We are pleased to announce that the GCOMS 2018 campaign has started. This year, the IPB Global Day(s) of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) will include the period from April 14 to May 3rd, 2018. This way, GDAMS includes the U.S. Tax Day on April 17, when Americans pay their taxes and debate their use, together with the previous week-end, when most of the U.S. actions will take place. GDAMS 2018 will also include May 2nd, the date of the release of the annual world military expenditure figures by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Moreover, May 3rd is the Constitution Day in Japan. This way, GDAMS can help taking actions on Japan prime Minister Abe’s attempts to amend war-renouncing Article 9 of the Japan Constitution (this being the main hook in Peace Boat 2018 GCOMS efforts). And May 3rd will also be the last day of the 2018 Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.
Between April 14 and May 3rd, 2018, GDAMS will include as many actions as possible worldwide to ask for a redirection of military spending. GDAMS 2018 slogan will be:
Reducing 10% of military assets will help saving our planet. Take action!
We must move a significant part of the military budgets to human needs! For more information visit the GCOMS website: http://demilitarize.org
We need to involve even more citizens and organizations in an open and robust debate on the counter-productive results of military expenditure. More than ever, we need new partners to work on the ongoing Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS), and to make the Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) a great success!
This year we are also promoting an international scientists statement on the need of reducing military spending to face climate change effects worldwide. The full text of the statement can be read and downloaded here. Please send us an e-mail mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to adhere.
Please send us any information on actions that you are planning in your country, mailto: email@example.com. Send your GDAMS activities to us and we will put it on the world map, send us photos or links to your events so that we can disseminate them. All of these will be made available to the public and disseminated on the social networks. Please notify us in advance should you prefer to have an embargo on any material you are sharing. Please also send us any suggestion and proposal that you may have. We must all build the campaign in a joint and common effort, to succeed in reducing military spending!
Each location has a free hand to craft its own approach. It can be linked to a national, local, or international peace issue, such as on-going wars, anti-bases protests, arms trade deals, work against small arms, resources for nonviolent conflict resolution, a nuclear disarmament campaign, etc. It can also be linked to welfare cuts, hospital closures, reductions in pensions or development cooperation; or to the need to put money into tackling climate change.
As for the types of activities: a whole range is possible: from physical actions, like flashmobs, street theatre/demonstrations, banner displays, seminars, signature collections or concerts; to social media campaigns: Thunderclap; Selfies or groupies on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest; video productions on Youtube or some combination. The goal is to generate captivating images and powerful messages, in order to reach the public, impact the decision-makers, and attract strong media coverage. Have a look to our last year Report and see a broad variety of possible actions!
We encourage also in 2018 to use GDAMS as an opportunity to connect up with each other across the sectors (peace, environment, development, labour, youth, faith-based, anti-poverty) organizations and individuals who share our perspective. Our only specific request is to call attention to a common focus: the overall size of global military spending and the need to redirect military funds to real human needs.
Thanks a lot, good luck with your planning!