Resources for GDAMS 2014
Pax Christi UK produced two resources for action. The first document, from GDAMS UK, is a call to action which includes background information and specific suggestions for planning actions. This document can be used worldwide. Click on the image below to view the document.
The second document produced by Fellowship of Reconciliation and others, is a resource directed to Christian organizations mentioning different biblical refs. Click on the image below to view the document.
The following picture is produced by a group in Bolivia for GDAMS and is related to the struggle of extractive industries. The groups in Latin America can use this image and take pictures of them in front of a place linked to militarism and a collage will be made, putting them all together.
On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, WAND hosted Jo Comerford of National Priorities Project and Judith LeBlanc of Peace Action for a webinar about the federal budget. Jo Comerford examined and explained President Obama’s FY2015 budget request as well as the Congressional Progressive Caucus budget. Judith LeBlanc discussed upcoming opportunities for action to reduce excessive Pentagon spending, including the Global Day of Action on Military Spending on April 15. Watch the Webinar below.
On April 14 call on government
s and parliament s to cut the funding for Nukes!
What would you choose to spend the nuclear weapons budget on? Make your choice at Cut Nukes not…
Approximately US$100 billion per year is spent on nuclear weapons and their delivery systems (See Global Zero: The cost of nukes). These resources are sorely needed for education, health, job creation, environmental protection (including preventing climate change) and supporting sustainable development. Nuclear weapons spending thus impacts negatively on all countries and the world as a whole – not only the ones with nuclear weapons programs.
Nuclear armed countries:
Encourage your parliamentarians to cut the budgets for nuclear weapons. Examples:
- USA: Get your congressperson to support the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE Act), introduced into the Senate by Senator Ed Markey (Co-President of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament), co-sponsored by Senator Jeff Merkley. Companion legislation has been introduced in the House by Representative Earl Blumenauer;
- UK – Encourage your parliamentarian to support the Early Day Motion on cost of the Trident replacement (£25billion), introduced by PNND Council Member Jeremy Corbyn, calling on the government to scrap such plans.
Each B61-12 bomb costs 1.5 times its own weight in gold
- Urge your governments and parliaments to call on the nuclear weapons countries to reduce nuclear weapons spending and redirect this funding towards sustainable development. An example is the resolution adopted in the Bangladesh Parliament introduced by PNND Co-President Saber Chowdhury, on 5 April 2010 (anniversary of President Obama’s Prague Speech), noting that “that the $100 billion spent annually on nuclear weapons should be channelled instead towards meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals as well as the urgent climate change adaption funding needs of the most vulnerable countries.”
- Call on your governments and parliaments to divest public funds from any nuclear weapons corporations as New Zealand and Norway did a few years ago (See Nuclear Divestment), and Switzerland has done more recently with the Federal Act on War Materials;
- Encourage friends and colleagues to ‘Don’t bank on the Bomb’.
Don’t Bank on the Bomb
Other background on nuclear weapons spending:
- Global Zero report on nuclear weapons spending
- Opportunity Costs: Military Spending and the UN Development Agenda, IPB 2012 Report
- Nuclear weapons: at what cost?, Ben Cramer, published by IPB 2009
- The Nuclear Weapons Industry’s Money Bombs, Mother Jones, 2012
- Arms Down Campaign: In 2009, over 20 million youth endorsed the Religions for Peace Arms Down Campaign statement, calling for a ban on nuclear weapons and redirection of 10% of the world’s military budget (a little bit more than the nuclear weapons budget) to meeting UN Millennium Development Goals.
Nuclear weapons: At what cost?
To help inspire you in mapping your initial plans for your 14 April 2014 event, please have a look back on the flyers below and the past year’s globally-focused International Organizers’ Packet
Visit our Easy Actions page which lists simple and effective actions that anyone can organize on short notice!
Also GDAMS UK website lists some creative ways (such as interactive stalls, street theatre etc.) to plan your actions.
For more ideas, visit our previous GDAMS page which has photos, videos, and reports of earlier GDAMS actions.
Below you will find different items: logos, banners, posters, ideas for masks, and more!
Feel free to download and use any of these items for your own GDAMS actions!
GDAMS LOGO for website buttons, flyers (small file)
Pick a banner and add it to your Facebook page! Click on it to view the whole image.
GDAMS 2014 e-banner
Click here for the GDAMS 2014 infographic – Move the money! From Warfare to Welfare.
GDAMS 2013 Flyer
We have decided to offer you the flyer in PDF version because opening a word document could be challenging as the lay-out moves with different word versions. You may choose the one with a coloured background or the one with white background.
Reminding you to kindly write the local contact in the space provided for after printing a copy and before making multiple copies.
If after all, you still prefer to receive the word document version, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy.
Or you may also create your own flyer and use the GDAMS logo found here.
MASKS AND HEADBANDS
IPB fashionistas making a statement with do-it-yourself masks and headbands.
How to make the masks:
1. Print the masks on A4 size board paper and cut along the dotted lines.
2. Make eye and ear holes.
3. Insert and tie a string in the ear holes. The string should be long enough to secure the mask around your head.
How to assemble the headbands:
1. Print tank and slogans on A4 board paper. Cut the tank and strips along the dotted lines.
2. Print the strips of paper with the slogan “Cut Military Spending, Fund Human Needs”. Cut along the dotted lines.
3. Glue together –a tank on a strip with slogan and a plain strip of paper. Wrap it around your head and secure with scotch tape or paper clips.
Get the BIG BANNER here for printing on cloth, tarpaulin or canvas (big file)
SHOW THE VIDEO ‘The World is Overarmed and Peace is Underfunded’ VIDEO – in fora, meetings, conferences and schools