As MN ASAP volunteers work to get the MN ASAP resolution passed by the Red Wing City Council, Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer offers these thoughtful remarks.
Jack Nelson Pallmeyer's remarks at the Veterans for Peace "Ringing of the Bells" ceremony on Armistice Day, November 11, 2013.
MN ASAP reached out to the main contenders in the Minneapolis mayoral race offering them a chance to endorse the MN ASAP resolution that asks for a reduction in Pentagon spending so that money can be redirected into local needs. The following candidates endorsed: Jackie Cherryhomes, Doug Mann, and Stephanie Woodruff. Betsy Hodges and Don Samuels endorsed as part of the Minneapolis City Council last December.
MN ASAP is a non-partisan citizen-based initiative using a simple resolution process to build political support to shift federal spending priorities from war to meeting essential needs. See the resolution.
MN ASAP’s goal is to build sufficient political power and influence statewide from representatives at all levels of government and from non-governmental organizations and civic groups to effectively demand a shift in priorities from war spending to meeting essential needs.
To help in our efforts, please visit "what you can do" in our site menu or email us at email@example.com. Our project is not time-consuming, compared to most issue-based campaigns. A meaningful contribution can be made within a busy schedule.
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What they say about military spending...
|“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.”
General Dwight Eisenhower
|“I’d bring them home [from Afghanistan] as quickly as possible. And I would get them out of Iraq as well. And I wouldn’t start a war in Libya. I’d quit bombing Yemen. And I’d quit bombing Pakistan. I’d start taking care of people here at home because we could save hundreds of billions of dollars. Our national security is not enhanced by our presence over there.”
Congressman Ron Paul
|“I have visited both Iraq and Afghanistan and I believe that it is time for the United States to start winding down both conflicts. Over the last decade, we have spent over a trillion dollars on war -- funds that could have been used to create jobs, rebuild our nation's infrastructure, and educate our children.”
Congressman Keith Ellison