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Federal Budget Priorities
A Call to Move the Money
Dear Community Leader,
Let’s face it. The U.S. economy is in bad shape.
Too many members of our community are suffering while Congress is debating ideological issues that are beside the point. Federal and State government budget cutting is creating more unemployment, providing less help for people hit by job loss or illness and making the economic recession worse.
Letter sent to Senators and Congresspersons calling for funding of: jobs; education; healthcare; and housing and nighborhoods; and cuts to: war and the military; corporate welfare; and tax cuts for the rich.
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.
Available now on a sidewalk near you, and on this website as downloadable PDF: Michelle Diehl and Terry Messman on Berkeley merchants' "sit-lie" ordinance and protests to defeat it. Carol Harvey on an empty building takeover last month in San Francisco. Brian Woodson, West Virginia AFSC staffer Rick Wilson, Judy Andreas, Lynda Carson, and Jack Bragen on pressures on the poor in the economic recession. Mary Meriam reviews poet Julia Vinograd's collection, When Even the Sky Hurts. And more ...
AFSC staff Sandra Schwartz's article on tax day and other actions to: (1) end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; (2) legislate major reductions in the Pentagon budget; and (3) make investments in jobs, infrastructure, new technologies, education, healthcare, and environmental protection. The New Priorities Campaign coalition meets monthly -- sign their petition and take it to your friends, co-workers, and community groups now. www.newprioritiescampaign.org
AFSC staff, volunteers, and partners marched, chanted and made signs to mark Tax Day. From Los Angeles to Boston, Indianapolis to Pittsburgh, dozens gathered, and garnered much positive reaction from onlookers.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
Where we work
AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.