[pjw] NEWS: US Conference of Mayors Opposes Military Spending (Public News Service 6/27)
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Mon Jul 3 13:31:23 EDT 2017
Happy almost holiday with "bombs bursting in air" over our river
Below is news that the US Conference of Mayors, which met from June 23-26,
passed unanimous resolutions to redirect money from the military budget
(and nuclear weapons in particular) to human needs. Portland already has a
similar policy and the conference has passed such resolutions in the past.
Portland's Mayor Ted Wheeler was there
which means we need to hold him to the resolution calling for public
hearings looking at redirecting military spending.
Text of the military spending resolutions is here:
* NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The United States Conference of
Mayors urges the United States Congress to move our tax dollars in
exactly the opposite direction proposed by the President, from
militarism to human and environmental needs.
*NOW,THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The United States Conference of
Mayors calls on the Mayors of each of our cities to promptly hold public
hearings that examine what each of city's Departments needs to carry out
the goals of the Department and the work it is assigned and what they
could accomplish if funds were available that now go to the military
[and several "further resolved" clauses]
and the one about reducing nuclear weapons is here:
*NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The United States Conference of
Mayors (USCM) calls on the United States Government, as an urgent
priority, to do everything in his power to lower nuclear tensions though
intense diplomatic efforts with Russia, China, North Korea and other
nuclear-armed states and their allies, and to work with Russia to
dramatically reduce U.S. and Russian nuclear stockpiles; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The United States Conference of Mayors
welcomes the historic negotiations currently underway in the United
Nations, involving most of the world.s countries, on a treaty to prohibit
nuclear weapons, leading to their total elimination
[and several "further resolved" clauses].
Thanks to Betty for the tip on this info.
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Conference of Mayors Opposes Trump Military Spending
By Andrea Sears, Public News Service - NY, June 27, 2017
NEW YORK - An annual gathering of mayors from around the country is
calling on Congress to reverse course by moving funding out of the
military budget and into human and environmental needs.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors on Monday unanimously passed three
resolutions opposing deep cuts in social and environmental programs to
increase funding for the military.
David Swanson, director of World Beyond War, notes President Donald
Trump has proposed increasing military spending by $54 billion.
"These resolutions say, "No,'" he states. "'Take money out of the
military budget - and, in particular, take money out of nuclear weapons
- and put that money into increasing the budgets of things that
actually serve humanity and the environment."
The mayors of Ithaca, N.Y., and New Haven, Conn. introduced two of the
resolutions, numbered 59 and 60. Both call for a reversal of priorities
in the federal budget and, Swanson adds, resolution 60 issues a
nationwide call for action.
"The mayors of all the cities need to hold public hearings, make public
the trade offs involved here, send notification to their members of
Congress and request responses back," he stresses.
The mayors of 19 cities sponsored the third resolution, number 79.
According to Swanson, it calls on Congress to cut off funding for new
nuclear weapons and to join other nations in drafting a United Nations
treaty to ban all nuclear weapons.
"Nothing could be more important while the United States and Russia are
in a more hostile relationship than they've been in decades," he
The Trump administration budget proposes an 11 percent increase in
spending on nuclear weapons, while slashing federal programs for
diplomacy and foreign aid.
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