Saturday, June 25, 2011

With all the recent debates on Capitol Hill about federal spending, very little has focused on the real source of bloat: military spending

With all the recent debates on Capitol Hill about federal spending, very little has focused on the real source of bloat: military spending. This year’s budget request from the White House includes:
$113 billion “to continue to procure advanced weapons systems and other equipment to support both today’s wars and future conflicts”.
$76.7 billion for research and development for new military technologies.
$2.2 billion for National Nuclear Security Administration weapons activities to “enhance the reliability of the nation’s nuclear weapons complex”.


Dear Friend,

On March 1, we set an ambitious goal: raise the equivalent of one minute of the US military’s bloated budget – $2.1 million dollars. Due to a strong response from our generous donors, we need just $31,776 more to reach our goal.

Please help us raise One Minute for Peace, $2.1 million. Please give now. Your gift not only supports AFSC’s peace and justice work, it also makes a statement that people across the country want to fund vital human needs – not more war.

Each gift funds the AFSC’s work that shows that communities can effectively and creatively overcome violence, poverty, and oppression.

For instance,

Across the US, AFSC’s acclaimed “Windows and Mirrors” traveling art exhibit is bringing new light to the human cost of the war in Afghanistan.
In Haiti, AFSC is helping Haitians who are living in makeshift tent cities learn job skills building environmentally friendly lamps and water filters, so they can eventually afford a new home.
In Maine, AFSC staff won the first Truth and Reconciliation process for Native American tribes.
In West Timor, young people involved with AFSC have created a much publicized “peace torch,” a powerful symbol for religious tolerance in a time when Indonesia is seeing an increase in Muslim-Christian violence.
These are a few examples of our work, all of which we think are more valuable than our government’s current spending priority – war and militarism. Please help us fund this work and help us reach our goal by making a safe and easy web donation today.

Thank you for your support,

Your friends at AFSC

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