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56 Organizations Band Together to Fight Austerity Measures


Jobs Not Wars Campaign: 56 Organizations Band Together to Fight Austerity Measures & Demand Cuts to Runaway Pentagon Spending

www.jobs-not-wars.org

Tax payer dollars have been misallocated – we need a new set of priorities.  Cut billions from runaway Pentagon spending, end war now, corporations and the wealthy need to pay their fair share. It is unnecessary and criminal to shift the deficit burden onto working and middle class families, the elderly and poor.    

Who:   The Campaign was begun by United for Peace & Justice and U.S. Labor Against the War - joined by a broad coalition of 54 other national and local groups – our campaign continues to grow daily.  Our coalition includes organizations from across the spectrum of issues - anti-poverty and economic justice, and war and militarism.    We share a common interest in moving resources away from war and the bloated runaway Pentagon budget to addressing the urgent needs of the people and our communities.   www.jobs-not-wars.org lists all endorsing organizations (also appended).    

On Election Day the American people made their voices heard.  We rejected austerity schemes to reduce the deficit at the expense of working people, the middle class, the poor, children and the elderly. 

We rejected more tax breaks for large corporations and the wealthy.  We want the super-rich and large corporations to pay their fair share. 

Americans want the war in Afghanistan to end now.  We want substantial cuts made to unnecessary and wasteful Pentagon spending that simply maintains huge profits for military contractors, and makes our country no more secure.  Redirect this military spending to domestic needs and job creation. 

Our President and elected officials must stand up and fight for the majority of America. Americans want an economy, government and nation that work for ALL of us, not just some of us. 

We are asking Americans to sign our Petition at www.jobs-not-wars.org  to send a clear message to our President and Congress to put the needs of people ahead of the profits of the privileged. 

  • End the War in Afghanistan now, bring all our troops home and care for them when they return
  • Create jobs; invest in our communities and our people to grow the economy and put people back to work;
  • Let the Bush Tax Cuts expire for the top 2%;
  • The wealthiest and corporations must do their fair share and pay a little more
  • Protect our social safety net including Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid
  • Make substantial cuts to the over bloated, out-of-control Pentagon budget
  • Rely on negotiation and determined diplomacy rather than military power

We will present the Jobs Not Wars Petition to Congress & President Obama around the time of the Inauguration.

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Endorsing organizations:

American Friends Service Committee

American Friends Service Committee of W. MA

Bay Area Campaign for New Priorities (NPC)

Bay Area Labor Committee for Peace & Justice (LC4PJ)

Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers

Brooklyn for Peace

Building Opportunities for Self-Suffciency.org (BOSS)

Champaign County Peace Alliance

CODEPINK

Columbus Campaign for Arms Control

Committees of Correspondence for Democracy & Socialism

Faculty & Staff Federation, Community College of Philadelphia, AFT Local 2026

Fellowship of Reconciliation

Fort Greene Peace

Fund Our Communities, Bring the War Dollars Home (Maryland)

Global Exchange

Gray Panthers of Metro Detroit

Green Party of New York State (GPNY)

Hoosiers for Peace & Justice

Institute for Policy Studies

Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace

Jeannette Rankin Peace Center

Labor Campaign for Single Payer

Marin Experimental Teaching Training and Advising Center: the Metta Center for Nonviolence

Massachusetts Peace Action

Military Families Speak Out

Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center

NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby

New Jersey Industrial Union Council

PA. Federation-Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees - Teamsters

Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane

Peace & Justice Resource Center

Peace Action

Peace Action Bay Ridge Interfaith Peace Coalition

Peace Action-Maryland

Peace Action-Wisconsin

Philadelphia Coalition of Labor Union Women

Philadelphia Regional Antiwar Network

Progressive Democrats of America

Puget Sound Nuclear Weapons Free Zone

Retiree Advocate/UFT

Roosevelt Adjunct Faculty Organization

RootsAction

San Mateo County Central Labor Council

Sept. 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows

South Bay Labor Council

Syracuse Peace Council (SPC)

U.S. Labor Against the War

United for Justice with Peace (UFJP)

United for Peace & Justice

USW-SOAR 319

Veterans for Peace

Voices for Creative Nonviolence

War Times

Western States Legal Foundation

Woman Against War

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