Liberals are planing to march on Wednesday to Democrat Sen. Patty Murray's office to press for defense cuts as part of a deal on taxes and debt.
Here's the press release:
MEDIA ADVISORYFor immediate release: Dec 3 2012
Contact: Liz Moore, 509-742-0938 cell or [email protected]
Local faith leaders and justice groups call on Senator Murray to create jobs and fund social programs through cuts to Pentagon & ending Afghanistan war
WHAT: As the national fight over the "fiscal cliff" heats up, local voices are getting louder. Over 1000 individuals and 17 faith communities, organizations, and businesses are calling on Senator Murray to create jobs and fund social programs through ending the US war in Afghanistan and reducing the Pentagon budget. The "Money for People, Not for War: Bring Our Billion$ Home" campaign is a project of the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane.Speakers representing the campaign will speak at a press conference on Wednesday, followed by a delegation to Senator Murray's office to deliver the signatures.
WHEN: Wednesday Dec 5, 12:30pm followed by delegation to Senator Murray's office
WHERE: 35 W. Main, in the lobby of the Community Building
WHY: "We have a choice between two paths: prosperity for working families and the middle class or more for millionaires and CEOs. Our communities and families are in a jobs crisis, yet our country is set to spend 47% of our income tax dollars on military spending in 2013, even though Pentagon spending creates far fewer jobs than spending on health care, education, and other domestic programs," said Liz Moore, director of the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane. "We are calling on Senator Murray to use her powerful positions to do what's right for Spokane families. Our nation’s economic crisis must be addressed by bringing billions of war dollars home to create a strong, sustainable economy. We must end military operations in Afghanistan and elsewhere and reduce the wasteful Pentagon budget, which is rife with abuse and fraud. Struggling families need Senator Murray to shift that spending to job creation, care for Veterans, lifeline programs like Social Security and Medicare, and other efforts that quicken economic recovery for everyone.”WHO: Speakers will include the Rev. Deborah Conklin, United Methodist; the Rev. Liv Larson-Andrews, Lutheran; Rusty Nelson of the Spokane Chapter of Veterans for Peace; Liz Moore of the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane; a student leader from EWU's Chicano student group MEChA; and Walter Kloefkorn of Progressive Democrats of America's Spokane Chapter.
PJALS' campaign "Money for People, Not for War: Bring Our Billion$ Home" is endorsed by 17 faith communities, organizations, and businesses, and over 1100 individuals. The full text of the campaign principles can be found at www.pjals.org/billions.
The Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane engages everyday people to build a just and nonviolent world through community organizing and leadership development for human rights, economic justice, and peace.