Statement on the Ukraine War

The San José Peace and Justice Center, a project of the Collins Foundation condemns the invasion of Ukraine and the war being waged against it by Russia.  We call for an immediate cease fire and international negotiations to end the war.  Aggressive war is never the way to resolve conflicts between nations and we condemn it whenever and wherever it occurs.

We note the role that our own country has played in the years leading up to this moment.  NATO is one of the provocations for the current hostilities.  It has served no positive purpose in the post-Soviet era.  It should be disbanded.

As in any aggressive war, the risk of escalation is great.  We oppose any intervention that would escalate hostilities and prolong the conflict, including but not limited to sanctions, declaration of a no-fly zone, resupply of weapons, and so on. 

Finally, the idea that nuclear weapons could be used in this conflict shows the urgent need for the U.S. and Russia to agree on a plan to dismantle them in compliance with the new U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

To learn more about these issues:

“The Best Way to Help Ukraine Is Diplomacy, Not War” from OtherWords by Phyllis Bennis

Phyllis Bennis: The Best Way to Help Ukraine Is Diplomacy, Not War & Increased Militarization from Democracy Now

Code Pink: Peace in Ukraine

Veterans for Peace: Diplomacy not War – Peace in Ukraine

two women holding protest signs. "Stop the Wars" and "No War in Ukraine No NATO Expansion"
Image by Sharat Lin: Charlotte Casey and Nancy Tsou holding protest signs in front of San Jose City Hall 2022

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