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Our Mission

Fund Healthcare Not Warfare (FHCNW) is a campaign and working group within Mass Peace Action. Our mission is to refocus “national security” away from war, militarism, nuclear weapons buildup, and regime changes, to focusing on more immediate, pressing threats such as pandemic disease. We draw attention to the growing military budget (currently above $740,000,000,000.00/year), and highlight how this obscene Pentagon budget harms our healthcare and public health needs. For example, roughly 30% of the Massachusetts state budget comes from the federal government, and with the federal government so invested in the war economy, that leaves little funding left over for healthcare and public health.

Background

The Mass Peace Action Fund Healthcare Not Warfare campaign has taken on new importance during the covid pandemic. We’ve organized over a dozen educational webinars exploring how the bloated military budget harms healthcare and public health. Our guests have included frontline healthcare workers, nurses, doctors, biomedical researchers, home care attendants, public health experts, state legislators, activists, and more. We’ve been working closely with people from the healthcare and public health fields. We are also a member of the Mass-Care coalition, to campaign for single-payer healthcare. Along with a coalition of organizations, we’ve written a statement, to call for cutting the Pentagon budget and reinvesting the funds in healthcare, public health, a robust covid response, a Green New Deal, and more.

Get involved

The FHCNW working group meets on average twice a month, usually at 12 noon on Thursdays (although day and time varies from week to week). If you’d like to participate please email Jonathan King at jaking@mit.edu or Amar Ahmad at amar@masspeaceaction.org

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Videos

Events

State Sen. Jamie Eldridge of Massachusetts speaks at a rally at the State House just before he introduces single-payer legislation. (Photo: Rebecca Klein / MassCare)

Hearing on the Massachusetts Medicare for All Act

Tue Oct 26 11:00 am EDT
The COVID crisis has amplified the critical need for a new Massachusetts healthcare single-payer financing system.  The time is now ...

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