As peace advocates, we ourselves need to be well-informed if we are to help educate political candidates, current office holders, organizations, communities, and neighborhoods about violence and peace issues.
An excellent source of information on laws, policies, and programs for the reduction of gun violence is the Giffords Law Center, founded by Gabrielle Giffords. (She is a former member of the U.S. Congress who survived an assassination attempt that left her with a severe brain injury, and she is today a courageous advocate for firearms control.)
On the subject of war and peace issues, these are some of the books, articles, and other documents that we have found useful:
“Nuclear Weapons – The Current Danger,” by Professor Marc Pilisuk, past President of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence.
Move the Nuclear Weapons Money: A Handbook for Civil Society and Legislators”, published by the International Peace Bureau, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation (PNND), and the World Future Council. Although this handbook concentrates on peace activism in a European context, it discusses the situation here in the U.S. as well.
The Hidden Structure of Violence: Who Benefits From Global Violence and War by Marc Pilisuk and Jennifer Achord Rountree. This book, which examines the economic and cultural consequences of violence and war, is described here.
Essential information on conversion from a military-based economy to an economy serving the common good is The U.S. Employment Effects Of Military And Domestic Spending, a study conducted by economists Robert Pollin and Heidi Garrett-Peltier at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The study shows that “investments in clean energy, health care and education create a much larger number of jobs across all pay ranges…. Channeling funds into clean energy, health care and education in an effective way will therefore create significantly greater opportunities for decent employment throughout the U.S. economy than spending the same amount of funds with the military.”
The War and Environment Reader investigates the devastating consequences of war on the environment, with perspectives drawn from diverse voices and global perspectives.
Background Information about U.S. Military Policy. The “peace dividend” that could have been produced at the end of the Cold War in the 1990s was never realized. The Pentagon’s budget is larger today than at any time over the past half century, although militarism and war have not increased the security of citizens in this country or abroad.
This pledge project intends to draw attention to our nation’s mistaken priorities, which not only render the world more violent and unstable but also steal resources and funding that could be used to meet real human needs.