September 21 was the International Day of Peace. - Call your representatives! Cut the Military Budget!

September 21 is International Day of Peace.  The United Nations General Assembly established International Day for Peace in 1981 and designated it as a day for nonviolence and ceasefire in 2001. This is also the week in which the U.S. Congress is expected to act on the record-setting U.S. military budget submitted to Congress by the President and increased by $25 billion by the Senate and House Armed Services Committees.

Several amendments to cut this budget are expected to be offered. They include 1) an amendment to cut the $25 billion dollars added to President Biden's budget by the Armed Services Committees, 2) an amendment to cut the budget by 10 percent, sponsored by Representative Barbara Lee and 3) the COVID Defense Act offered by Wisconsin Representative Mark Pocan, which calls for reducing the military budget by 1.3 percent ($9.3 billion) and using that money to produce and distribute COVID-19 vaccines to low-income countries. 

If you are concerned about the huge amount of money the U.S. spends on the military (more than half of all our nation's discretionary funds, and more than the military expenditures of the next 11 countries combined), we encourage you to observe International Day of Peace by contacting your Representative and both Wisconsin's U.S. Senators and asking them to support these amendments. Here's what you need to do:

1) Call the Congressional switchboard at 1-202-224-3121
2) Ask to be connected to your Representative’s office
3) Once connected, say something like this:

My name is ___________ and I'm a voting constituent calling from (your city or county). I’m calling to urge (the representative) to support efforts to cut the bloated three-quarter trillion dollar Pentagon budget. I urge (representative) to support three amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  First, please support an amendment to cut the additional $25 billion in Pentagon spending added by the House Armed Services Committee, sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee. Second, support the amendment to cut the Pentagon budget by 10%, sponsored by Rep. Mark Pocan. Third, support the COVID Defense Act, which calls for 1 percent of the military budget to be used instead to produce and distribute vaccines to benefit the low income nations of the world.  I look forward to hearing (representative's) response to my request.

4) Call the number again and asked to be connected to each of your Senators' office and give them the same message.

We'd also like to wish our Jewish supporters chag sameach. May you be blessed with health, prosperity, and happiness on this Sukkot.


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