Saturday, October 24, 2009

Stop the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

Video: SUNY New Paltz student, Claire Papell, speaks at a rally in Kingston, NY on October 17, 2009. Also Rebecca Baker is interviewed about her time in the military in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Cashing in the War Dividend

Interesting interview with Jo Comerford of National Priorities Project on Democracy Now!

Hinchey boosts Predator Drones

This isn't new but we hadn't noticed it before. A year ago, a press release from Congressman Maurice Hinchey boasted :
"Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today visited L-3 Communications in Binghamton, New York for a live demonstration of the company's unique Air Force Predator simulator and to announce $2.4 million in new federal funding he's secured for the company to dramatically improve the simulator to better prepare U.S. Air Force service members for operating unmanned reconnaissance missions. Hinchey used his position on the House Appropriations Committee to secure the funds, which he had included as part of the recently approved Fiscal Year 2009 appropriations bill for the U.S. Department of Defense."
L-3 Communications is one of Hinchey's biggest campaign contributors.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

"The Secret About Jobs Military Contractors Don't Want You to Know"

From Jennifer Doak, Foreign Policy In Focus:
A new report "shows that the federal government could generate thousands more jobs, both directly and indirectly, by focusing spending on health care, education, or clean energy rather than on defense."
According to the updated UMass report: "Channeling funds into clean energy, health care, and education in an effective way will therefore create significantly greater opportunities for decent employment throughout the U.S. economy than spending the same amount of funds with the military."

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Anti-War Rally in Kingston Saturday, October 17

Join us in Kingston on Saturday, Oct. 17 at a region-wide anti-war protest at Academy Green Park, 1-3:30 p.m.

The demonstration is primarily focused on ending the unpopular Afghanistan War.

The rally — which is part of a day of peace actions in a number of U.S. cities — is being organized by the New Paltz-based Peace & Social Progress Now! (PSPN), and has been endorsed so far by 20 organizations from several counties (including Woodstock Peace Economy), with more expected.

Among the speakers at Academy Green Park are Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter editor Jack A. Smith discussing the Afghan War and today’s antiwar movement; activist union delegate Donna Goodman on the labor movement and the wars; attorney Michael Sussman on the erosion of civil liberties since 9/11; author, long time Bard professor and activist Joel Kovel on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Gaza war; SUNY New Paltz student Claire Papell on youth and the wars; Dutchess County legislator Joel Tyner on the tasks confronting a progressive politician; filmmaker Dee Dee Halleck on the war industry and peace economy; Dutchess activist and organizer Fred Nagel on the GI and vets’ antiwar movements; activist Phyllis Rosner on the healthcare issue; and others as they are selected.

Topical singer Bob Lusk will perform, as will peace singers Julie Parisi Kirby and T. G. Vanini.

More details:

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Peaceful, green investment creates more jobs than war investment

Source: The U.S. Employment Effects of Military and Domestic Spending (UMass Political Economy Research Institute, 2007)