Petition to Congress:
by New Haven Move The Money Referendum Endorsers
We call on Connecticut’s Congressional delegation to work promptly and diligently to:
► significantly decrease the US military budget and redirect savings to the needs of our communities, and
► protect existing jobs and create new quality jobs by inserting language in all military contracts that requires all recipient contractors and subcontractors to develop concrete plans for repurposing their facilities and workers to civilian, environmentally sustainable production.
New Haven CT’s voters endorsed a November 2020 ballot referendum:
“Shall Congress prepare for health and climate crises by transferring funds from military budget to cities for human needs, jobs and an environmentally sustainable economy?”
with a resounding 83% voting “yes!”
In summer of 2020 Congress voted and the President signed $740 billion to fund Pentagon in 2021. This is more than half of the Federal discretionary budget. The amount is greater than the total of military spending in the next 10 countries combined. The ongoing, unending wars since 2001 have cost us $6-7 trillion and climbing.
What goods and services could we have if we just sacrificed one plane, or one nuclear submarine, or skipped the new military Space Force?
► Not building one F-35 nuclear bomber would provide FOOD for over 21,000 3-person families for 1 year.
► Not building 1 modern nuclear-missile sub would provide HOUSING for over 29,000 families for 1 year.
► Not funding the new Space Force for 2021 would provide 2.2 million families with MEDICAL CARE for 1 year.
► Cutting just Connecticut‘s annual IRS War Tax by half would provide 35 thousand INFRASTRUCTURE JOBS for 4 years.
Connecticut and the nation would have more
► environmentally sustainable jobs,
► rebuilt water systems,
► roads, dams, bridges and parks.
Connecticut and the nation could ► move from fossil fuel energy to solar, wind and water, ► end all child poverty, ► fund excellent schools, ► renovate buildings to be clean and energy efficient, ► construct affordable housing
…If we REDIRECTED THE TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS NOW SPENT ON WARS AND WAR PREPARATIONS TO HUMAN NEEDS!