Bring our War $$ Home

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Pentagon budgets soar and military spending has never been audited, while funding for programs like SNAP (food stamps) and public education are slashed. Join us in demanding that we redirect our tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming programs.

Since our first White House vigils in Fall 2002, CODEPINK has opposed not only the U.S. war on Iraq but all the wars and "special operations" that the United States wastes human lives and tax dollars on.

Audit the Pentagon

"Unauditable is unacceptable...We need to bring immediate accountability to the Pentagon and prevent further waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars. It was not that long ago, we heard stories about bags of cash in Afghanistan. We need greater sunlight and transparency so Congress and the American people know how their hard-earned tax dollars are being spent.” - Congresswoman Barbara Lee


Take Action!

  • Call your member of Congress and ask him or her to co-sponsor H.R. 5126: Audit the Pentagon Act of 2014
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper saying that the Pentagon, which receives over 57% of our federal discretionary budget, needs an audit - it’s the only department of the US government never to be audited!
  • Buy and use “Bring Our War $$ Home” stickers

Fund Human Needs

  • "It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it." —Eleanor Roosevelt
  • June 2011: The U.S. Conference of Mayors passed the CODEPINK War Dollars Home Resolution at their annual meeting.

Talking points

  • The "war on terror" has been the pretext for the US military-industrial complex to receive increasing funding while civilian needs for the people of the United States go underfunded and neglected.
  • How much does it cost your community to wage endless wars? The National Priorities Project "Trade-Offs" tool provides costs of wars and surveillance to your state, city, county, or congressional district, comparing those to needs at home which could be fully funded.
  • What programs got cut in your community? At the federal level we seen cuts to food stamps, meals to the elderly, trains and other public transit, and education.
  • What can you do to help bring our war dollars home? See action items below!

Use online tools/social media

  • Share these shareables on Facebook and Twitter!
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  • When you read an article online about the federal budget, surveillance, the costs of war, or related issues, go to the comments section and add your thoughts.
  • Follow @WarDollarsHome on Twitter, and tweet from your personal twitter account links to articles of interest, and your opinions on war spending.
  • Let your Facebook friends know your thoughts, and make suggestions about actions they can take.
  • Watch online: War Costs and Dirty Wars. Better still: invite people to your home or a community gathering place, like a library, and watch and discuss in a group.

Resources

Use the following to reach out to your community about how military spending, including surveillance, leads to cuts in domestic programs:

Suggested viewing and reading

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