GSMCB for August 2022: The Cost of War


The Gillespie-Senter 

Memorial Community Breakfast

August 13, 2022 session:

The Cost
of War
Kevin Cahalan
Pax Christi New Orleans

SATURDAY AUGUST 13, 2022 / 11:00am
First Unitarian Universalist Church
5212 South Claiborne Avenue
(enter via Soniat Street ramp)
Presentation and Discussion in the Rev. Theodore Clapp Large Classroom
Due to higher COVID-19 transmission rates in Orleans Parish, First Unitarian Universalist Church requests that face masks are worn at all programs going forward until further notice
10:55am - Brief personal introductions
11:00am - Keynote Presentation
12:00pm - Progressive Community announcements
"You need no convincing about the wrongness of war. What I would like to talk about is the misplacement of priorities when it comes to spending, especially military spending.
Two thousand nine hundred and ninety six people died in the attacks on September 11, 2001. And the United States rushed into action declaring War on Terrorism. According to Brown University’s "Cost of War Project", we spent 8 trillion dollars and caused 900,000 deaths over the next twenty years - avenging those earlier deaths and showing the world we will not tolerate terror. 
According to the United Nations, more than 25,000 people - mainly children - died that same day from hunger and preventable and curable diseases. And 25,000 have been dying every day since. More than 9 million every year, nearly 200 million since 9/11/2001. 
If we had spent just a fraction of that $8 trillion on mitigating the causes of hunger or eradicating a handful of diseases the world would be a much safer, vibrant place and we Americans might, just might, be more esteemed than feared and distrusted.”
We will discuss the National Priorities Project and Women Against Military Madness (MADD) to put our military spending into perspective with other countries and explain what we could accomplish if we divert monies from nuclear war preparedness or the Space Corps into education, health care, or care for our earth.
OUR SPEAKER: Kevin Cahalan.... "A kid from New York. When I graduated from college in 1964, I joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in India raising pigs and chickens. When I returned, my country (or so I thought) was at war so I joined the Marines and spent two tours in Vietnam as an infantry officer. 
I then joined Catholic Relief Services and worked through most of the seventies in Honduras, Paraguay, and Peru. I came to New Orleans to work for Odyssey House, a drug rehabilitation program that wore me out after two years, so I became a mailman for the next twenty five. Upon retiring from the Postal Service, my wife and I went to Kenya for three and a half years as an assistant administrator of a hospital and English/baking instructor at a local high school. I am now retired for good and live in Kenner."
For more information, contact Brad Ott at or (504) 810-3919
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