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Occupy SMA

By Jim Carey

Last Monday, Occupy SMA began the process of building a platform to galvanize the ideas and values that are most important to our group by prioritizing issues and creating a pathway on which to build a social movement. The process itself embodies the participatory model the group desires for society as a whole. In his article last week, Peter Weisberg reminded us that “this is the exact time to take a firm stand for our core beliefs. It’s a time to come together with a plan, a human values platform that represents who we are as individuals and what we aspire to as members of the global community.”

Meeting, Film, and Discussion
Occupy SMA presents:
Building a Platform for Justice
Mon, Nov 6, 1pm
Quinta Loreto Hotel TV room
Loreto 15, Centro

Look at the massive cuts being proposed by the President And his Congress: 9.2 billion dollars from the Department of Education, 616 billion dollars from Medicaid and the Children`s Health Program over 10 years, 200 billion dollars from the Food Stamp Program—a lifeline for 44 million people, 72 billion from People with Disabilities, 39 billion dollars from subsidized student loans, 859 million from public service loan forgiveness, and then a half-trillion dollar increase to the Pentagon budget over the next decade.

Even the editorial board of the New York Times, which has supported US wars for years, is finally asking, “Will our wars go on forever?” (ed. America’s Forever Wars—October 22, 2017). “The United States has been at war continuously since the attacks of 9/11 and now has just over 240,000 active-duty and reserve troops in at least 172 countries and territories. An additional 37,813 troops serve on presumably secret assignment in places listed simply as ‘unknown.’ There are traditional deployments in Japan (39,980 troops), South Korea (23,591), Germany (36,034), Britain (8,286), and Turkey (1,364)—all NATO allies.

There are 6,524 troops in Bahrain and 3,055 in Qatar, where the United States has naval bases and thousands more in Africa and elsewhere. It’s time to take stock of how broadly American forces are already committed to far-flung regions and to begin thinking hard about how much of that investment (ed. 1trillion dollars annually) is necessary, how long it should continue, and whether there is a strategy beyond just killing terrorists.” The US citizens and “Congress have spent little time considering such issues in a comprehensive way or debating why all these deployments are needed.”

Monday, we will continue to discuss the various political platforms from several organizations: Justice Democrats, Democratic Socialists, Leap Manifesto, the Green Party of the United States, and Mexico’s Morena Party. As individuals within a group, we’ll examine these documents to see where they overlap with each other and where they coincide with our own priorities and goals.

As we move through this process, we might decide to draw up our own platform to serve as a flexible template toward achieving our own goals both as individuals and as a collective. Join us Monday. Our events are free and open to all.


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