Below is an email message requesting that a candidate or current legislator sign the peace pledge. You can modify it as you wish, send it out via email, and then follow up with a phone call. (We provide a sample script for such a phone call here.)
Dear [name of candidate or current legislator],
As representatives of the [name of your group] we are writing to you on behalf of the cause of peace.
We hope that you are as appalled as we are by the dangerous military agenda and militarist rhetoric currently issuing from Washington. We recognize as well that communities across the United States desperately need the funds that are being wasted on war-preparation and war-making.
By way of resistance, we are asking you to sign a “Peace Legislators Pledge,” the full text of which we include at the end of this message. [Optional: Already these legislators [names of legislators] have signed this pledge. We ask that you join them.]
We are indeed seeking pledge signatures from all candidates for elected public office and current office holders at local, state, and federal levels. We present and explain this peace pledge campaign on our website www.peacepledge.world. In signing the pledge, you are not committing to any specific action; we are counting on you to reflect on how you can most effectively advocate for this cause.
We aim with this peace pledge to help generate a groundswell of antiwar opinion, shared by political officials and grassroots constituencies alike, to counter the contemporary military fever. When we have gathered a thousand signatures, say, we can then think of a joint action that the signers could all take. Such as a summit meeting, an action in Washington, town-halls across the country to discuss issues of war and peace, and the like.
[For legislators and candidates for state office, you might add: Here in [name of state], legislators might advocate for the funding of a Peace Institute that would be a center for research and education about war and peace issues, including research into the conversion of a war economy to a peace economy in our state and nationwide. You can learn more about establishing such an institute on this website page: www.peacepledge.world/peoplesdiplomacy]
We are listing signers of the pledge on the website, and the list is accessible to voters and activists who want information relevant to candidates’ and current officials’ positions on war and peace.
We would like to receive your signature soon, if you are willing to give it. And we will be happy to meet with you in person, as well, to discuss this matter with you.
If you agree to sign, you can do so either on the website itself, or by replying to this email message, or by telephoning us at [phone number].
Thanks for your interest and support,
[signatures of you and people in your peace group]
This is the pledge:
As a candidate for a U.S. public office in 2018 — or as someone currently occupying a U.S. public office, as the case may be — I pledge to support and advance these four aims:
- Ample funding for community-based violence prevention programs and the enforced regulation of the manufacture, sale, transfer, and use of firearms.
- The non-violent resolution of international conflict and the abolition of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.
- The sharp reduction of government military spending, and conversion from a military and fossil-fuel based economy to a sustainable economy that meets such civilian needs as health care, education, housing, mass transportation, renewable energy, and ending poverty.
- The provision of re-training and alternative employment for soldiers and military industry workers, enabling them to apply their experience and skills to civilian work.
In keeping with the above aims, I will not knowingly accept any campaign donations from military contractors or fossil fuel corporations.