The Jobs Not Wars campaign is calling for actions between June 21st and July 3rd to highlight the painful effects of cuts caused by sequestration and continued outrageous Pentagon spending – and the continued enrichment of military contractors/ corporations – at the expense of our people and our communities. See the Action Toolkit at jobs-not-wars.org/june-toolkit.
Congress has fixed only one domestic cut: they ended furloughs for air traffic controllers, thus expediting their own travel. It’s time to fix all the cuts. Here are simple actions you can take.
Coalition on Human Needs emailable letter to Congress: Fix Life-Changing Cuts, Not Just Inconveniences
Campaign for America’s Future/Daily Kos emailable letter to Congress: Repeal the Sequester
Half in Ten Campaign Sequestration Toolkit (sample press release, letter to the editor, tweets, how to tell your story, helpful graphics)
National Education Association: Ed Flight campaign (take a picture of yourself holding a paper airplane and post it to Congress)
MoveOn.org Petition: Fix the Sequester Cuts for the Poor, Not Just Congressional Travel
You can forward this list to others and find updated action lists here.
The question isn’t whether the Pentagon will be cut. The question is, how much will it be cut. And that’s up to us.
We and our allies are going all out, making as much noise as we can and creating a national consensus that Congress must:
A more detailed campaign menu is on the Take Action / Main Campaigns page. Resources are on the Resources / Main Page. Media tips are on the Resources for Media Work page. Please use them, share them, and let us know what more you need!
362 women state legislators in all 50 states have signed a letter calling for Congress to “rein in wasteful Pentagon spending with a responsible and strategic approach designed to meet our nation’s 21st century needs.” See the 2013 WiLL 2013 Budget Letter – and work with the women in your state who signed it!
As Pentagon budgets decline, our cities and towns need to plan for transition to a civilian economy. Miriam Pemberton of the Institute for Policy Studies has pulled together a package of federal policies that can help communities and workers plan for that transition and cushion it — see it here. The Connecticut Senate recently passed a conversion bill that can serve as a template in other states — See more here.
Every week, the Coalition on Human Needs sends the latest information on program cuts that are hitting people and communities across the nation. The week of May 9-16 saw sudden, deep cuts in unemployment insurance, Head Start closures, rental voucher cutbacks, and too little money in the LIHEAP (home energy assistance) program. See all the weekly summaries and state fact sheets.
Congressional Quarterly, May 17th, 2013: House Republican appropriators are preparing to write fiscal 2014 spending bills that would protect spending for the military and homeland security by making deep cuts to domestic programs. Continue Reading…
Global Research, February 4th, 2013: Prisoners earning 23 cents an hour in U.S. federal prisons are manufacturing high-tech electronic components for Patriot Advanced Capability 3 missiles, launchers for TOW (Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided) anti-tank missiles, and other guided missile systems. Continue Reading…
Fox News editorial, May 15th, 2013: War spending is unproductive and inflationary….every district in the U.S. has pressing infrastructure, education, health and environmental needs, and the return on the taxpayer’s dollar is much higher when invested on these areas. Continue Reading…
Wall Street Journal, May 3rd, 2013: Sharp cuts in Pentagon spending are beginning to crimp U.S. military operations in Asia….The cuts are eating into pilots’ flying time, maintenance of aircraft and ships and popular community-outreach programs. Tightening has also led to the scaling back of some regional joint-exercise programs, considered an important part of Washington’s strategy to beef up military cooperation with Asian allies. Continue Reading….