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Rally to "Bring War Dollars Home" Today

April 4, 2011

AUGUSTA, Maine - As social, health, education and public safety programs face the budget axe in Maine, a rally to support cutting war spending instead will take place in Augusta today. A coalition of organizations and individuals from around the state called "The Maine Campaign to Bring Our War Dollars Home" hopes to focus attention on how much the continuing wars are costing taxpayers, and how the money would be better spent on programs here in the state.

Bruce Gagnon, co-coordinator for the campaign, says people from all walks of life will be at the rally today.

"People from unions, teachers, former state senators, social workers, students, all kinds of people around the state that are really supporting this message of bringing our war dollars home."

Gagnon says that the U.S. has spent about a trillion dollars on its wars in the Middle East, and Maine's share of that since 2001 is $3.4 billion. While many would argue that money is being spent on protecting the vital interests of the United States, he says it's time to reevaluate what our best interests truly are.

"People are fed up with these endless wars and know that, if we were to bring those dollars home, we wouldn't be having to cut education and health care and all kinds of other social programs."

The rally coincides with the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and "We are One" events that will be held around the state and nation today as well as throughout the week. (Information on those events can be found at

The rally is scheduled for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today at The Hall of Flags of the Maine Capitol Building in Augusta.

Monique Coppola, Public News Service - ME