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OMNI ANNUAL GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION ON MILITARY SPENDING, US TAX DAY, APRIL 15
2013. Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology.
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Join us in this Global Day of Action on Military Spending! ... It is also Tax Day in the
. In 2013, GDAMS will take place
on Monday, April 15. ... such as the Afghanistan war and other wars, the anti-bases efforts, arms
trade deals, work against small arms and nuclear weapons, resources for
nonviolent conflict resolution, ...\ US
In 2011, global military spending surged to US $1.74 trillion. Given the numerous crises facing the planet — economic, environmental, health, diplomatic — it is imperative that we create a global movement to shift this money to human needs. We know that there are thousands of organizations and millions of individuals who support this point of view – what is needed is to begin a serious mobilizing effort to make it visible.
We are organizing a Global Day of Action on Military Spending each year in April to coincide with the release of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI) annual figures on world military expenditures. It is also Tax Day in the
. In 2013, GDAMS will take
place on Monday, April 15. On this day, people on
all continents will join together in joint actions to focus public, political,
and media attention on the costs of military spending and the need for new
priorities. Such events will help us to build an international network around
this issue. US
While each location will craft its own approach, there will be a common focus on calling attention to the overall size of global military spending. This would need in most cases to be linked to a national, local or international issue, such as the Afghanistan war and other wars, the anti-bases efforts, arms trade deals, work against small arms and nuclear weapons, resources for nonviolent conflict resolution, Article 9 campaign etc. We very much hope that peace groups will use this as an opportunity to connect up with development, anti-poverty, environmental, pro-democracy organizations and others who share our perspective.
As for types of actions: a whole range is possible — from street theatre/demonstrations, putting up banners to seminars, signature collection, flash mobs and much more. A key aspect is the visual side. By generating some captivating images, we plan to attract widespread media coverage and make available photos of our rallies and events. See the pictures from around the world in the which document the global movement and accompany our stories and the SIPRI report.
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Move the Money CAMPAIGN 2013
While the recommendations of the Sustainable Defense Task would cut over one trillion dollars from the Pentagon budget over the next 10 years, this would still leave the Pentagon a ten year budget of over six trillion dollars.
Today, military spending accounts for more than half of the federal government's entire discretionary budget. Nuclear weapons spending alone accounts for over $40 billion annually, and is scheduled to increase. There is an obvious connection between the bloated Pentagon budget and the critical budget shortfalls facing virtually every community in the country.
Peace Action is partnering with Peace Action Education Fund on its Move the Money Campaign. This effort will serve as a platform for average people to voice their opinions and demands regarding military spending. Communities will utilize public forums, education, public demonstrations, local resolutions and petitions as tools to influence decisions made by our elected officials.
The following are goals that Peace Action’s Move the Money Campaign has for 2013:
- Build stronger alliances between the peace movement and labor, economic justice and human needs groups, whose constituencies have been devastated by the economic crisis.
- Raise the stakes for President Obama and other elected officials in the 2014 elections as they define their positions on military spending issues through Peace Action’s Peace Voter 2014 organizing,
- Develop educational tools on the federal budget and the impact of military spending on their communities for local organizers to use in their outreach.
- Work in key states to raise awareness and public support for reducing military spending by 25%.
- Support the local efforts of Peace Action affiliates and chapters in strengthening local alliances with civil rights, labor and other community groups and build city, state and national coalitions focused on reductions of military spending to meet human needs, and encourage participation in the Congressional budget process in 2013 and beyond.
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2. DEMOCRACY NOW, WAR TAX RESISTANCE
6 hours ago – To protest paying for lethal weapons, some Americans are taking a stand by personally refusing to fund the military. ... We speak with Ed Hedemann of the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee. ... Apr 12, 2013 | Story .... our defense budget—is, in itself, an act of aggression against the poor.
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1 day ago – Last weekend, Historians Against the War hosted an ambitious, ... D.C. Days, for strategizing, training and lobbying on nuclear weapons, power, waste ...article titled Our Tax Dollars are off the War – 2013 edition on Daily Kos ...
Tax Day 2013 shows how federal funds were spent during fiscal year 2012, the time ...National defense, nuclear weapons activities, war costs, and international ...
5 days ago – 30 years of Tax Day anti-war protests, refusing to pay for cruise ... and other weapons, and led to the 1982 formation of the National War Tax ...
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