U.S. Federal Budget As an Instrument for the Common Good

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Monday, June 20, 2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Have you ever wondered how or if our Federal Budget could be a tool to move our nation to a prosperous, peaceful and just future?

Forum panelists will identify ways the budget can be used to redirect our resources away from war and destruction to improved quality of life, investment in job creation and correcting the increasing disparity of income and wealth.

Various budgets will be discussed including the Paul Ryan’s House Republican budget, the Progressive Caucus’ Peoples Budget, The Obama Budget, and the New Freedom Budget (an update on the Freedom Budget developed in 1966 by New Deal Keynesians)

Panel members and participants will share and discuss ideas for actions to change federal budget priorities. 


  • Sharon Lockhart, CFP, is a Financial Advisor with Raymond James Financial Services. She is active in women’s and peace issues and alternative media and hosts “Every Woman” on KKFI on Saturday afternoons.
  • Ira Harritt has been the program coordinator of the KCMO Office of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) since 1986. In that role he has organized campaigns on many justice and peace issues. He has studied and spoken about federal budget priorities and the impact of the U.S. military budget on our local economy.
  • Dee Berry has been active in Green Movement/Politics since 1984. She has an MBA from UMKC and is a retired teacher, having taught at UMKC, Park College and St. Mary’s College

This event is cosponsored by the KC Greens Foundation and the KC American Friends Service Committee. For information call 816 931-5256.

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