Drop the MIC
In the past few years, due to the constantly expanding nature of U.S. military actions, IVAW has transitioned from focusing on the individual wars to a more strategic approach to the work. We focus on the root cause that underlines both the occupations by U.S. military abroad and the violence perpetrated in our communities by police right here at home: militarism. IVAW’s mission is to build a service member and veteran led movement that ends militarism by transforming ourselves, military culture, and American society.
To that end, IVAW invites you to join with us in a campaign to:
Drop The MIC (Military Industrial Complex)
Drop the MIC is focused on interrupting the relationships between profit, institutional violence and politicians.
We are launching an awareness campaign making visible the many ways, both obvious and hidden, that the military industrial complex intersects our lives and our ability to care for ourselves and our communities. This is the first step in a longer deeper campaign with the goal to interrupt the ease with which our human needs are shunted aside for the sake of creating profit for war profiteers, politicians and the revolving door at the Pentagon. Our campaign also includes focusing on the right to heal of service members and veterans, in particular by building a better Veterans Administration. One that is able to provide first rate care and healing for the people it is meant to serve, while attempting to prevent the Right’s attempt to privatize the VA system. Such privatization would be a convenient way for the government to sidestep their responsibility to veterans and service members and for various corporate interests to directly profit off of the legacy of poor health caused by these wars. A move that would inevitably guarantee less accountability and greater danger that it will be turned into an institution driven by shareholder profits. Through terrible loss both in our community and in communities affected abroad, we at IVAW know that we can’t choose between stopping the harm, and healing from war, we must address both. Here are some other ways you can help IVAW Drop the MIC! 1. Share this campaign with your family and friends! 2. Join us in our social media campaign today. Locate militarism in your community, then SHARE images, articles and EXPOSE how it impacts you at your local level and beyond. Use the #DropTheMIC hashtag whenever you share an article, media or your thoughts 3. Stay updated on news from IVAW by signing up for our emails here. 4. Become a recurring supporter at www.ivaw.org/donate.