Use this guide to talk about issues specific to the post-election lame duck session of Congress. This is a crucial opportunity to focus pressure on changing federal budget priorities given the impending sequestration.
Tax Day 2012 is also the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS), April 17, 2012. AFSC will be joining partners in 35 countries around the world and cities all over the US to call for cuts to the military buget and for funding for vital human needs and job creation.
Tell Congress They Must Cut Military Spending
Under last year’s deficit deal, military and domestic programs are supposed to be cut equally over the next ten years. Already this agreement would disproportionately affect domestic programs, as the military budget has doubled since 2001, not even including the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
AFSC "Speak Truth to Power" sign for the Occupy movement.
Download these signs to show support for the Occupy movement in your area. The text on the signs uplifts AFSC principles and federal budget priority policy goals that are resonant with the Occupy movement. You can take these to your local copy or sign shop and have them reproduced, or print them out at home.
In communities across the country, groups are trying to get city councils, county councils, and other local municipalities to make a statement to their elected officials calling for cuts to the military budget and support for programs important in our communities. This material will give you tips on how to join this effort in your area.
Download the full toolkit for a comprehensive set of tools to help your community work for better federal budget priorities. The toolkit includes fact sheets, suggestions about how to work with the media, how to talk with members of Congress and ask them questions, and how to get a resolution passed in your community to encourage Congress to support programs that fund our needs at home instead of the military. You can also download just parts of the toolkit.
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