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He writes for the College paper, The Guilfordian. Greensboro, NC- Feb. The information discussed at that meeting could cause a grassroots movement to ignite in the college town. The American Friends Service Committee and North Carolina Peace Action held the event at Elon Law School in downtown Greensboro, for what some hope will be a continuing conversation regarding the wasteful spending of tax dollars, in the face of growing joblessness in North Carolina.
Some believe that any reduction in military spending will hurt small business owners who are dependent on defense contracts, while others view the proposed cuts as an opportunity to turn tax dollars, otherwise spent on defense, into meaningful community resources. During the forum, activists discussed the foreclosure crisis facing the community: a local realtor spoke about the sight of abandoned houses foreclosed upon; a chief editor of the local newspaper spoke of helping those experiencing hunger, homelessness and poverty.
Later an economist asked rhetorical questions about wealth trickling down to those who need jobs, and a representative for the Fund for Democratic Communities spoke about locally democratizing the budget. Many worry about the future of Greensboro with an unemployment rate having climbed to 10 percent, in a city that a Stanford study found to be one of the cities having the greatest income disparities.
An estimated participants attended the community forum. Some North Carolina legislators such as State Rep. Gladys A. Robinson also attended.
Keynote speaker Matthew Hoh spoke to the policies and dialogues that keep U. Hoh served as a U. Marine and later worked at the State Department as a senior civilian representative and political adviser on Afghanistan. Hoh said that without public desire, the Obama administration would not stop the war.
Unless there is clear public support, elected officials are often called unpatriotic for pulling troops out of war zones. MIT professor emeritus and linguist Noam Chomsky agreed with spending has reached unimaginable heights and can hardly be considered defense related, in any meaningful sense.
After all, the city is no stranger to activism, as evident by the city's role in the civil rights movement. Lennon said that she expects the forum in Greensboro to be one of many continuing conversations about how to turn the information learned, gathered and related into meaningful action. American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Donate Today. This website is d under a Creative Commons except where noted.
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