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Hartford: Meeting for Resolution to Bring War $ Home!

______ Need Money? End the Wars!
A call for a meeting to pass a citywide resolution to Bring the War
Dollars Home Now!

Unemployment, housing, access to education and health care are all
issues that deeply affect the city of Hartford. 

2010 census data shows that Hartford has the highest poverty rating in
Connecticut at 31.9%. Nationally, the poverty rating is 14.3% and is
based on a 2 parent, 2 child household with an income of $21,756. 

While the income gap grows the federal government continues to take
hundreds of millions of our tax dollars from the City of Hartford to
be used for the wars and occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

War spending has had a devastating impact on the city. Communities of
color in Hartford have been hardest hit. Our city is represented by a
population that is 41% Latino and 38% African American/West Indian
population. Unemployment for people of color is over 40% and when
employed make only 60 cents for every dollar made by white workers. 

Since 2001, well over 1 trillion dollars has been spent nationally on
the wars and occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  In Connecticut
nearly 28 billion dollars has gone to war spending and at least $453
million has been taken from the city of Hartford to fund the wars and
occupations. This dollar amount is just the tip of the iceberg. This
figure does not include “soldiers' regular pay...Potential future
costs, such as future medical care for soldiers and veterans wounded
in the war, are not included. These numbers do not account for the
wars being deficit-financed or that taxpayers will need to make
additional interest payments on the national debt due to these
deficits.” ( 

Our city can not sustain this economic drain. Why should millions of
our tax dollars be spent destroying the cities and lives of workers
and students in foreign countries? We need to bring the war dollars
home now to rebuild the infrastructure of Hartford. 

We need money for jobs, education, housing and health care.

The Bring Our War Dollars Home campaign originated in Maine and has
since found success in other areas of New England. The campaign would
involve our community coming together to introduce a resolution to the
City Council of Hartford. The basic idea of the resolution would be
for the city council  to call on the US government and the President
to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to bring our tax dollars and
troops home. We also call upon the City Council to support the call
for a the national bi-coastal march for peace in New York City planned
for April 9. 

On Thursday, January 27th, 2011 at 6:30pm, city hall, city council
chambers, a meeting will be called to begin constructing such a
resolution to bring before the city council of Hartford. We invite you
and your organization to join us at this meeting and add your name to
this letter. 

Luis Cotto, City Councilor of Hartford
Mongi Dhaouadi, Council on Islamic American Relations
David Samuels, Community Party
Chris Hutchinson, Socialist Action
Desiree Milner-Mckay, Cambridge College student, Hartford resident
Todd Vachon, Socialist Party of CT

Toka Okamoto, CT United for Peace

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