ACTION: War $$ Home Resolution before the Multnomah County Commissioners!

The Portland City Council passed the War $$ Home resolution on January 12th ... NOW IT'S TIME FOR THE MULTNOMAH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO DO THEIR PART!

Your help is needed to make our voices heard so our County Commissioners know that we, the people of Multnomah County, want our tax dollars spent wisely for people's needs, not to feed the war machine ... HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:

1. Read the DRAFT resolution linked here:

http://www.pjw.info/county_resolution_proposed.html

2. Write a letter or call each of the Multnomah County Commissioners stating your support of this resolution. A sample letter is below; here are the names and contact information for each of the Commissioners. It's easy ... just cut-and-paste their email addresses onto your letter.

Jeff Cogen, County Chair
mult.chair@multco.us
503-988-3308

Deborah Kafoury, District 1
district1@multco.us
503-988-4435

Loretta Smith, District 2
district2@multco.us
503-988-5219

Judy Shiprack, District 3
district3@multco.us
503-988-5217

Diane McKeel, District 4
district4@multco.us
503-988-5213

But wait! There's more!

3. Spread the word - make the letter into a petition and get all your friends and neighbors to sign it and send it off to the Multnomah County Commissioners. The street address for the Multnomah County Commissioners is: 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Suite 600 Portland, OR 97214.

PLEASE TAKE ACTION SOON SO WE CAN MOVE THIS FORWARD AS WE COMMEMORATE and PROTEST YET ANOTHER YEAR OF ONGOING WAR ON MARCH 20.

For Questions or to be involved in this effort, please contact MAXINE FOOKSON [rofo@teleport.com]

SAMPLE LETTER TO MULTNOMAH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Multnomah County Board of County Commissioners
501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Suite 600
Portland, OR 97214-3587

Today's Date: _______________

Dear Multnomah County Commissioner:

As a resident of Multnomah County, I am writing to urge you to pass a Multnomah County resolution calling for the U.S. to “bring our war dollars home.” Since 2001, Multnomah County taxpayers have paid $2.2 billion toward the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. During this same time period we have seen dramatic cutbacks in county funding for social and health services that are desperately needed by our community. Given the economic realities of this time, our community cannot simultaneously support these unnecessary wars and maintain a healthy, educated, environmentally sustainable and employed community.

On Thursday January 12, 2012, the Portland City Council voted to support a similar resolution calling on the President and the U.S. Congress to bring the war dollars home and re-direct that money for community needs. In June 2011, the U.S. Conference of Mayors also passed a resolution to end the wars and re-direct war dollars to domestic programs.

I urge you to add the voice of the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners to this important call to redirect our war dollars to our local domestic priorities.

Although the “official” war in Iraq has ended, U.S. taxpayers are still funding private military contractors and our footprint in Iraq remains a hugely destabilizing presence in that country. Therefore, we specifically call for an end to funding military contractors in both Iraq and Afghanistan as well as a safe and rapid withdrawal of U.S. Troops from Afghanistan.

Given the cutbacks across the board in Multnomah County, we value our elected leaders passing a county resolution as a step toward a more peaceful and vibrant future for our community.

Sincerely,

Name _____________________
Address: ________________________