When we say People Not War, we mean people over profit, over hyper-capitalist pursuits and gains that oppress and kill. We mean prioritise our lives over looting the earth and its resources, exploiting workers, the marginalised, those living in Global South countries. We mean understanding the biggest threat to security in this lifetime will be climate chaos if we continue on this trajectory, not migrants braving perilous journeys, leaving their lives behind, to find safety in countries responsible for the destruction of their own homes.
It is vital that the arms trade is not understood in isolation of other intersecting issues as, in the words of Audre Lorde,
“There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.”
The struggle against the arms trade must be anti-racist, anti-capitalist, anti-patriarchal, pro environmental justice and actively centring those most directly affected by its devastating consequences.
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And as well as the zine, you can now listen to our ‘People Not War’ podcast where we catch up with activists, community organisers, and all-round inspirational people working to end the international arms trade and other intersecting issues. Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Soundcloud or wherever else you enjoy your podcasts!