BAY-Peace is collaborating with the Full-Picture coalition and the Iraq Veterans Against War to begin offering on-going youth-led workshops to develop consciousness about the Military Industrial Complex, and the impacts it has on our communities. These workshops will be offered beginning in January 2018. John Mulvaney, director of the US Office of Management and Budget, describes Trump's financial plan as a "hard-power budget" that proposes billions of dollars in spending cuts to most government agencies to pay for large increases in military and homeland security spending. To develop critical consciousness about the Military Industrial Complex, our youth will offer 5 workshops that allow participants to explore the relationship between militarization and the following topics:
At BAY-Peace, we understand militarism broadly as governments using armed force to hold power, to settle disagreements, and to enforce economic and political interests. Militarism can be practiced between nations as well as within communities. It is based on a culture of fear, the threat of violence, and actual armed aggression.