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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.
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