Civilian women, children, and the environment are the biggest casualties of modern war, which has no battlefields and deploys drones, chemical toxins and tactical weaponry. The massive collateral damage created by the US military violates the Geneva Convention and makes a mockery of just war theory. Nearly 70 percent of the national budget goes toward defense-related spending, but the American people are mostly mute about the cost of this nation’s endless wars. The popular silence was bought by ending the draft and doing away with war taxes. But we can’t stop global warming if we don’t stop the wars, so we’ve all got skin in the war game now.
Women’s EcoPeace is focused on advancing Combat Justice, our founder’s pioneering framework for armed conflict as a domestic and environmental issue, rather than one that is exclusively a foreign policy and military matter. A fundamental proposition of combat justice is that those who have not served in war, are least responsible for war, and do not profit from war suffer grievous damages and irreparable harm.
Combat Justice includes actual legal action, policy change/intervention, and corporate, contractor, institutional and government accountability on issues pertaining to and resulting from the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). Combat Justice provides a unique theoretical framework for examining the true price of modern war along with a call to action in multiple sectors, because everyone pays the price for America’s de facto foreign policy of using armed force to safeguard the capitalism that is destabilizing the climate.
Our founder, Stacy Bannerman, M.S., M.F.A., is a nationally-recognized authority on post-9/11 veterans, caregivers, and military families; former Spouse/Caregiver of 80% Service-Connected Disabled Veteran; Provided expert testimony to 3 U.S. Congressional Committees; wrote and singlehandedly secured passage of two bills in Oregon. Developed and delivered reintegration retreats for post-9/11 women veterans, including peer support, PTSD & MST modules. Founder/Executive Director of The Sanctuary for Veterans & Families 501c3. Stacy received both the Patriotic Employer Award and the Above And Beyond Award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. She is the author of Homefront 911 (2015) and When the War Came Home (2006), and appeared on NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, Hardball with Chris Matthews and many others.
In October of 2017, Women's EcoPeace filed as an Intervenor with FERC against the proposed Jordan Cove/LNG Pipeline that would increase methane pollution, which is a greenhouse gas at least 20 times more potent than carbon. We are working with frontline organizations and tribes in southern Oregon to mount resistance and prevent this pipeline project.
We staged our first-ever MotherPeace event on Mother's Day, 2018, reclaiming the original intention of the day: A call for peace from women around the world so that no more mother's sons would perish in war.
WEPeace nominated a young woman for a Fellowship from the Rural Organizing Project that would support us in mentoring her as our Youth Organizer for the Divest From War campaign and developing the next generation of indigenous women leaders.
In August of 2018, the Oregon Divest From War Coalition, a project of Women's EcoPeace, launched the nation's first statewide Divest From War campaign in Oregon.
In addition to being an Organizational Sponsor to Stop Trump's Military Parade http://notrumpmilitaryparade.us/ and reclaim Armistice Day, November 11, 2018, in Washington, D.C., we were on the Planning Committee for the Peace Congress held on Saturday, November 10, at Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 4th St. SE, in Washington, DC .
Going from conception to delivery in 33 days, Women's EcoPeace created, produced, and directed the coast-to-coast Heart2Heart Tour: Veterans and Their Families Speak Out About Love, War, and Enough Folded Flags. At the final stop of the tour, Stacy Bannerman gave her Freedom Medal back to President Bush during the Liberty Medal ceremony at the National Constitution Center on Veteran's Day. Watch what happened:
We are planning a series of Invisible Draft workshops on Combat, Climate, and Casualties of the War at Home in 2019.
Our Founder continues to advance the vision of an American Truth & Reconciliation Commission on the Iraq War that she first proposed in March in 2016. https://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/03/20/will-candidates-turn-shock-and-awe-truth-and-reconciliation
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We are actively seeking Board members and women who are experts in their field to serve on the Advisory Council. Please contact us if you're interested in joining Team EcoPeace!