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."
Brian Terrell (on the left in the picture), a co-coordinator of WNPJ member group Voices for Creative Nonviolence, has been sentenced to six months in prison for a nonviolent protest of drone warfare that took place last April.
Brian and other protesters -- including Mark Kenney, who is serving four months, and Ron Faust, who is on probation -- took part in a peaceful action at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri because the base controls lethal predator drones that bomb communities in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
In his statement during the sentencing hearing, Brian asked, "How to speak of an appropriate sentence where no crime has been committed? No crime committed, at least, by the defendants? Last month’s trial in this courtroom concerning a protest of killer drones flown from Whiteman Air Force Base left no doubt that this is the case."
Read his entire statement on the VCNV website, here.
From Seattle to Charlottesville to Milwaukee, local communities are demanding a shift away from runaway war and weapons spending, freeing up our resources to meet our urgent community needs.
Let's make Dane County the next region to demand that we Bring Our War $$ Home!
Speaking at the peace rally in Madison October 6th, marking the 11th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, Dane County Board Supervisor Kyle Richmond (pictured, left) said he intends to introduce a BOW$H resolution later this month.
We need your help to make sure it passes!
To get involved, contact the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice at (608) 250-9240 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To contact the Dane County Board in support of Bring Our War $$ Home, see www.countyofdane.com/board.
For more pictures from the Madison peace rally, click here.
What better way to make clear the obscene level of U.S. war and weapons spending, than to put it into perspective -- comparing it with both other countries' military budgets and with unmet needs in your own community?
Those are the goals of our Bring Our War $$ Home (BOW$H) campaign -- and you can help.
Passed by the Milwaukee City Council on September 25th, 2012 by a vote of 13-0:
On September 25, the Milwaukee city council unanimously passed a resolution "urging federal authorities to redirect spending priorities and resources from military operations in foreign countries to domestic programs including housing, health care, education and veterans support," reports WPR.
Among many other jarring facts about U.S. war and military spending, the Milwaukee resolution points out that Pentagon spending could be cut by 80% and still be the largest military budget in the world.
The resolution was suggested by WNPJ member group Peace Action Wisconsin, whose "Move the Money" campaign links runaway war spending to unmet community needs. It's the first - but likely not the last - such resolution to be considered in Wisconsin.
More information can be found on our Bring Our War $$ Home page. If you're interested in proposing a similar resolution to your school board, union council, city council or county board, please contact us at (608) 250-9240 or email@example.com.