Bay Area Planning for Public Bodies Antiwar Resolutions Campaign‏


From US Labor Against the War:

WHEN: SATURDAY, AUGUST  14th FROM 10:30 A.M. TO NOON (library opens at 10am)
WHERE: BERKELEY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 3rd FLOOR MEETING ROOM, 2090 Kittredge Street (between Shattuck and Milvia, two blocks from Downtown Berkeley BART)

It’s growing increasingly difficult in the Bay Area to find people who don’t believe our nation is on the wrong course and that we need a new set of priorities.  As the fiscal crisis gripping state and local governments deepens, those who were not already convinced of that, including may fiscal conservatives who do not consider themselves part of the antiwar movement, have come to recognize we truly cannot afford both “guns and butter.”

Around the country, there is a growing movement that demands we end the wars and bring our tax dollars home where we can put them to work creating jobs, reviving the economy, meeting human needs, restoring social services, and repairing local government budgets.

A growing number of community-based efforts have focused on getting local government bodies (city councils, county boards, boards of education, utility districts, etc.) to adopt resolutions calling on Congress to end the misguided, tragic and wasteful wars and occupations in Afghanistan and Iraq and use those resources to put the country back to work and restore government’s ability to meet pressing needs here at home.

Preliminary discussions with a broad range of activists have demonstrated significant interest in mounting that kind of effort locally.

But as important as resolutions are, what is more important is the coalition of forces that comes together to organize for their adoption.  That coalition has the potential to reach across traditional movement boundaries to bring together all those constituencies affected by the fiscal crisis afflicting local governments and the economic crisis affecting all our communities.

THE TIME IS RIPE TO MOVE THIS BEYOND THE CONCEPTUAL STAGE TO START BUILDING THAT COALITION* FOR ACTION.

We invite you to attend a meeting of organizational and constituency representatives interested in working on this project to begin the work.

WHO: At this initial meeting we hope to bring together representatives of organizations, constituency groups and others willing develop a strategic plan for a Bay Area New Priorities Campaign to Bring the War Dollars Home. (If you are unable to attend, ask your organization to send another representative.)

WHEN: SATURDAY, AUGUST  14th FROM 10:30 A.M. TO NOON (library opens at 10am)

WHERE: BERKELEY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 3rd FLOOR MEETING ROOM, 2090 Kittredge Street (between Shattuck and Milvia, two blocks from Downtown Berkeley BART)

Yours for peace with justice,

Michael Eisenscher, U.S. Labor Against the War – nationalcoordinator @uslaboragainstwar. org – (510) 263-5303
Jack Kurzweil, Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club – jack.kurzweil@gmail.com
Walter Riley, Attorney, Activist
Jacqueline Cabasso, Executive Director, Western States Legal Foundation
Sandra Schwartz, Staff, AFSC Peace Education Program
Ying Lee, Asian Americans for Peace and Justice, Grandmothers Against the War
Jakada Imani, Ella Baker Center

Please RSVP your intention to attend or send a representative by contacting:

Michael Eisenscher, U.S. Labor Against the War – nationalcoordinator @uslaboragainstwar. org – (510) 263-5303
Jack Kurzweil, Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club – jack.kurzweil@gmail.com (510) 548-5645

If you plan to invite others, please let us know and provide their names, organizations and contact information so we can compile a comprehensive contact list.
< nationalcoordinator @uslaboragainstwar. org>
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