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AFSC AND CPM GATHER TO SEND SEQUESTATION MESSAGE: TRANSFER PENTAGON SPENDING INTO HUMAN NEEDS

DES MOINES - (CPM News Services, 2/28/13) - A group of Iowans heeded the call of the American Friends Service Committee and Catholic Peace Ministry to assemble in front of 1900 Grand Avenue, to protest 'sequestration' that will cut education programs. The gathering was in front of a Gateway Education facility that is scheduled for closing as a result of budget cuts.

Holding a 25-foot banner, the assembled group (see 'Flicker' photos) told reporters from WOI - TV 5 and Cityview newspaper that the visual of the Federal Discretionary Budget tells the story.

"We need to cut the Pentagon budget and transfer the money to human needs, said Kathleen McQuillen of AFSC Iowa. "Our real security likes not in war but in meeting the needs of people."

Aaron Jorgensen-Briggs of Catholic Peace Ministry said the U.S. needed to move beyond "a permanent war economy."

Jeffrey J Weiss added that perpetual war is a rejection of the Gospel of Jesus and supports a "culture of death over life."

The 'budget sequestration' set to take March 1 will make cuts of more than $80 billion from the Federal Discretionary Budget, proportionally equal across the board by agency.

Because the Pentagon swallows half the Federal Disretionary Budget (as the banner depicted in the photograph shows), war cuts will amount to $40 billion. Weapons contractors like Lockheed - Martin, however, will be exempt from the budget cuts and many of them will hit lower-level personnel.

The Catholic Peace Ministry advocates a conversion to a civilian economy where employees of the Pentagon are transferred into constructive sectors of the economy. CPM also considers militarism a rejection of the Sermon on the Mount and envisions a world without violence.

Another budget banner video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSQV_Kxm9i8&feature=youtu.be

Jeffrey J Weiss
Catholic Peace Ministry
4211 Grand Avenue
Des Moines IA 50312
515 255 8114
jjwcpm@yahoo.com

http://catholicpeaceministry.com/

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Taxi drivers in Chicago deserve a living wage and protection against lease overcharges. This video highlights the work of Fayez Khozindar, program director for AFSC Chicago Taxi Worker Organizing and the United Taxidrivers Community Council. The Taxi Worker Organizing Project advocates for greater rights and compensation for low-wage, lease taxi workers in the greater Chicago area.

 

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Sixth grade students in Charlestown, Mass., designed and animated this short video.

Starting with the idea that "the United States government spends $3.55 trillion a year, and a trillion dollars is a lot of money," students chose objects to animate, while asking, "How many of these items can you buy with $1 trillion?" Creating the hand-drawn animation (which originated entirely on flipbooks) got students thinking about the U.S. government budget, and what each one would buy if they had a trillion dollars.

This is one of 25 official selections for the third annual "If I Had a Trillion Dollars" youth film festival, which asks young people to speak out on the federal budget via short videos that answer the question “what would you do with $1 trillion—for yourself, your family, and your community.” The youth are asked to consider the $1 trillion spent yearly on the U.S. military; the $1 trillion spent on the wars abroad, and the $1 trillion plus in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

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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. 

To order a banner to display on your building or at demonstrations, email wagepeace@afsc.org. The $200 fee covers production and shipping costs.

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Interns and youth volunteers play a huge role in AFSC's work for peace and justice in Iowa. In this two-minute video, Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Program Coordinator, describes the various ways they put hope into action.

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Lizeth Ornelas is active with a group of Iowa Dreamers working with AFSC. In this two-minute video, she talks about the recent big win on driver's licenses and the current struggle for in-state tuition for Dreamers.

For more information, please contact Sandra Sanchez, AFSC Iowa Immigrants Voice Program Director, at SSanchez@afsc.org or 515-274-4851, ext. 11.

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Los Angeles students in AFSC's Help Increase the Peace class, a peace education and leadership development course at the Academic Leadership Community, produced this video.

It is one of 25 official selections for the third annual "If I Had a Trillion Dollars" youth film festival, which asks young people to speak out on the federal budget via short videos that answer the question “what would you do with $1 trillion—for yourself, your family, and your community.” The youth are asked to consider the $1 trillion spent yearly on the U.S. military; the $1 trillion spent on the wars abroad, and the $1 trillion plus in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

This video was created by the American Friends Service Eommittee, PA program's Racial Justice Through Human Rights group in 2012 together with the Youth Media Advocacy Project. The youth's deep concern for education and the deficiency of the schools led them to want to raise awareness in the community about the right to a good education.

 

 

 

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Pittsburgh students in AFSC's Racial Justice Through Human Rights youth group produced this video.

It is one of 25 official selections for the third annual "If I Had a Trillion Dollars" youth film festival, which asks young people to speak out on the federal budget via short videos that answer the question “what would you do with $1 trillion—for yourself, your family, and your community.” The youth are asked to consider the $1 trillion spent yearly on the U.S. military; the $1 trillion spent on the wars abroad, and the $1 trillion plus in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

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