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, over 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, antipatriarchal, pro environmental justice and actively centring those most directly affected by its devastating consequences.