Ten years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have contributed to the serious financial crisis facing the nation, and the shortfall that Portland City Council revealed for our City last week. Community groups calling for the Council to pass a "Bring the War $$ Home" resolution will hold a news conference outside City Hall (S.W. Fourth Avenue side) at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12 (today), before testifying in Council Chambers at 2:00 p.m. The proposed Portland language is based on a resolution passed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in June, heralded by Mayor Sam Adams on behalf of Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy.
Since early August, Portlanders have been sending letters and e-mails to City Council asking for a local version of the resolution, but none has been forthcoming.
Speakers at the Council meeting will be Dan Handelman of Peace and Justice Works and Curt Bell of the First Unitarian Church's Peace Action Committee. Handelman, Bell and others organizing the Saturday, October 15 march, rally and forum to mark ten years in Afghanistan and call for the war dollars to come home will speak at the news conference.
As the Occupy Portland movement continues to point out the heavy influence of corporate money on American domestic economic policies, these groups are further connecting the suffering economy to the endless warfare that has cost trillions of dollars spent on the military, contractors and otherwise occupying the nations of Iraq and Afghanistan.
"This has become a bipartisan question for most Americans, and the cost of these wars has never been more painfully felt by people throughout the United States and more and more right here in Portland," said William Seaman, a volunteer with Portland Peaceful Response Coalition. "They are not hearing our voices in Washington, D.C., these days, and we're just asking our City Council to crank up the volume on the message that we want these wars ended, and we want the soldiers and the money to come home."
For more information on the local War Dollars Home campaign and the October 15 rally, march and forum, contact Peace and Justice Works at (503) 236-3065 or http://www.pjw.info
Peace and Justice Works - Iraq Affinity Group
P.O. Box 42456
Portland, Oregon 97242
(503) 236-3065 (office)