The US Congress and the President have been locked in cycles of brinkmanship over the federal budget priorities and deficits that have brought the vast and wasteful Pentagon budget into public scrutiny. The general public overwhelmingly supports cuts to military spending when shown the facts and the trade offs between human services and the Pentagon. There is a broad and growing movement of peace, community and economic justice groups pushing for new federal budget priorities. This makes GDAMS and Tax Day in the US a particularly auspicious occasion this year.
We will stand with the rest of the world to bear witness to the fact that military spending, especially the impact of US military spending stands as the major obstacle to addressing the crisis problems all of our peoples face globally.
Read a report on what groups organized across the US in 2013 on the global day of action here .
- a tax receipt for individuals to see how each personally contributed to programs ranging from WIC to nuclear weapons,
- an all-new version of Trade-Offs tool to see how much taxpayers in each city or town paid in 2012 toward a variety of federal programs – and what else that money could buy,
- and finally, an animated video If Paychecks Could Talk…because if they could, they’d explain that the taxes we pay fund programs like clean water, health care, and roads and bridges.
RESOURCES: Below are materials for local organizers, for public education and social media activity leading up to and for use on April 15.
Handouts and Flyers
- Our Tax Day, Not Theirs (PDF-English), (Spanish)
- No Taxes for the F35 (word document-English), (PDF-English), (Spanish)
- The Plane that Ate the Budget - AFSC
- F35 Talking Points
- B61 Life Extension Program – Peace Action
- The tax day bar chart – National Priorities Project
- NEW Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes: U.S. Federal Budget 2015 Fiscal Year – Courtesy of War Resisters League
Event Planning Tools
- Ask your mayor to issue a Tax Day/ Global Day of Action proclamation. Mayors for Peace & Western States Legal Foundation have drafted a sample proclamation, tips and background materials from the US Conference of Mayors resolution on cutting the Pentagon budget to fund human needs.
Three charts to help map out goals and targets for direct actions:
- Created by the Center for Story-based Strategy: CSS Points of Intervention
- Direct Action Handout
- Action Planning Guide
- Beautiful Trouble: A website of creative tactics for social change
- Peace Action and the National Priorities Project (NPP). Move the Money curriculum Move the Money curriculum resources include
- Training Curriculum: provides a detailed blueprint for conducting the training.
- Fact sheets and backgrounders on broad range of topics
- WRL Pie Chart Curriculum for Educators and Activists! https://www.warresisters.org/content/new-wrl-pie-chart- resources-educators-and-activists
- How to Organize a Town Hall Meeting
- American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Invest in People, Not the Pentagon Action Toolkit includes ideas/resources to take action and fact sheets.
Social Media Tools
20 foot US Federal Budget banner – AFSCShows the US discretionary federal budget and the more than 50% that goes to the military. Order one for your public events or display on your building.
News Articles and Blogs
- Rolling Out the Budget (AFSC) Where are your tax dollars going?
- F35 : The Jet that Ate the Pentagon
- If I Had a Trillion Dollars (IHTD) Youth Film Festival – AFSC and NPP. The IHTD festival includes short films made by youth speaking out about where their communities would rather spend the $1 trillion spent on war or the Pentagon budget.