MainLine Peace Action/DelMont PDA

April 1, 2011

Death Watch Noon Today

Filed under: American Empire, Events of Interest — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:16 am

NEXT DEATH WALK IN CENTER CITY WILL BE SATURDAY, April 2, 2011 FROM 12 NOON TO 1:00. PLEASE JOIN US.

Friends – The United States continues DRONE BOMBINGS IN PAKISTAN AND AFGHANISTAN AND YEMEN, AS WELL. We walk with a picture of drone bomber and hand out leaflets to inform people on the street that this is being done in our names and with our money. We oppose the wars and all bombings.

We will do the DEATH WALK on Saturday, April 2, 2011, from 12 – 1:00 p.m., meeting at 12th & Market. Wear BLACK, we will bring plain white masks and we will be sure to have some extra masks but it would be helpful if you rsvp just to be sure. Contact us at Resisters30@gmail.com or reply to e-mail. One person will hold a sign, others will pass out leaflets. They will not wear the mask. We will continue to carry signs opposing U.S. DRONE WARFARE and TERRORISM, which is the killing of civilians.

We are now part of a national campaign against DRONE WARFARE.

We will be walking in the manner of a SILENT DEATH WALK to bring attention to the wars and the victims in Afghanistan , Pakistan . (Possibly expanding ground war there) PLEASE WEAR BLACK OR DRAPE BLACK CLOTH IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A COMPLETE OUTFIT. This is to keep some uniformity. We will also have a drum this time.

Peace, with hope that you will join us and bring friends. Marge VC p.s. It is helpful if you rsvp so we have enough MASKS.

p.s. In case of heavy rain, we will stand under the building at Reading Terminal Market as we did another day.

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March 27, 2011

How The Pentagon Spends Money

Filed under: American Empire, New Priorities — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 3:57 pm

Since the beginnings of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, some of the most deadly killers and maimers of our troops are roadside bombs – IED’s.  All the hugely expensive weapons in our arsenal – The F-25,  nuclear submarines,  aircraft carriers, etc. – are useless against them.  Five years ago the Pentagon set up a special office under a four-star general to figure out how to combat the threat.  They have spent $19 billion dollars.  How is it going?  The program is a complete failure, and there’s evidence money was spent not just on anti-IED research but on civilian advisors and such.  We’re not suggesting that it’s not important to end the IED threat, but is this the best we can do?   Click the link for details.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/03/27/111029/pentagon-spends-billions-to-fight.html

March 25, 2011

Are All Our Dollars Buying Us Smart Security?

Filed under: 25% solution, American Empire, New Priorities — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 2:22 pm

A group of citizens in Delaware and Montgomery Counties, Pennsylvania (members of Main Line Peace Action and the DelMont Chapter of Progressive Democrats of America,  agreed that it would not be possible to make progress in education, renewable energy, healthcare, infrastructure or anything else until we reined in military spending. The Frank-Paul Report on that subject had just been released, the National Priorities Project was generating important statistics on military spending and its effect on localities, and New Priorities, a group of Barney Frank’s constituents interested in the “25% solution,”  were starting to spread the word.  Our local group committed itself to bringing the  message to Pennsylvania on this vital subject and developed a Power Point presentation that became this video on YouTube.  We hope you will watch it and share it with your friends.  Much depends on it.

February 25, 2011

Psychological Operations On Congressmen?

Filed under: American Empire — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:01 am

First of all, using psychological operations on congressmen assumes some brain there to work with.  But the Army is trying it anyway.  And if you worry about Rolling Stone magazine being the source for this story, remember what they did to General MacChrystal.

February 8, 2011

NYT/CBS Poll On Cutting The Deficit

Filed under: American Empire, New Priorities — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:16 pm

http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2011/02/04/americans-if-youre-going-to-cut-cut-military-spending-not-safety-nets/

February 1, 2011

Public Uninformed On Military Costs

Filed under: American Empire, New Priorities — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 3:36 pm

This Rasmussen Poll informs us that millions and millions of Americans think the US spends not enough on defense.  There is a lot of information to distribute.  For accurate information on the problem, go to www.smartsecuritypa.org.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/january_2011/voters_underestimate_how_much_u_s_spends_on_defense

January 25, 2011

A Look At Global Militarization

Filed under: 25% solution, American Empire, New Priorities — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 4:48 pm

Yes You Can! Cut Military Spending!

Filed under: 25% solution, American Empire, New Priorities — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 9:33 am

This is a good very short video on making drastic cuts to military spending.  For more information, go to www.smartsecuritypa.org.  “Smart security” means investing wisely in defense against real enemies – terrorist or otherwise – but not continuing to fight the Cold War or worse.  Someone said the US Navy has been cruising around for sixty years looking for the Japanese Imperial Navy.   We’ve got to stop that sort of thing.

January 18, 2011

Top 10 Reasons To Cut Military Spending

Filed under: American Empire, New Priorities — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:35 am

From the Friends Committee on National Legislation.  This excellent list is especially good because every point is footnoted. [By the way – we spend more on military bands than we do on the entire Foreign Service.]

http://www.fcnl.org/issues/item.php?item_id=4010&issue_id=18

January 17, 2011

Write A Letter!

Filed under: American Empire, New Priorities — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:13 am

Op-ed opportunity: January 17, Martin Luther King Day, is also the 50th anniversary of Eisenhower’s “military industrial complex” speech. What a moment for a letter to the editor or op-ed! The wars are dragging on; our states and cities are screaming for economic relief; the Secretary of Defense just proposed “cuts” that will feed the military industrial complex… We’ll stop here and let you write your own letter. 
Go to http://publishaletter.com/writealetter.jsp.  It couldn’t be easier.

 

 

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