August 15, 2012
Mark 7th anniversary of Teaneck Peace Vigil
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Please come tomorrow, August 15 to mark the 7th anniversary of the Teaneck Peace Vigil with a special vigil/rally and press conference. We'll launch the campaign to keep the NJ National Guard in NJ for New Jersey! Currently the NJ National Guard is training for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan which will be for one year. "New Jersey has about 8,400 Guardsman, yet there have been some 16,000 deployments in the past decade, according to Chief Warrant Officer Patrick Dougherty, a spokesman for the state National Guard.
That means some soldiers are being deployed multiple times." The Record. 7/15/2012
Members of the State legislature responded to our request to introduce a resolution to withdraw the Nat'l Guard from Afghanistan. Assemblywomen Connie Wagner (Bergen/Passaic), Cleopatra G. Tucker (Essex), and Assemblyman Timothy J. Eustace (Bergen/Passaic), and Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan (Middlesex) have introduced Assembly Joint Resolution 66. Senator Loretta Weinberg will introduce the same resolution to the Senate See the resolution below.
ASSEMBLY JOINT RESOLUTION
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
INTRODUCED MAY 14, 2012
Assemblyman TIMOTHY J. EUSTACE
District 38 (Bergen and Passaic)
Assemblywoman CONNIE WAGNER
District 38 (Bergen and Passaic)
Assemblywoman CLEOPATRA G. TUCKER
District 28 (Essex)
Urges President and Secretary of Defense to withdraw all New Jersey National Guard troops from Afghanistan.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
A JOINT RESOLUTION urging the President and Secretary of Defense to withdraw all New Jersey National Guard troops from Afghanistan.
WHEREAS, The cost of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan exceeds $1 trillion, which amounts to more than $16,000 per each American family of four, and continues to rise; and
WHEREAS, The continuation of Operation Enduring Freedom, and the sacrifices that it entails, have fallen disproportionally on the men and women of the Armed forces, many of whom have served two or three tours in Afghanistan; and
WHEREAS, The "citizen soldiers" of the National Guard, including members of the New Jersey National Guard, have repeatedly served in Afghanistan, causing substantial upheaval in the lives of their families, and employers, who rely on these men and women and worry about their continued presence in Afghanistan; and
WHEREAS, The deployment may leave the citizens of the State of New Jersey vulnerable in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack as the New Jersey National Guard may not have the personnel or equipment to adequately respond to an emergency; and
WHEREAS, Given the sacrifices made by the citizens of the State of New Jersey who have previously served in Afghanistan, and the close proximity of the State to potential terrorist targets, it is in the public interest to urge the President and the Secretary of Defense to withdraw all New Jersey National Guard personnel serving in Afghanistan; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. The Governor and Legislature of the State of New Jersey respectfully urge the President and the Secretary of Defense to withdraw all New Jersey National Guard personnel from Afghanistan.
2. Duly authenticated copies of this joint resolution shall be transmitted to the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense and every member of the Congress of the United States elected from this State.
3. This joint resolution shall take effect immediately.
This joint resolution urges the President and the Secretary of Defense to cancel the deployments of the New Jersey National Guard and to withdraw all New Jersey National Guard personnel from Afghanistan. The cost of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan exceeds $1 trillion, which amounts to more than $16,000 for each American family of four, and continues to rise. The deployments have caused substantial difficulty for their families and their employers who rely on them and worry about their continued presence in Afghanistan. In addition, the deployments may seriously curtail the ability of the New Jersey National Guard to respond to a natural disaster or terrorist attack.
There will be a paper and an on-line petition to support the legislation. We will be asking people in Northern New Jersey towns to bring the resolution to their town councils for support, too.
Please plan to be at the vigil/rally/press conference on August 15 from 4:30 -6:00 at the National Guard Armory at Liberty Road and Teaneck Road in Teaneck. Bring veterans, military families, friends and neighbors!
WE WOULD LIKE YOUR ORGANIZATION TO CO-SPONSOR THE AUGUST 15 VIGIL AS WELL AS THE PETITION CAMPAIGN TO KEEP THE NJ NATIONAL GUARD IN NJ! PLEASE LET US KNOW BY RETURN MAIL IF YOUR GROUP WILL CO-SPONSOR.
Thanks so much!
Military Families Speak Out, Bergen County
New Jersey Peace Action
Join Veterans, Military Families, and other area residents
at a special vigil to
7th anniversary of the weekly Teaneck Peace Vigil
Be there to launch the campaign for AJR (Assembly Joint Resolution) 66 and the Senate resolution to
Withdraw the New Jersey
National Guard from Afghanistan
Keep the New Jersey National Guard
in New Jersey for New Jersey!
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
National Guard Armory
Teaneck Road and Liberty Road, Teaneck, NJ
4:30 6:00 pm
5:00 pm press conference and rally
Bring all of the troops and contractors home from Afghanistan NOW!
Bring the NJ National Guard home NOW!
Bring the war dollars home for our communities.
Military Families Speak Out, Bergen County Chapter www.mfsobergencounty.org. National MFSO: www.MFSO.org
Veterans for Peace, Chapter 21 NJ. www.vetsforpeace21.blogspot.com.
NJ Peace Action. www.njpeaceaction.org
Peace & Justice Committee of the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood http://www.uuridgewood.org
Bergen Grassroots. www.Bergengrassroots.org
Occupy Bergen County
Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War. www.againstendlesswar.org
The Teaneck Peace Vigil
Additional sponsors are welcome!