Billions of dollars are spent annually on militarism and corporate tax breaks while families and communities across the U.S. experience cuts to essential services like education, housing, healthcare, and worker protections.
AFSC works at the federal level and at the grassroots in cities and towns across the country pressure Congress to direct funds away from warfare and toward creating a just economic system based on shared security and human needs.
In order to challenge the economic systems that sustain and profit from occupation and violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, AFSC supports economic activism including the use of nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) tactics.
Privatization of public resources and the increasing influence of corporations on the U.S. political system threatens democracy and transparency. AFSC is challenging the influence of corporate money in political elections, military contracts, and prison privatization in order to reverse the privatization trend.
Military spending accounts for 57 percent of the U.S. discretionary federal budget. A culture of militarism, U.S.-led military interventions across the globe, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have had untold human and financial costs, depleting U.S. resources for human needs.
Widening economic inequality is harmful to people everywhere—today, economic factors are responsible for more deaths than armed conflict in the U.S. and around the world.