<blockquote>If every preparation for war can be made the excuse for destroying free speech and a free press and the right of the people to assemble together for peaceful discussion, then we may well despair of ever again finding ourselves for a long period in a state of peace.</blockquote>
<cite>~ Fighting Bob La Follette</cite>
<blockquote>Although tyranny may successfully rule over foreign peoples, it can stay in power only if it first destroys the national institutions of its own people.</blockquote>
<cite>~ Hannah Arendt</cite>
<blockquote>Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, with conquering limbs astride from land to land. Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand a mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is the imprisoned lightning, and her name, Mother of Exiles.</blockquote>
<cite>~ Emma Lazarus</cite>
Liberty Tree's Democratizing Defense Program works with military service members, veterans, military families, and concerned citizens to democratize the American system of defense. Specific policy objectives of this program include defederalization of the National Guard, a national war referendum amendment, and the withdrawal of U.S. military bases from foreign soil.
The Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution is a nonprofit organization rooted in the belief that the American Revolution is a living tradition whose greatest promise is democracy. In order to help achieve that promise, Liberty Tree works to create a society in which communities and individuals have the desire, skills, and capacity to participate in the vital decisions that affect their lives.
Liberty Tree’s major work in 2006 employed local democracy to develop a new program area, Democratizing Defense. Liberty Tree provided legal, media, and other key strategic support to organizers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Massachusetts, and California who wanted to bring the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan home by placing anti-war ballot measures on municipal, town, and county ballots.