On December 17th, Duluth become the third community in Minnesota - after St Paul and Minneapolis - to pass a resolution calling for the redirection of military funds to meet human needs.
"We don't need to be working in the framework of austerity. Last year Congress devoted 59 cents out of every dollar appropriated to war," Minnesota Arms Spending Alternatives Project leader Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer told KQDS-DT.
Passed unanimously by the Saint Paul City Council on October 10, 2012:
Passed at the state convention of the American Federation of Teachers-WI (AFTW) labor union, held October 27, 2012, in Manitowoc:
RESOLUTION #12: Bring Our War Dollars Home
Whereas, the U.S. Federal spending on war and defense is bloated and that money is needed for educations, jobs, health care, and other federal needs, and
Whereas, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (and drone bombing in Pakistan) have caused tremendous suffering, and
If you have details of other events in or around Wisconsin, please send them to diane<at>wnpj<dot>org. Jewish Voice for Peace also has a list of emergency demonstrations on their website.
- Madison, 4 pm Fri Nov 16 at UW Library Mall, State St - As all signs point to a ground invasion of Gaza by Israel, casualties from Israel's land, sea and air bombardment of Gaza are rising and protests are spreading around the world. In Madison, Students for Justice in Palestine initiated this protest. Please bring Palestinian flags, banners, signs and your voice! More info: Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, 608-238-1227, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Racine, 1 pm Sat Nov 17 at the Save-a-Lot parking lot, 1500 State Street - Stand in solidarity with the people of Gaza. We will provide signs or you can bring your own. Stop the bombs, stop the siege, stop giving billions of U.S. dollars to Israel! More info: Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice, 262-638-0204, email@example.com
"On Oct. 25, Oshkosh Corp. announced that 450 employees will find themselves without jobs in January," writes Mike Helbick of Peace Action Wisconsin in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel column.
"The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the need for all-terrain, mine-resistant vehicles prompted Oshkosh Corp. to aggressively ramp up its production between 2008 and 2011. ... As the wars wind down ... now is the time for diversification and a long-term plan for good, union jobs," adds Helbick, who notes that military spending is "a very low job creator," even during wartime. (Photo: Mike Helbick at WNPJ's member assembly)
Of the candidates appearing on ballots across Wisconsin, who is willing to call out runaway war and weapons spending?
To find out, the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice (WNPJ), a coalition of 166 member organizations from across the state, conducted a one-question survey of state candidates. WNPJ is a non-partisan, non-profit organization and does not endorse candidates.
Please see below for the responses we received from candidates running for U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, State Senate and State Assembly, to our "war dollars home" survey question.
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On October 18th, Dane County Board Supervisor Kyle Richmond introduced resolution #145, "Calling on Congress and the President to Redirect U.S. Military Spending to Address Critical Domestic Priorities: Bring Our War Dollars Home."
Speaking at a press conference that afternoon in support of the resolution were Supervisors Richmond and Melissa Sargent, the Chair of the County Board Health and Human Needs Committee, along with representatives from AFSCME Local 1871, Madison-area Urban Ministry, the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, and Veterans for Peace. Click here to see pictures from the event.
If you'd rather fund community needs than a bloated and growing Pentagon budget and live in Dane County, please contact your Board Supervisor and County Executive Joe Parisi to register your support for the resolution.
The Capital Times reported that the resolution is "part of a national effort to press the Pentagon on reducing military spending so more money can be devoted to helping people in the U.S. ... WNPJ said $2.3 billion from Dane County taxpayers has been spent on war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001."