To fulfill Black Lives Matter's inspiring vision for public safety, we need to defund the Pentagon and redirect its enormous budget to address the root causes of violence.
When President Obama released his budget for 2015 on Tuesday, which included $495.6 billion for the Pentagon, the likely suspects screamed that the sky is going to fall. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon said the funding level is so low that it’s “immoral,” while the notorious climate denier Sen. James Inhofe — who is a ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee — declared that: “Today our enemies don’t fear us and our allies no longer respect us.” Strong words. Also, completely disconnected from reality.
October 9, 2009 KALW 91.7FM Today, I was on “Your Call,” an hour-long call-in program on KALW 91.7 FM, the local Public Radio station in San Francisco, for its Friday Media Roundtable. Along with two other guests, I discussed how the mainstream media has covered the war in Afghanistan, the passage of the defense spending bill in Congress, and the … Continue reading Friday Media Roundtable
U.S. Military Spending Dwarfs China's April 15, 2009 ZNet, Huffington Post. Also published as an op-ed in the Asheville Citizen-Times, NC; White River Valley News, AK; Liberal Opinion Week, IA. Distributed by Minuteman Media and Featurewell.com. With the release of its annual report on China's military capabilities at the end of March, the Pentagon is doing its … Continue reading The Pentagon’s Monster in the Mirror
September 19, 2007 Huffington Post In the United States, where the vast majority of the population (82 percent according to a recent Newsweek poll) identify themselves as Christians, one of the most important steps we can all take to ending not only the war in Iraq, but all war, is to remind people of faith … Continue reading Living by the Sword
by Eric Stoner and Bryan Farrell April 17, 2007 ZNet When millions took to the streets across the U.S. and around the world on February 15, 2003, in the largest global demonstration for peace in history, President Bush brushed it off with ease. To let this influence his decision to attack Iraq, he quipped, would … Continue reading Why Pay for War?
April 5, 2007 TomPaine.com, and a shorter op-ed version was published in: Topeka Capital Journal, KS; Hereford Brand, TX; Northwest Arkansas Times, AK; Asheville Citizen-Times, NC; Portland Observer, OR; Newberg Graphic, OR; Morris Sun Tribune, MN; Daily Globe, MN. Distributed by Minuteman Media. Forty years ago this week, on April 4, 1967, and a year … Continue reading King’s Prophetic Call for Peace