Bring the Billion$ Home
Campaign Resource Item #1 December 11, 2010
Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s participation in a campaign of the Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation (WWFOR)
While military spending keeps escalating, individual Americans are losing their jobs and homes, and state and local governments are cutting needed services. For example, taxpayers from Washington state have spent $23.8 billion for the wars, but 40,000 Washingtonians have lost basic health coverage, college tuition has risen, library hours have been cut, and funds to reduce school class size have been slashed 70%.
The U.S. government spends about $1 million each year to keep each soldier in Afghanistan. We must cut wasteful military spending such as the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and transfer the savings to fund human and environmental needs.
The Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation (WWFOR) has launched a multi-dimensional, multi-generational grassroots campaign to “Bring the Billion$ Home.” The Olympia FOR is participating actively. (See the contact information in the box below.)
The “Bring the Billion$ Home” campaign will inform and activate many diverse individuals and organizations to pressure Congress to cut military spending and use the savings to fund urgent human and environmental needs in the US. See www.wwfor.org and at www.olympiafor.org for information updates. These websites also provide information about these organizations and their activities.
The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s TV program for December 2010 (“Converting to a Peace Economy”) explains how military spending hurts the U.S. economy in a variety of ways – and also how to improve our economy by converting military bases, personnel, industries and workers to peaceful purposes. Watch it at 1:30 p.m. any Monday or 9:00 p.m. any Thursday in December on TCTV cable channel 22 in Thurston County or at any time on your computer through our website, http://www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm.
We will post a variety of resources to the websites of both the Olympia FOR (www.olympiafor.org) and the Western Washington FOR (www.wwfor.org). Watch the list of resources grow. Refer your friends and interested organizations to our websites for information and opportunities to particpate.
Other national peace organizations are thinking along the same lines. You can find good resources from the National Priorities Project (www.nationalpriorities.org or www.costofwar.com), the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) (www.afsc.org), and Veterans for Peace (www.veteransforpeace.org), for example.