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Choose Peace and Prosperity, Not War

The Center for Community Change and other community-based economic justice groups published the following message in the New York Times on January 3, accompanied by many signatures. By publishing this message here, the Baltimore Chronicle joins them in making this statement.

We, the undersigned, call on President Bush and Congressional leaders not to unleash war on the people of Iraq but instead to expend those resources to alleviate poverty, protect our environment, restore civil liberties and end the economic instability in our nation.

A war in Iraq is estimated to cost $100-$200 billion and the lives of countless US soldiers and Iraqi families. Meanwhile:

  • 41.2 million Americans lack health insurance, up from 35.4 million a decade ago.
  • 32.9 million Americans now live in poverty, up more than 8 million from the number 25 years ago. 11.7 million of those are children.
  • 13 million children live in families without an adequate supply of food.
  • 9.6 million Americans are without jobs.
  • The United States has gone from $236.4 billion budget surplus in 2000 to an estimated $159 billion deficit in 2002.
  • 20 percent of the workers who support a labor union organizing drive lose their job.
  • Over 3 million people experience homelessness in the United States each year, and 1 million of them are children.
  • Approximately 133 million people live in counties where monitored air in 2001 was unhealthy at times because of high levels of at least one of the six principal air pollutants.
  • Thousands of people are being held secretly and new laws threaten our precious civil liberties.
How can we talk about homeland security when millions don't have homes, jobs or economic security?

Invest in peace and prosperity, not war.


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This story was published on January 8, 2003.
  
JANUARY 2003
LOCAL NEWS
·NEWS BRIEFS
·CALENDARS:
· Building Trades Offer Training for Ex-Offenders
· Organized Labor Seeks to Play Role in City’s Workforce Development
· Free Concert on Jan. 19 Features Daniel Olson, Baritone
· Domino Sugar Workers Strike to Protest New Management’s Changes
· Low-Income Baltimore Families May Not Receive Full Benefit of their Earned Income Tax Credits
· Study Reveals a “Revolving Door” Scenario for Half of Baltimore’s Homeless
· Nine States Mount Legal Challenge to US Decision to Relax Air Quality Standards
· Clarification from Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC)
· Belvedere Square, Waverly Projects Get Funding Nod from BDC
· Top 10 Sports Stories of 2002
LETTERS
·Balt. Metro Letters
· National Letters
· International Letters
·OPEN LETTERS:
 ·  “All Things Considered”? Not This Time
 ·  Failure To Fire Journalists Who Lie Shows Rotting from the Top
 ·  Trying to believe
 ·   Open Letter to MSNBC
 ·  Open Letter to Rev. Pat Robertson from the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada
 ·  An Open Letter to Fellow Media-Watchers
 ·  (01/16) Open Letter: An Appeal to Bill Gates, Ted Turner, or Some Other Billionaire
ART & ENTERTAINMENT
·War Veteran’s New Book is a Primer on the Bureaucracy of Warfare
·Poetry in a Time of War
NEWS MEDIA CRITIQUE
·A Lesson In U.S. Propaganda
· The Case of the Missing Information about Iraq’s Weapons
· The Sun Shows No Nose for News
·Cowards at the Sun
·How Did those WTC Buildings Collapse?
·HBO Recycles Gulf War Hoax
·Enter Kissinger, the Accidental Appointment
SPEAKING OUT
·EDITORIALS:
 ·  Choose Peace and Prosperity, Not War
 ·  Idiotic Proposed Tax Cuts Show Who’s Really Getting Welfare
·(01/19) Massive Anti-War Rally Rocks Nation's Capital
·In Addition to Civil Rights, We Should be Concerned about Corporate Rights and Health Care Rights and Pension Rights
·Consider the Orwellian “Arrogance is Humility”
· (1/17) Will the White House Please Slow Down and Listen to Reason about Iraq before It's Too Late?
·The Consequences of an Iraqi Misadventure
·Gun Control Misses the Target, we should reprogram all our citizens to be like the Swiss!
·Without Protest, Americans Are Giving Up Freedom
·Environment: The Budgie and the Eucalyptus, Once Upon a Time in Australia
·To Al Qaeda: Fries with That?
·Soapbox: Refresh Your Memory of the UN Charter
·John Rawls—An Appreciation
NATION & WORLD
· ACLU steps up to fight for Americans’ freedoms
· Changes to US Citizens’ Legal Rights
· Bush Administration Set To Unveil New Math, Science Education Plan
· Bush Administration Continues to Abandon Environmental Safeguards in Our National Forests
· Free Trade is Killing our Industry
· Bush Administration’s World View Just Doesn’t Add Up
· Missile Defense Deployment: Still Dangerous, Costly, and Irrelevant to Present Threats
· Meeting Iraqi Victims—and Trying to Prevent More Victims
· No Endgame in Afghanistan
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