Because of the misdirected budget debate in Washington essential social programs from social security to food stamps are on the chopping block in Washington. You know cutting programs for those most in need, for those who have lost their jobs or homes due to the economic recession or cutting benefits for the elderly on fixed income is not the answer to our economic problems.
The federal budget crisis is not a deficit crisis, but a crisis of priorities.
Choosing to continue enormous tax breaks for the millionaires and spending 60 percent of public discretionary dollars on the Pentagon makes no sense, as millions struggle to find work and to feed and house their families.
Over nine decades of working for peace, the American Friends Service Committee has seen what can happen when a government is allowed to use fear to justify denying basic rights to some vulnerable group—Japanese-Americans, Native Americans, Jews, civil rights advocates, or political dissidents. In 1942, who could defend someone of “foreign enemy ancestry?” In the 1950’s, who dared defend someone accused of being a “communist?” And today, who would speak up for someone labeled a “terrorist?”
On April 17, 2012, Tax Day over 150 area residents stood up, marched and placed the blame for the U.S.’s economic suffering directly where it belonged: Tax cuts and tax cheats; Financial Speculation and Policies Favoring only the 1%; and excessive military spending.
This video is of the delivery of the overdue tax bill to Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), one of the 2010 top 20 Pentagon contractors.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
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