Mission Statement 

Adopted by the NATIONAL LABOR ASSEMBLY for PEACE in Chicago, 10/25/03

Revised 2/12/12; revised 1/12/14

It is the mission of U.S. Labor Against the War to be the organized voice within the labor movement for peace and new priorities, better to secure human needs and to demilitarize U.S. foreign policy. USLAW also brings labor’s voice and strength into wider movements for peace and new priorities in the United States and builds solidarity with labor movements around the world.

In pursuit of this mission, to protect our members and the livelihoods of working people everywhere, we will advocate, educate, and mobilize in the U.S. labor movement according to the following basic principles:

Our Principles

To protect our members and the lives and livelihoods of working people everywhere, we will advocate, educate and mobilize in the US labor movement for:

A Just Foreign Policy that will bring genuine security and prosperity to working people based on a demilitarized economy and foreign policy.

― A policy that strengthens international treaties, supports human rights institutions, respects national sovereignty and upholds the right of self-determination for all peoples.

― A foreign policy that solves disputes by diplomacy rather than war.

― A policy that promotes global economic and social justice rather than the race-to-the-bottom, job-destroying, discriminatory practices favored by multinational corporations.

An End to U.S. Occupation of Foreign Countries, replaced by the reconstruction of war-devastated nations with the full support of the international community and the full participation and decision-making power of affected peoples.

Demilitarizing U.S. foreign policy, pursuing a just transition to an environmentally sustainable economy, and redirecting the nation’s resources from inflated military spending to meeting the needs of working people for jobs, health care, education, a clean environment, housing and a decent standard of living based on principles of equality and democracy.

Supporting Our Troops and their Families by bringing the troops home now, by not recklessly putting them in harm’s way and by providing decent compensation, veterans’ benefits and domestic policies administered without discrimination that prioritize the needs of working people who make up the bulk of the military.

Protecting Workers’ Rights, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties and the Rights of Immigrants by promoting democracy, not subverting it.  Ethnic, racial and religious profiling and stereotyping must be replaced by policies that promote dignity, economic justice and respect for all working people.

Solidarity With Workers and their Organizations Around the World who are struggling for their own labor and human rights, and with those in the U.S. who want U.S. foreign and domestic policies to reflect our nation’s highest ideals.

WE PURSUE THESE OBJECTIVES AS U.S. LABOR AGAINST THE WAR (USLAW).