Pittsburgh Bring Our War $ Home resolution

Passed by a unanimous vote of the Pittsburgh City Council, October 18, 2011:

Resolution to Bring the Troops and War Dollars Home

Philadelphia Bring Our War $ Home resolution

Passed by the Philadelphia City Council on June 21st, 2012 by a vote of 15-2:

RESOLUTION:  Calling on Congress to Redirect Military Spending to Domestic Priorities

Ecuador to withdraw from SOA/WHINSEC

Ecuadoran President Rafaeal Correa (left) has announced that Ecuador will no longer send its soldiers to the School of the Americas (now named the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.) Correa made his decision after meeting with a delegation from SOA Watch, which has documented the many crimes and human-rights abuses committed by Officers who have graduated from the school. Ecuador joins Venezuela, Uruguay, Argentina and Bolivia, who have all pulled out of the SOA.

Philadelphia passes "Bring Our War $ Home" resolution

On June 21st, The Philadelphia City Council, by a vote of 15-2, passed a resolution "calling on the U.S. Congress to bring all U.S. troops home from Afghanistan, to take the funds saved by that action and by significantly cutting the Pentagon budget, and to use that money to fund education, public and private sector family-sustaining job creation, special protections for military sector workers, environmental and infrastructure restoration, care for veterans and their families, and human services that our cities and states so desperately need." The resolution was drafted by the Delaware Valley New Priorities Network, comprised of dozens of labor, neighborhood, faith, and peace organizations. Read more... Photo: Councilmember Maria Quinones-Sanchez (second from left) who introduced the resolution, celebrates outside the City Council Chambers with members of the Delaware Valley New Priorities Network.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Iraqis seeking to visit U.S. find visas delayed or denied

Sami Rasouli of the Iraqi-American Reconciliation Project writes in the Minneapolis-Star Tribune about the difficulties Iraqis have in receiving visas to travel to the U.S. Rasouli comes from Najaf, a sister city to Minneapolis-St. Paul, and says, "Many Najafis want to visit Minneapolis, to make new friends and colleagues among Minnesotans. Najafis from many professions -- including doctors, lawyers, teachers, students, parents, business owners and others -- are eager to see a different side of Americans than the soldiers and occupation forces. Unfortunately, these applicants for peace frequently are denied visas, and infrequently are given a good reason why...

ABC: Veterans return medals during protest

This report from ABC local news in Chicago features Ash Woodson, a Wisconsin veteran who took part in a ceremony organized by Iraq Veterans Against the War in which Iraq and Afghanistan vets threw their war medals in the direction of the NATO leaders meeting in McCormick Place in Chicago.

Democracy Now: U.S. Vets Return War Medals at NATO Summit

Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans returned their war medals to NATO on Sunday, at the conclusion of a mass march through Chicago's downtown that took the marchers to the security perimeter surrounding the NATO summit at McCormick Place. One by one, the veterans explained why they were returning their medals, dedicating their action to "my brothers and sisters affected with traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder," "the 33,000 civilians who have died in Afghanistan that won’t have a monument built for them," "the one-third of the women in the military that are sexually assaulted by their peers," "Private First Class Bradley Manning, who sacrificed everything to show us the truth about these wars," and "the children of Iraq that no longer have fathers and mothers." Read more... Photo: Navy vet Todd Dennis of Madison throws back his Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Photo by David Soumis.

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