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|Global Day Against Military Spending - Press Conference|
|Date||Monday April 14|
|Time||11:30 AM - 12:00 PM|
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|Federal Building, 13th Street and Clay, downtown Oakland, 2 blocks from the 12th St BART station|
|Event Type||Press Conference|
|Organizer/Author||Stephen McNeil, AFSC|
|smcneil [at] afsc.org|
Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS). Each Spring, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) releases global military spending (in which the U.S. spends the most).
WHO: Speakers will include Women for Genuine Security’s Reverend Deborah Lee, a representative of Congresswoman Barbara Lee, County Supervisor Wilma Chan, Mayor for Peace and Western States Legal Foundation’s Jackie Cabasso, US Labor Against the War’s Michael Eisenscher, Reverend Daniel Buford, and Dr. Henry Clark of the West County’s Toxic Coalition
WHAT: Press conference at 11:30 am. Photo opportunities/visuals include a banner depicting the U.S. budget, Chalkupy’s artistic response to the theme of Move the Money, and the Living Graveyard (12 noon to 1 pm) during which people lie down on the city sidewalk and names of Californians who have died in Iraq along with some names of Iraqis killed are read.
Women for Genuine Security’s Reverend Deborah Lee notes that “it's time for the war money to come home. Not be shifted to increased militarization in the Asia-Pacific. There are tremendous needs for that money to be spent on jobs, housing and education.”
“More than 17,000 nuclear weapons, most held by the U.S. and Russia, continue to pose an intolerable threat to humanity,” declared Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of Oakland’s Western States Legal Foundation and North American Coordinator of Mayors for Peace. Our government should be working in good faith to eliminate all nuclear arms, not stealing more of our tax dollars to modernize these weapons of mass destruction.”
The bi-partisan U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) has called on the President and Congress to slash nuclear weapons spending and to redirect those funds to meet the urgent needs of cities, declaring: “Our nation’s deep economic crisis can only be addressed by adopting new priorities to create a sustainable economy for the 21st century.”
Citing the USCM resolution Mayors Jean Quan of Oakland, Gayle McLaughlin of Richmond, and the City Council of San Pablo have issued Proclamations in support of GDAMS.