Check out this exhaustive document released by our partner Org. Pax Christi. It’s a great resource on development, including on the estimated costs of the Millennium Development Goals, and on why development only seems so out of reach because of the elephant in the room: Military Spending.
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Official SIPRI calculations for global military spending in 2010. More info at www.sipri.org.
Flash facts from our Washington, DC event.
If you’re able, consider distributing these fliers to folks who attend your events so we can get them locked in and hear about their experiences, see their photos, etc.
Paul Erlbaum from Vermont Action for Peace has sent us this excellent questionnaire, which VAFP will be distributing all over Vermont on April 12. Questionnaires are an example of a great action that can be quickly put together and distributed all over — they’re participatory, the input cost is low, and they make for great video.
Feeling inspired? Paul has kindly given all groups permission to tweak the VAFP questionnaire, which is available after the jump, for distribution in their own localities. And don’t forget our own GDAMS Tax Day Questionnaire, which is available in our U.S. Tax Day Materials.
According to the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, the total cost of each U.S. soldier currently stationed in Afghanistan runs about $1.2 million per year — which is to say, for every soldier withdrawn from the country, the taxpayers could recover $1.2 million.
With nearly every U.S. state facing budget shortfalls for FY 2012, here’s an excellent look at how bringing those soldiers home — along with the war dollars paying for them — would immediately free up the funds necessary to close these gaps, which would eliminate the pressure to cut public services.
Full fact sheet after the jump.