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14 years ago
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The Cost of War
14 years ago So far, the War in Iraq costs $164,294,145,000+ Instead, we could have built 1,479,315 additional housing units xx. Instead, we could have fully funded global anti-hunger efforts for 6 years. Instead, we could have fully funded world-wide AIDS programs for 16 years. Instead, we could have paid for 21,760,859 children xx to attend a year of Head Start. Instead, we could have insured 98,379,987 children xx for one year. Instead, we could have hired 2,847,245 additional public school teachers xx for one year. Instead, we could have provided 7,964,644 students four-year scholarships at public universities xx.
Resolution Against the War
14 years ago chance martin Thu, 27 Mar 2003 12:38:11 -0800 COALITION ON HOMELESSNESS, San Francisco Resolution Against the War There are two wars going on now. The "War On Terrorism," that will continue to victimize poor people of color across the globe and the "War At Home," the deepening poverty, and criminalization of poor people within our borders. WE ARE NEVER FARTHER FROM ELIMINATING POVERTY THAN WHEN WE ARE AT WAR. The Coalition On Homelessness, San Francisco opposes the War on the grounds that the ongoing priority placed on military intervention has already depleted states and cities of money desperately needed to address the housing, employment, public health, child-care and educational needs of those living in the United States. The nation goes to war, against the back-drop of mass-layoffs and more homelessness thanks to cuts in Government Aid-families on CalWORKS and individuals affected by Care Not Cash. THERE IS A DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR TRADE OF BETWEEN WAR AND HUMAN SERVICES For example, the 400 billion dollar military budget would create over 5 million new homes, affordable to those most in need. In addition the Bush Administration is requesting approximately 70 billion additional dollars for the war on Iraq alone. U.S. IMPERIALISM AND INTERVENTION INCREASES HOMELESSNESS HERE AND ABROAD. The War on Afghanistan�s left 4 million people refugees alone. Displacement from war increases immigration to countries where the migrant worker often remains homeless! Even if war had no negative impact on those living inside the U.S. we would oppose it on the grounds that the conquest and domination of countries around the world in the name of profits is wrong. The Bush Administration has already solicited corporations for proposals to "rebuild" Iraq after the bombing decimates what little is left of their countries infrastructure. U.S. Intervention has helped to spread the drug trade, decimating communities. We view war for profit as a direct attack on working-class communities of color, here and abroad. THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION HAS USED THE WAR ON TERROR AS A COVER TO LEGITIMIZE POLICE REPRESSION. Since 911, the Bush Administration has pushed through a wide variety of laws that pretend to protect U.S. citizens against terrorism, when in fact they increase their capacity for repression. Homeless people and immigrant communities whom we serve were already living in fear from arbitrary round-ups, harassment and brutality at the hands of law-enforcement. Legislation such as the USA-PATRIOT ACT simply remove what limited legal protections these communities had pre 9-11. Forced fingerprinting of homeless people, is a piece of the over-all agenda for regulating poor people and violating their civil rights. WORKING-CLASS PEOPLE WITH THE LOWEST INCOMES ARE IN THE FRONTLINES As long as anyone joins the military to gain access to resources that one should have guaranteed as a basic human right, there is an economic draft in this country. Few sons and daughters of the rich are in the nation�s military, while the amount of people from low-income housing, trailer parks and tenements are represented en masse. Veterans of past U.S. wars are 40% of the current homeless population. WAR IS NO SOLUTION TO ECONOMIC TROUBLES There is a lot of debate about whether or not war would "help" or "hurt" the U.S. economy. We stand for a just economy, that would neither be dependent on domination of other countries nor destroyed by militarism. Certainly, this country has enough resources to provide everyone with a decent home, a living wage job, health-care and childcare, yet the leaders of this country decide to support the drive to war while slashing essential services. LET IT BE RESOLVED THAT- The Coalition On Homelessness commits to supporting the ongoing protests and mobilizations against the war, and the defeat of the Bush Administrations� agendas both here and overseas. We will actively participate in efforts that link the War at Home with the War On Terror. COALITION ON HOMELESSNESS (415) 346-3740 -- Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco 468 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 415/346.3740-voice � 415/7755639-fax ========== FAIR USE ==========
Billions for Invading Iraq and Homelessness for Veterans
