Please join me at the Mobilization Against the War in Iraq, on Saturday, October 27th beginning with a rally in Union Park (1501 W. Randolph) at 1:30 p.m., followed by a march to the Loop at 2:30 p.m. and culminating in a rally at Federal Plaza at 4:00 p.m.
Eleven Cities across the nation are serving as regional centers for anti-war demonstrations and rallies. Chicago is the Midwest regional center, and the site of one of the largest gatherings in the country. For more information, visit the October 27th Mobilization web site.
I am sponsoring a bus to the rally. The bus will leave my 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview, promptly at 12:30 p.m. and will return following the Federal Plaza rally. Seating is limited. To reserve a seat, please e-mail me at email@example.com or call 773-338-5796 by Thursday at 5 p.m.
If you don’t want to ride the bus, meet us prior to the march in Union Park at the south side of the field house. We will be marching under a Rogers Park/Edgewater banner.
Ending the war is of critical importance to our neighborhood. The sons and daughters of 49th Ward families are being called to fight in this never-ending war, and the financial costs are unfathomable.
According to the nonpartisan National Priorities Project, Chicago taxpayers alone have spent $4.8 billion dollars on the war in Iraq. If you divide that number by Chicago’s 50 wards, the 49th Ward’s share of that amount is $96 million.
Think about it. Ninety-six million of our hard-earned dollars went to that stupid and disastrous and immoral war. We could have used that money to rebuild our crumbling el stations, hire scores of new police officers, provide hundreds of 49th Ward families with quality affordable housing, and extend health care coverage to thousands of 49th Ward families.
And Chicago could have balanced its budget and avoided any tax increases with just a small fraction of the $4.8 billion city taxpayers sent to Iraq
I am proud of my sponsorship of the Chicago City Council’s resolution against the war in Iraq. The ChicagoCity Council was one of the first city councils in the nation to go on record opposing the military invasionand I worked hard to convince hundreds of other city councils across the nation to follow our lead.
If more members of Congress had demonstrated the same political courage as my colleagues on the Chicago City Council, our nation would have avoided the tragic loss of hundreds of thousands of lives and the unconscionable waste of hundreds of billions of dollars.
I hope you take time to join us on Saturday. We cannot allow this war to continue robbing our neighborhood of its precious resources.