Butte, Montana, City Council calls for withdrawal of US troops from Iraq
More than 300 local resolutions have now been passed across the U.S., calling for withdrawal of troops from Iraq. Would this be possible in your area? Notice how this Montana group makes the case for it, below.
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Mary Kay Craig of Butte TAPS (Taking Action for Peaceful Solutions, ButteTAPS@bresnan.net wrote:
Hi. I am sending you a news release from the statewide group, Montanans Support our Troops and Withdrawal from Iraq. Please call me if I can be helpful. I coordinate the Butte peace group, Taking Action for Peaceful Solutions or TAPS. Or call Butte County Commissioner Dave Coleman listed below who is spokesperson for the coalition group, Butte Montanans Support our Troops and Withdrawal from Iraq, and who brought this resolution forward.
Mary Kay Craig,
518 W. Granite St., Butte - (406) 723-3851
TAPS NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE USE
Helena: John Mundinger (406) 449-8996
Butte: Dave Coleman (406) 498-5925
Missoula: Betsy Mulligan-Dague (406) 543 3955
For Immediate Release:
Butte is the First Montana City to Call for Withdrawal from Iraq
Today the Butte-Silver Bow Council of Commissioners voted 8 - 4 to pass a resolution calling for a �rapid and comprehensive withdrawal� from Iraq. Butte is the first Montana city to call for the withdrawal of troops, and joins hundreds of cities and towns nationwide who have called for an end to the occupation of Iraq.
The resolution also calls on congress to fully fund mental, physical health, education, disability and rehabilitation benefits for veterans, and to pursue security and stability through diplomacy. The resolution was introduced to the council last April by a group of veterans and concerned citizens called the Butte Montanans Support our Troops and Withdrawal from Iraq Coalition.
�With this vote for withdrawal from Iraq, the Butte-Silver Bow government has made it clear that local cities and towns should have a voice on the war in Iraq,� said council member Dave Coleman, whose son was injured serving in Iraq. �This is a call for accountability in Washington D.C.� This spring, citizens from Helena, Missoula, and Butte announced a statewide campaign to pass municipal-level measures requesting support for U.S. troops and withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Iraq. The campaign, called Montanans Support for Troops and Military Withdrawal, includes veterans, students, mothers and fathers of soldiers, and hundreds of public and private professionals.
On March 12th, the Helena City Commission voted unanimously to place a referendum calling for withdrawal from Iraq on the ballot for voters to pass or fail in November. Missoula city council members are now considering similar measures to those in Butte and Helena. However, Butte is the first Montana city to formally call for increased support for military personnel and an end to war in Iraq.
�Voters across America called for change last November,� asserted John Mundinger, a veteran and spokesman for Helenans for Troops Home. Senator Tester, Senator Baucus, and Representative Rehberg need to be reminded that communities across Montana will speak up even if they don�t.� Betsy Mulligan-Dague, Executive Director of the Jeanette Rankin Peace Center, added that, �Nearly 300 cities across the country have passed measures calling for withdrawal from Iraq. Butte has had the courage to become the whistleblower for Montana. Helena and Missoula are answering the call, and we hope other Montana cities and towns will do the same.� The Butte Resolution was supported by Commissioners Coleman, Lee, Sheehy, Mulcahy, Moodry, O'Leary, Fay and Foley. It was opposed by Commissioners Shaw, Granger, Fraz and Sorich.
# # # # # COUNCIL RESOLUTION No. __
A RESOLUTION URGING THE CESSATION OF WAR AND COMBAT OPERATIONS IN IRAQ, THE RETURN OF AMERICAN TROOPS AND FULL FUNDING TO MEET THE NEEDS OF AMERICA'S VETERANS, AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE HEREIN.
WHEREAS, the Butte Silver Bow City-County Council supports the more than one million brave men and women deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, honors the memory of those who have lost their lives in the war, those who have survived with devastating injuries, and supports the families who have lost their loved ones; and
WHEREAS, the war in Iraq, now in its fifth year has caused the deaths of more than 3,236 U.S. Service People and an estimated 600,000 Iraqis; the psychological wounding and disabling of more than 23,417 American service people and of hundreds of thousands Iraqis and the destruction of the homes, communities, and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis; and
WHEREAS, the funds spent by Butte-Silver Bow tax payers on the war and occupation in Iraq alone equals more than $21,860,048 and which could have provided enough money for 13,089 children to have a years worth of health insurance; provided enough money for 2895 children to utilize Head Start for one year; hire 378 additional school teachers; built 196 housing units; or provided more than 1059 four-year college scholarships at public universities, according to the National Priorities Project; and
WHEREAS, nearly three-hundred similar resolutions have been enacted and registered by local governments throughout the country; and
WHEREAS, it is the duty of the Council of Commissioners of Butte-Silver Bow to act on behalf and in the best interests of the citizens of Butte-Silver Bow; and
WHEREAS, the Council of Commissioners of Butte-Silver Bow is empowered to make such resolutions as may be necessary for the preservation of health, welfare, peace and order.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF BUTTE-SILVER BOW, STATE OF MONTANA, THAT THE CITY-COUNTY OF BUTTE-SILVER BOW URGES THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT TO:
SECTION 1: Implement a plan for the orderly, rapid, and comprehensive withdrawal of United States military personnel from Iraq; establishing a plan for the ongoing transition of responsibility for internal security activities to the military forces of the Iraqi Government; and
SECTION 2: Support our troops by ensuring that returning veterans receive compensation and care, including full mental and physical health, education, disability, and rehabilitation benefits; and
SECTION 3: Provide the people of Iraq with appropriate non-military aid as shall be necessary for the security of Iraq's citizens and for the rebuilding of Iraq; pursuing security and stability in Iraq through diplomacy; and
SECTION 4: BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be forwarded immediately subsequent to passage to George W. Bush, President of the United States, Senator Max Baucus, Senator Jon Tester, Congressman Denny Rehbert, and Butte-Silver Bow's elected representatives to the Montana State House and Senate.