ROP member groups have a long history of peace and anti-militarism organizing.
During WWII, African American soldiers would wave a Double V for victory abroad over the Nazis and victory at home over racism. Similarly today, while we are working to stop the war in Iraq, there is a domestic front to that war being waged here at home on the poorest and most vulnerable members of our community. All of this in the name of "security."
Here are some of our current, on-going, and past campaigns to create peace abroad and peace in our own communities at home.
- No Soy El Army Justice Tour (2010)
- Oregon statewide strategy session on peace (2010)
- Campaign to Keep the National Guard in Oregon (2009)
- Dismantling the wars at home and abroad (2001-2007)
President Obama once said “It’s not enough to get out of Iraq; we have to get out of the mindset that led us into Iraq.” Zinn asks us to identify that mindset – he suggests that it is imperialism, violence and the unrestricted free market that got us into our current mess – war and the economy. “We want a country that uses its resources, its wealth, and its power to help people, not to hurt them. That’s what we need,” Howard Zinn, (Changing Obama’s Mindset, May 2009 The Progressive)