Seeking no less than a total conclude to all US military actions abroad and the closure of all foreign military bases, the 2018 Women’s March on the Pentagon is a bipartisan call to profoundly shrink the Pentagon budget and employ the cash to fund healthy and much-needed social programs in America.
Commemorating, in fragment, the 51st anniversary of the landmark 1967 Washington DC anti-war march, the Sunday, October 21, 2018, Women’s March on the Pentagon (WMOP), coincided with sister events in cities across the United States.
WMOP is, according to their website, responding to the consistently growing number of actions worldwide by the military forces of the United States over the past several decades. The group looks to area the political and cultural focus of the country on peace, instead of legacy conflicts in the Middle East, northern Africa and many other locations across the globe, according to Heavy.com.
From the WMOP website:
“Our demands are simple: The total conclude to the wars abroad; closure of foreign bases; dramatically slash the Pentagon budget to fund healthy social programs here at home.”
WMOP’s event director, Cindy Sheehan, became a powerful activist for peace following the 2004 death of her son, Casey Sheehan, in Iraq.
Famously referred to by Hip Hop Caucus CEO Reverend Lennox Yearwood as “the Rosa Parks of the antiwar movement,” Sheehan is also routinely labeled the ‘Peace Mom,’ from a 2006 autobiography describing her transition from housewife and mother to one of the most prominent peace activists on the US stage.
The United States’ contribution to global violence cannot be overstated, according to WMOP and like-minded peace organizations in the US.
With a bloated military budget equaling that of the next seven countries — China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, India, France, the UK and Japan — combined, the Pentagon, through support of both GOP and Democratic lawmakers, is diverting enormous amounts of cash and resources away from desperately-needed programs in the US, including healthcare, education and housing, cited by Commondreams.org.
WMOP details that, beyond simply diverting resources, ongoing US military actions abroad are now seen as acting to decimate entire countries and cultures — peoples that own not directly attacked the US.
The focus of the march, according to the organization’s’ website, is to bring to center stage a cultural understanding in the country that no woman is free while the US spends trillions of dollars bombing millions of people while simultaneously occupying territories — whether invited or not — in over 150 countries.
In pointing out that the movement is not a “regain Out the Vote Rally for the Democrat half of the War Party,” WMOP seeks to draw together all antiwar sentiment in the US under what the group describes as a “principled call to action against the entire rotten Empire.”