Federal Budget Priorities

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Time for the superpower of public opinion to rise again

February 15, 2013 marked the 10th anniversary of what may have been the biggest protest against war in human history. Hundreds of events involving tens of millions of people coordinated actions under the banner "No War On Iraq" took place across the planet. These included rallies and marches in Cleveland and Akron, among many other locations around Ohio.

Economic disparity or economic equality

By Ira Harritt, program coordinator in Kansas City

“This is America’s opportunity to help bridge the gulf between the haves and the have-nots. The question is whether America will do it.”
~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in his last Sunday sermon, Remaining Awake through a Great Revolution  

Dr. King’s question is still before us. We still have the ability to bridge this gulf, even though it has been growing larger and larger, especially in the past 30 years.  

A heavy heart

I write with a heavy heart.  A cold wind blows out of the north and the temperature is dropping.  A few nights ago, when RI did it’s “Point in Time” count, 996 people were homeless.  So far this year, 214 families, with 385 children, have been sheltered – up from 159 last year.  Last year, in Massachusetts, 16,664 were homeless when that count was done.  (Click here for images from the RI Press Conference on

Fiscal Cliff on Trial- Workers and Safety Net Witnesses

Fiscal Cliff on Trial Forum- Testimony by Pat Hayes, UAW auto worker, Anne Pritchett, elementary school teacher, and Tony Cage, homeless services provider. The event, organized by the KC Program of the American Friends Service Committee, took place on Saturday, December 1 at the University of Missouri, KCMO.

The event, organized by AFSC and co-sponsored by  Jobs Now, UMKC Economics Club and National Lawyers Guild, Occupy KC, Move to Amend, and PeaceWorks KC, took place on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the University of Missouri, KCMO.

Fiscal Cliff on Trial- Senior and Student Witnesses

Fiscal Cliff on Trial Forum- Testimony by senior citizens Sharon Lockhart and Betty Temple and recent university graduate Matthew Burton. The event, organized by the KC Program of the American Friends Service Committee, took place on Saturday, December 1 at the University of Missouri, KCMO.

The event, organized by AFSC and co-sponsored by  Jobs Now, UMKC Economics Club and National Lawyers Guild, Occupy KC, Move to Amend, and PeaceWorks KC, took place on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the University of Missouri, KCMO.

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Need Real Debate over Federal Budget Priorities

This article appeared in the Concord Monitor , Fosters Daily Democrat, and Common Dreams. 

America is Strong Enough for Real Discussion of Budget Priorities

By Arnie Alpert

When is a “Town Hall Meeting” not a “Town Hall Meeting?”

Tax Day 2012 Flyer

Download this simple flyer encouraging others in your community to take action by call Congress now.

Tax Day Toolkit 2012

This is an AFSC action guide for these events, focused on US federal budget priorities. This year, the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) coincides with tax day in the US, what better opportunity to tell Congress and your community that you want your tax dollars going to job creation and social programs, not war and tax cuts for the rich.

Tax Day 2012 press template

This Microsoft Word document is intended to be adapted to your local community.  If you would like to announce your action, rally, or anything else, please feel free to use this as your starting point.

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