Portland, Oregon city council says "Bring Our War $$ Home!"

On January 12th, the Portland City Council voted unanimously to adopt a "Bring Our War Dollars Home" resolution that "praises United States troops and their families, applauds the end of the Iraq War and supports the further drawdown of troops in Afghanistan with funds being redirected to domestic priorities." Before the vote, the Council heard from members of the community who pointed to urgent unmet needs in the city of Portland. Chani Geigle-Teller from  Sisters Of The Road spoke about cuts to funding for housing causing the loss of hundreds of thousands of affordable housing units, while Toby Green of the Laborers 483 Public Employee Union spoke about one-half billion dollars in deferred maintenance that needs to be done in Portland alone.