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August 16, 2007 Vigil on Cost of War in Iraq

On August 16, 2007, MoveOn.Org issued a report detailing the cost of the Iraq war by Congressional District. More than 150 vigils publicizing the report were held across the country, including our vigil in Ricalton Square, Maplewood. The two large checks held in the photos below represent the cost to the 8th NJ Congressional District of $1.48 billion and the cost to the 10th District of $1.09 billion.

Here is how the report estimates money spent on Iraq by the 10th and 8th Congressional Districts of NJ could have been spent on alternative uses (adapted from original report):

What Citizens of New Jersey's 10th District Could Have Gotten Instead
of the $1.09 billion spent in Iraq:

-- Health care coverage for 15,148 people and
-- Head Start for 15,514 and
-- 1,991 new elementary school teachers and
-- 14,709 scholarships to make college more affordable and
-- Renewable electricity for 189,862 homes and
-- 539 affordable housing units and
-- 2,489 public safety officers and
-- 1,918 port container inspectors for New Jersey

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What Citizens of New Jersey's 8th District Could Have Gotten Instead
of the $1.48 billion spent in Iraq:

-- Health care coverage for 20,615 people and
-- Head Start for 21,113 and
-- 2,709 new elementary school teachers and
-- 20,018 scholarships to make college more affordable and
-- Renewable electricity for 258,387 homes and
-- 733 affordable housing units and
-- 3,387 public safety officers and
-- 2,610 port container inspectors for New Jersey

Aug 16 Group 6.5 web.jpg


Aug 16 Nkosi Both Checks 6.5 web.jpg

photo by Nkosi Anderson


Aug 16 Nkosi Child sign  web 6.5.jpg
photo by Nkosi Anderson


 
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