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U.S. Mayors Announce Call to End Afghanistan War & Invest in Job Creation

First Time Since Vietnam War Nation's Mayors Have Called For End to Military Engagement


By: U.S. Conference of Mayors

BALTIMORE, June 17, 2011 - The nation's mayors, led by Conference President and Burnsville, MN Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, will announce the introduction of a resolution, calling to end the Afghanistan War and re-direct spending for job creation this Friday, the beginning of their four-day annual meeting in Baltimore. On Monday, the final day of the meeting, the U.S. Conference of Mayors will vote on the Afghanistan resolution, as well as release an employment report for 363 metro areas, published in conjunction with Global Insight. Also, on Monday, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be inaugurated as the new President of The Conference.

Other resolutions discussed and voted on include: opposition to the 20% down payment that federal housing officials are proposing for mortgage loans and the severe proposed cuts to the Community Development Block Grant program that funds basic services in metro areas, including child care, traffic lights and road maintenance. Other topics include transportation, homeland security, immigration and energy efficiency. For a copy of the agenda and proposed resolutions, go to www.usmayors.org

Featured speakers include: House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, MD Governor Martin O'Malley, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (Fri), Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (Sat), U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue, Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (Mon), Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and many others.

For a full listing of pre-registered mayors, go to: http://www.usmayors.org/79thAnnualMeeting/preregisteredmayors.asp.

Web Site: http://www.usmayors.org


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