Please call your Alderman/ woman and ask them to endorse this campaign
You probably know that Barney Frank initiated a campaign to reduce U.S. Military Spending by 25%. The potential cuts include Cold War era weapons, nuclear warheads, and the F22 bomber jet, which even Robert Gates says we don’t need. The U.S. spends over 50% of our discretionary budget on the military – which is more than the military expenditure of the next highest 14 countries combined. With our advocacy and activism, this federal money could be redirected to the states and to our cities, which are suffering from dire budget cuts.
Here’s a stark example of the diversion of funds to pay for the F22 bomber: On June 17, the House Armed Services Committee approved $369 million to manufacture 12 more F-22s. That $360M was diverted from an environmental program to clean up nuclear waste – and that’s just a down payment on the jets, not the full cost.
UJP (United for Justice with Peace) has joined the national campaign to reduce military spending, and we’re promoting Barney Frank’s initiative. The Mass. Democratic Party approved a similar resolution at the recent convention: “We want strong diplomacy and support nonviolent conflict resolution as a first resort in our domestic and foreign relations and call for a reduced military budget that allows for investments in human needs.”
We’re working on educating the public about the incredible amount of money spent on weapon systems, and the need to get the government to redirect that money to basic human needs, such as jobs, education, housing, and health care. We’re trying to get organizations and public officials to endorse this campaign – and that’s where you can help. We’re going to ask the Board of Aldermen of Somerville to endorse the campaign. As preparation for that, we’re asking you to call your alderman/ woman to urge their endorsement of this campaign.
The Progressive Democrats of Somerville have endorsed this campaign at their June 23rd meeting.
Please call or email your alderman from the list below. We’re aiming to have calls made by July 13. Thank you.
Somerville Board of Aldermen
John M. Connolly (At-Large)
Dennis Sullivan – Alderman at large
Bill White, Alderman at large
Bruce Desmond, Alderman at large
Bill Roche, Ward 1
Maryann Heuston – Ward 2
Tom Taylor, Ward 3
Walter Pero, Ward 4 – President of BOA
Sean O’Donovan, Ward 5
Rebekah Gewirtz, Ward 6
Bob Trane, Ward 7
Here is a more detailed list of potential cuts totaling $255 billion.
- Eliminate wasteful weapons systems = $33 billion
- Reduce active nuclear warheads = $16 billion
- Close half of US overseas military bases = $51 billion
- Trim unused air wings and sea forces = $5 billion
- Eliminated waste in procurement and operations = $20 billion
- Withdraw in a timely fashion from Iraq = $105 billion in year one
- Withdraw from Afghanistan = $25 billion
For more information, see http://www.25percentsolution.org/