Cleveland Rocks! City Council Passes Resolution Calling for New Spending Priorities!

 In Afghanistan, Congress, Economy, Iraq, military budget, Peace Action

From Cleveland Peace Action:

Cleveland City Council, at its regular February 27th meeting, joined other U.S.cities and the National Conference of Mayors, to call for Pentagon spending cuts and to bring our tax dollars home to struggling Ohio communities.

Council overwhelmingly passed – 18 to 1 – a strongly worded resolution for new national priorities that address needs of our cities and states now facing serious financial shortfalls and cuts to essential services and personnel. The resolution noted that in this time of austerity, tax payers in Cleveland, one of the nation’s poorest cities, will pay over $500 million this coming year as their share of the Pentagon budget. It also calls attention to the deaths of 4400 troops inIraq, plus 1140 more inAfghanistan, with over 39,000 seriously wounded in both conflicts, according to the Pentagon’s own figures.

Cleveland Peace Action initially worked with Councilman Jay Westbrook to craft City Council’s resolution modeled on those of 15 other U.S. cities, including Portland ME, Durham NC, Binghamton NY, Los Angeles, Richmond and San Francisco CA. Councilman Westbrook introduced Resolution 219-12 which will be sent to U.S. senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman and to Representatives Marcia Fudge and Dennis Kucinich.

Visit Cleveland Peace Action’s website to download a copy of the resolution and for news, events, action alerts, and find out what you can do for peace.

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