Peace Action along with 33 groups and over 200 activists are meeting in Chicago at the Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice while NATO meets to prepare for more war.
The whole town of Chicago is talking about NATO and those who believe it is time to retire that outdated military alliance. Read Chicago Area Peace Action's opinion piece in the May 16 Chicago Tribune.
Yes, we are one of the voices included in the mainstream media. Why? Because we are voicing the majority opinion: the US-NATO war in Afghanistan needs to end because the costs are too much to bear.
The people of the US and every NATO country are bearing the costs of this outdated military alliance. It's time to retire NATO and form a new alliance to address unemployment, hunger and climate change.
The NATO summit will be in the national news for the next 5 days. If you are not in Chicago, you can still be a part of the public education on why, and how, we can have a future without NATO and its wars.
With your help, we are launching a 5 day drive to write letters to the editor to bring the message of the true costs of the war in Afghanistan and military spending into as many newspapers and online publications as possible.
Below is a sample letter to the editor
Humbly for Peace,
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Read some of the media coverage of the Counter-Summit.
SAMPLE LETTER to the EDITOR
As the NATO Summit in Chicago draws near, President Barack Obama should take a good look at what poll after recent poll has stated clearly: Public opinion in this country wants United States and NATO troops home from Afghanistan, sooner rather than later.
With our country still trying to dig out of the economic crisis and local services being cut, most people feel that we need to stop spending money on war and fund [INSERT SERVICES THAT ARE BEING CUT IN YOUR COMMUNITY] instead.
The trillions being spent on war would go a long way to restore [INSERT SERVICES BEING CUT]. In [INSERT YOUR CITY, STATE OR COUNTY] alone, tax payers will spend [GO TO National Priorities Project AND RESEARCH HOW MUCH YOUR COUNTY HAS SPENT ON THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN]
NATO should be retired, not re-purposed. Its Cold War-era rationale has ended, and we shouldn’t continue to funnel human and economic resources toward a military alliance that has outlived its purpose.
President Obama, the pro-peace majority in this country wants to take a different path.