BY: DEBORAH DUPRE
Mayors for Peace unanimous, without debate, voted to redirect military spending to family needs, a major step forward for human rights
At the 2013 annual United States Conference of Mayors in Las Vegas Monday, mayors unanimously adopted the Mayors for Peace resolution to end nuclear weapons and redirect military spending to domestic needs, a major step forward for human rights globally.
Mayors from across the nation have called for “US Leadership in Global Abolition of Nuclear Weapons and Redirection of Military Spending to Domestic Needs,” stated Mayors for Peace North America Coordinator Jackie Cabasso in a written statement late Tuesday.
At their 8th Annual Conference, the US Conference of Mayors, the mayors voted unanimously, without debate, for peace and called to redirect military spending to domestic needs.
“Don’t let what happened in Vegas stay in Vegas,” exclaimed Cabasso.
The final resolution with the list of 30 sponsors can be read at http://wslfweb.org/docs/uscmres2013.PDF.
Mayors for Peace is an international organization of cities, dedicated for the promotion of peace that was established in 1982.
In 2004, 2006 and each year since, the USCM has “adopted increasingly stronger resolutions calling on the president to commence negotiations for the elimination of nuclear weapons by 2020, as urged by Mayors for Peace, an international association headed by the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” reports the Baltimore Sun.
“This year’s Mayors for Peace resolution calls on Congress to slash nuclear weapons spending and to redirect those funds to meet the urgent needs of cities,” the Sun says. “The resolution was adopted unanimously, without debate.”