The Peace and Justice Resource Center
The Peace and Justice Resource Center is a non-profit advocacy and consulting center dedicated to original, carefully researched analysis of the real state of the long wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq, as well as the failed U.S. wars on drugs and gangs, and U.S. military responses to nationalism and poverty around the world.
These Long Wars require a long peace movement of effective organizers, without which the promise of the Obama administration will fade under pressure from the Pentagon, Wall Street, and the Republican right.
Public opinion has shifted strongly against the wars, but the public interest remains to be effectively advocated and promoted in the face of powerful interest groups lobbying for an escalation to a 10-12 year war in Afghanistan alone.
History shows that public opposition opinion was a significant factor in influencing policymakers in 2006 and 2008. Since those times, however, organized anti-war pressure has fallen off, derailed by concerns over the Wall Street meltdown, the health care debate, and a lingering public expectation that the Obama presidency means an era of peace.
Immediate attention is required for building and increasing the pressure for an exit strategy and troop withdrawal. This cannot be done by email blasts alone, or by the natural evolution of public opinion. It means a struggle to reframe the national debate around an exit strategy including troop withdrawals, rational criticism of the national security experts favoring escalation, and building a groundswell of public concern on constituent and community levels where all politics begins.
The PJRC collaborates with Progressive Democrats for America, Brave New Foundation, Just Foreign Policy, and the networks of United For Peace & Justice, CODEPINK, Peace Action, and Stop Funding Torture.com.
The Peace and Justice Resource Center is a project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), a 501(c)(3) non-profit.