The Saint Paul City Council Votes on Military Spending Resolution In Solidarity With Statewide …
WHAT: The Saint Paul City Council will vote on a resolution calling for a reduction and redirection of military spending back to local communities. The group Minnesota Arms Spending Alternatives Project (MN ASAP) is approaching city councils around the state with this resolution, connecting the dots between federal military spending and cuts to local city council budgets, i.e. Community Development Block Grants, which come from the Federal Discretionary Budget. MN ASAP has chosen October for this effort, as this is the 11 year anniversary month of the Afghan War.
The St. Paul City Council is joining a statewide week of action during the 11 year anniversary of the Afghan War. Activists around MN have been pursuing their council members via email, phone calls, office visits, or by speaking during the public hearing sessions (open microphones). Progress is being made in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Eagan, Apple Valley, Mounds View, Circle Pines, Lakeville, and Duluth. In Minneapolis, MN ASAP has individual endorsements by a majority of council members and is in the process of scheduling an official vote there. Also noteworthy is the personal endorsement of the resolution by Rep. Keith Ellison. He urges the Minneapolis City Council to debate and vote in favor of the resolution.
The initiative’s efforts in the first week of October have contributed to similar resolutions already passed in various cities: Philadelphia, PA, Hartford, CT, Los Angeles, CA. A similar resolution was also passed by the National Mayors Conference. The “Women Legislators’ Lobby,” including 36 MN women legislators, signed a letter calling for “responsible cuts in military spending.”
Following the military spending resolution vote, MN ASAP will hold a press conference (and celebration) in Council Member Amy Brendmoen’s office (RM 320-A, City Hall). Brendmoen, Professor Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, and MN Senator Sandy Pappas will speak about the resolution and answer questions from members of the media.
WHEN: 3:30-4:00 pm city council meeting. 4:15 pm, press conference in council member Brendmoen’s office.
WHERE: Military spending resolution vote: City Hall (Council Chambers, 3rd floor) 15 Kellogg Blvd., W., Saint Paul, MN 55102. Press conference: RM 320-A.
WHO: Organized / supported by Minnesota Arms Spending Alternatives Project (MN ASAP), Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers, Code Pink, Vets for Peace, (and any other local groups contributing).
Information about the national resolutions campaign on military spending can be found at: www.mnasap.org