Anti-war forces in Madison demand ‘Jobs, not wars!’
Published Mar 12, 2011 10:55 AM
From the beginning of the people’s struggle against Wisconsin Gov. Scott
Walker’s “budget repair bill,” at the behest of the banks,
corporations and the Pentagon, thousands of peace and anti-war forces have
traveled to Madison and other parts of the state to confront the
politicians’ and their rich backers’ lie that there’s no
money for people’s needs.
The United National Anti-War Committee sent a solidarity delegation to Madison
for the tens-of-thousands-strong Feb. 26 protest at the state Capitol. UNAC
members from Minnesota, Illinois, Vermont and Virginia carried a 25-foot banner
that read, “Stop the war on unions, Muslims, immigrants and communities
of color!” They passed out thousands of fliers linking defense of unions
with opposing wars abroad.
The UNAC statement concludes by demanding, “Money For Jobs, Not
War!” and calling on poor and working people to support, build for and
attend the anti-war rally and marches in New York City on April 9 and April 10
in San Francisco. Go to UNACPeace.org to read their entire statement of
solidarity with Wisconsin workers.
According to Costofwar, since 2001 taxpayers in Wisconsin — the
overwhelming majority of whom are poor and working people — have been
robbed of more than $18 billion to fund just the U.S. wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan. As in the countries where the U.S. is waging war, domestically the
effects of the U.S. wars affect children, women and people of color the worst.
U.S. Labor Against the War states, “Solidarity with Public Workers in
Wisconsin Is a Stand for Public Workers and Labor Rights Everywhere.”
Iraq Veterans Against the War issued a statement to members of the Wisconsin
National Guard during the weekend of Feb. 18 that reads in part: “In the
midst of the growing protests in Madison, and across the Midwest, Wisconsin
Gov. Scott Walker recently stated that he was preparing the National Guard to
respond to any problems following the introduction of union-busting legislation
in Wisconsin. We know that National Guard troops have been used in the past
against striking workers, protesting students, and to quell urban rebellions in
the U.S., at times with horrifying results (think Jackson and Kent State,
1970). But recent events in Egypt remind us that service members have the power
to side with the people.” (www.ivaw.org)
Other organizations also sending solidarity delegations to Madison are Veterans
For Peace, the Wisconsin Network For Peace and Justice, Peace Action Wisconsin,
Courage to Resist, the Answer Coalition, the International Action Center, the
Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice, Stop FBI Repression
and Women Against Military Madness.
The writer is an organizer with MECAWI, a member of UNAC.
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