Faith Leaders Oppose F-35 Fighter Jets, Wisconsin State Journal 7-29-2020

A full-page ad appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal today – July 29, 2020 – speaking against the F-35 fighter jets for reasons of social and environmental justice, and world peace. It’s signed by a long list of clergy and other faith leaders who call the proposed deployment “morally offensive”. Wisconsin State Journal Ad, Faith […]

Scientific American: Defund the Pentagon, Too

Let’s Defund the Pentagon, Too   | 8 July 2020  |   John Horgan  Related Links: The Poor People’s Campaign:  Moral Budget cuts the military budget   Defund the Pentagon – Contact your representatives People over Pentagon  original article   We must begin moving beyond militarism, as Martin Luther King urged more than 50 years ago “Toward the end […]

Overheard: Short film on the opposition to Madison F-35’s

Overheard   |  May 2020  |  by videographer Lucy McNeil     Overheard tells the story of one community’s fight to protect their homes against the placement of F35 fighter jets within their neighborhood.   Overheard Video  Explore some of the issues

PFAS, COVID and potential environmental racism

The draft environmental impact study acknowledged that there will be “significant disproportionate impacts to low-income and minority populations as well as children.”  Although much of the US government is phasing out fluorine based firefighting foam use,  due to having jets with composite bodies like the Lockheed Martin F-35, the fluorine based foams will continue to be […]

Fort Ord, Closed for Years, High Levels of Toxic Chemicals Remain for Local Residents

Military Poisons  |  27 April 2020   Original Article   “The Army has revealed that two highly toxic chemicals, PFOS and PFOA were recently found in the groundwater at the old Fort Ord, near Salinas, California at 560 parts per trillion, (ppt), which is 8 times higher than the EPA’s advisory level of 70 ppt. The […]

DNR : National Guard not complying with laws

Wisconsin State Journal  |  2 April 2020  |  Chris Hubbuch   original article  F-35 opponents challenge environmental review; DNR says National Guard not complying with pollution laws “Attorneys for a group opposed to basing F-35 fighter jets at Truax Field say the Air Force’s review of environmental impacts is deficient and are calling for additional […]

Janet Parker: Mayor Rhodes-Conway has taken the right stance on F-35s

The Cap Times  |  9 April 2020  |  Janet Parker, guest columnist The Air Force may make a decision on where to base the F-35 fighter planes as soon as this week. Last week, our City Council went on record with strong opposition to basing F-35s at Truax Field here in Madison. The vote to […]

Myth 2: Military spending is driven by security concerns [World Peace Foundation]

Original Article      “The decisions to build, sell or buy weapons systems often have little to do with defending the nation. Other factors at play include claims that weapons systems generate economic benefits (see Myth 4); and pure corruption—that is, the kickbacks and access to public funds are the rationale for the deal, and […]

Allen Ruff speaks with Pat Elder on “Forever Chemicals,” PFAS and the Military (Tues, Noon, 2/27: “A Public Affair,” WORT, 89.9fm)

Listen Live – WORT 89,9 FM Community Radio Madison       This week on “A Public Affair”  Thursday, February 27 with host Allen Ruff, the guest. Pat Elder comes to us from Maryland.  Elder is an expert in a number of areas including PFAS chemicals and the US military, military recruiting and students. Elder’s […]

Is it Business or Is It Government: Lockheed Conflicts

On February 10, General Joseph Dunford will join the Lockheed Board of Directors. Gen. Dunford was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2015 to 2019 according to Reuters news agency. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the nation’s highest-ranking military officer and the principal military advisor to the president, the […]