Bring the Troops Home Now Resolution Toolkit
March 10, 2008 · By Karen Dolan
A look at how to effectively petition to bring troops home from Iraq.
Table of Contents
- Sample Resolution
- Sample Petitions
- Talking Points on Iraq War: Quick Facts
a. Opinion Pieces
Bring Troops Home Now Resolution Toolkit
A resolution expressing the [your city/town's name here] city council's support for the U.S. troops currently serving in Iraq, as well as those that have previously served, and those who have been killed or wounded during such service, and their families; and expressing the council's preference that misdirected funds to continue the war in Iraq be redirected to domestic priorities, including pressing needs in the city of ____.
WHEREAS, more than 150,000 United States military personnel, including many from the city, are bravely and honorably serving in Iraq and deserve the support of all the city citizens and Americans; and
WHEREAS, the people of this city will always honor the sacrifices of the American soldiers who have died or been wounded in combat in Iraq, including the more than 4,000 United States military personnel who have died in Iraq and the more than 29,000 who have been wounded; and
WHEREAS, the proposed war budget of year 2008 is 27.2% of the total proposed security budget; and
WHEREAS, our state's cost of war is $____, and our city's cost of the war is $____, while community development block grants are being cut by $____ (____%) in our state; and
WHEREAS, the CITY Council of the city hereby expresses its deep opposition to the current budget of increasing military and war spending in Iraq, in part due to the impact on the available federal resources required to provide for the urgent needs of the most vulnerable portions of the American population, including the need to provide for the health, education, and homeland security
of the City and of other major urban areas within the United States; and
WHEREAS, in excess of $526 billion has been appropriated by Congress to fund military operations and reconstruction in Iraq while in contrast, the City's total amount of HUD grants has decreased significantly since 2002, the year before the commencement of the war in Iraq; and
WHEREAS, this decrease in federal grant money severely lessens the ability of the City to rebuild its urban core, promote home ownership opportunities in the city, and provide critical housing services for the poor, the disabled, and for people with HIV-AIDS and other medical needs; and
WHEREAS, according to analysis by the Task Force on a Unified Security Budget for the United States, published by the Institute for Policy Studies, $55.91 billion of the total military spending could be cut allowing for development of domestic nonmilitary goals and redirect funds for immediate domestic goals in this city; and
WHEREAS, polls show that greater than 60% of Americans oppose sending additional American troops to Iraq, which indicates that the majority of Americans share this Council's concerns with increasing funding levels in Iraq at this time.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ____:
SECTION 1. That ____ City Council supports the U.S. troops currently serving in Iraq, as well as those that have previously served, and those that have been killed or wounded during such service, and their families.
SECTION 2. That ____ City Council expresses its opposition to President Bush's increased war and military funding.
SECTION 3. That the city, its elected leaders and its citizens have a responsibility to highlight the implications of sending available federal resources, which are urgently needed by the most vulnerable portions of the American population in the city and other major urban areas within the United States.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the city shall forward copies to President ____, United States Senator(s) ____, House Representative(s) ____, and members of the state U.S. Congressional delegation.
ADOPTED by the Common Council of the city, state this ____ day of [month], [year].
So and So,
President, City Council
[Resolution ____ will now be forwarded to the Mayor for signature.]
Sample 1. Petition for the Chicago City Council to Pass a Resolution for Full U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq:
We, the undersigned, request that the Chicago City Council pass a resolution calling
for: (1) Immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops; (2) No permanent U.S. military
installations in Iraq; (3) An end to U.S. control of the Iraqi economy.
Our reasons are:
- The justifications for the invasion were false and violated the public trust.
- Iraq presented no threat to the U.S. at the time of the invasion and the U.S. war violates international law.
- The U.S. government has spent more than $500 billion on the war in Iraq while the U.S. deficit climbs.
- The war’s funding has greatly influenced the economic downturn and oncoming recession.
