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Kyle Richmond, Dane County Board Supervisor, 608-251-3171
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For immediate release: October 16, 2012
Dane County considers "Bring Our War Dollars Home" resolution
Press conference 12:30 pm Thurs Oct 18, City-County Building
This Thursday, October 18th, a "Bring Our War Dollars Home" (BOW$H) resolution will be introduced to the Dane County Board by Supervisor Kyle Richmond. Supporters will speak at a press event at 12:30 pm that afternoon on the steps of the City-County Building (210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Madison).
Local and county governments are now facing another round of tough choices as they develop their budgets. Yet U.S. military spending has nearly doubled since 2001. In response, communities across the country have passed BOW$H resolutions, calling for the redirection of resources from the Pentagon to domestic needs. Recently, the Milwaukee city council unanimously passed a BOW$H resolution.
Speaking at the Dane County BOW$H press event Thursday will be:
Supervisor Kyle Richmond, on why it is not only appropriate but necessary for Dane County to take a stand on U.S. military spending;
Supervisor Melissa Sargent, Chair of the County Board Health & Human Needs Committee, on the impact on vulnerable communities here;
Jackie Austin, Program Coordinator for Madison-area Urban Ministry, on the difference redirecting Dane County's share of war and weapons spending would make; and
Will Williams, Vietnam War veteran and member of Veterans for Peace, on the patriotism of questioning runaway Pentagon spending.
The Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice (wnpj.org), a statewide network of more than 160 organizations, is supporting BOW$H resolutions in Dane County and around the state. Wisconsin residents can look up their community's share of the bills for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the Pentagon's ten most costly weapons systems on the WNPJ website.
In Dane County alone, residents have paid $2.3 billion for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars since 2001. If that money had instead stayed here, local governments could have:
Provided every 18-year-old in the county with a four-year university scholarship since 2002; or
Dramatically lowered elementary school class sizes by adding 11 new teachers for every 100 students in 2002 and retaining those teachers; or
Fully funded VA Health Care for virtually all county veterans from 2002 to today.