|Vets for Peace members received an enthusiastic reception at the 4th of July parade in the Rock County town of Milton.|
The VFP contingent included members from around southeast Wisconsin, a "Peace is Patriotic" parade float, and "No More War" signs. Video by VFP member Norman Aulabaugh.
Passed by a unanimous vote of the Pittsburgh City Council, October 18, 2011:
Resolution to Bring the Troops and War Dollars Home
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
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.
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.
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...