Tax day is also the Global Day of Action on Military Spending. The president's budget proposal for 2013, like 2012, allocates 60 percent of U.S. federal discretionary spending to the military. A report released this week by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute found that the United States accounts for 41 percent of the world’s military spending.
Twenty years ago at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro 172 nations made a pledge to connect the challenges of development to environmental threats. It helped create a global movement for sustainable development and stimulated activism around the world; from the repair of war-torn Lebanon to confronting the damage of oil production in Nigeria.
But a commitment to the challenges of peace and disarmament was missing.
Join us in calling on our government and others to agree on a global plan for disarmament at the Rio Summit in June 2012.
In 2011 global military spending amounted to $1.74 trillion – despite the fact that 1 billion people suffer from hunger, even more do not have access to safe water or adequate health care and education, and even in developed economies, millions are out of work.
Peter Lems and Mary Zerkel
American Friends Service Committee