We Applaud the Ceasefire, and Call for a Progressive Foreign Policy
Alan Minsky for the PDA National Team
Help PDA Build a Movement to Transform U S Foreign Policy: For Human Rights, International Cooperation, and Planetary Stewardship.
Something seemed to shift this past week. For the first time in memory, strong progressive voices inside the Democratic Party had an apparent impact on U S Foreign Policy at the highest levels.
When President Biden fell short of demanding a cease fire from Israel, Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar would not be silent – and many other members of Congress, including Bernie Sanders, assured they were not alone. The international community of nations, who joined with American progressives in this message, were not casually dismissed in American media as so often has been the case – and within two days President Biden strengthened his demand, and within a day, Israel agreed to a ceasefire. Who says the US position doesn’t influence Israel?
Who still thinks progressives can’t influence U S foreign policy?
But this can only be the beginning. After all, these were the first two weeks during the Biden Presidency when foreign policy was a central focus. All too often, foreign affairs falls out of mind and out of sight – which serves the status quo policies that uphold the international ruling classes and the US military industrial complex.
We, at PDA, are different. We never lose our focus on foreign policy and we never relent in our call to shift US priorities away from militarism and towards human rights, international law, and the greatest existential threat to us all, the climate emergency.
Help sustain PDA’s work to win a truly progressive foreign policy. It takes organizing, analysis, and resources to take on the foreign policy status quo.