Rep. Cynthia McKinney to speak at town meeting on 'Price of War' Mar. 22
March 2003

The Community Coalition Against War & Terrorism (CCAWT) has been demonstrating weekly at various places around town, such as Shands hospital and the school board, and passing out leaflets making making the case that government spending on war will require cuts in spending locally.

CCAWT has compiled evidence that shows massive spending on high-tech weapons and plans for war are having dramatic impacts on the state and county's economy by diverting tax dollars that could otherwise be used for much needed human needs. Already over 4,000 pieces of literature have been handed out to people that give further detail to CCAWT's research findings about the price of war.

CCAWT will hold a town hall meeting at the Thelma Boltin Center, 510 NE 2nd Ave., on March 22 to conclude a two month campaign of leafleting and picketing throughout the community. Former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, a national leader in the effort for a fair budget, will be the keynote speaker at the town meeting. McKinney will be joined on the program by local activists Dr. Patricia Hilliard-Nunn, Patricia West, and G. Zoharah Simmons.

CCAWT has come to the conclusion that public discussion is necessary about the links between military spending, tax policy, and growing poverty in our country. "Only with more democracy will we reach the dream of equality and social justice-a more perfect union. True security comes when we take care of each other" say the orgnizers.

For more information, call (352) 337-9274 or go to the CCAWT website.

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