Working for Peace – One Child at a Time
No More Victims (NMV) is a grassroots organization that connects American communities with war-injured children and their families. Community participants band together to learn how the child was injured, assess the child’s current situation, and work to meet the most pressing needs of the child and family.
No More Victims has evacuated children injured by US forces to cities all across America. The children receive urgently needed medical treatment and some small measure of restorative justice. They bring the human face of what the Pentagon calls “collateral damage” home to American communities. Our projects have reached tens of millions of Americans with these children’s stories and helped to awaken American communities to the true nature of war and militarism.
We’ve shown that Americans in ordinary circumstances can directly intervene to help victims of organized state violence. We are now working to assist groups developing their own independent direct relief and advocacy projects. The first such initiative, Healing Children of Conflict, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has completed its first medical evacuation project. Hamzah al-Daeni came to Grand Rapids for surgery and prosthetic treatment in the summer of 2011.
Despite catastrophic outcomes and incalculable civilian losses in Iraq and Afghanistan, US militarism shows no sign of abating. War profiteers are getting luxuriously rich at the public’s expense, while poverty and destitution threaten millions of American families. The military industrial congressional complex has metastasized, creating a nightmare beyond anything Eisenhower could have imagined. We should remember his words:
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”
We must end the wars and bring our troops back home. There has never been a more important time to work for peace and justice in America and the world. Please join us.