Bring Our War $$ Home from Egypt to Wisconsin!
|ACTION TOOLKIT FOR Bring Our War $$ Home MESSAGE AT STATE CAPITOLS & SOLIDARITY RALLIES FOR UPRISINGS ABROAD
Tunisia and Egypt, to Wisconsin and Ohio, let's bring our war dollars
home! Bombing Afghanistan, occupying Iraq, and maintaining more than
1,000 military bases around the globe costs billions a week, and aid to
dictators like Mubarak costs U.S. taxpayers billions a year. Meanwhile
domestic programs like heating assistance for low-income families, and
public workers like firefighters and teachers, see their budgets
slashed. People everywhere are rising up to demand money for jobs,
housing and education, not for wars and occupation. And with fuel and
food prices continuing to rise, these movements will continue to grow!
on message when you join your fellow workers in the streets and on the
steps of state capitols to demand spending for social needs rather than
destruction! Here's how:
Our War $$ Home flier
print on vibrant pink paper, and take them with you to help people connect
- Download the Bring
Our War $$ Home petition
to print and take with you to actions! Don't forget to mail it back
to us to add to our growing signature list!
Our War $$ Home t-shirt
for images produced by the Union of Maine Visual Artists, available
for a nominal fee.
the National Priorities Project website
to learn exactly how much income tax flows out from your state or city
to a federal budget now allocating 54% to military spending.
your own sign taking $$ from a place where it doesn't belong, and giving
it to an important program.
Bring Our War $$ Home from Iraq & Afghanistan
$21.8 billion income tax contributed
from the state of CA
Bring Our War $$ Home to California
$19.7 billion state budget deficit
TALKING POINTS FOR INTERVIEWS OR LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
- CODEPINK was founded with the core mission to pressure our government to stop spending on wars and instead fund human needs.
watch with shock and dismay as the portion of federal discretionary
spending on the military continues to rise. For FY11 it is 57%, in FY10
it was 54%, and in FY09 it was 51%.
facing huge rises in food prices who were already living in poverty
lost their fear and began to demand change. Tunisia and then Egypt, and
then too many places to name them all, erupted with the demand for a
voice in government and decent living conditions
are in budget crisis worse than last year. This means towns, school
districts and libraries are in budget crisis, too. Wisconsin erupted
after its governor submitted a bill to gut public pensions and restrict
the right to bargain. Now Ohio has followed suit.
more states to follow, and more groups like teachers to organize
nationally in opposition to so-called austerity budgets that starve
low-income children in order to feed the profits of tax-dodging
“aid” never reaches the people but instead funds military hardware sent
to Yemen, Bahrain, and around the globe. Much taxpayer money continues
to support dictators who are loyal to U.S. “interests” like controlling
access to petroleum or transport lanes.
example, 150 soldiers coming home from Afghanistan this year would
solve Wisconsin's budget shortfall – 150 out of the approximately 80,000
currently stationed there.
costs the U.S. taxpayer $48,000 a minute just for military operations
in Afghanistan. What local budget shortfalls could that solve?
COMPARE THE COST FOR WAR FOR EACH STATE WITH ITS 2011 BUDGET DEFICIT
(All amounts are in billions of dollars for 2011)
||Paid for Iraq and Af*
* amount of federal taxes residents of the state paid in 2011 that went to war
** other estimates of CA's deficit run as high as $25.4 billion
Spending on the war: National Priorities Project - http://costofwar.com
Deficits: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=711
Table prepared by the Center for Study of Working Class Life
State University of New York at Stony Brook - www.workingclass.sunysb.edu