SIGN UP BELOW TO SEND YOUR NYC COUNCIL MEMBER OUR LETTER!
This July, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio joined the unanimous vote of 253 mayors across the country at the U.S. Conference of Mayors to support our campaign: Move the Money. This vote calls on City Councils around the country to pass resolutions to call on federal legislators to move federal dollars away from defense spending, already over half of our federal discretionary spending, and towards investing in human needs in our cities. We called on U.S. mayors to Move the Money away from the defense budget to where they are really needed: environment, education, justice and more. This July, mayors across the country unanimously supported this campaign. Now, we need the New York City council to follow Mayor DeBlasio’s lead, and take action to protect our city’s resources.
We invite you to join with other peace, justice, labor and environmental allies by signing on to this letter, which we’ll be sending to each of the 51 New York City Council members to demand a public hearing process on how public funds could be used to meet our city’s needs. These needs include, among others: fixing a transit system that finds itself in a new crisis; preventing layoffs at the Health and Hospitals Corporation; building affordable housing to stem the surge in homelessness; to say nothing of infrastructure spending of all kinds.
Move the Money, hardly a new idea, is gathering steam across the country: Charlottesville, VA; New Haven CT; Montgomery County MD; Evanston IL; New London NH; Ithaca NY; and West Hollywood, CA, have passed resolutions opposing a Trump budget that moves money away from everything else to the military, urging that money be moved in the opposite direction.
It's a huge step forward that the whole US Conference of Mayors endorsed the idea — unanimously. The idea of this campaign is catching on across the country.
Signed by: Veterans for Peace, Chapter 34, NYC CODEPINK, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation-New York, World Beyond War, Peace Action, NYS Green Energy Legal Fund, CWA Local, 1180 Queens NY Peace Council, New York Metro Area Postal Union APWU, Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, USLAW.