Kansas Citians Call for New Budget Priorities
AFSC staff and volunteers in Kansas City unfurl a 30-foot banner depicting the federal budget, 60% of which goes toward the military. View a slideshow of the event.Photo: AFSC
As part of the Global Day of Action on Military Spending on April 12, AFSC staff and volunteers in Kansas City organized a vigil and demonstration calling for a reduction in the excessive military budget and the funding of human needs and job creation.
The vigil included the display of a 30-foot banner depicting FY 2011 discretionary spending, 60% of which is allocated to the military. Street theater depicted "Billionaires for US Bankruptcy," and an actor portrayed President Eisenhower's famous farewell address in which he warned against the growing military-industrial complex. Lady Liberty was also on hand to discuss justice, freedom and tax equity. (Click this link to view photos of the event.)
The local NBC affiliate covered the event: