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The Elephant in the Room -- Pentagon Spending and the Presidential Election

When: Saturday, January 25, 2020, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Harvard-Epworth Methodist Church • 1555 Massachusetts Ave. • (just north of Harvard Square, near Harvard Law School) • Cambridge

Elephant in the Room: Pentagon Spending and the Presidential Election

A mini-conference on making war spending an election issue

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The United States spends monstrous amounts of money on its military each year. The FY2019 National Defense Budget reached a staggering $716 billion and the FY2020 military budget will cost taxpayers $738,000,000,000 (that’s $738 billion). No country in the world comes even close to dedicating its finite resources to the military.  In fact, the U.S. spends more on defense than the combined spending of the next seven countries with the highest defense budgets. The recent passage of this huge military authorization bill, stripped of all limits placed on the president regarding war with Iran, was a God-send to a president bent on a dangerous military confrontation. Yet, presidential candidates have given relatively little attention to the war spending just authorized by Democrats and Republicans in Congress.

Join a mini-conference to explore how we might make the war budget an issue in the upcoming election. This event will provide us with the information and strategy we need to pressure the candidates running in the Democratic primary in Massachusetts to confront this “Elephant in the Room” Sign up to attend!

Presenters include:

William Hartung, author and director of the Arms and Security Project at Center for International Policy in New York. Bill is one of the top national experts on military spending and the Military Industrial Complex

James B. Eldridge is state senator for the Middlesex and Worcester district, which includes Acton, Marlborough, Westborough, Harvard, and nearby towns.  He is a champion of peace in the Senate and supports bills on climate change, economic justice, and peace.

Neta Crawford is Professor and Chair of Boston University’s Department of Political Science. She is co-director and co-founder of the Costs of War project at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, which has recently been expanded with the addition of the “20 Years of War” research series.

Maryellen Kurkulos, Executive Board of Mass. Peace Action and Southeast Mass. organizer for numerous peace and justice campaigns.

Breakout Topics:

  • Bird Dogging the Candidates
  • Getting Our Message in the Media
  • The Massachusetts state Budget and Military Spending
  • Military Budget and Domestic Programs

Sponsors: Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund; Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security; American Friends Service Committee; Survival Education Fund.

Contact: Elephant in the Room Project  617-354-2169  Email:  

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