Jamie McQuillen-Benge, at right, and another AFSC volunteer invite shoppers at Valley West Mall in West Des Moines to take part in a pennies poll regarding the federal budget. Shoppers supported education, health care and environmental investments over military spending.
Iowans Use “Common Cents” on Federal Spending
By Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator
Early October shoppers looking for bargains on jeans or Halloween masks at Valley West Mall in West Des Moines, Iowa rated schools, health care and the environment above military spending at a “penny peace poll” organized by AFSC’s Iowa Office and volunteers.
The Iowa Chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action focus its Fall 2011 Regional Gatherings on the federal budget. The Polk City event will be hosted by Hugh Stone with devotions by Shari Miller.
Noted author, economist and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich will address the topic, "The Next Economy and America's Future" at this Des Moines talk. Reich currently teaches at Cal-Berkeley. Free and open to the public. A book-signing will follow the talk.
Kathleen McQuillen on the Federal Budget and Palestine-Israel
Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator, speaks with Fallon Forum guest host Jon Krieg about the federal budget, military overspending and an upcoming interfaith conference on Palestine-Israel.
A Call to Move the Money
Dear Community Leader,
Let’s face it. The U.S. economy is in bad shape.
Too many members of our community are suffering while Congress is debating ideological issues that are beside the point. Federal and State government budget cutting is creating more unemployment, providing less help for people hit by job loss or illness and making the economic recession worse.
Letter sent to Senators and Congresspersons calling for funding of: jobs; education; healthcare; and housing and nighborhoods; and cuts to: war and the military; corporate welfare; and tax cuts for the rich.
Have you ever wondered how or if our Federal Budget could be a tool to move our nation to a prosperous, peaceful and just future?
Forum panelists will identify ways the budget can be used to redirect our resources away from war and destruction to improved quality of life, investment in job creation and correcting the increasing disparity of income and wealth.
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