NJ Peace Action

Obama's State of the Union Address

Peace and Justice Activists Respond to President Obama's State of the Union Address  

On Tuesday, January 25th, President Barack Obama gave his second State of the Union address since being sworn into office in January 2009.NJ Peace Action and friends watched on the big screen at the Media Center located in the basement of the Bloomfield College Library. 



"Members of NJ Peace Action and like-minded organizations will grade President Obama on progress made toward the achievement of genuine peace and security, with both his domestic and foreign policies, " said Madelyn Hoffman, Executive Director of NJ Peace Action.  "Our work is to evaluate his policies honestly and determine where and how we must work for improvement, particularly when it comes to nuclear disarmament, the on-going wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, maintaining the largest military budget since WWII and utilizing our tax dollars for programs that address community needs, instead of the war machine. NJ Peace Action intends to continue pressuring both the President and the U.S. Congress to shift our priorities from war to peace, and to move the money along with that."

Before watching the State of the Union , members of the community spoke in anticipation of what would be heard. Voices heard included: NJ Peace Action, NJ Labor Against the War and comments were read from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, the August 9th Saving Lives Task Force and more. Comments focused on what more needs to be done to achieve nuclear disarmament, end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, move the money from the military to programs for community needs and addressing the connection between the military and climate change. A Mid-Term Report on President Obama was released at the event.


For more information, contact NJ Peace Action at (973)259-1126.    

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