Munich American Peace Committee (MAPC)
The Munich American Peace Committee (MAPC) was formed in 1983, joining the growing West German peace movement's activities against the escalation of armaments in Europe. Membership grew as a result of the foreign (and domestic!) developments, reflected especially in militarism, unilateralism and the reduction of civil liberties and democratic rights. We monitor German and American policies affecting our lives as American citizens/German residents.
- To increase availability of information, largely ignored by the media, concerning the diverse opinions existing in the U.S. We want to draw attention to the supporters of the American peace movement and its counterparts in Germany and the rest of the world.
- To distribute this information through e-mail contacts, media interviews, newspaper articles, public appearances, and monthly Radio Lora programs.
- To encourage our compatriots to join us in active participation in political life, to influence our governmental representatives here and in the United States to use peaceful means of settling differences and achieving productive cooperation.
- To help disillusioned American soldiers who want to leave the military. We co-operate with the Mennonite-supported Military Counselling Network and other GI support groups. We raise money to support the counsellors' work and individual soldiers who need financial help for their legal fees. We give moral support by phone and email to the GIs and their families and help spread the word to GIs, most of whom are not aware of their rights to seek discharge as conscientious objectors.
Since our debut in 1983, we have continued to participate in the Easter Marches, blockades, demonstrations, and vigils at the Munich Consulate against US involvements such as in Irak and Afghanistan. We participate with the Munich Coalition of peace groups in the weekly vigil against war every Thursday afternoon at Richard-Strauss-Brunnen.
Our emphasis has included such subjects as: U.S.military intervention, disarmament, conversion, and non-violent resistance. More recently MAPC has focused on the worldwide effects of globalization, especially as a result of U.S. foreign policy.
Naturally, our activities increase during times of crisis. Thus we presently deal intensively with topics relating to the terrorist destruction of the World Trade Center and its aftermath, the conflict between Israel and Palestina, and the intensification of U.S. unilateralist policies.
MAPC meetings take place once a month to exchange information and ideas and to plan activities. We often have speakers or a special theme for discussion. We welcome new English-speaking participants!