Protests to end the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and to treat returning veterans well upon their return continue today. NJPA is part of a national "Move the Money" campaign to take at least 25% of the money from the military budget and move it into funding programs that address community needs. According to the National Priorities Project ( www.nationalpriorities.org ), war spending for Iraq and Afghanistan for 2011 was $169.4 billion! This is more than enough money to erase every state's budget deficit! No deficits mean more money for towns like Bloomfield and a lighter burden on local taxpayers.
NJPA, joined by Bloomfield residents, recently participated
on day 170 of the People's Organization for Progress (POP) Campaign for Jobs,
Peace, Equality and Justice. The Campaign honors the 381 day 1955 bus boycott
in Montgomery, Alabama which led to the desegregation of city buses. POP's call
is for jobs -- with the understanding that the overseas wars must end so that
money can be used to help create much-needed jobs.
All are invited to participate in the above efforts to end
the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and bring the war dollars home for our
communities -- for education, housing, jobs, health care and more!
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched,
every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger
and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed." -- Dwight D.
Madelyn Hoffman has been the Executive Director of Bloomfield-based New Jersey Peace Action since August 2000.