Thursday, October 27, 2011

Veterans for Peace

Veterans for Peace
While at the Occupy Wall Street protests in downtown Minneapolis I visited with a few guys who were with Veterans for Peace.  They shared some literature which indicated the U.S. military spends over $500 billion, as high as the next largest 15 nations combined!  Our nation's tax dollars going to the global "war on terror have sky rocketed from $20 billion in 2001 to approximately $200 billion in 2009.  Additional information about military spending can be found through the War Resisters League website. They noted that while the VFW supports the "glorification" of war, they support the "horrification" of war.

They also shared information on Minnesota Arms Spending Alternatives Project (MN ASAP), a non-partisan citizen-based initiative using a simple resolution process to build political support to shift federal spending priorities from war to essential needs.  
     Last, but not least, these gentlemen provided me with information on an upcoming Every Church a Peace Church (ECAPC) Bimonthly potluck supper meeting coming up on Monday, November 14th, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E 22nd Street, Minneapolis, MN  55406.  Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer will be presenting about how to encourage our nation to shift spending from the military to essential needs.  For further information call 612-522-1861.

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