By Judith Le Blanc Peace Action Field Director
On April 30, Peace Action WI did a “bird-dog” action. We mobilized a number of people to attend the Paul Ryan town hall prepared in advance to ask questions about jobs and cutting the Pentagon budget and the “defense transition” proposals drafted by Miriam Pemberton, from the Institute for Policy Studies.
The “Defense Transition” proposals provide ways for the Congress to address the job loss that will come about due to cutting the Pentagon budget. It outlines ways to help the workers who will be laid off and their families. It also highlights governement programs that already exist to help local elected officials, communities and military contractors transition from being dependant on wars and new weapons to convert to production for civilian needs.
The “bird-doggers” asked Paul Ryan if he’d be willing to take congressional action on creating a committee to study and implement a framework for defense transition assistance.