Paul Ryan Faces Pressure to Help Communities Transition From Wars to Peace

May 1, 2013

By Judith Le Blanc Peace Action Field Director

Paul Ryan Caricature

Paul Ryan Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

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.

 He said his “mind is open” (no wise cracks, please!)
In WI, we are also mapping out a response with labor and community groups to the announcement of 1,200 workers being laid off at the Oshkosh Corporation. If you have friends, family or members of your organization who live in Oshkosh, WI who could join this effort, please let us know.

Take Action: Tell President Obama and Congress – Jobs Not Wars!

December 11, 2012

                      Send President Obama and Congress a Message

On Election Day, we sent a message.  Protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. End the wars and reinvest in our communities.

The wars and tax breaks for the rich and corporations got us into this mess. Move the money from wars and weapons to fund jobs and human services and make the rich pay their fair share of taxes.

Sign the Jobs not Wars Petition.


One of the best ways to reduce the deficit is to put people back to work.  It’s time to invest in our people and our communities to create stable jobs at living wages, rehabilitate our nation’s infrastructure and programs that serve the needs of people and communities, and develop a sustainable economy that protects the planet for future generations.

We want the war in Afghanistan to endand for substantial cuts to be made to runaway Pentagon spending.

Sign the Jobs not Wars Petition.


Over 80 organizations are gathering signatures to remind Congress and the Obama administration we need to fundamentally change Federal budget priorities from wars and ever more deadly weapons to jobs and meeting the needs of our communities.

We will present the Jobs Not Wars Petition to Congress & President Obama around the time of the Inauguration.

Forward this email. Ask your friends and family to join you in signing the Jobs Not Wars Petition.  Post this link on your Facebook page and Tweet it to your social network.  There is strength in numbers.

Don’t let our elected officials forget what we voted for. Time to change federal spending priorities from the “military industrial complex” to reinvest in our communities.

Humbly for peace,


Kevin Martin


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