The U.S. Splurges on Militarism and Not Enough for Our Communities

What's New

We've just released a new fact sheet Invest in Communities, Not Violence.

The militarized budget is only getting higher, so we're laying out how taxpayer dollars are going to the Pentagon, deportations and detentions, and policing and prisons in FY 2023 and in the past 20 years. What would those dollars look like if instead the federal budget prioritized true community needs, such as housing, jobs, education, climate, and healthcare? Read more in our fact sheet.

Here's an excerpt:

Over the long term, reinvesting in human needs over militarism could be transformative. For far less than the $21 trillion spent on militarism in the 20 years after 9/11, the U.S. could allocate enough funds to do ALL of the following: