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U.S. Organizer's Packet 2012

U.S. Organizer's Packet 2012

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GlobalDayofActiononMilitarySpendingGDAMS2.0Organizer’sPacket
 
ReadThisFirst.
WelcometoGDAMS2.0,oursecondGlobalDayofActiononMilitarySpendingonApril17,2012.We’reveryexcitedthatyoujoiningpeopleallovertheworldtoprotestthemind-bogglingamountofmoneythatwe’rewastingonmilitaryspending.In2010,theworldspentover$1.6trilliononpreparingforandfightingwars,andwe’reexpectingthatfiguretorisein2011aswell.That’swhywe’recallingonpeopleeverywheretoOccupytheMilitary-IndustrialComplexonApril17.Thankstoyou,we’rebeginningfinallytoseechange.Somecountrieshaveactuallyreducedtheirmilitarybudgets,andthere’snowbipartisansupportintheUnitedStates,theworld’sleadingspender,tocutbackonthemilitary.Wehavetomakesurethatthistrendcontinuessothatwecanseereal,seriousreductions.Iftheydon’thearfromus–andhearfromALOTofus–governmentleaderswillgobacktoincreasingmilitaryspendingwhentheeconomyimprovesortheythinkwe’renolongerpayingattention.Thisorganizers’packetwilltakeyoustep-by-stepthroughtheprocessoforganizinganeventforourGlobalDay.WeaskyoutodotwothingsonApril17:1)
 
Highlightlastyear’sfigureforglobalmilitaryspending,whichtheStockholmInternationalPeaceResearchInstitutewillreleaseonApril17.We’llbeabletosharethisfigurewithyouoneweekbeforetherelease.2)
 
Dosomethingpublicandvisibleandeyecatching.Wewanttomaximizemediacoverageofoureventsworldwide.Beyondthat,thefocusofyouractionisuptoyou.Youcanbuildyoureventaroundtheamountofmoneyyourgovernmentisspendingortherelationshipbetweenthehugeamountspentonthemilitaryandthepenniesdevotedtodevelopment.Youcanfocusonmilitarybasesorarmsexports.Youcanprotestexistingwarsorconflictsthatthreatentobreakout.Wewantthisdaytobeanopportunityforyoutoraiseawarenessabouttheissuesthatmattertoyou.Intheorganizers’packet,you’llfind:1)
 
Alettertosendouttoyournetworkstoexpandyouraction2)
 
FactSheetson:a.
 
InternationalMilitaryExpenditureb.
 
U.S.BudgetControlvs.MilitarySpendingc.
 
The2012NationalDefenseAuthorizationActd.
 
Tax-DodgingWarProfiteers3)
 
ExamplesfromGDAMS2011tohelpyouplanyouractionforGDAMS2.0OnApril17,youwillbejoiningwiththousandsandthousandsofpeoplearoundtheworldwhoaresayingNOtothemilitary-industrialcomplexandYEStoapeacefulandprosperousplanet.
 
LetterforyourNetworks
[Location,Date]Dear____________,In2010,globalmilitaryspendingsurgedtoanall-timehighofUS$1.63trillion.TheUnitedStatewasresponsiblefornearlyhalfthatamount,spending$698billion.Giventhenumerouscrisesfacingtheplanet--economic,environmental,health,diplomatic--itisimperativethatwecreateaglobalmovementtoshiftthismoneytohumanneeds.Weknowthattherearethousandsoforganizationsandmillionsofindividualswhosupportthispointofview.Weneednowtobeginaseriousmobilizingefforttomakeitvisible.Aspartofthiscampaign,weareorganizinganeventaspartofthe
GlobalDayofActiononMilitarySpendingforApril17
.Wewillgatherin[place,time],wherewewill[describeaction].Onthisday,peopleallovertheworldwilljointogetherinjointactionstofocuspublic,political,andmediaattentiononthecostsofmilitaryspendingandtheneedfornewpriorities.Sucheventswillhelpustobuildtheinternationalnetworkaroundthisissue.PleasejoinusonApril17sothatwecanmakeourvoicesheard,herein[country]andglobally.Sincerely,LocalorganizerfortheGlobalDayofActiononMilitarySpending

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