Budget Priorities segment of August 11 Hearland Labor Forum, KKFI
Ira Harritt, Kansas City Program Coordinator, provided an update on the federal budget debate on KKFI Community Radio's Heartland Labor forum on Thursday, August 11, 2011. In this interview he reviewed what economists and leaders are saying about the recent budget deficit deal and discussed what will really put people back to work and heal our ailing economy.
Excerpts from the show:
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.
“Everyone deserves justice and peace!” This was the sentiment of youth from the Learning Club Leadership Academy, a neighborhood teen youth program serving inner-city youth surrounding Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Kansas City, Kansas. The group’s members participated in the American Friends Service Committee’s Reflections on Afghanistan Mural project, which is teaching area youth about the Afghan people, the Afghan war and the impact the war has had on people there, on U.S. soldiers and on the United States.
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.
AFSC staff and volunteers staffed a table at the Bridging the Gap Summit / back to school fair to enable people to speak out about federal budget priorities. The July 30 event sponsored by The Concerned Clergy Coalition of KC, Hickman Mills School District and All Christians Together Serving provided free health screenings, free food and clothing, entertainment, youth games and community vendors.
By Ira Harritt, AFSC Kansas City Program Coordinator
AFSC in Kansas City continues to organize rallies, vigils and forums knowing that many of our constituents are extremely weary of war. They are also well aware of just how dysfunctional the U.S. Congress has become and how insulated our elected officials are from the impact of grassroots lobbying, especially from the left.
Mural image from Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan
Meeting participantswill help organize actions to mark the 10th Anniversary of 9-11; campaigns to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and plan for the Kansas City exhibition Windows & Mirrors Afghan Mural exhibit and related activities.
Meeting participants will help organize the Visions of Peace at the Crossroads Peace Festival to take place on the First Friday in October, 2011. Last year’s Festival was filled with mural making, peace parades, video interviews, music, poetry, storytelling and much more. This meeting will be our first planning meeting so join us and help shape a power peacemaking event.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
Where we work
AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.