July 11, 2011

SF Bay Area PSR was proud to work with National PSR in its partnership with the Council for a Livable World (CLW), who delivered a petition signed by more than 12,000 people urging significant troop withdrawal from Afghanistan beginning in July. These efforts were part of increasing pressure on President Obama to take action, and on June 22nd, he announced plans to bring home 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of September, 2012.

Local efforts mirrored the national political climate, with the City of Richmond passing a resolution in May, brought by SF Bay Area Steering Committee member and Richmond City Council Member Dr. Jeffrey Ritterman, supporting the Congressional Progressive Caucus’s People’s Budget. The People’s Budget would bring U.S. troops home from the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan and eliminate the deficit. It is designed in response to public polling; it is a budget that would protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid; make higher education more affordable; expand job-training programs; cut taxes on the middle class; subsidize affordable housing; provide financial assistance to prevent foreclosures; raise taxes on millionaires and billionaires; eliminate unnecessary weapons systems; eliminate tax credits for the oil and gas industries; phase out the Bush tax cuts; and eliminate subsidies for new nuclear power plants. The Richmond resolution also assures a Town Hall Meeting to explain the People’s Budget to city residents.