From: “Bring Our War $$ Home” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
BRING OUR WAR $$$ HOMENews Conference & Rally
April 4 Augusta – Capital Hall of Flags
Contact: Bruce Gagnon 443-9502Lisa Savage 399-7623The Maine Campaign to Bring Our War $$ Home will hold a news conference and rally inside the Hall of Flags at the capital in Augusta on Monday, April 4 at 11:00 am. The event will be held on the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
A Draw-in will follow the rally. Members of the Union of Maine Visual Artists will be on hand working with the public to envision spending on social needs rather than war and destruction, and this event will continue through the afternoon.
“For the past two years the Maine Campaign to Bring Our War $$ Home has been working across the state to increase debate and consciousness about the detrimental effects of war spending. There will be no economic recovery in the U.S. as long as we continue to waste massive amounts of money on these quagmires. Our goal is to get the public and Maine’s elected officials to talk about war spending as they face budget chaos in our communities,” said Bruce Gagnon from Maine Veterans for Peace – one of 18 organizations in Maine that are part of the campaign.
The National Priorities Project reports that the total debt of all 50 state governments is now $130 billion. The U.S. will spend $170 billion on our wars in Iraq-Afghanistan-Pakistan this year. Maine’s share of war spending since 2001 has been about $3.4 billion.
According to public school teacher and CodePink Maine Coordinator Lisa Savage, “Dr. King was correct and disturbingly prescient when he said, ‘A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.’ I would add that such a society is also approaching democratic death, as the government loses legitimacy with the governed. Hard-working Maine families continue to slip into poverty and lose their homes while the government squanders our tax dollars maintaining nearly a thousand military bases around the globe. Maine’s state budget shortfall could be solved if these funds were kept at home in Maine.”
In his famous Vietnam War speech on April 4, 1967 Martin Luther King said, “Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home and death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours.”The Bring Our War $$ Home Campaign will purchase full-page newspaper ads in The Forecaster, Capital Weekly, and The Maine Edge before the April 4 event in Augusta. In addition the campaign will buy radio spots across the state in order to take this message out to a larger audience.See the Bring Our War $$ Home campaign web site at: http://www.bringourwardollarshome.org/index.html
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