Pittsburgh Rallies to “Make Jobs Not War”

29 Mar

Saturday, March 26th, saw hundreds of Pittsburghers rallying to “Make Jobs Not War!”  This event was organized by the Anti-War Committee of the Thomas Merton Center.

People fed up with the amount of money being spent on, what they consider, unjustified wars in Afghanistan, and Iraq and military exercises in Libya stood in solidarity to suggest an alternative to war spending; Job Spending.

The rally started around 47th St in Lawrencville where speakers railed against the U.S government’s foreign intervention, while the U.S fails to provide for its people domestically.

The Thomas Merton Center broke down the amount of Allegheny taxes going to the U.S war efforts and alternative uses:

U.S. taxpayers have already paid over $1,150,000,000,000 for the wars since 2001. As of 2011, the poverty rate in the U.S. is 16%.

Taxpayers in Allegheny County will pay $454.1 million for proposed Afghanistan war spending in FY2011. With that money, we could pay for:

97,949 –people to receive low-income healthcare for a year

293,000 – households to have renewable electricity-wind power for a year

Finally, the rally turned to parade as the attendees marched down Butler Street, to inform their fellow Pittsburghers and neighbors of the unjust spending, and imperialistic aspirations of the U.S government.

 

These are the issues Pittsburgh.  Let’s have a civil conversation.
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One Response to “Pittsburgh Rallies to “Make Jobs Not War””

  1. matthewschreiber March 30, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

    Great blog post! To be honest, I had no idea about this protest so I’m thankful to you for providing this information!

    It’s shocking to see that MORE THAN $450m of taxes will paid by Pittsburgh and its surrounding areas for Afghanistanian war spending. That’s absurd!

    Keep up the great blogging!

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