- Astronomical military spending steals from city citizens through cuts in social programs as well as job loss from economic downturn.
- As of 6/08, the cost of the war to the city was $____.
This money could have funded:
- 83,601 4-year scholarships at public universities.
- Health insurance for 1,032,648 Chicago children.
- 228,414 Head Start students for one year.
- 29,886 public school teachers for one year.
- 15,572 housing units in city.
Telephone (optional) ________________________
Sample Petition 2. Vermont Network on Iraq War Resolutions
We the undersigned legal voters of the Town of ____ request the Select board to place the following article on the warning for the Annual Town Meeting to be held on ____:
Article __. Shall the voters of the Town of ____ vote to approve the resolution concerning the war in Iraq and the deployment of members of the Vermont National Guard in that war, as attached to the petition and incorporated herein by reference, and then send a copy of the resolution to Vermont's state and federal office-holders?
Printed Name, Signature, Address
As of March 3, 2008
- U.S. military killed in Iraq: 3,973
- Number of U.S. troops wounded in combat since the war began: 29,203
- Iraqi Security Force deaths: 7,924
- Iraqi civilians killed: Estimates range from 81,632 to 1,120,000
- Internally displaced refugees in Iraq: 3.4 million
- Iraqi refugees living abroad: 2.2 to 2.4 million
- Iraqi refugees admitted to the U.S.: 3,222
- Number of U.S. soldiers in Iraq: 155,000
- Number of "Coalition of the Willing" soldiers in Iraq:
February 2008: 9,895
September 2006: 18,000
November 2004: 25,595
- Army soldiers in Iraq who have served two or more tours: 74%
- Number of Private Military Contractors in Iraq: 180,000
- Number of Private Military Contractors criminally prosecuted by the U.S. government for violence or abuse in Iraq: 1
- Number of contract workers killed: 917
According to the U.S. National Intelligence Council, the Iraq war has created "A training and recruitment ground (for terrorists), and an opportunity for terrorists to enhance their technical skills."
According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the affect on al Qaeda from the Iraq War has been "Accelerated recruitment."
- The bill so far: $526 billion
- Cost per day: $275 million
- Cost per household: $4,100
- The estimated long-term bill: $3 trillion
What $526 billion could have paid for in the U.S. in one year:
- Children with health care: 223 million
- Scholarships for university students: 86 million
- Head Start places for children: 72 million
The cost of 22 days in Iraq could safeguard our nation's ports from attack for 10 years.
The cost of 18 hours in Iraq could secure U.S. chemical plants for five years.
- Iraqi Unemployment level: 25% to 40%
*U.S. unemployment during the Great Depression: 25%
- 70% of the Iraqi population is without access to clean water.
- 80% is without sanitation.
- 90% of Iraq's 180 hospitals lack basic medical and surgical supplies.
- 79% of Iraqis oppose the presence of Coalition Forces.
- 78% of Iraqis believe things are going badly in Iraq overall.
- 64% of Americans oppose the war in Iraq.
According to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the "Declaration of Principles" has set "A mutually agreed arrangement whereby we have a long and enduring presence."
Iraq Outlook 2008 — Erik Leaver — 1/9/08
The Surge: Illusion & Reality — Conn Hallinan — 12/24/07
Blank Checks for Defense Spending: Where's the Fight from Congress? — Robert Dreyfuss —
We're All Feeling Impact of War — Morning Sun — 6/3/07
The Democrats’ Support for Bush’s War — Foreign Policy in Focus — Stephen Zunes — 5/31/07
Institute for Policy Studies
The National Priorities Project: Cost of War
United For Peace and Justice
After Downing Street
Bring Them Home Now
Foreign Policy In Focus
Stop the War Coalition
Iraq Veterans Against the War
Military Families Speak Out
More Than a Number
Veterans for Peace
What About Peace?
The Declaration of Peace
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Iraq Body Count
Iraqi Democrats Against Occupation