14 years ago Once they served their nation, then they became homeless, faceless, and now they need our help. The story of one vet who did not receive that help. By Patrick Keaney Sometime yesterday afternoon, while the rest of us went about our busy lives, Bob Gurney died underneath Interstate 93. According to reports in todayís Boston Globe and Boston Herald, Gurney was a homeless man, well known to shelters in the area, who lived in a shanty underneath the freeway. Outreach workers had tried to get Gurney, 83 years old, off the streets, where temperatures have been below freezing for more than a week. Tonight, the National Weather Service predicts a low of zero degrees, with a wind chill factor of up to 40 below. On the day Gurney died, wind chills of 25 below were recorded. Bob Gurney was a veteran, and his story is familiar to those who work with the homeless. Gurney fought in the Korean War, and lived on Shawmut Avenue in Boston for 35 years before rising rents, and an eviction notice, forced him onto the streets. According to those who knew him, Gurney lost his son in the Vietnam War. He drank a lot, they say. One former outreach worker told a Globe reporter that Gurney asked him once, "What sense does it make that I lived and my son died?" The "survivor guilt" that accompanies many veterans back home can be an overwhelming emotion, one that few are well prepared to deal with. The military puts a premium on toughness, on detachment, and on being able to internalize your emotions. According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, "a large number of displaced and at-risk veterans live with lingering effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and substance abuse, compounded by a lack of family and social support networks." The organization estimates that "conservatively, one out of every four homeless males who are sleeping in a doorway, alley or box in our cities and rural communities has put on a uniform and served our country." By their estimates, 275,000 veterans are homeless on any given night, and more than one-half-million experience homelessness over the course of a year. By all accounts, Bob Gurney was tough and proud. As the temperatures dropped, he refused to take shelter at the nearby Pine Street Inn. According to one local outreach worker, who tried to persuade the elderly vet to come in from the cold, "Itís a choice. We are worried about their safety. We also know they have a right to independence." But these men have more than a right to "independence." They have a right to clean, warm, safe housing and to treatment and training that will help them become re-integrated into society after serving their country. Every homeless person, veteran or not, is an outrage in a country as wealthy as the United States. But the plight of homeless vets is particularly shameful. Today, the U.S. government is preparing to spend upwards of $200 billion to wage war in Iraq. This war, among its many other negative consequences, will create an entirely new generation of Bob Gurneys, troubled men who return home to find that their government isnít as committed to their welfare as they might have hoped. Our landlords and property owners, who put profit above all else, will feel no shame in evicting the Bob Gurneys of the world to make room for wealthier tenants, whoever they may be. And the rest of us will walk by them on the street with our eyes averted, hoping to avoid the unpleasantness of having to interact with them. Here are the newspapersí descriptions of the place where Bob Gurney died, alone: "The walls and six-foot ceiling of the hut are lined with planks of wood and wool blankets. Scarves and mattresses block the wind. The door is a discarded road sign." (Boston Globe). The roof is "made of blankets suspended on a web fashioned from a clothesline. The front door of the shanty, which slides aside, is an orange and black highway sign. The floor is covered with a makeshift carpet of discarded fabric." (Boston Herald). According to one of the men who lived with Gurney in the shanty, "this is our solution to affordable housing." An autopsy will be performed on Gurneyís body today but the results donít matter. Whether it was the cold, or the alcohol, or the cumulative effects of living without basic necessities and access to health care, Bob Gurney is dead because the nation he served in uniform turned its back on him. Funding for veteransí programs is consistently slashed as the Pentagon budget bloats beyond any possible justification. According to the National Health Care for the Homeless Council (, a mere 15 percent of the Pentagonís FY03 budget, or $60 billion, "applied over the next ten years, would adequately fund initiatives for health care, housing, and other programs to prevent and end homelessness." As youíre reading this, billions of taxpayer dollars are being spent to send troops to the Middle East to fight in a war that a majority of Americans donít feel has been justified. According to some estimates, the Pentagon will need a quarter of a million soldiers in the desert to invade and occupy Iraq quickly. The symmetry is worth contemplating: thatís the same number of ex-soldiers who will spend tonight in the deadly cold streets of the U.S. of A. Patrick Keaney is the Communications Director of the Massachusetts Green Party. His father, Lt. Colonel John P. Keaney, U.S. Army (Ret.), died of a heart attack in May, 2001, in his home. He was 62 years old. Patrick's email: Posted Monday, January 27, 2003 ============ FAIR USE for studying issues of social, economic injustice and homeless/human civil rights and civil liberties, etc. ============
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