Congrats to the US Peace Council, the New Haven Peace Commission, No Nukes No War, the CT AFL-CIO and International Association of Machinists on the passage of the bill for a state commission on converting defense work to green jobs.
There is a push being made now to insure the Governor signs the recently passed bill into law. Peace Action sent the email below to our members in CT and hopes other national groups will do the same.
From a grassroots organizing perspective, the bill opens up many opportunities for CT organizers for public education and also pressing Congress to cut the Pentagon budget and address the impact on workers and our communities.
Miriam Pemberton from the Institute for Policy Studies drafted Defense Transition proposals for Congressional action.
SAVE THE DATE: June 20 at 8pm EST, USLAW and Peace Action will host a webinar on those proposals.
For those in other states, this bill is an excellent model for how we can begin to respond to the lay offs that have and will begin as the Pentagon budget is cut.
The Congress has its role to play as well. As cuts are made to the Pentagon budget, money should be moved to fund commissions, job development, job retraining and other support for workers and their communities to make the transition from military production to green, sustainable industries.
Military sector workers and their families should not bear the social cost of making the transition to a sustainable peace economy. This commission is a step in the right direction.
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