Coalition of environmentalist groups and individuals who condemn the U.S. War in Iraq
Conducts anti-war workshops, presentations, and teach-ins
Environmentalists Against War (EAW) is a coalition of environmentalist groups and individuals opposed to the U.S. War in Iraq and the American government's post-9/11 security measures, characterizing the latter as assaults on immigrants and civil liberties. Founded by environmental activists Peter Drekmeier, China Brotsky, and Gar Smith, EAW bitterly opposes the Bush administration, a host of U.S. foreign and domestic policies, and America's military campaigns in general. With "stopping the [U.S.] war against the planet and all its peoples" as its declared goal, EAW has participated in many anti-war protests and initiated anti-military Internet campaigns.
The attack on Iraq could kill thousands of people. Most of the people killed would be innocent civilians.
War destroys human settlements and native habitats. War destroys wildlife and contaminates the land, air and water. The damage can last for generations.
U.S. clusterbombs, thermobaric explosions, electromagnetic bursts and weapons made with depleted uranium are indiscriminate weapons of mass destruction.
Bombs pollute, poisoning the land with unexploded shells and toxic chemicals. Bombs can't locate or neatly destroy hidden chemical or biological weapons (CBW), but they can cause the uncontrolled spread of deadly CBW agents.
Increased military spending (to control access to the fuel that powers our oil-based economy) drains funds from critical social, educational, medical and environmental needs.
EAW's founders -- Peter Drekmeier, China Brotsky, and Gar Smith -- contend that the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq was motivated by America's lust for oil. "It appears that the only weapon of mass destruction to be found in Iraq is oil," said Drekmeier. Gar Smith asserts that American dependency on foreign oil was responsible for the 9/11 attacks, and recommends that to avoid future calamities such as those of 9/11, the U.S should "replace polluting jets with high-speed rail," reasoning that "a train will never be hijacked and flown into a skyscraper." He further advises that America "give up its position as the world's reigning Superpower."
Although EAW is not forthcoming about its sources of funding, the registration form for its 2003 teach-in stated that checks should be made out to "Environmentalists Against War/Tides Center." EAW co-founder China Brotsky serves as the Director of Special Projects for the Tides Center and its affiliate charitable entity, the Tides Foundation.