Resources for Military-to-Civilian Transition
Remarkable 1985 video, “Economic Conversion Now,” made from an Economic Conversion Conference that year in Boston, MA.
Fact Sheet: Replacing Defense Industry Jobs. Miriam Pemberton.
New Tools for Defense Community Transition. Miriam Pemberton, 2013.
A Comprehensive Strategy for Defense Transition Assistance. Miriam Pemberton, 2012.
Top Ten Myths of the Jobs Argument Against Military Cuts. Miriam Pemberton, 2012.
Federal Resources for a Green Economic Transition. 25 pages of federal programs, updated July 11, 2012. Miriam Pemberton. Sections on:
- Finance: Clean Energy Grants and Loans
- Finance: Tax Incentives
- Technical Assistance
- Green Job Training
- Community Planning Grants
Connecticut: Commission on Connecticut’s Future. Passed in summer 2013.
Suggested Agenda Items for the Commission on Connecticut’s Future. Miriam Pemberton, 2013.
Maryland: Commission on Maryland’s Future. Draft, 2013.
MD State AFL-CIO Resolution. Supports legislation to establish a Futures Commission. 2013.
Resources for 2013 Budget Fight
1. Sequestration State Fact Sheets 2013 - Coalition on Human Needs. Fact sheets and on the impact of sequestration cuts across all 50 states.
2. Sequestration, the Pentagon and the States – NPP fact sheets for 22 states.
Peace Action and the National Priorities Project (NPP) Move the Money curriculum Move the Money curriculum resources include:
- Training Curriculum: provides a detailed blueprint for conducting the training.
- Fact sheets and backgrounders on broad range of topics
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Invest in People, Not the Pentagon Action Toolkit includes ideas/resources to take action and fact sheets.
20 foot US Federal Budget banner – AFSCShows the US discretionary federal budget and the more than 50% that goes to the military. Order one for your public events or display on your building.
includes a strategy, core message, action timeline, creative actions, tips for talking with Congress and the media, fact sheets, and a link for ordering AFSC’s new 20-foot vinyl banner of military vs domestic spending.
New Priorities Network’s toolkit contains:
- Message and talking points
- Domestic programs that have already been cut and what’s happened to Pentagon spending in the same period
- Pentagon items we can cut
- To come: Domestic programs we can fund by cutting un-needed Pentagon items
- Military profiteers that want to cut social programs
- Sample sign-on letter for local elected officials
- Sample letters to the editor
The National Priorities Project has two-page fact sheets on:
- Jobs, the Economy, and Military Spending
- Veterans Funding – Cutting Military Spending Won’t Hurt American Vets
- Homeland Security – It’s Not Just About the Military
- What is “Smart Security?” The Unified Security Budget
- Less Spending, More Security – SDTF Report
- Myth – Military Spending is Going Down
- The Discretionary Budget – Military vs. Non-Military
- Sequestration – What is it? Why do I Care?
- U.S. Military Spending vs. the World
Friends Committee on National Legislation has a three-page “Practical Options to Save Billions in the Military Budget.”
The Move the Money Curriculum from National Priorities Project and Peace Action uses engaging modules like “Budget Jeopardy” and mock debates to convey in-depth federal budget information focused on Pentagon spending.
Resolution Campaign Resources
Why Resolutions Are Important. Use this if local or state officials tell you “we don’t take positions on national policies, that’s outside our jurisdiction.”
Coalitions behind the resolutions. Get ideas and inspiration for your resolution campaign. See the range of organizations that have joined together to pass city council resolutions and keep their campaigns going afterward.