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.
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.
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.
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.
World Beyond War has created a set of online interactive maps to help us all see where and how war and preparations for war exist in the world today. You can find the maps they’ve created thus far at http://bit.ly/mappingmilitarism and send them your ideas for more maps here. Above: annual military spending.
As Congress cuts the Pentagon’s budget, more communities are looking for ways to keep workers employed and businesses running. Our Resources Page lists federal assistance and planning programs, state legislation to set up Futures Commissions, and strategies for activists. New items: a list of places where military manufacturing contracts are likely to be cut, and a leaflet you can take to your mayor saying, “apply for a transition planning grant!“
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 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…
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…
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…