I was thrilled to attend the Raleigh City Council meeting on January 15 where Council members passed a Bring the War Dollars Home proclamation to send to our North Carolina congressional delegation. I was proud that our capital city of NC has local leadership that recognizes how spending money on wars along with other excessive Pentagon expenditures take money away from local services and infrastructure, harming our ability to provide adequately for our needs at the local level. These misplaced priorities have caused lay-offs, shortfalls in our schools and housing partnerships, and resulted in Wake County having one in six children living in poverty.
Raleigh resident and NC Peace Action board member Joe Burton coordinated the effort that helped lead our local officials to stand up for changing priorities nationally. Through their vote, Raleigh has called for a change our national priorities.
–Sandy Irving, Volunteer Program Associate