SEARCH members have a long and effective history of work on international solidarity, peace and environmental justice campaigns.
The need for such campaigns is greater than ever as the Trump presidency, with its more blatant push for US global dominance, has increased instability in the Middle East, on the Korean peninsula, and Eastern Europe. Trump’s presidency has increased the danger of nuclear war, nationalism, racism and climate change, and threatened to initiate trade wars, further increasing the global inequality which has accelerated since the Great Recession of 2008-9.
The SEARCH International Solidarity, Peace and Security Working Group was set up in late 2016 to respond to a need to better understand and mobilise work in these inter-related areas. The first meeting had members experienced in solidarity work with Palestine, Cuba, Philippines, Timor-Leste, Zimbabwe and many other countries and regions. As well there were members who were long-time activists in trade justice, peace, anti-war, and Anti-US bases struggles.
One response was to put out this Discussion Bulletin for members and associated networks. Taken as a whole these articles identify some key sites of struggle. It is produced in the hope that it
encourages further study and action. We ask for feedback and responses.
Editorial Collective: Sam Altman, Pat Ranald, Brian Aarons, Bev Symons, Peter Murphy