|Matthew Hoh photo credit Lori Fernald Khamala|
Some believe that any reduction in military spending
contracts, while others view the proposed cuts as an opportunity to
turn tax dollars, otherwise spent on defense, into meaningful
interests, all converging here, I’d say this is a historical moment,”
said Isabell Moore, the forum’s moderator and adjunct professor of
history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
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
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.
|Matthew Hoh speaks at Elon University Law. photo credit Lori Fernald Khamala|
Carolina legislators such as State Rep. Pricy Harris (D), Marcus
Keynote speaker Matthew Hoh spoke to the policies and dialogues that
keep U.S. defense spending at unprecedented levels. Hoh served as a
U.S. Marine and later worked at the State Department as a senior
civilian representative and political adviser on Afghanistan.
Hoh, who in 2009 quit his post at the State Department, making him
the only senior state department official to publicly resign in
protest of the Afghanistan war.
not stop the war. Unless there is clear public support, elected
officials are often called unpatriotic for pulling troops out of war
“The president needs to understand he has the political support to end
the war in Afghanistan,” said Hoh. “Our leaders won’t do a thing about
Ann Lennon, area director of the American Friends Service Committee
Office of the Carolinas, said that diverting tax dollars from Defense
Department coffers to education, health care and social services,
rests primarily on priorities, not just on economic expediency.
|North Caronlina State Rep. Marcus Brandon shares a word with ASFC Intern Victor Lopez before the |
event commenced. photo credit Lori Fernald Khamala