Tax Day 2019 – Dorchester
April 17 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
“WARS AND MILITARY SPENDING ARE STARVING OUR NEIGHBORHOODS
– AND DESTROYING THE PLANET!”
We cannot solve the problems of affordable housing, healthcare, education, infrastructure, good jobs and the environment while we waste trillions of dollars on weapons and wars.
At least 60% of annual US “Discretionary Spending” goes directly to the Pentagon to finance wars and military spending.
(“Discretionary Spending” is the annual budget passed by Congress to fund government operations, separate from “Mandatory Spending” like Social Security and Medicare, which are financed by their own separate payroll taxes, and debt interest.)
When this is added to other military-related spending — for nuclear weapons (Dept of Energy), CIA and other intelligence agencies, plus indirect spending for veterans services and debt payments from past wars — the total is well over a trillion dollars a year. The Pentagon also consumes a vast amount of fossil fuels each year.
4:30pm – Gather at the Uphams Corner Health Center (415 Columbia Rd., Dorchester) with speakers, signs and banners
Remarks by Public Officials
5:30pm – March down Columbia Road with stops along the way at the Strand Theater, Bird Street Community Center and Public Library, Uphams Crossing Affordable Housing, The Strand Theater, etc. ending at St. Mary’s Church on Cushing Ave. At each stop we’ll present the services and funding issues associated with that location, to paint a picture of how lift would change with a people’s tax system and a People’s Budget.
6:30pm – St. Mary’s Church: program and meal
We invite community organizations, housing, healthcare and environmental activists, educators, Labor and peace organizations to join us in planning and mobilizing for this action.
Will your organization cosponsor?
Public Organizing meeting Thursday, February 28, (evening – location TBA – Dorchester)
Sponsors: Dorchester People for Peace; Massachusetts People’s Budget Campaign; Massachusetts Peace Action; Massachusetts Alliance of HUD Tenants; American Friends Service Committee (list in formation)
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As Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke, truthfully, in 1967:
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”
Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower, pointed out in 1953 that:
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”