California Democratic Party — Four Peace Resolutions

California Democratic Party — Four Peace Resolutions 2019-08-30T03:08:19+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 California Democratic Party in August 2019.

Our aim as California Democrats, which we hope you will support, is to conduct a 50-state advocacy effort to inform and mobilize the American public on behalf of peace.

And we also ask that the political candidates we support in 2020 advocate for peaceful solutions to situations of international conflict.

Grassroots Democrats and Party officials across the country!  Please consider incorporating these resolutions – or similar ones that you draft — into your state party policies and platforms, as we are doing here in California.

We also request endorsement by Democratic Party organizations across the nation for legislation to create a cabinet-level Department of Peacebuilding (HR 1111).  See this link: https://peacealliance.org/issues-advocacy/department-of-peace

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 United States foreign policy has contributed in the past to the overthrow of governments in Latin America, including the 2002 coup in Venezuela; and

WHEREAS the Trump administration along with other Republican and some Democratic leaders have called for the ouster of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro — whose government is recognized by the United Nations — and have recognized an unelected pretender, have abetted Venezuelan military officers seeking to overthrow their own government, have threatened to use U.S. troops to invade the country, and have violated the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations by failing to secure Venezuelan consulates from hostile takeover and abetting a siege on the D.C. Embassy by a violent anti-government mob — actions that are even more troubling coming from a president who openly admits that control of oil is a main driver for his policies, is anxious to win a foreign policy victory and desperate to distract from criminal investigations; and

WHEREAS the actual effect of the Trump administration’s sanctions, placed in violation of the UN and OAS charters, has been the opposite of their proclaimed purpose — they have increased the suffering of the Venezuelan people by cutting off the availability of basic necessities and critical medications while wreaking havoc on Venezuela’s currency, thereby greatly polarizing the Venezuelan people, exacerbating civil conflict, and driving the Maduro government into a repressive posture;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party opposes any attempts by the Trump Administration to overthrow the government of Venezuela directly or indirectly by arming other forces, internal or external, that aim to take power undemocratically and in violation of international law, calls for the lifting of economic sanctions, affirms the right of the Venezuelan government to safely operate and control its own embassy in Washington, D.C., opposes infliction upon the Venezuelan people of more suffering that open or covert war and sanctions surely bring; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call on our Democratic leaders to support multilateral diplomatic efforts to promote negotiations between the Venezuelan government and the various opposition groups to resolve the Venezuelan crisis peacefully and democratically.

2. Support Nuclear Arms Control

WHEREAS the U.S. has announced that it is walking away from 1 the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, an agreement made between the U.S. and the Soviet Union in 1987 to eliminate nuclear weapons deployed in Europe that put the continent on a trip-wire to nuclear war; and the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which limits the number of US and Russian strategic nuclear weapons, is set to expire soon, with no renewal in sight; and

WHEREAS the U.S. has also withdrawn from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement that prevents Iran from building or acquiring nuclear weapons; and

WHEREAS the threat of nuclear war is the most acute it has been in decades because of the world’s 15,000 or so nuclear weapons that have the risk of literally ending the world according to International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Chief Beatrice Fihn of Sweden;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party urges the California Congressional delegation to vigorously advocate U.S. adherence to the INF Treaty and reject the funding of 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 passed by the U.N. in 2017;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be transmitted officially to all members of the California Congressional delegation.

3. Audit the Pentagon Budget

WHEREAS the Pentagon Budget represents more than half of the discretionary 1 spending in the national budget of the United States; 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 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;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be transmitted officially to all members of California’s Congressional delegation.

4. Repeal the AUMF

WHEREAS the Congress of the United States passed the AUMF (Authorization 1 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;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be transmitted officially to all members of California’s Congressional delegation.

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