D.A.M. formed from a cohort of U.S. Military veterans, conscientious objectors and war resisters, social justice activists and community organizers from the San Francisco Bay Area. The idea is to connect anti-war activists and war resisters from the US with those in Israel/Palestine to work towards forms of more substantive support and solidarity for each other’s movements and to work collectively against the destructive forces militarism on a global scale. Once those who hold a vision of a more peaceful world are united, the road becomes that much clearer.
DAM wants to share the stories and experiences of U.S. war resisters with those who are resisting in Israel and Palestine. Our aim is to express direct solidarity with Israelis refusing military service and Palestinians resisting occupation, to learn from each other’s experiences in anti-militarist organizing, and to build relationships so that we can work together more effectively in the future.
A delegation is being organized to Israel/Palestine to discuss experiences and learn from each other’s strategies for confronting war and occupation while engaging the effects of militarism in our respective societies. During the tour a film will be produced to document these dialogues as well as investigate the effects of militarism on Israeli and Palestinian life. The documentary will then be used as a way of extending the effectiveness of the tour and continuing to organize within the U.S. and Israel/Palestine.