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Wasteful Pentagon spending the focus of rallies across US

Pig costumes were in high demand Feb. 27, 2013, when protesters across the U.S. challenged the “pork” that pads the Pentagon budget.

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

Rolling out the federal budget

Chicago demonstrators hold a banner showing the breakdown of the federal budget

As this banner showing the federal budget rolls out, we see how much is spent on transportation, NASA, education, and healthcare compared to the more than 50 percent of the budget that goes to the military.

Go to afsc.org/pentagoncuts for ways to take action to cut Pentagon spending and invest in human needs programs. 

Massachusetts coalition tells senators to pass a budget for all

In honor of the rapidly approaching March 1 decision on the sequester, the Budget for All coalition visited the Boston offices of Senators Elizabeth Warren and William Cowan on Valentine's Day, delivering valentines a

Urge our leaders to invest in people, not the Pentagon

In the next two months, we have an unprecedented opportunity to reduce excessive military spending—and we must not waste this moment.

Spring 2013 opportunities to impact Pentagon spending cuts

Use the "Invest in People, not the Pentagon" action toolkit to make the most of these opportunities to influence the conversation on Pentagon cuts and our national budget priorities.


7 - Brennan hearings (CIA)
12 - State of the Union address
14 - Valentine’s Day
20 - President’s Day/Save for All Coalition national day of action
27 - National Day of Action on Cuts to Pentagon Spending
11-17 - Congressional Senate recess
18-22 - Congressional House recess

Action kit: Invest in people, not the Pentagon

Toolkit cover

Invest in People, Not the Pentagon

This is a kit for community groups, Quaker meetings, faith communities, students, and anyone else who is ready to work in this crucial moment to make sure that vital social programs are preserved and that deep cuts to Pentagon spending are made. 

In the coming months we have a chance to cut Pentagon spending and move that money to our communities. Congress’ right wing is in disarray, a consensus is building that military spending can be cut deeply, and powerful national organizations are starting to join that consensus. 

Invest in people, not the Pentagon

US Discretionary Budget Banner 2013

Banner showing US Discretionary Budget

20 foot vinyl banner showing the U.S. discretionary budget and the more than 50 percent that goes to the military. To purchase one of these banners for your events, please email wagepeace@afsc.org.

A toolkit with everything you need to make sure that vital social programs are preserved and that deep cuts to Pentagon spending are made.

Show Congress how to make a better budget

Ask your congressional delegation to pass a budget that reflects the values and priorities of the people who put them in office.

Blog: Four things I learned from the four days of #Durbinville

By Debbie Southorn, AFSC intern

From Dec. 2-6, 2012, a broad coalition of community organizations, religious leaders, and activists in Chicago served soup and bread outside the offices of Sen. Dick Durbin. The four days of bread and soup lines culminated in our construction of a shantytown coined “Durbinville,” modeled after the Hoovervilles of the Great Depression.

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