MainLine Peace Action/DelMont PDA

April 1, 2011

Is This How How You Want To Spend Your Money?

Filed under: 25% solution, New Priorities — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 2:49 pm

Members of Main Line Peace Action and DelMont Progressive Democrats of America put together a Power Point presentation on how military spending is screwing around our priorities and our domestic needs.  This has now become an eleven-minute YouTube video here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v20Vm33Rx10.  We hope you’ll look at it and forward it on to your friends.

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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.

Important Meeting April 16

Chart a Course for New Priorities That Begins with Bringing the War Dollar$ Home

FEDERAL BUDGET CRISIS: WHY IT MATTERS, SAT., APRIL 16, 10A.M.(9:30A.M. – 1:00P.M.)Tabernacle Church 3700 CHESTNUT STREET, Phila., PA (corner of 37th & Chestnut St., enter on 37th)   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The Federal Budget Crisis & Its Impact on Local CommunitiesPlan to Participate in a Workshop & Program with: Jo Comerford, executive director National Priorities Project (http://nationalpriorities.org) Be Part of A Provocative ‘RoundTable’: The Federal Budget Crisis… & The Assault on Public Service Unions…How Militarism Distorts Government Here and Around the World.

Challenge War and Rising Military Spending at the Expense of Human Needs and Justice at Home

Sponsors: Brandywine Peace Community, BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action, Catholic Peace Fellowship, DelRiver Area CodePINK, DelMont and PA PDA (Progressive Democrats of America), Phila. Jobs With Justice, PA Smart Security , Main Line Peace Action, Granny Peace Brigade Phila., Healthcare NOW, Veterans for Peace, Chapter #31 (list in formation).

RSVP Your Attendance by e-mailing cfparsvp@aol.com For more information call: Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-1818.

March 22, 2011

Why Congress Votes The Way It Does

Filed under: New Priorities — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 3:46 pm

Read all about the kinds of investments congressmen have in defense contractors.  No wonder they have trouble voting again $1000 toilet seats and the   F-35.

http://www.alternet.org/world/81915/

March 17, 2011

Who’s In Charge Here?

Filed under: New Priorities — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:36 am

The people of Afghanistan have to wonder.  The Afghan government is heavily laced with Western, non-native advisors and contractors, and probably will be until 2025 at an annual cost of $6-8 billion. 

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/03/08/v-print/110004/afghans-rely-heavily-on-foreign.html

March 15, 2011

Take Action!

Filed under: New Priorities — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:40 am

Join Friends Committee on National Legislation to Call the Senate: Your phone calls to senate offices now could help persuade senators to make significant cuts in Pentagon spending that would free up money for other priorities. 
Call your senators toll-free at 800-530-1748. Ask them to find ways to cut Pentagon spending by at least $100 billion this year. Script and background info is available on FCNL’s website http://www.fcnl.org/index.htm

   
Inspiring stories of local organizing
Thinking of organizing a day of action on military spending? How about a month of actions? The New Haven Peace Council and kindred organizations are making war spending visible every day from March 15 to April 15, Tax Day. Union, church, and immigrant rights groups are in on the project, which is saying “end the war and fund human needs.” See their online calendar at http://bit.ly/hAOAbU.

Start organizing now!
April 4 WE ARE ONE Day of Action initiated by Communication Workers of America and organized by AFL-CIO . On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he had gone to stand with sanitation workers fighting for their rights. Join labor in solidarity with working families in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and dozens of other states where well-funded, right wing corporate politicians are trying to take away the rights Dr. King gave his life for. Find out more about the local actions at  http://www.we-r-1.org/
 
April 12 Global Day of Action on Military Spending and April 18 Tax Day
The media will be looking for new stories about tax day. Let’s get them to cover community and peace groups calling for moving our tax dollars from wars and the Pentagon to fund our communities. Press release to come at www.demilitarize.org.
 
Who’s organizing near you?
Contact Jobs with Justice chapters in your area: http://www.jwj.org/coalitions/index.html — to find out about local campaigns for economic justice.
 
Resources for your work
Two great leaflets from USLAW:
http://uslaboragainstwar.org/downloads/MoveTheMoney.WiscSolidarity.pdf
http://uslaboragainstwar.org/downloads/MoveTheMoney.pdf
 
Our Taxes Are Off to War – 2011 Edition
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/23/947675/-Our-Taxes-are-Off-to-War—2011-Edition
 
SAVE report on alternatives to federal budget cuts: http://www.chn.org/BetterBudgetforAll.html

March 14, 2011

The Osprey Still Lives

Filed under: New Priorities — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:46 am

The Osprey is built by Boeing right down the road in Ridley Park.  Would that they were making wind turbines!

http://www.truth-out.org/one-creature-that-deserves-extinction-the-v-22-osprey68419

March 13, 2011

Unnecessary And Unworkable Weapons Systems

Filed under: 25% solution, New Priorities — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:00 pm

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/12/opinion/20100313_Pentagonsboondoggles.html?ref=opinion

March 10, 2011

“That’s Where The Money Is”

Filed under: New Priorities — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 2:52 pm

Our co-editor Jane Dugdale has sent this letter to the editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Dear Editor:
Senators facing a budget deadline may be looking for an “agreement that would
target the big-budget programs that drive up federal debt, including Medicare
and the military,” but tax-payers need to know that these two “big-budget
programs” are hardly comparable. Medicare, like Social Security, another target
of “deficit hawks,” is not part of the discretionary budget, as is military
spending, because — remember?– Medicare and Social Security have their own
revenue streams. Yes, unlike military spending, they take in revenue instead
of just spending it.

Only military spending is part of the discretionary budget that the spending
bills actually address, and according to the non-partisan National Priorities
Project, military spending now grabs $1.2 trillion of our tax dollars. Yes,
trillion. It is because of this huge chunk of spending that “nondefense
domestic discretionary programs… make up only 12 percent of federal spending.
” Senators are trying to cut fat from bare bones by focusing on
“nondefense domestic” spending alone for budget cuts.

Willie Sutton was famously asked, “Why do you rob banks?” and he famously
answered, “Because that’s where the money is.” Why should military spending be
on the cutting table? Because that’s where the money is.

Sincerely,
Jane Dugdale
284 S. Roberts Rd.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
610 527 4170

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