A Movement of Veterans

Common Defense was founded in 2016 by veterans who oppose Trump’s corrupt agenda of hate. Together we will reclaim our democracy and organize a truly grassroots movement to fight for our future.
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Our Mission

We empower veterans to stand up for our communities against the rising tide of racism, hate, and violence, to organize against the entrenched power of greedy billionaires who have rigged our economy, and to champion an equitable and representative democracy, where “liberty and justice” truly is for all.

Organizing means taking our democracy into our own hands – not leaving politics and policy to the politicians.

The Veterans Organizing Institute (VOI) is a nonpartisan, progressive training program, where we teach cohorts of 30-40 veterans from around the country the skills to be grassroots organizers within their community.


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