It’s Time to Confront the Bipartisan War Machine

In response to the continuing march of military aggression by the United States we aim to put an antiwar and anti-imperialist agenda back on the table of activists.

On October 21st, 1967, 50,000 people marched on the Pentagon in opposition to the escalation of U.S. imperialist aggression in Vietnam. An anti-war rally was also held at West Potomac Park near the Lincoln Memorial saw 70,000 people gathered for a concert by musician and peace activist Phil Ochs. Both groups joined together and marched. This action was to be known as The March on the Pentagon. 

During 1967 there were numerous anti-war marches across the nation in all major cities including New York, Boston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

These actions, and the subsequent protests and demos of the 1968 presidential elections, would lead to the call for a general strike which culminated in the mobilization of 500,000 protestors in another arch on the Pentagon known as the Vietnam Moratorium which took place on October 15, 1969. One month later yet another rally was held.

Fast forward to October 7th, 2001. The U.S. invaded Afghanistan under the pretext of apprehending those behind the attacks on the World Trade Center the month before. Shockingly, U.S. forces have remained in active occupation in Afghanistan ever since. The illegal and immoral war in Afghanistan is the longest foreign occupation in U.S. history.

In response to the ongoing U.S. military aggression across the globe and the continuing bipartisan increases in Pentagon funding, we called for and executed a 21st century March on the Pentagon in October 2018, on the 51st anniversary of the massive 1967 March on the Pentagon.

Unfortunately, our march didn’t see the same massive crowds as the late 60’s marches.

The antiwar movement is in shambles. After years of exhaustion and pacification many Americans are burned out, distracted, and misled and the message is clear: A rebirth of the antiwar movement is needed now more than ever before.

The bipartisan approved bloated military budget is draining our communities and families dry of precious blood and treasure while decimating nations and people who have done nothing to us. 

Our movement’s banner, Women’s March on the Pentagon, is in direct response to the lack of the issue of war on the recent and popular Women’s March. As Cindy Sheehan was once told by a Women’s March organizer, “War is your issue Cindy, the Women’s March will never address the war issue as long as women aren’t free.

It is our belief that no woman is truly free while the US spends trillions of dollars bombing millions of women, men, and children while militarily occupying over 150 countries across the globe.

Our demands are simple: The complete end to the wars abroad; closure of foreign bases; dramatically slash the Pentagon budget to fund healthy social programs here at home. The only good empire is a gone empire. 

The nuclear clock is at two minutes to midnight. With the threat of nuclear annihilation looming, we must demand peace and fight the war machine.