Jul 19, 2019
The campaign to have the NY City Council pass Resolution 747 has been gathering steam. And members of Brooklyn For Peace’s Peace And Economic Justice Committee have been in the forefront. Brooklyn For Peace is part of a large, diverse and growing coalition of over 40 organizations throughout the city. The coalition is called Move The Money – NYC.
First, a brief recap: Resolution 747, the so-called Move The Money From War To Our Communities resolution, was introduced in February 2018 by Manhattan Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez. The resolution, if passed, would put our city on official record as opposed to bloated Pentagon war budgets that rob the city and its residents of money for vital public services. Sixty percent of the annual Federal discretionary budget goes to the Pentagon and other agencies for endless wars, unneeded but terribly expensive weapons, upgrading the country’s nuclear arsenal (which can never be used!) and maintaining hundreds of bases all over the world. That leaves scant funds for cities to repair their mass transit systems, build 21st-century schools, provide affordable housing and health care and so on. Resolution 747 urges Congress to change those lopsided spending priorities by making substantial cuts in military spending. In its latest iteration, the Resolution also calls for “in-depth” public hearings to determine the precise dollar amounts, now used for war, that could be freed up to be spent on urgently-needed public services. Hearings would allow the public and experts in the field to state their case for moving the money away from war and back to our cities.
Over 1,000 of these striking postcards with a quote on wasteful war spending by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. have been collected.
A strikingly-designed postcard has been printed directed at City Council Members, urging them to sponsor and support Resolution 747. It should be noted that in addition to CM Rodriguez, seven other Council Members have co-sponsored the resolution. These are Justin Brannan of Bay Ridge, Antonio Reynoso of Bushwick and Ridgewood, Carlina Rivera of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Deborah Rose of Staten Island, Stephen Levin of Downtown Brooklyn and Karen Koslowitz of Rego Park and Forest Hills in Queens. Of course, there are 51 Council members so there’s a long way to go and readers of this column should contact their CM and urge them to sign on. You can find your CM and their contact information here: bit.ly/my-cm.
Over 1,000 postcards have already been collected and last night at Brooklyn’s Celebrate Brooklyn concert series another 75 cards were collected by PEJ members who were greeted enthusiastically by concert goers. If you’d like to be part of this exciting campaign, simply write to firstname.lastname@example.org
The flyer that has been used to collect postcards to Council Members.
Click on the image to see an enlarged version. On the bottom is the list of current members of the Move The Money – NYC coalition, now totalling 44 constituent organizations.