Action Alerts

  • Tell Congress: Crush the Slush Fund!

    The Pentagon is creating a “slush fund” to avoid budget cuts. They will take about $20 billion dollars from the war-fighting budget and use it to pay routine Pentagon expenses. There is no such “slush fund” to protect food stamps, transportation or public education.

    Join the Thunderclap to Crush the Slush Fund at http://thndr.it/PjBDfH.

    Send a letter to Congress to crush the slush fund or email Congress by clicking here and sign a petition here.

    Ask your organization to sign a national letter to Congress opposing the Pentagon’s use of this war slush fund to avoid mandatory budget cuts, while working families bear the full brunt of cuts. Fill out this form – http://j.mp/OCOsignon2014.

    We need Congress to put an end to these budget shenanigans. No more behind the scenes, back room deals to protect the Pentagon budget.

    If you want to dig deeper into the facts on the Pentagon’s “slush fund,” read the report by National Priorities Project or view this Webinar: Eliminate the Pentagon Slush Fund with Stephen Miles from Win Without War and Mary Zerkel of American Friends Service Committee, http://bit.ly/webinarOCO.

    For a toolkit on OCO, email Ross Wallen at USAction.Heading into Tax Day, they’re connecting the issue of Pentagon spending to our work around tax fairness and trade-offs with vital services like SNAP and investments in job creation and infrastructure.

  • Progressive Caucus Releases 2014 Budget

    On March 12 the Congressional Progressive Caucus released its Better Off Budget. This alternative federal budget for 2014 would create almost 9 million jobs by 2017, protect Social Security and Medicare, eliminate the OCO slush budget, cut base-level Pentagon spending, and fund a just transition for communities and workers whose jobs disappear. Call your congressperson and senators at 202-224-3121 and ask them to support the CPC’s Better Budget.

  • “Move the Money” plans for 2014

    2014 is a year for highlighting the Pentagon budget, cutting more wasteful programs, and accelerating the transition from a militarized to a sustainable economy. Click here for the issues, tools, and timeline that will structure our work this year.

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Latest News

  • Americans Have Spent Enough Money On A Broken Plane To Buy Every Homeless Person A Mansion
    July 10th, 2014

    Think Progress, July 9th, 2014: Just days before its international debut at an airshow in the United Kingdom, the entire fleet of the Pentagon’s next generation fighter plane — known as the F-35 II Lightning, or the Joint Strike Fighter — has been grounded, highlighting just what a boondoggle the project has been. With the vast amounts spent so far on the aircraft, the United States could have worked wonders, including providing every homeless person in the U.S. a $600,000 home. Continue Reading…

  • New Delay for F-35 Jets as Defense Department Grounds Fleet After a Fire
    July 5th, 2014

    New York Times, July 4th, 2014: The grounding is the second in a month and the latest in a long string of delays that has plagued the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft. It comes as the plane was to make its international flying debut during showings to prospective buyers at two air shows in Britain beginning next week. Continue Reading…

  • The future of state’s workforce
    July 5th, 2014

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 2nd, 2014: Every community should have sustainable, long-term, good jobs now and for the future [including] areas that have had an economy highly dependent on defense contracts. Continue Reading…

  • $550 Billion Annually Will Avert Most Serious Impacts of Climate Change, says IRENA
    June 29th, 2014

    IRENA Press Release, June 27th, 2014: The transition to a sustainable energy future will require, on average, $550 billion investment in renewable energy per year until 2030, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said at the Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF Wall Street) in New York this week. The investment, coupled with increased emphasis on energy efficiency, would scale-up renewable energy to 36 percent or more of the total energy mix globally by 2030, and put CO2 emissions on a 450ppm path, keeping the global temperature increase at an acceptable threshold, according to the Agency’s new report, REmap 2030. Continue Reading…



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