This Stateside Dispatch will discuss the security and economic
benefits of a shift to a more well-rounded defense program as well as
highlight the toll of sending National Guard members and equipment
overseas. Particularly, this Dispatch will focus on the efforts of two organizations - the Women Legislators' Lobby (WiLL) and Bring the Guard Home Campaign -
who work to educate state legislators on the impact of federal military
decisions and mobilize them to take action to protect the interests of
states and their residents while advancing national security.
States are facing hard budget times this year, with twenty states facing a combined budget shortfall
of at least $34 billion for 2009 -- and the President's proposed budget
would not only make them worse, but would disproportionately hurt many
of the most vulnerable populations in the country.
It took two days after the Kansas tornadoes nearly wiped Greensburg, Kansas
off the map before a significant number of military vehicles
arrived, most streaming in from Wichita about 100 miles away. As
Kansas State Senator Donald Betts Jr.,
Yesterday, state legislators from across America joined with U.S.
Senator Ted Kennedy, Progressive States, and our partners at MoveOn,
the Women Legislators' Lobby, and Americans Against Escalation in Iraq
to discuss the power (.wav format) of states to play a key role in preventing President George W. Bush's disastrous escalation proposal.