US Mayors Pass First Anti-War Resolution Since 1971 – The Organizers Back Story!
By Maria Allwine (Fund Our Communities, Pledge of
The US Conference of Mayors just passed an historic resolution urging Congress and the President to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan so that the trillions of dollars currently squandered on illegal wars can be poured back into our communities and used for funding our enormous unmet human needs here at home.
But there is a back story to the passage of this resolution and it involves the months of work by national and Baltimore-based activists who worked to get the resolution written, introduced and passed.
Activists from the Pledge of Resistance Baltimore, Fund Our Communities, St. Vincent de Paul Church and Full Employment Baltimore worked with Code Pink and Mayors for Peace to get co-sponsors among the mayors prior to the conference and to organize public events centered around the conference in Baltimore (June 17-21). Code Pink activist, C.J. Minster, wrote the resolution and Code Pink was instrumental in getting mayors around the country to co-sponsor before the conference. Baltimore activists from the Pledge of Resistance worked for several months with Fund Our Communities, Full Employment Baltimore and St. Vincent de Paul church organizing a Teach-In at
New alliances were forged during this organizing, especially between the African-American activist community and the traditional peace and justice community and that is something many activists have worked hard to foster. As Ralph Moore, head of Full Employment
Fund Our Communities, Bring the War Dollars Home is a coalition of community groups in
If the mayors put their political muscle behind this resolution and not only present it to the US Congress, but work behind the scenes to push for it to become US policy, then its significance to the peace movement is obvious. We are thrilled that this resolution, the only anti-war resolution passed by the mayors since 1971, was passed now. That is a big deal. But the mayors have real work to do to get the
David Swanson is the author of "War Is A Lie"