RootsAction members in Connecticut asked their governor to sign a bill creating a commission to plan for conversion from military industries to civilian and environmentally sustainable manufacturing.
The governor signed it.
Click here to ask your own state legislature to follow this example.
While military spending produces jobs, it produces fewer of them than civilian spending, or even than tax cuts for working people. It's a drain on the economy, in addition to its other significant drawbacks.
Connecticut's plan is supported by both labor unions and company managers, as well as by environmental and peace advocates, all of which groups are represented on the commission.
Washington is controlled by war profiteers whose influence comes in the form of campaign "contributions" and the threat of removing jobs. A path to both a peaceful world and a stronger economy lies through localities and states.
Please take a moment to join with thousands of others in alerting your state legislators to the option of economic conversion, underway already in Connecticut.
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-- The RootsAction.org team
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1. PERI: U.S. Employment Effects of Military and Domestic Spending
David Swanson: Connecticut Advances Conversion
New Haven Peace Council
No Nukes No War
City of New Haven Peace Commission
International Association of Machinists - Connecticut