April 5, 2010 Portland City Council Meeting

Portland, Maine takes assertive action asking Congress to shut off the war funding and to Bring Our War Dollars Home.

On April 5, 2010, the City Council of Portland, Maine, the largest city in the state of Maine, approved - by a 7 to 1 vote - a resolution to Maine's First District U.S. Congresswoman, Chellie Pingree and to Maine's two U.S. Senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins.

Portland's resolution requests that it's three members of Congress ". . . oppose all legislation brought before the 111th U.S. Congress that provides further funding of the U.S. warfare and U.S. military occupations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan; and the City of Portland, Maine also urges these members of Congress to take strong and forceful action to influence the U.S. Congress to terminate funding of these military operations."

Discussion and commentary by the Portland City Council and by the public at Portland's April 5 meeting was clear in terms of the waste of human lives and financial resources, the need to terminate these wars and the belief that such a resolution to Congress is an appropriate role for local officials in a community that incurs $15 million per year in war costs.

Video produced by Gary Higginbottom and Martha Spiess for the Maine Campaign to Bring Our War Dollars Home