Teaneck Armory Wednesday Vigils

Date: 
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 4:30pm
Location: 
National Guard Armory. Teaneck Rd and Liberty Rd, Teaneck , NJ (buses & vans from Geo. Washington Bridge Term. or Port Authority or ask Paula) http://www.njtransit.com

Join veterans, military families, and area residents
at the 256th consecutive Bring the Troops Home NOW! vigil
July 21, 2010, July 28, August 4, August 11
5th Anniversary of the Teaneck Vigil – August 18
4:30 – 6:00 pm
National Guard Armory. Teaneck Rd and Liberty Rd, Teaneck , NJ 07666

Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010 00:41:52 -0400
From: P ROGOVIN < paula.rogovin@verizon.net>
Subject: Please come to summer vigils,including the 5th anniversary of the Teaneck vigil on August 18.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Last Saturday, my dad, Milton (age 100), and I joined others at the Saturday anti-war vigil in Buffalo. That vigil has been standing against the wars since right before the Afghanistan war. Please join us in Teaneck on August 18 for a special event as we mark the 5th anniversary of our vigil at the National Guard armory.

On the way back to Teaneck, Jan Barry (Veterans For Peace, Chapter 21 and co-founder of Vietnam Veterans Against the War) and I stopped in Binghamton, NY to see the cost of war sign on City Hall! A few months ago, I heard Binghamton Mayor, Matthew Ryan, in an interview on WBAI when he was telling about putting the cost of war sign on City Hall. I really wanted to see the sign and to the Mayor and thank him for his efforts. Each day, the people of Binghamton see a new message on City Hall about how much they have paid for the wars and how that could have been spent to meet the needs of their community. The information is from the National Priorities Project, www.costofwar.com. We did get to thank and talk with Mayor Ryan today!

Artists worked with Mayor Ryan to present an exhibit about the human and financial costs of war. What a great idea! The show was fabulous. We should really organize a Cost of War art show with the work of local artists (children and adults), with an opening reception featuring poets, and musicians. If you would like to be on a committee to help organize such an event for the Fall, please let me know.
Peace NOW!
Paula Rogovin, Military Families Speak Out, Bergen County www.mfsobergencounty.org
The Supplemental Allocation – once again.
This information is from United For Peace and Justice.
On July 1, the House of Representatives passed a 2010 Supplemental Funding bill without actually voting for it. How did that happen? And what happens next?

Summary: By invoking an obscure procedural rule, the House passed the 2010 Supplemental as soon as one of the amendments, which had been offered received a majority vote. Nevertheless, the status of the 2010 Supplemental bill remains unsettled, because the House and Senate versions have not yet been reconciled. If the Senate does not agree to the House version or incorporates new amendments, there will have to be another vote in the House of Representatives. The position of United for Peace and Justice is to oppose war funding and to take every opportunity to step up grass-roots pressure for a “No” vote and for amendments that will bring the troops home.

An amendment adding money for Pell Grants and teacher retention and cutting some funds from "Race to the Top" passed, which means the bill has gone back to the Senate for another vote.

Some good news: 100 members of Congress voted for Barbara Lee's amendment to bring the troops home- many more than was anticipated. The 162 votes for the more moderate McGovern-Obey-Jones amendment has brought in some House members, who have never taken any such position in the past. The media has been reporting these votes as a major sign of disaffection with the President’s war policy. These results reflect the hard work of UFPJ member groups and other national peace organizations.

Where we are now: if the Senate agrees to the House version of the Supplemental and President Obama agrees to sign, the 2010 Supplemental will become law. If one or both of these things do not happen (and the signs are that the Senate will resist the new education funding) the House will have to vote directly on some new version of the Supplemental. This is not a done deal!

So long as the Supplemental is unresolved, United for Peace and Justice and other peace groups will continue to press members of Congress to use their constitutional power to bring the Afghanistan war to an end. And while we strongly support funding to avert teacher lay-offs and to provide student financial aid, we believe these items should be passed separately and not made contingent on the escalation of a war.

Please take time to call Senators Lautenberg and Menendez. Tell them to vote NO on the Supplemental Allocation. Congressional switchboard: 202-224-3121.
Tell President Obama: NO to war spending. 202-456-1111

Join veterans, military families, and area residents
at the 256th consecutive Bring the Troops Home NOW! vigil
July 21, 2010, July 28, August 4, August 11
5th Anniversary of the Teaneck Vigil – August 18
4:30 – 6:00 pm
National Guard Armory. Teaneck Rd and Liberty Rd, Teaneck , NJ 07666

4412 U.S. Troops killed in Iraq (www.icasualties.org)
1195 U.S. Troops killed in Afghanistan
More than 1 million Iraqi people – dead
Thousands of Afghani people – dead
Each one – someone’s son or daughter
More than $1 trillion (www.costofwar.com )spent on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001
Demand that President Obama and Congress:
STOP funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan!
Bring all troops and contractors home from Iraq and Afghanistan NOW!
Keep the New Jersey National Guard in New Jersey for New Jersey.
Take care of the troops and veterans.
Money for our communities – for health care, housing, jobs, and education – NOT FOR WAR!
Sponsored by: Military Families Speak Out, Bergen County Chapter www.mfsobergencounty.org.
Veterans for Peace, Chapter 21 NJ. www.vetsforpeace21.blogspot.com.
Teaneck Peace and Justice Coalition

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