Below is the text of a resolution that was passed, 7-1, by Portland,
Maine, City Council on Monday.
Here is the local group responsible for getting this done:
Here is how you can do the same and more: http://defundwar.org
CITY OF PORTLAND
IN THE CITY COUNCIL
RESOLUTION ASKING THE U.S. CONGRESS TO END THE EXPENDITURE OF OUR
CITIZENSï¿½ TAX DOLLARS FOR EXCESSIVE AND UNAFFORDABLE WAR FUNDING
WHEREAS, the financial resources available for use by governments at the
local, county, state and federal levels in the United States are and
must be limited; and
WHEREAS, the people of Portland, Maine are collectively paying or
becoming indebted for approximately 15 million dollars per year of their
limited financial resources for warfare in Iraq, Afghanistan and
WHEREAS, such expenditure is inordinate to the identified public
benefits to Maine and the nation; and
WHEREAS, this warfare too often creates great and unnecessary harm to
U.S. military personnel and their families, and to the people of Iraq,
Afghanistan and Pakistan; and
WHEREAS, essential public services such as education, infrastructure
repair, family and small-business financing, and community policing in
Portland and throughout the State of Maine have been substantially
reduced while an excessive portion of available financial resources is
diverted from the constructive economy to largely unnecessary warfare.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:
THAT the City of Portland, Maine respectfully requests that the U.S.
Representative from the First Maine Congressional District and both of
Maine's U.S. Senators oppose all legislation brought before the 111th
U.S. Congress that provides further funding of the U.S. warfare and U.S.
military occupations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan; and that the
City of Portland, Maine also urges these members of Congress to take
strong and forceful action to influence the U.S. Congress to terminate
funding of these military operations.
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