Fighting for a U.S. federal budget that prioritizes peace, economic security and shared prosperity
Rev. William Barber and Rev. Liz Theoharis - CNN
Whenever we demand what we know is necessary for all people to thrive, politicians who have accommodated themselves to America's inequality ask, "But how would we pay for it?" The Poor People's Campaign worked with some of the nation's best economists to find the money.
Rev. Liz Theoharis - Open Democracy
To create real security, we must slash the Pentagon budget and invest in meeting everyone’s basic human needs.
Bryan Bender - Politico
Lee’s nonbinding resolution calls for reductions of up to $350 billion in the defense budget and recommends, among other options, winding down long-running wars and shuttering 60 percent of overseas bases to save money.
Jake Johnson - Common Dreams
"Redundant nuclear weapons, off-books spending accounts, and endless wars in the Middle East don't keep us safe."
James Hohmann - The Washington Post
Lindsay Koshgarian, director of NPP, said the 1033 program has been “terribly ill-advised” because it has incentivized using military-style equipment for law enforcement functions that don’t benefit from having it. “Police departments can ask for almost any piece of military equipment and get it with little scrutiny,” she said.
Vijay Prashad - Daily Hampshire Gazette
Greg Speeter, the founder of the Northampton-based National Priorities Project, used to say that the values of a society should not be judged based on its Constitution; the values are clarified by the way it spends its tax dollars.
Bryan Bender - Politico
“At a minimum,” the defense budget should be reduced “by cutting war spending and unnecessary weapons and service contracts,” says Lindsay Koshgarian, program director of the National Priorities Project.
Maliya Ellis - New Haven Independent
Dozens of New Haveners turned out to a virtual public hearing, invoking two new crises to press lawmakers for support for an older cause, with a referendum that calls upon U.S. Congress to reallocate military funding to address city-level priorities, including education, employment, and sustainability.
John Nichols - The Nation
Progressive democrats look to reduce the defense budget.
Sarah Lazare - In These Times
A confrontational U.S. posture towards China, no matter who is in the White House, has dire implications. "If China and the United States get into an arms race, we will be taking those resources away from any other response to climate change,” says Lindsay Koshgarian.