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Five things you need to know about the sequester

The sequester splits spending cuts 50-50 between defense and non-defense programs.

It's due to go into effect this Friday, March 1, if Congress doesn’t reach a compromise first.

Non-defense programs already get a smaller piece of the pie.

Defense programs take up well over 50 percent of the discretionary budget:

Video: AFSC/Debbie Southorn

Iowans say: Invest in People, Not the Pentagon

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 2:00pm

Federal Budget Banner

40 foot banner showing that over 50% of the federal discretionary budget goes to military spending

The big "sequestration" goes into effect on Friday with tremendously negative impacts on our communities and schools.

Please join AFSC, Catholic Peace Ministry and others as we unfurl a 20-foot banner depicting the US military budget vs all other components of discretionary spending (healthcare, education, environment, etc.). Our message is simple: Invest in People, Not the Pentagon.

We will gather in front of the-- soon to be closed-- Gateway School (1800 Grand) at 2:00 this Thursday, Feb. 28.  

Pull the Pork from the Pentagon: Protect our Priorities, Fund our Communities

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 11:15am

Pull the Pork from the Pentagon

Pull the pork from the Pentagon

There is a National Day of Action to stop the sequester and call for cuts to Pentagon spending to fund our communities.   AFSC-SENE is organizing a short rally at the State House on Wednesday Feb. 27 at 3:30 pm to call attention to the devastating impact on the state budget that the sequester would have.  Smart cuts, especially to the bloated Pentagon budget, and closing tax loopholes that benefit the big corporations and their CEOs would go a long way to fixing the problem without hurting state budgets.  Please join us! 

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