As posted by my co-blogger at onthewilderside.com:
Lindenhurst, NY – Seven Babylon residents attended the Town Board meeting last night to request Babylon to join the other municipalities that have already endorsed the US Conference of Mayors resolution Calling on Congress to Redirect Military Spending to Domestic Priorities. The full text of the resolution is at the bottom of this post.
Not surprisingly, six of the seven residents are Green Party members. The Green Party of Suffolk, the county’s largest peace organization, has already endorsed the US Conference of Mayors resolution. The Green Party of Suffolk has called on our villages, towns and the county government to also pass the US Conference of Mayors’ resolution. The evening was kicked off by an impassioned plea from Green Party of Suffolk County Legislator candidate Cesar Malaga (District 14) for an end to wasted lives and wasted tax dollars.
Malaga has previously called on all Suffolk residents to join the Green Party in speaking out at village, town, and county legislative meetings for our local governments to adopt the Mayors’ resolution. Demand our local officials go on the record on whether they stand with Wall Street war profiteers or Main Street taxpayers. I respectfully request that my county Legislator Wayne Horsley put the US Conference of Mayors’ resolution before the County Legislature for a vote. According to the CostofWar.com, these wars have cost the Suffolk County taxpayers over $12 Billion Dollars. Enough is enough!
The evening’s speakers also included Walter Gafforia who spoke from his experience as a Viet Nam veteran to end the wars immediately and attend to our domestic needs. Gafforia noted that he is a member of the Raheen Tyson Heighter chapter of the Veterans for Peace, which is named in memory of the first Suffolk resident killed in these wars.
US Conference of Mayors resolution
Calling on Congress to Redirect Military Spending to Domestic Priorities.
“WHEREAS, every member of the US Conference of Mayors and the Americans they represent, support our brave men and women in uniform and their families;
WHEREAS, the drawdown of troops should be done in a measured way that does not destabilize the region and that can accelerate the transfer of responsibility to regional authorities;
WHEREAS, the severity of the ongoing economic crisis has created budget shortfalls at all levels of government and requires us to re-examine our national spending priorities; and
WHEREAS, the people of the United States are collectively paying approximately $126 billion dollars per year to wage war in Iraq and Afghanistan; and
WHEREAS, 6,024 members of the US armed forces have died in these wars; and at least 120,000 civilians have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since the coalition attacks began.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the United States Conference of Mayors supports efforts to speed up the ending of these wars; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the United States Conference of Mayors calls on the President and U.S. Congress to end the wars as soon as strategically possible and bring these war dollars home to meet vital human needs, promote job creation, rebuild our infrastructure, aid municipal and state governments, and develop a new economy based upon renewable, sustainable energy and reduce the federal debt”
- Green Party of Suffolk Adopts US Conference of Mayors’ “Bring the War Dollars Home” Resolution (wilderside.wordpress.com)
- Babylon sneaks in Board meeting to decide on $500M contract (wilderside.wordpress.com)
- What do Durham, NC and Afghanistan have in common? (peaceblog.wordpress.com)
- Bring Peace to your Town (wilderside.wordpress.com)