Posted on January 12, 2023
Win Without War is leading a movement to put people and the planet over war and profit, thanks to CREDO members
Our long-time grantee partners at Win Without War are at the forefront of a national movement to build a more progressive and just U.S. foreign policy that values people and the planet over war and profit.
In June 2022, CREDO members voted to donate $31,267 to help Win Without War push back on the war hawks and weapons contractors and grow our power to ensure true safety and security — for everyone, everywhere. Since 2017, CREDO and our members have donated $185,155 to the organization.
Powered in part by the generosity of CREDO and our members, Win Without War had some recent victories and launched some great new initiatives. Here’s a quick rundown from the organization:
During the House vote on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) last summer, 151 members of Congress voted to lop off $37 billion off the Pentagon budget. It’s a level of congressional support for cutting the Pentagon budget that just a few years ago would have been unthinkable — and it’s an unmistakable mile-marker that the era of unchecked, limitless Pentagon spending is coming to an end.
Win Without War activists also helped push back on a behind-the-scenes weapons lobby effort urging Congress to adjust already-signed, fixed-price contracts as part of “inflation relief” last fall. The organization made it clear that it’s our communities that need relief the most — not profit hungry weapons contractors.
As part of its NDAA work, Win Without War also successfully helped block millions of dollars for dangerous, unnecessary nukes: the B83 megaton bomb, a weapon 80 times more powerful than the bomb the United States dropped on Hiroshima during World War II.
In the wake of the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade last summer, Win Without War deepened its work to support reproductive rights. As part of that response, it ramped up efforts to repeal the Helms amendment, a law which effectively bans U.S. international funding for abortion-related activities — without exception. It is another reminder of the disastrous ways U.S. foreign policy negatively impacts peoples’ lives across the globe.
Throughout the fall the organization ran ads in support of the campaign, and when the Senate returned to DC after the August recess, Win Without War welcomed them back with a mobile billboard proclaiming a clear message: Abortion is STILL health care, everywhere.
Finally, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in October, Win Without War organized and led a webinar entitled “Breaking Down the Building Blocks of Endless War: Opportunities and Obstacles in 2022 and Beyond“ where Representative Barbara Lee and leading experts from across the movement discussed how we can finally tear up the Iraq war authorization — a key blank check for endless war.