We were overwhelmed with the thoughtful and insightful comments we received this year. It is precisely this collective voice that gives us our political influence. Your input directly shapes our work and we greatly appreciate everyone taking the time to share their thoughts on our direction this year.
Based on our 2011 member survey results, cutting military spending to meet the needs of our communities ranked the highest when compared with our other core issues. These results, along with an increasing public awareness of the potentially dramatic impact on funding for critical domestic programs and growing public opposition to the war in Afghanistan, have led us to adopt our Move the Money Campaign as the main umbrella for Peace Action’s work over the next year.
Check out a summary of the responses below, as well as some of our favorite comments from this year.
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Many of you expressed concerns with the possibility for yet another war in the Middle East. And not a moment too soon!
Since closing our survey, we have launched a petition to prevent war with Iran and we are committed to pushing at every level for peaceful negotiations, not war and conflict.
Our Move the Money campaign will be the umbrella under which all of our work is coordinated this year. With our economy devastated, more and more people recognize that we need to Move the Money from wars and weapons to human needs at home.
We are committed to making the war economy an election year issue. Through engaging candidates, educating the public, and taking action at critical times, we will not allow out of control military spending to bankrupt our economy!
This really gets to the heart of the matter. We don't just want to cut military spending for a leaner, meaner military; we want a cleaner, greener economy! Our Move the Money campaign is bringing this struggle for peace right to the heart of the problem -- our militarized economy. In cities and towns throughout the country and in the halls of Congress on Capitol Hill, Peace Action organizers are confronting our elected officials with true solutions to the economic and climate crisis.
Wow! This insightful comment is pulling a page right out of our playbook. Our annual Organizers Meeting brought together Peace Action leaders from across the country. Affiliates led trainings for each other on candidate briefings, get-out-the-vote, and voter guides to help inform potential voters of candidates' positions. Look out for these resources on our website soon!