Coalition for a New Foreign and Military Policy

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The Coalition for a New Foreign and Military Policy was based in Washington, D.C. as a lobbying coalition and information clearinghouse to lobby for U.S. cutoff of aid to South Vietnam.[1]

It was the successor to the first "united" "Hanoi Lobby" known as the Indochina Peace Campaign (IPC) and its lobbying arm, the Coalition to Stop Funding the War (CSFW), which was founded shortly after the IPC's October 25, 1973 national meeting in Germantown, Ohio, which was led by Tom Hayden, along with his wife Jane Fonda and others, just back from meeting with the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong's political front, the Provisional Revolutionary Government, formerly theNational Liberation Front (NLF).

CNFMP During and After the Vietnam War

1977 CNFMP Letterhead List of Human Rights Working Group

A partial document from the CNFMP dated February 7, 1977, listed the attendees of their "Human Rights Working Group" meeting for that date. From page one we read as follows: Attending:

About

CNFMP states that by a "new" policy, it means one "based on... the need to cooperate with nations of highly different political systems." CNFMP's programs call for U.S. recognition and economic aid to Communist and pro-Soviet regimes in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Angola. Other programs call for aid to revolutionary and anti-U.S. terrorist movements by a cut off of U.S. aid and economic relations with the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, South Africa, El Salvador, Chile, etc. This indicates that CNFMP's phrase "nations of highly different political systems" is code for "Communist totalitarian regimes."

With a mailing list of some 12,000 presently, CNFMP ambitiously has hired Liz Broder to build its list "to upwards of one-half million eventually."

Affiliated Organizations

CNFMP is a major distributor of propaganda originated from the Institute for Policy Studies and Center for Defense Information, and works closely with the two groups. In 1981, Steve Daggett who had worked on the IPS staff for three years became CNFMP's Budget Priorities Coordinator. CNFMP's slogans and projects also closely parallel those of the World Peace Council and WPC delegations to Washington hold meetings with CNFMP.

On February 26, 1982, CNFMP sponsored an all-day conference, Nuclear Arms and National Security, on issues for the U.N. Second Special Session on Disarmament. CNFMP is supporting the Nuclear Freeze Campaign, and is working with the American Friends Service Committee's National Action/Research on the Military/Industrial Complex on a "Guns versus Butter" slide show.

Among the members of the Coalition for a New Foreign and Military Policy's Disarmament Working Group were:[1]

Prior to the formation of the U.S. Peace Council (USPC), another Communist Party USA front, the National Center to Slash Military Spending, participated in the Disarmament Working Group.

After formation of the U.S. Peace Council, that front dissolved and recommended its members and supporters become active in both the Coalition for a New Foreign and Military Policy and the U.S. Peace Council. As at March, 1982, members of the CNFMP included:

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The War Called Peace: Glossary, published 1982
  2. "The Revolution Lobby", Allan Brownfeld and J. Michael Waller, [{Council for Inter-American Security and the Inter-American Security Educational Institute, 1985, p. 39.