California Democratic Party — Four Peace Resolutions

California Democratic Party — Four Peace Resolutions 2019-04-13T15:20:26+00:00

Dear California Democratic Clubs, County Committees, and Regions

We are contacting you as representatives of the Peace Committee of the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club here in the East Bay.

We hope that you are as concerned as we are by the renewed nuclear brinksmanship and out-of-control militarism of the current political leaders in Washington.

Grassroots peace activism here in California can influence policy making at the national level.  To that end, we  are asking for your endorsement of four Peace Resolutions that will be submitted to the Democratic National Convention that will meet at the end of May.

We are requesting that the Convention adopt these resolutions and then transmit them officially to all members of California’s Congressional delegation.

To communicate to Convention delegates that there is grassroots support for these resolutions, we ask for the endorsement of Democratic clubs, county committees, and regions.  These endorsements will be most effective if they are received by the Resolutions Committee that will meet at the end of April, one month ahead of the state convention.

To endorse you can contact us by phone at 510 486 1050 or email at advocate@peacepledge.world

Thanks for your interest, and we will welcome any questions or suggestions you may have about these resolutions or about peace issues more generally.

Raymond Barglow
Nancy Merritt
Ann Schwartz
Karl Knobler
Marc Pilisuk
Representing the Wellstone Dems Peace Committee
ph. 510 486 1050

Four peace resolutions on U.S. foreign policy were approved by the (East Bay) Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club membership at the March 2019 meeting.

These resolutions will be submitted to the California Democratic Party Resolutions Committee by May 1st, 2019 for consideration at the upcoming state Convention (May 31-June 2).

We are asking other California Democratic Clubs, County Committees, and Regions to endorse these peace resolutions.

Please send endorsements to advocate@peacepledge.world
For more information, please contact Ann or Raymond Barglow at the email address above.  Raymond Barglow can also be reached by phone at 510-486-1050.

These are the four resolutions:

  1. Peacefully Resolve the Crisis in Venezuela
  2. Support Nuclear Arms Control
  3. Repeal the AUMF (Military Force Authorization)
  4. Audit the Pentagon

1. Peacefully Resolve the Crisis in Venezuela
Whereas: The US has a long and bloody track record of actions to overthrow governments in Central and South America, including US support for the 2002 Venezuelan coup that led to the temporary overthrow of the legitimately-elected president of Venezuela; and
Whereas: President Trump has stated that he is contemplating a military intervention in Venezuela, and the US National Security Council has imposed an embargo on Venezuelan oil import, which actions can only massively increase the suffering of the Venezuelan people;
Therefore, Be It Resolved: That the California Democratic Party urges the Congressional Delegation from California to oppose any U.S. military intervention in Venezuela or U.S. support for a military coup; to support the lifting of U.S. economic sanctions on oil from that country; and  to support multilateral efforts and international law to negotiate a peaceful resolution to the Venezuelan crisis;

Therefore, Be It Further Resolved: That copies of this resolution be transmitted officially to all members of the California Congressional Delegation.

2. Support Nuclear Arms Control
Whereas: The U.S. has announced that it is walking away from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, an agreement made between the U.S. and the Soviet Union in 1987 to eliminate the short- and intermediate-range nuclear weapons that put Europe on a trip-wire to nuclear war; and the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which limits the number of U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear weapons, is set to expire soon, with no renewal in sight; and
Whereas: The US has also withdrawn from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement that prevents Iran from building or acquiring nuclear weapons; and
Whereas: Russia and the U.S. are taking steps that reverse the peace-making arms control agendas of the post-ColdWar era, and are instead enhancing and expanding their nuclear arsenals, thereby heightening the danger of deliberate or accidental nuclear holocaust;
Therefore, Be It Resolved: That the California Democratic Party urges the Congressional Delegation from California to vigorously advocate U.S. adherence to the INF Treaty and reject legislation that funds nuclear weapons systems which the INF Treaty bans; support U.S. diplomacy to negotiate continuation of the INF Treaty, renew START, and honor the JCPOA agreement; and advocate negotiations to eliminate all nations’ nuclear weapons, in keeping with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty signed by the U.S.

Therefore, Be It Further Resolved: That copies of this resolution be transmitted officially to all members of California’s Congressional delegation.

3. Repeal the AUMF
Whereas: The Congress of the United States passed the AUMF (Authorization of Use of Military Force) in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks – with Congresswoman Barbara Lee casting the lone dissenting vote – granting the President of the United States sole discretionary power, without specific Congressional authorization, to direct the U.S. military to undertake offensive operations; and
Whereas: The Constitution of the United States of America (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 11) specifically grants to Congress the authority to declare war, making the AUMF a fundamental violation of division of power among the branches of the government codified in the Constitution; and
Whereas: Since the passage of the AUMF, the United States, under three Presidents, has engaged in military action in at least 14 different countries without Congressional approval;
Therefore, Be It Resolved: That the California Democratic Party urges the Congressional Delegation from California to support the repeal of the AUMF;
Therefore, Be It Further Resolved: That copies of this resolution be transmitted officially to all members of California’s Congressional delegation.

4. Audit the Pentagon Budget
Whereas: The Pentagon Budget represents more than half of the discretionary spending in the national budget of the United States; and
Whereas: The Pentagon Budget has consistently failed to satisfy the auditing requirements passed by the Congress in 1990, including the most recent attempt at an audit in 2017-18; and
Whereas: The military’s wasted and misdirected funds would be far better used to assist 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;
Therefore, Be It Resolved: That the California Democratic Party urges the Congressional Delegation from California to support on-going auditing of the Pentagon budget and to vote against any Defense Appropriations legislation in 2019 and 2020 that does not directly address Pentagon waste;
Therefore, Be It Further Resolved: That copies of this resolution be transmitted officially to all members of California’s Congressional delegation.

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