Oregon: Divest from War

Oregonians across the state are demanding that we divest our public and private investments from the war machine. We’re talking city operating funds, the state public employee pension fund, university endowments, and campaign contributions to politicians. Help us build momentum by sparking a conversation in the media! Sending a letter to the editor of your local paper is a crucial step in our movement to divest Oregon from the war machine. Letters to the editor help educate the public and they alert local elected officials to the topics their constituents are thinking about. 

Key Talking Points:

  • Weapons manufacturers see a rise in their stock value when war and conflict increase across the globe. These corporations are literally making a killing on killing. 
  • War is a tool for asserting military and economic dominance, and for protecting the interests of military contractors--not the lives of ordinary community members.
  • Our communities underwrite weapons manufacturing corporations through our public investments, including city funds, public university endowments, and through public employee pension funds.
  • Excessive military spending is undermining the well-being of our communities and draining our non-military sectors. The bloated Pentagon budget accounts for over half of federal discretionary spending at a time when our communities are suffering, much of it going directly to private corporations.
  • US military interventions and US-produced weapons have played a leading role in displacing millions of people around the world. Conservative estimates show the US interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan alone since 2001 have displaced 10 million people. The U.S. war machine must be held accountable for its role in creating the global refugee crisis.
  • Hyper-militarism increases global hostilities and provides a window of opportunity for terrorist-group recruitment. A study by the FBI in 2012 found that anger over U.S. military interventions abroad was the leading motivation for “homegrown” terrorism. 

Sample Letter:

Divesting Oregon’s funds from war

Dear editor,

Excessive military spending is undermining the well-being of our communities and draining our non-military sectors. The Pentagon’s bloated budget accounts for over half of federal discretionary spending at a time when our communities are suffering, much of it going directly to private corporations. War is a tool for asserting military and economic dominance, and for protecting the interests of military contractors--not the lives of ordinary community members.

US military interventions and US-produced weapons have played a leading role in displacing millions of people around the world. Conservative estimates show the US interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan alone since 2001 have displaced 10 million people. The U.S. war machine must be held accountable for its role in creating the global refugee crisis.

Our communities underwrite weapons manufacturing corporations through our public investments, including city funds, public university endowments, and through public employee pension funds.

Weapons manufacturers see a rise in their stock value when war and conflict increase across the globe. These corporations are literally making a killing on killing. Why are we underwriting their profit with the public funds in our cities, our public university endowments, and our public employee pension funds?

Sincerely,
[your name ]
[your email address]
[your location]

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