Forty seven percent of the voters believe the Federal budget deficit is primarily due to the wars while joblessness continues to climb. The number one concern for a majority of people is the economy. It is the perfect storm for new organizing efforts to end the wars, cut military spending and rebuild our communities.
Peace Action is helping to organize a national march on Washington, October 2,One Nation Working Together. We are calling on the Obama administration and Congress to create jobs and “move the money” from wars and weapons to our communities.
Peace Action met with peace leaders from around the world to create International Days of Action to End the War in Afghanistan, October 7-10. This will be an opportunity for local activities to mobilize growing opposition to the costs, human and economic, of the war. Using local newspaper ads, teach-ins, vigils, Congressional visits or phone- ins to call for a ceasefire, negotiations and a withdrawal of all troops will help focus the growing opposition on both the administration as well as candidates in the midterm elections. Check with your local peace groups or stay tuned for information on organizing your own action.
Paul Kawika Martin
Organizing and Policy Director
P.S. Please join us here in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 2, for an historic march and plan to participate in an event in your local area during the International Days of Action to End the War in Afghanistan, October 7-10.