For immediate release: November 5, 2012
Contact: Diane Farsetta, 608-250-9240, cell 608-886-4757
The Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice today released the responses to its survey asking state candidates whether they support redirecting some portion of the U.S. military budget to meet domestic needs. Overwhelmingly, those responding do support bringing our war dollars home.
The responses, from candidates running for the U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, State Senate and State Assembly, are posted online at www.wnpj.org/2012survey.
U.S. military spending has nearly doubled since 2001, while local, county and state governments face tough budget choices. In response, communities across the country have passed resolutions calling for the redirection of resources from the Pentagon to domestic needs.
In Wisconsin, the Milwaukee city council unanimously passed a "war dollars home" resolution in September, and the AFT-Wisconsin union passed a resolution at its state conference in October. A resolution has also been introduced to the Dane County Board.
The Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice (wnpj.org), a statewide network of more than 160 organizations, is supporting "war dollars home" resolutions 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.
WNPJ is a non-partisan, non-profit organization and does not endorse candidates.