From the CUP Facebook group, a reminder that this event is taking place on Monday, Memorial Day, in Springfield. There are events throughout May and June. See the link in the text below for more information.
Our theme for this week is LINKING MILITARISM AND THE PROLIFERATION OF GUN VIOLENCE
In 2016, the CEOs of the top five military contractors earned on average $19.2 million — more than 90 times a U.S. military general with 20 years of experience, and 640 times the $30,000 earned by army privates in combat.
Civilian deaths in Afghanistan reached a record high during the first nine months of 2017, continuing an almost unbroken decade-long escalation of civilian deaths.
In 2012, suicide claimed more military deaths than military action and a 2012 Department of Veterans Affairs survey indicated that nearly half of female military personnel sent to Iraq or Afghanistan had reported being sexually harassed.
Local police are now equipped with war machinery such as armored military vehicles. Young Black males have been hardest hit by this escalation in force. They are nine times more likely to be killed by police officers than other Americans.
Register to participated and enroll in our upcoming info & training sessions: https://tinyurl.com/PPCILVets2018
*Wear your military and veteran campaign hats, shirts, jackets, medals. And be sure to bring your organizational flags too*
Illinois Veteran Coordinators:
Natasha E., Chicago Veterans for Peace
Bruce Parry and Willie Mack, CVO
Phone: (773) 243-2335
Fifty years ago, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King called for a Poor People’s Campaign to begin a “revolution of values” in America. We are reigniting a new call for a moral revival…we invite Veterans across the state to join us at the State Capitol in Springfield.