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The movement to rein in U.S. militarism is gaining momentum

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An abundance of progressive legislation is being introduced in the House of Representatives, setting the stage for eventual passage, when the Democrats take back control of the Senate.

Thanks to Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Bernie Sanders and years of advocacy by health care activists, single-payer healthcare is coming closer to reality. As of Februrary, 2019 there were 106 cosponsors of the Medicare for All Act of 2019.

The Green New Deal, introduced by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is also becoming mainstream. As of this writing, The Green New Deal has 90 cosponsors.

Likewise, H.R.1 For the People Act of 2019 aims "to expand Americans' access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules for public servants." On March 8, H.R. 1 passed the House 234 193.

Next up: end the insane U.S. war-mongering, secrecy and military spending.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) were among the first members of Congress to sign a new pledge vowing to end America's forever wars. See Sanders, Warren, Ocasio-Cortez, and Other Lawmakers Sign Pledge to End America's "Forever Wars".

'The American People Do Not Want Endless War': Sanders, Warren, and Ocasio-Cortez Back Pledge to Bring Post-9/11 Conflicts to a Close

Bernie Sanders kicked off his campaign promising to take an ax to US defense spending

"Congress must reassert its constitutional authority over the use of force and responsibly end these interventions," said Sanders.

Peace activist David Swanson lauds Bernie Sanders for coming out strongly against militarism. Let's Try To Elect Bernie Sanders

Unlike the earlier issues, this one is more likely to have bipartisan support. Libertarians such as Rand Paul want to rein in out-of-control Pentagon spending. See, for example: Sen. Rand Paul criticizes GOP "hypocrisy" on debt, deficits.

Just as Democrats and progressives lobbied their lawmakers to support Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and H.R. 1, we also should lobby them to support the movement to end extreme militarism. This is needed both to free up funds for domestic purposes, but also to prevent the death, destruction, and enemy creation wrought by continual interventions overseas.

"Those of us who love peace must organize as effectively as the war hawks. As they spread the propaganda of war, we must spread the propaganda of peace." Martin Luther King, Jr.


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