join us as a partner!
IPB Meeting on the GCOMS Campaign:
News on GDAMS 2017:
April 26 and 27: Peace Boat activity report
April 14: Joseph Gerson’s Tax Day Speech
April 8th: PADOP Declaration on GDAMS 2017, Greece
March 27: Benjamin H. Friedman article: The Pentagon’s Blank Check
March 25: Brisbane March
March 23: John Feffer article: Why spend $54 Billion more on the Pentagon? To sart a war, obviously.
March 23: Media reports in Australia have stated that one of the four largest insurance companies, AMP, has decided to shed its shares in companies that make landmines and cluster bombs in a new move to be more ethical.
March 21: Publication of the UN Human Development Report 2016
March 20: GCOMS Statement 2017
March 20: GDAMS Selfie Campaign 2017
March 18: GDAMS 2017 is now on Thunderclap
March 16: New U.S. GDAMS InfoGraphics
March 15: New Social Media Package
March 6: East Africa Disarmament Congress
February 27: New Increase in U.S. Military Budget
February 15, 2017: Presentation of the first Italian Report on Military Spending
GRIP Report 2016: Dépenses militaires, production et transferts d’armes – Compendium 2016