Auferre, trucidare, rapere, falsis nominibus imperium; atque, ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant.
To ravage, to slaughter, to usurp under false titles, they call empire; and where they make a desert, they call it peace.
- Tacitus, Agricola, 98
Feb. 27-Mar. 2, 2009
Join Us at the Security Without Empire Conference
There is a sense of relief that many here in the U.S. feel after the presidential election, but we understand this is a time to step up our organizing for peace and economic justice—including the growing movement to close and withdraw the nearly 1,000 U.S. military bases located in foreign nations.
From Okinawa and Guam to Honduras, Germany, Iraq, and beyond people who have suffered from the abuses inherent to foreign military bases have been calling for their withdrawal. People in the U.S. have joined this call, outraged by the damage done by U.S. bases abroad and by their expense, which diverts $138 billion a year from addressing human needs and revitalizing our economy.
Representatives of 15 organizations have come together to organize a national conference for the closing and withdrawal of military bases. The goals of the conference are:
• Share information about U.S. foreign military bases and resistance;
• Develop new strategies and expand the U.S. anti-bases movement;
• Integrate anti-bases organizing into a more coherent movement;
• Raise the visibility of the U.S. and international anti-bases movements;
• Apply pressure on Congress;
• Close and reduce the number of foreign bases.
The conference will feature base opponents from many “host” nations and will include leading activists as keynote speakers, panelists and workshop facilitators.
Monday, March 2, will be a lobbying day on Capitol Hill, in which we encourage as many conference attendees as possible to participate. We’ll provide talking points and group leaders.
For more info contact:
National Project on U.S. Military Bases
National Project on U.S. Military Bases
• American Friends Service Committee
• American University Department of Anthropology
• Fellowship of Reconciliation
• Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space
• Granny Peace Brigade
• Institute for Leadership Development and Study of Pacific Asian North American Religion at Pacific School of Religion
• Institute for Policy Studies
• International Women’s Network Against Militarism
• Peace Action
• Southwest Workers Union
• U.S. Peace Council
• United for Peace & Justice
• Veterans For Peace
• Women for Genuine Security
March 9, 2007
Declaration: International Conference for the Abolition of Foreign Military Base
Quito and Manta, Ecuador
We come together from 40 countries as grassroots activists from groups that promote women’s rights, indigenous sovereignty, environmental justice, human rights, and social justice. We come from social movements, peace movements, faith-based organizations, youth organizations, trade unions, and indigenous communities. We come from local, national, and international formations.
United by our struggle for justice, peace, self-determination of peoples and ecological sustainability, we have founded a network animated by the principles of solidarity, equality, openness, and respect for diversity.
Foreign military bases and all other infrastructure used for wars of aggression violate human rights; oppress all people, particularly indigenous peoples, African descendants, women and children; and destroy communities and the environment. They exact immeasurable consequences on the spiritual and psychological wellbeing of humankind. They are instruments of war that entrench militarization, colonialism, imperial policy, patriarchy, and racism. The United States-led illegal invasions and ongoing occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan were launched from and enabled by such bases. We call for the immediate withdrawal of all foreign troops from these lands and reject any planned attack against Iran.
We denounce the primary responsibility of the U.S. in the proliferation of foreign military bases, as well as the role of NATO, the European Union and other countries that have or host foreign military bases.
We call for the total abolition of all foreign military bases and all other infrastructure used for wars of aggression, including military operations, maneuvers, trainings, exercises, agreements, weapons in space, military laboratories and other forms of military interventions.
We demand an end to both the construction of new bases and the reinforcement of existing bases; an end to and cleanup of environmental contamination; an end to legal immunity and other privileges of foreign military personnel. We demand integral restauration and full and just compensation for social and environmental damages caused by these bases.
Our first act as an international network is to strengthen Ecuador’s commitment to terminate the agreement that permits the U.S. military to use the base in Manta beyond 2009. We commit to remain vigilant to ensure this victory.
We support and stand in solidarity with those who struggle for the abolition of all foreign military bases worldwide.
Foreign Military Bases Out Now! Manta Si! Bases No!
Resources on Global Anti-Bases Movements
- The US military base network and contemporary colonialism: Power projection, resistance and the quest for operational unilateralism, Jeffrey Sasha Davis, Political Geography, (2011)
- Mother Jones issue focusing on the global network of US military bases.
- Outposts of Empire: The case against foreign military bases, Transnational Institute, 2007.
- Transnational Institute has an interactive map of US foreign military bases.
- The Bases of Empire: the Global Struggle Against US Military Posts, Edited by Catherine Lutz (2008)
- At the Door to all the East: The Philippines in the United States Military Strategy (September 2007)
- Asia-Pacific Consultation of Movements Against U.S. Military Bases, Tokyo report (November 2006)
- Report on the Strategy Meetings of the International Network Against Foreign Military Bases, World Social Forum 2005 (January 2005)
- Report of the International Anti-Bases Conference, World Social Forum 2004 (January 2004)
Resources on Military Spending
- Security Spending Primer: Getting Smart About the Pentagon Budget, National Priorities Project (September 2009)
- The U.S. Employment Effects of Military and Domestic Spending Priorities, Robert Pollin and Heidi Garrett-Peltier (October 2007)