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September 20, 2011
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm


Silver Spring Civic Center
Ellsworth Drive & Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD, USA

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Town Hall Meeting: Taking Back the Budget Debate

We call on all citizens to join our Cities for Peace Project, and the "Fund Our Communities, Bring the War Dollars Home" Coalition to claim our money, our voices, and our budget priorities.

Town Hall logoFund Our Communities, Bring the War Dollars Home is a coalition of community groups in Maryland. It is part of a growing nationwide movement to cut military spending and fund domestic needs. Help fix the crisis of priorities in Washington and Annapolis. The U.S. has the resources; what we need is the political will to:

  • Put Americans back to work.
  • Institute a fair and progressive tax system.
  • Protect Americans’ health and save the environment.
  • Preserve Social Security.
  • Reduce the Pentagon budget.
  • Bring all the troops & military contractors home.

We can and must shift the debate!
Join us to organize for real, progressive solutions!

Panel: US Rep. Donna Edwards, MD State Senator Roger Manno, Economist Heather Boushey, IPS Fellow Karen Dolan. Moderator, NAACP’s Elbridge James

The question and answer session will be followed by a breakout into action groups.

This Town Hall is sponsored by:

Institute for Policy Studies' Cities for Peace project, Baltimore Nonviolence Center; Bethesda Friends Meeting; CASA de Maryland; Center for Peace, Fred. Co.; Chesapeake Citizens; CCAN; Citizen-Soldier Alliance, Baltimore; Columbia Christian Church; Democracy for America, Mont. Co.; Fellowship of Reconciliation; Friends Meeting, Annapolis; Gray Panthers, Metro DC; Green Party, Anne Arundel Co.; Green Party, MD; Green Party, Montgomery Co.; Healthcare-Now of MD; Homewood Friends Meeting; Little Friends for Peace; MD Black Family Alliance; MD United for Peace & Justice; MCCRC; MCPA; Muslim Amer. Society/MD; NAACP/MD; Network of Spiritual Progressives, MD; Orthodox Peace Fellowship; Pax Christi/MD; Peace Action, Anne Arundel Co.; Peace Action Montgomery; Peace & Justice Coalition, Prince Georges; Pledge of Resistance, Baltimore; PDA, MD; Progressive Cheverly; Progressive Maryland; Progressive Neighbors; Prosperity Agenda; RRUU/Social Justice Council; Peace Committee,Sandy Spring Friends Meeting; Sheet Metal Workers Interna’l, L 100; SCLC/Mo. County; UFCW Local 1994 MCGEO; Veterans for Peace, Baltimore; Veterans for Peace, Metro DC; Voters for Peace; WeGreen USA; Women’s Interna’l League for Peace and Freedom/DC.  Other sponsors of this Town Hall:  Progressive Democrats of America; Montgomery County Peace & Justice Studies Association; American Friends Service Committee—DC; Social Security Works; Coalition on Human Needs;National Priorities Network; Peace Action.