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Global Day of Action on Military Spending

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once famously said, "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."  As the United States faces dramatic budget cuts due to the sequestration, it is important to point out that military spending in the United States accounts 56 percent of the world's total military expenditures, surging to US $1.74 trillion in 2011, which is more than the military budgets of the next 20 countries in the world combined.

 

There is a growing movement to shed light on global military spending and to call for this spending to shift to human needs.  In 2011, a Global Day of Action on Military Spending was organized by the International Peace Bureau and the Institute for Policy Studies, to call on people on all continents to "join together in joint actions to focus public, political, and media attention on the costs of military spending and the need for new priorities."  In 2013 the US organization Peace Action partnered with the initiative.  Click here to find an event near you.

 

This year, the  group USAction / TrueMajority is adding its voice to the Day of Action by organizing a petition to "turn up the heat" on the F-35 fighter jet, an initiative plagued with "constant delays due to significant engineering issues and design flaws,"  the cost of which has risen to $395.7 billion just for the planes themselves, with an additional $1.1 trillion testing, operations and support.


The organization points out that the sequester plans to cut $1.2 trillion from the budget, and so "is actually less money than the entire F-35 program." 

 

Learn more about organizations looking to shift military spending to human needs in our media gallery below.