Tell Congress to oppose weapons shipments to Ukraine
On May 19th, 2022, the U.S. Congress approved a $40 billion aid package in response to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, the second bill of its kind in two months. It includes $19 billion in weapons and military aid and $6 billion for the Pentagon and NATO members. The package makes Ukraine the recipient of more than $30 billion in military aid this year, more than any other nation.
We recognize the urgent need for humanitarian aid, but we are deeply concerned that continued weapons shipments will prolong the war in Ukraine and discourage a negotiated settlement. While a ceasefire and a total withdrawal of Russian troops would be the surest and quickest way to peace, we strongly oppose escalations from the U.S., including further weapons shipments, for the following reasons:
- It will needlessly prolong the war, resulting in more civilian deaths. It risks escalating and widening the war – up to and including nuclear war.
- It is funneling billions of taxpayer dollars to the Pentagon and the military industrial complex at a time when ordinary Americans are struggling to pay for housing, groceries, and fuel. This is a payout to weapons manufacturers and war profiteers, which will increase their lobbying power and further entrench militarism in American politics.
- The billions in US taxpayers’ dollars are desperately needed to address vital American needs at home, such as an overburdened health care system, our affordable housing crisis, a failing education system, decaying public transit, and the existential threat of climate change.
Let us be as clear as possible: investing billions in yet another war is a slap in the face for working people. Congress has failed to pass legislation that addresses the rising costs of healthcare, housing, childcare, transportation, and food. This is an embarrassment and a failure.
Please write your representative and tell them to stand against militarism, to advocate for diplomacy and de-escalation, and to fight for an economy of peace that puts the needs of working-class people first.