In response to the misdirected federal budget debate and actions in Washington, D.C. and the disastrous impact it is having on our community and economy, the Kansas City AFSC has organized a Move the Money resolution campaign.
The goal of the campaign is to educate and mobilize the community to advocate for federal budget decisions that will meet the needs of all members of our community, not just the rich and multinational corporations. The KCMO Move the Money resolution campaign is currently endorsed by twenty-one area organizations (See below for the text of the resolution and a list of endorsing groups.)
We are pleased to announce that the KCMO City Council unanimously passed a Move the Money Resolution on April 11.
The resolution (which can be found by clicking this link) calls upon the president and congress to “recognize the national budget’s impact on our local communities….; create and protect jobs…; eliminate cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid,,,; provide new revenues for these purposes…; closing corporate tax loopholes, ending offshore tax havens, and raising taxes on incomes over $250,000.00 so that all pay their fair share: and …reducing funding for military and lower priority domestic programs.”
On April 3rd prior to the vote on the resolution, supporters testified before Kansas City’s Neighborhood and Healthy Communities Committee. Excerpts from those who testified in support of the Kansas City Move the Money Resolution are printed below. Members of the Neighborhoods Committee (Councilpersons Curls, committee chair, Glover, Reed and Wagner) heard the testimony and gave strong support of the resolution. More information about the KCMO resolution # 130246 can be found by clicking this link. Video of the hearing can be found by clicking this link.
We express our thanks to Councilman Ed Ford for introducing and providing leadership in the passage of the Move the Money resolution. We thank Councilwoman Melba Curls, chair of the Neighborhoods and Healthy Communities committee, for hearing testimony on the resolution and we thank each of the Council Members for standing up for the interests and needs of Kansas City residents and voting for the resolution.
Excerpts from testimony in support of the Move the Money Resolution:
Ira Harritt, American Friends Service Committee, KC Program Coordinator: We as a nation need to step up and counter the campaign being waged against the 99%. Cutting programs that are very important to residents of our community while … cutting taxes and maintaining tax breaks for the wealthiest citizens in our nation and allowing loopholes to continue for corporations (is wrong)… The Sequester is just the current attack on social programs, which are going to trickle down and fall upon Kansas City government to deal with.
Rev. Ester Holzendorf, Consolidated Social Work Services: We have to be concerned about the elderly We have to be concerned about the disabled. We have to be concerned about families, and youth … We have to be concerned about violence and the causes of violence. And when we look at violence and the causes of violence and lack of quality education… we know that it points to poverty and so we have to deal with poverty
Dave Kingsley, Gray Panthers: There is quite a bit of pressure these days to reduce benefits for Medicare and Social Security. One of the issues for Social Security is the Chain CPI, (changes) would cost the average person by the time they are 75 , $1,000; by the time they are 85 something like $4,000 or $5,000 a year…. We need to keep the elderly from sinking deeper into poverty. Poverty among the elderly is about 18% right now.
Dave Pack, AFSC and Peaceworks, KC: The U.S. military budget is funding weapons systems that the Pentagon does not want or need. One of these is the F-35 fighter plane. The most expensive weapons system ever; complete failure; overdue; over budget; total cost of this program-- $1.5 trillion. Imagine what we could do if we stopped production of this outdated weapons system and invested in schools, jobs and healthcare.
Eva Schulte, Communities Creating Opportunity: This resolution is an exercise in voice… you have the opportunity with this resolution to stand up for the common good… for a moral budget and especially to be clear about how Kansas City communities and neighborhoods are impacted by every decision made on a national level and state level, especially now with this budget.
On April 15, Tax Day, the Finance and Audit Committee of the Jackson County Legislature invited Move the Money Campaign supporters to testify on the Move the Money Campaign at the downtown KCMO Jackson County Courthouse. Legislators Scott Burnett, committee chair, Theresa Garza Ruiz and Crystal Williams heard testimony and expressed interest and concern over the information presented. Stay tuned for updates on progress toward introducing a Move the Money resolution in the Jackson County legislature.
We continue the process of educating and mobilizing the public to advocate for federal budget priorities that will create more hope for the future and increase the well-being of residents of the Kansas City metro and our nation. We invite you to get involved. Contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816 931-5256. You can get involved and to help with upcoming plans to introduce Move the Money Resolutions is other area jurisdictions.
If your organization has not yet endorsed the Move the Money resolution we invite you to add your name to our list of endorsers and get involved as you are able. Click this link to see how your group can become an endorser.
KC Move the Money Resolution
Social Security and other services sustaining our community are under attack, and next to nothing is being done to create jobs. The Afghanistan war grinds on and the Pentagon budget keeps growing. Corporations and the 1%'ers are paying lower tax rates than the middle class.
Given this reality, we, the people call upon congress and the President to:
- 1.Create and protect jobs by investing in manufacturing, schools, housing, renewable energy, transportation and other public services;
- 2.Eliminate cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans benefits, and to housing, food and unemployment assistance;
- 3.Provide new revenues for these purposes and reduce the long-term federal deficit by closing corporate tax loopholes, ending offshore tax havens, and raising taxes on incomes over $250,000 so that all pay their fair share; and
- 4.Redirect military spending to these domestic needs by reducing the military budget, ending the war in Afghanistan and reducing the number of U.S. military bases overseas.
The following organizations have endorsed the KC Move the Money Resolution:
- Ad Hoc Group Against Crime
- American Friends Service committee
- Cherith Brook Catholic Worker
- Communities Creating Opportunity
- Consolidated Social Work Services, Inc.
- Disciples Peace Fellowship, KCMO
- Gray Panthers of Kansas and Western Missouri
- Jobs Now!
- Johnson and Wyandotte Counties NOW
- Mary Ellen Carter Foundation
- Mid America Assistance Coalition
- National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
- Occupy KC
- Physicians for Social Responsibility-KC
- Reconciliation Services
- St. James Catholic Church, KCMO
- St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Church
- Tree of Life Foundation
- United Progressives