A Women’s March on the Pentagon Is Planned for October 20th and 21st 2018 to Confront the Bipartisan War Machine with Calls for Grassroots Solidarity Marches Across the United States and the World
In direct response to ongoing military aggression and mind boggling increases in military funding that pass with bipartisan support in the United States, as well as the absence of the issue of war in the popular Women’s Marches held in 2017 and 2018, anti-war activists are calling for a Women’s March on the Pentagon, akin to the 1967 anti-war event in Washington D.C. and subsequent march on the Pentagon. The march is slated to take place on October 20th and 21st 2018, the 51st anniversary of the anti-war march that drew upwards of 50,000 people.
Anti-war voices have been marginalized by popular protest movements since Trump took office. While anti-war champions are in solidarity with most social and environmental movements, discussion of the effects of preparations for war, the consequences of war and war itself, have largely been absent from these popular movements.
The goals of the Women’s March on the Pentagon are simple. Our goals include the complete end to wars abroad, closure of foreign bases and dramatic slashing of the Pentagon budget.
On October 7th 2001, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan under the pretext of apprehending those behind the September 11th attacks. U.S. forces have remained in active occupation since, making the illegal and immoral war on terror the longest and most misdirected war in U.S. history, overseen by presidents belonging to both major political parties.
The bloated military budget is draining communities and families in the U.S. of precious blood and treasure while decimating foreign nations and peoples in the process. The U.S. government is constitutionally mandated to provide for national defense, not offense.
No woman is truly free until the United States stops spending trillions of dollars bombing millions of people while militarily occupying over 150 countries around across the globe. War affects each of us and is detrimental to our natural environment.
This movement is not a rally for any part of the bipartisan war party. Instead, this movement is a call to action against the entire blood thirsty U.S. empire.
We invite all women and allies to participate in the Women’s March on the Pentagon on October 20th and 21st 2018 by joining the march, organizing a local march or event, volunteering and amplifying our message.
We believe gun control begins at the Pentagon.
Visit MarchOnPentagon.com to find out how you can support the Women’s March on the Pentagon.
Top Photo | Peace activist Marilyn Cornell, of Strongsville, Ohio, holds an American flag with a peace sign on it during an anti-war protest in Washington, on March 20, 2010, where thousands of protesters marched through Washington to protest the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on the seventh anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
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