Welcome to the Fox Valley Citizens for Peace and Justice Website/Blog
Mission Statement of
Fox Valley Citizens for
Peace and Justice
Fox Valley Citizens for Peace and Justice strives to promote a culture of peace, a stronger democracy, and social and economic justice through education, dialogue, and action.
Principles of Fox Valley Citizens for Peace and Justice
- We support the Occupy movement, the Arab Spring, and the genuine and spontaneous uprisings of peoples across the globe who seek to create a democracy and a people-first economy.
- We work for an end to the wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and everywhere else, and we oppose any military attack on Iran. We call for an end to the use of mercenary forces by the US or US-based entities everywhere.
- We work for the United States to step back from its posture of global military dominance, and to relinquish its empire of 800-plus military bases stretched across the globe. We call for a transformation of US policy and culture, away from militarism and towards international co-operation and equality among nations.
- We work for an end to the bloated military/corporate complex which now consumes more that 50 percent of the US yearly discretionary budget.
- Because we support equality among nations, we call for the dismantling of NATO. We support a democratized United Nations and other world institutions. We support the International Criminal Court, and other international treaties and bodies, and call upon the US to join them as an equal nation among other nations.
- We call for the restoration of our civil liberties. We oppose torture and the death penalty unequivocally, and call for accountability for torturers. We call for repeal of the Patriot Act and of any laws which require or allow domestic military intervention in cases of suspected affiliation with terrorists, or the indefinite detention of any human being.
- We oppose US military and economic aid to Israel until Israel dismantles its settlements in the West Bank, ends the siege of Gaza, and Israel and Palestine together arrive at a just peace and a return to 1967 borders.
- We embrace the principles of the UN Declaration on Human Rights and the Earth Charter.
- We support racial and gender justice and equity. We call for the eradication of all forms of violence and discrimination based upon color, class, nationality, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.
- We call for the US to take the lead in efforts to stop global warming by sharply cutting our use of fossil fuels, and by entering into new international agreements which mandate such policies. We call for expanded and enforced regulations to protect the quality of our air, water and soil.
- We support the rights of working people everywhere to organize and to bargain collectively for living wages and decent working conditions. We reject all exploitation of labor and the intrinsic dehumanization that is implied by the concept: cheap labor. We oppose human trafficking, sweatshop labor, and slavery.
- We oppose plutocracy, corporate power, and crony capitalism. We contend that the “rights” of for-profit corporations must be subordinate to the rights of actual human beings of any country, including the rights of labor, the rights of consumers, and the protection of the natural environment.
- We call for an end to the War on Drugs and the Prison-Industrial complex. We call for an end to the incarceration of non-violent offenders and the mentally ill. We call for profound prison reform with efforts toward rehabilitation and the humane treatment of all prisoners.
- We call for the restoration of the public sector, and an end to the privatization of our public assets and civic institutions, such as roads, bridges, parks, schools, prisons, water, etc.
- We oppose ICE harassment, deportations and imprisonment of immigrants. No human being is illegal.
- We call for a National Single Payer Health Care System i.e. Medicare for All with protections for the individual patient’s choice of health options.