This video takes place outside Sen Schumer’s office in Binghamton, NY on February 10, 2020. Citizens from various peace groups congregated in front of the Federal Building and requested that our elected officials make deep cuts in the Military Budget and receive a letter to that effect. That letter was refused at the Federal Building that day.
Just yesterday, Sen Gillibrand sent us a letter noting she voted against the National Defense Authorization Act. Time to move more Senators and 435 members of the House of Representatives to support deep cuts in the military budget. Veterans for Peace suggests $200 billion per year for the next ten years.
From Vera Scroggins’ description of this video on Youtube:
Citizens from various peace groups congregated in front of the Federal Building in Binghamton, NY on 2-10-20 and requested that our elected officials make deep cuts in the Military Budget and receive a letter to that effect which was refused at the Federal Building that day. Jack Gilroy of Veterans for Peace and Peace Action speaking to reporters.
The key question to Sen. Schumer and Sen. Gillibrand is :
Will you promote deep cuts in the US Military Budget for 2021?
They have refused to answer this question after previous attempts.
Thanks to the speakers:
Jack Gilroy, President, Veterans for Peace of Broome County, NY
Damian Cornwell, Urban League Operations Director, Broome County NY
Cecily O’Neil, VFP deliverer of letter to Sen Schumer
Jim Clune, President, Broome County Peace Action–Call Schumer & Gillibrand
Rev Gary Doupe, United Methodist Pastor, Retired, Bainbridge, NY–Cut military budget
Cities involved in the same day action in NY: New York City, Rochester, Peekskill, Albany, Syracuse, Binghamton….
As of 6-17-20, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has now answered the question and all the enquiries:
Sen. Gillibrand just sent our combined Peace and Justice groups the answer to our letters, conference calls and demonstrations around New York State:
“It is out of concern for this misquided military spending, especially the funding of new nuclear testing, that I was one of only two Senators to vote against this year’s National Defense Authorization Act in Committee”
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand