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Maine Campaign to Bring Our War $$ Home
St. Louis Peace Economy Project
Boston's 25 Percent Solution
Bay Area's New Priorities Campaign
Maryland's Our Funds
Pennsylvania's Campaign for Smart Security
PDA's Brown Bag Lunch Vigils in districts everywhere.
25 Teachers’ Salaries (California)
Bring the Billion$ Home (Seattle)
LOCAL COST CALCULATIONS
A report from the National Priorities Project (PDF) contains on pages 23 and 24 documentation of how investing in military reduces jobs and hurts economy. Get cost of war to your area here, but multiply it by five. Get cost of military contracts to your area here. Get the amount of money military companies give your representative here. And here's the cost of weapons you give Israel.
Here's a calculator for what particular weapons are costing us.
50 fact sheets, 1 for each state: here.
CONVERTING ECONOMY FROM WAR TO PEACE
PROPOSED MILITARY CUTS
From Budget Task Force
LOCAL AND STATE RESOLUTIONS
Put a cost of war counter on city hall.
Here's a kit from Cities for Progress.
Some additional cities that have done this: Newton, Mass., Cambridge, Mass.
Resolution passed by Northampton, Mass.
Mayors have backed this agenda in Boston and two other Massachusetts towns.
40 Maryland State Senators and Delegates have asked Congress to take the money out of the military
Resolution passed by Hartford, CT.
Resolution passed by SCHOOL BOARDS in California.
Resolution passed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Resolution passed by Los Angeles.
Resolution passed by Seattle.
Another great power point -- and feel free to modify and adapt it.
Video Contest: What Would You Do With A Trillion Dollars?
Military Math (short cartoon)
Afghanistan: Ending a Failed Military Strategy: A Briefing Paper by September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
When the World Outlawed War, by David Swanson
War Is A Lie, by David Swanson
Ending the US War in Afghanistan: A Primer, By David Wildman and Phyllis Bennis
Update: Two-thirds want out.
Update: budget people want.
And how much people know.
April 20, 2011, The Obama Gates Maneuver on Military Spending
April 15, 2011, 77 Representatives vote for a budget that defunds militarism.
February 11, 2011, Rep. Pete Stark puts in amendment to cut military
February 2, 2011, Budget Cut Talk Is Not Real
January 4, 2011, Gates Claims He'll Propose Cuts of $100 B
December 29, 2010, Identifying the Congressional Districts to focus on.
December 17, 2010, the House passed the military's offense budget 341-48: Here's how they voted.
December 8, 2010, the House passed more war funding together with other military funding, with only 35 Democrats voting No when only 4 more votes would have blocked the bill.
October 13, 2010, letter to the catfood commission from 57 congress members: (PDF).
On July 27, 2010, 115 congress members behaved as if they might be worthy of keeping their jobs. These include 102 Democrats and 12 Republicans who voted no on dumping $33 billion into escalating the war in Afghanistan, plus one more Democrat, Alan Grayson, who publicly lobbied his colleagues to vote No in an unprecedented manner but was unable to be there to vote. Another 317 congress members clearly indicated their worthiness for being unelected, 308 by voting for the money and 9 by not voting. Here is background on how that July 27th vote happened and what it meant. This record can be enriched by looking at previous votes on war-related bills in the chart below.
Please phone your Representative at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to commit to voting No on war funding, and post below what they tell you. Thanks!
The next money is already moving (July 27, 2010, Politico):
"Ambassador Richard Holbrooke is scheduled to testify Wednesday before a House Appropriations panel that had deferred action on the administration's $3.9 billion request for aid to Afghanistan next year. And a second House panel is scheduled to meet behind closed doors Tuesday on the Pentagon's budget, including an additional $157.8 billion for war operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Afghanistan portion of these funds constitutes about two-thirds of the total, and this money is sure to become more of a target by the time the bill comes to the floor in the fall — and closer to the November elections."