East Bay marks Global Day of Action on Military Spending
The New Priorities Campaign in the East Bay in CA (Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, etc.)- in which USLAW participated – has organized the Global Day of Action on Military Spending for the last four years by distributing a brochure on excessive U.S. military spending at BART (rapid transit light rail) stations in both the East Bay and San Francisco.
NPC asked organizations to adopt a station. Each year the number of stations covered and number of brochures distributed increased. This year two dozen organizations distributed 15,000 pieces of literature (up from 10,000 in 2013) at 34 BART stations. The campaign held a press conference in front of the Oakland Federal Building in the late morning following the distribution.
Speakers at the press conference included Michael Eisenscher, USLAW National Coordinator, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Reverend Daniel Buford, Reverend Deborah Lee speaking for Women for Genuine Security, Jackie Cabasso, Exec. Dir. of the Western States Legal Foundation and Coordinator of Mayors for Peace, Dr. Henry Clark from the West Contra Cost County Toxics Coalition, and Jonathan Gast, who presented a statement on behalf of Cong. Barbara Lee. Proclamations were received from mayors of Oakland, Richmond and the City Council of San Pablo. Sandra Schwartz of AFSC moderated. Carolyn Scarr introduced the Living Graveyard Vigil, which immediately followed the press conference.
Click on the images below to view the Bay Area GDAMS leaflets.
The statement read by Michael Eisenscher on behalf of USLAW : USLAW GDAMS 2014 Statement
View here for more pictures of the event.