Although we recognize that many of our local activist, labor, economic justice, faith-based, peace and anti-war and other groups already collaborate on certain issues, we felt a need to bring these diverse passions and voices together to address the looming budget cuts (known as sequestration) set to go into effect early next year.
We are facing perilous times in America. Unemployment is still at astronomically high rates; more than 150 million Americans (including children) are either in poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as “low income.” Millions have lost homes to foreclosures and student loan debt (which now totals roughly $1 trillion) carries a lifetime burden which threatens employment, home ownership and access to higher education for low-income Americans. Yet, there are politicians who want to balance the budget on the backs of the young, the poor, the disenfranchised, the uninsured and the elderly.
We cannot let the war hawks, profiteers and political puppets dominate the dialogue during this election campaign. Few voters understand or are talking about spending reductions that will severely hurt economic recovery and affect their lives and livelihoods. PEP set out to create a one-stop resource to provide easy-to-understand rebuttals and information that can help beat back the military industry’s scare campaigns, inform voters and hold our elected officials accountable. Our goal is to provide a means for the St. Louis Community to share, collaborate and partner on issues aligned with the reduction of military spending at the expense of the disenfranchised. Through this viral information campaign, we believe local agencies and organizations have the opportunity to make military spending and national priorities a hot-button topic in our region before and after the November elections.
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