Dane County Board passes Bring Our War $$ Home resolution!

On January 10, the Dane County Board passed a "Bring Our War Dollars Home" (BOW$H) resolution introduced by Supervisor Kyle Richmond and drafted with help from WNPJ, on a vote of 26 supporting, 5 opposing and 5 absent or abstaining.  The resolution urges the President and Congress to redirect resources from the excessive U.S. military budget, to fund housing, jobs, veterans, infrastructure, debt reduction and environmental programs, and encourages other local governments to pass similar resolutions.

Dane County becomes at least the 15th community across the country to pass resolutions.  See how much wars and weapons have already cost your community with WNPJ's "cost of war" counter.

Interested in passing a BOW$H resolution in your community?  We'd love to help!  Contact us at 608-250-9240 or diane<at>wnpj<dot>org.

Covering ground to ground the drones media coverage

WNPJ member group Voices for Creative Nonviolence's recent "Covering Ground the Ground the Drones" peace walk brought concerns and facts about drone warfare to people across Iowa and beyond.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reported:  "The 14-day anti-drone march from Rock Island to Des Moines has drawn activists from here in Iowa City and as far away as England.

Could "Countdown to Zero" increase support for attacks on Iran?

Countdown to Zero, a documentary produced by Participant Media, the producers of An Inconvenient Truth and Food Inc, will open on August 13 at Sundance Cinemas in Madison. The film describes the threat that nuclear weapons pose to all of us, and urges us to work towards a goal of total worldwide nuclear abolition (the "zero" in the title.) But some peace groups have raised questions about the film, calling attention to information it has left out, and even raised concerns that the film could prove useful to those who want to generate public support for an attack on Iran.

CNN: More than 100 arrested at White House antiwar protest

While President Obama was delivering a speech inside the White House about his administration’s review of the situation in Afghanistan, more than a hundred antiwar  protesters, many of whom had chained themselves to the White House fence, were being arrested outside. The protest was organized by Veterans for Peace, and among those arrested was Penatagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, who offered a strong response to attacks on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. "This lynch mob mentality is America at its lowest," Ellsburg said. Read more about the arrests at the White House...

Chuck Baynton in Journal Sentinel: 'Veterans honorably call for peace'

WNPJ member Chuck Baynton writes in the Mlwaukee Journal Sentinel: We all know what a 21-gun salute is. How would it feel to replace it with a 21-flower salute?

Chicago Tribune: NATO protest takes aim at wars and other issues

Tens of thousands of people came to Chicago on Sunday to protest the annual meeting of NATO, joining in a mass march through downtown that ended in a ceremony just blocks from where NATO officials were meeting. Iraq and Afghanistan vets returned medals they had been awarded in both wars, throwing the medals in the direction of McCormick place, the site of the NATO conference. Ash Woolson, a former sergeant in the Wisconsin National Guard who served in Iraq, took part in the medal turn-in protest. "We don't want to be carrying the burden of the blood that has stained these medals any longer," said Woolson, 30, who now teaches photography at the Madison campus of the University of Wisconsin. Lillian Moats, who came from her home in Downers Grove to join the march said, "If we weren't spending such outrageous amounts on war, we'd have money for human needs. It seems like our country's priorities are upside down." Read more... (Photo by Madison Capitol Protesters)

Chicago Examiner: Episcopal church to host NATO protesters

WNPJ member group Grassroutes Caravan was featured in a report by the Chicago Examiner about the decision by Trinity Episcopal Church in Chicago to offer NATO protestors camping space on its property the weekend of the NATO summit, May 19th and 20th. Trinity is the religious congregation closest to McCormick Place, where the NATO summit will take place, and Grassroutes Caravan is the " the first group of protestors to takeTrinity up on their offer." Grassroutes Caravan's "Mobile village of resilience" comprising up to 50 cyclists leaves Madison on May 13th and will arrive in Chicago on May 18th. Along their route, the caravan intends to "engage with locals as we ride, providing our "people power" by volunteering in community gardens, helping out with ecological restoration projects and otherwise giving back to those who would host our tent village on their land." (photo: Chicago Tribune) Read more...

Charlottesville, Virginia Bring Our War $ Home resolution

Charlottesville, Virginia:

Passed by a vote of the City Council on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012.


Calling on Congress and the President to Redirect Military Spending to Domestic Priorities

Chances improve to block war funding

Earlier this month, Defense Secretary Robert Gates made his formal request to Congress for $33 billion in "supplemental" money to fund the escalation of 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. Many Republicans have announced that they will vote against the war funding, because the bill is also expected to include a provision funding the transfer of Guantanamo prisoners to U.S. prisons. If all Republicans vote against the war funding, only 40 "no" votes from Democrats would be required to defeat the bill. Read more and see other WNPJ Action Alerts for this week below..

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