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Time To 'Reinvest In People' And 'Cut Weapons Of War': Barbara Lee Unveils Plan To Cut Up To $350 Billion From Pentagon: 06/16/2020

Jake Johnson - Common Dreams

"Redundant nuclear weapons, off-books spending accounts, and endless wars in the Middle East don't keep us safe."

‘Demilitarizing’ The Police Could Be A More Fruitful Rallying Cry For Reformers Than ‘Defunding’: 06/09/2020

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 And Zalia Maya: Defund The Police: 06/08/2020

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.

Morning Defense: Sasc Begins Ndaa Markup Today: 06/08/2020

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.

Peace Referendum Advances: 06/02/2020

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. 

‘America Needs A Coronavirus Cure, Not More War’: 05/27/2020

John Nichols - The Nation

Progressive democrats look to reduce the defense budget.

Asian-American Groups Demand Biden Take Down His ‘Anti-China’ Ad: 05/20/2020

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.

First In Military Spending, Last In Our Covid-19 Response: 05/08/2020

Lorah Steichen - Inkstick Media

COVID-19 is a dress rehearsal for the climate crisis, and right now we're failing.

Spending Trillions On ‘Defense’ Left America Unprepared For Real Disasters: 05/06/2020

Kate Yoder - Grist

The Pentagon has been talking about the dangers of climate change for decades, much more candidly than Congress or the White House, said Lorah Steichen, coauthor of the new report from National Priorities Project. When it comes to taking on climate change, however, the military is mainly concerned with improving its own ...

The Pandemic Has Made The Poor People’S Campaign Virtual — And Vital: 05/05/2020

Katrina vanden Heuvel - The Washington Post

Mobilizing around a call for moral revival, the Poor People’s Campaign has built more than 40 state committees, bringing together poor and low-income people — many now called “essential” workers, faith leaders and citizens of conscience. The group put forth a Poor People’s Moral Budget laying out sensible priorities at the national level.