In view of the necessary measures for the containment of the COVID-19 pandemic there will be no public events during this year’s GDAMS. But social distancing won’t keep us from expressing our criticism and demands.
The Global Days of Action on Military Spending have always been about streets action, but in 2020 we’ll have to rely more on social media and other non-contact forms of communication and protest.
Our message is now as necessary as it’ll ever be, as we face the consequences of spending trillions in the military for decades while slashing funds and privatising the sectors that truly provide human security, especially healthcare.
1. Take action online: use your social media to get a buzz going in your own network; help spread the word on demilitarization and disarmament by sharing news, materials and actions;
- Take a selfie with a #MoveTheMoney banner (more info below)
- Post a short video of yourself explaining your reasons to demand cuts on military spending.
- Contact your local/national representatives/congresspeople, ask them to position themselves by sending them private or public messages on their social media or writing to them on their public email.
- Share our statement, infographics and social media pics via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp or email!
- Sign and share IPB‘s petition to the leaders at the UN General Assembly.
- Stay active on online debates, share ideas, articles and actions. Write an op-ed! Our understanding of this crisis and how we tell its story as a society will define the measures to be taken afterwards.
2. Prepare a press conference.
On April 27 we’ll analyse the new data on military spending released that day by SIPRI and get our message on the media: we demand major reductions on defence budgets and the refunneling of those funds to people’s needs and the environment! If you want to prepare one reach to us and we’ll help you plan it. So far we have confirmed infographics in Seoul, Sydney, Berlin, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Rosario, Cucutá and Montevideo.
3. Prepare a webinar or participate in them:
On April 25 Online World Conference 2020: Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Resist & Reverse Climate Change, and for Economic & Social Justice. We’re also preparing a webinar on the Opportunity Costs of Military Spending (April 22) and will be participating on another one organised by Move The Nuclear Weapons Money (April 21)
4. Use your own networks to spread the word on demilitarization and the need to cut military spending. Find allies: reach out to groups in your country and to other civil society organizations and social movements with common approaches and values;
WHERE WOULD YOU MOVE THE MILITARY SPENDING MONEY TO?
For this year’s Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS), that will take place from April 10 to May 9, we are glad to re-launch our Selfie Campaign, using a banner with the line ‘#MoveTheMoney to…’, with a blank space underneath to be filled in with people’s alternatives to redirect to the $1.82 trillion spent globally in the military in 2018.
To participate just follow these 4 steps:
1. Download the banner (by clicking in the image below), print it and fill it in with your proposal for that money to be reallocated to.
Or if you prefer it, prepare you own banner. If you’re with kids at home they can probably prepare nicer ones than the official and would have great ideas for the 1,82 trillion $US
2. Take a picture with the banner. The more the merrier!
3. Once you have the picture, publish it in your own social media, tagging us:
You can also tag @IntlPeaceBureau and partner organizations.
If you prefer us to post the picture for you, send it to us on a private message on our social media or to our email: email@example.com
4. Lastly, use some of the hashtags of the campaign:
#MoveTheMoney #Demilitarize #GDAMS #GCOMS
#DivestFromWar #PeaceNotWar #WelfareNotWarfare #FundPeaceNotWar #CutMilex #BuildPeaceNotWalls #FundHumanNeeds #StopTheWarOnLife
Let’s flood the internet with messages of peace and demilitarization!!
- Should governments move the money from the military
sector to tackle climate and environmental emergencies?
- To grant quality education for everyone?
- To ensure health care to all citizens?
- To cooperation and development or to humanitarian aid?