Chicago Peace Council

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Chicago Peace Council

Nat'l Conference for a drastic cutback in military spending

The Chicago Peace Council convened a "Nationall conference for a drastic cutback in military spending" in Chicaqo, April 5 & 6, 1975.

Millions cf our people are outraged by a military budnet of $105 billion and, according to the Pentagon, inflation will raise that figure to $149 billion. This while the people arc suffering from the effects of one of the worst crises in U.S. history.
While Pres. Ford has ordered cuts in necessary social services, there have been only increases in the military budget, which is being spent on U.S. domination around the world, on military assistance to reactionary and Fascist regimes, and particularly on escalating the nuclear arms race that threatens world destruction.
The crucial importance of launching a national action program for reduction in military spending and shifting the released funds to meet human needs was emphasized by Cong, Ronald V. Dellums of California, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He said:

"...VJhilc every other government agency and program is scraped to the bone, especially the human needs program, only the military maintains its growth, at a rate that outstrips inflation."
The purpose of the National Conference is to mount a national campaign and a vigorous program of action which will speak to the hundreds of thousands who were part of the inspiring resistance to the war in Indo- china. The people of the U.S. can and must turn this country around.

Congressmen Ralph Metcalfe, Bella Abzug and Les Aspin were invited.

Speakers at the Conference included Congressman Abner Mikva, Robert Johnston (regional Director, UAW), Richard Criley (Exec. Dir. Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights), Norman Roth (Fres. Local 6, UAW), Fr. Gerard Grant S.J. (Loyola University); Ed Sadlowski (Regional Director, United Steel Workers Union) and Frank Rosen (Intl. V-P, U.E.)[1].

At the time, Communist Party USA member Sylvia Kushner was Executive Secretary, of the Chicago Peace Council.


  1. The nationwide drive against law enforcement intelligence operations : hearing before the Subcommittee to Investigate the Administration of the Internal Security Act and Other Internal Security Laws of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, Ninety-fourth Congress, first session ..." page 179