An Amazing Victory in Winooski, Vermont!

Winooski-65dB-Properties-18F35s-Scenario-1-Horace-ShawOn Tuesday, March 3, the citizens of Winooski voted yes to ask their city to join the federal lawsuit against the F35 basing in Vermont.  The lawsuit was filed by the Stop the F35 Coalition and asks the USAF to set aside its decision until a comprehensive EIS has been completed, and then make a decision based on the facts.  Although this vote was non-binding, it is a very powerful message that Winooski voters demand that due process under the law be served in an effort to protect their community from the F35s.

Thank you to everyone who helped with passing Article Five on the Winooski ballot, starting back in January with the dozens of incredible volunteers in our successful petition drive, to every single person that signed it, to those who educated their friends and neighbors about the article and urged their participation, to those who displayed lawn signs as a public show of support, to those who stood outside of the polls in the cold, and finally to every Winooski citizen who voted yes.

I’m so grateful and proud of our little City and the residents who care so deeply about its future!  It has been an honor to have met and worked with so many that appreciate their neighbors and community and are willing to stand up for Winooski and Vermont.  We are blessed to have such a truly an amazing and inspiring group of people that call our city their home!  None of this happened without the help of many, and I want to express my deep gratitude.

Please stay involved as our new Winooski Mayor, city council and city manager review the legal options to decide its next steps in this process.  This is a great opportunity for us to strengthen our lawsuit and protect our community.

Thank you voters of Winooski!

FAA changes story about F-35 maps

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By Burlington Free Press
February 4, 2017

The FAA could have included F-35 sound information, but chose not to due to a pending lawsuit which community members hoped would halt or at least delay the basing of the new jets

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Great News!!!  

In its amazing and historic vote on Monday, April 20, 2015, the Winooski City Council  agreed to join the F35 lawsuit as a full partner!  The City will use its own attorney, and the city’s contribution will be capped at $7,500.  The city attorney will prepare the paperwork to join the suit, called a “motion to intervene”.  Wow!

Thank you, Winooski City Councilors for your actions on behalf of Winooski and its citizens!  And thank you, Winooski residents and friends who helped make this happen with your activism and support of Article Five!  

 

Petition – Please Sign!

 

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The entire F-35 fleet was recently grounded due to an engine fire, making the F-35 a no-show at a high profile international air show, while Canada just hit pause on their F-35 purchase to evaluate other options.

Over budget and years behind schedule, it’s time to put an end to the most expensive weapons system in history. Tell Congress to ground the F-35 forever.

Lockheed Martin, Pratt & Whitney and other Pentagon contractors are profiting off the taxpayer’s dime and funneling money into campaign coffers and lobbying. Even war hawk Senator John McCain describes the F-35 as the “worst example of the military-industrial-congressional complex.”1

They’re rigging the system so the F-35 wins and working families lose as vital programs like food assistance, infrastructure repair and education are slashed again and again.

So what could we have invested in instead of the most wasteful program in the history of the military? Our friends at Think Progress recently broke down the numbers and found that we could buy every homeless person in the U.S. a mansion, feed every school kid in the country or boost infrastructure funding needed to rebuild America.2

Sign the petition to tell Congress: End the F-35 program so we can invest in an America that works for all of us, not just Pentagon contractor CEOs.

Thanks,

Ross Wallen
USAction

 

1. Foreign PolicyThe Pentagon’s $399 Billion Plane to Nowhere: The next-generation F-35, the most expensive plane ever built, may be too dangerous to fly. Why is Congress keeping it alive?2. ThinkProgressAmericans Have Spent Enough Money On A Broken Plane To Buy Every Homeless Person A Mansion

 

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