Because we support programs to meet human needs for food, shelter, health
care, a sustainable environment, education, and fulfilling work in a stable
world economy; and
Because successive General Assembly resolutions have spoken to issues
relating to economic conversion, defined as the orderly redirection of resources
now employed in all aspects of weapons manufacture to the rebuilding of civilian
industries and the infrastructure to support them; and
WHEREAS human experience has shown that national security requires social
justice and a productive economy as well as an adequate national defense force;
WHEREAS excessive military spending is economically unproductive and a major
component of government budget deficits;
WHEREAS an economy driven by the military-industrial complex exacerbates
world tensions and increases the possibility of accidental warfare;
WHEREAS the war economies of nations divert intellectual and material
resources from basic human needs, medical research, educational programs, and
WHEREAS abrupt, unplanned cessation of military spending or closing of
military bases in a community or region results in immediate economic
WHEREAS planned economic conversion will stimulate the world economy,
strengthen communities everywhere, and stabilize the work force, thereby
enhancing global security;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Unitarian Universalist Association endorses
national, provincial, state, and local policies and programs that will promote
economic conversion by eliminating unnecessary or excessive military
expenditures, both at home and abroad;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the United States and Canadian governments be
urged to work through the United Nations to provide the interchange of
information and experience as to how such conversion can best be accomplished;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the resources made available by this conversion
be directed toward creating a more productive and environmentally responsible
industrial economy, restoring adequate social programs for all, and achieving
global peace; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the Unitarian Universalist Association:
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