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Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action, 951-217-7285 cell, pmartin@peace-action.org, Gabe Murphy, Peace Action, 510-501-3345 cell, gmurphy@peaceaction.org

Press Release

Peace Action: Another Tax Day, Another Win for the Arms Industry

WASHINGTON -

On Tax Day, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement:

“As people across the nation pay taxes and tighten their belts accordingly, it bares remembering that an astronomical amount of our tax dollars, roughly $1 trillion, are spent on war, while a small fraction of that pays for diplomacy and other alternatives to war. Congress appropriates more for U.S. military spending than the next eight countries combined, but year after year refuses to adequately invest in access to quality education and healthcare for millions of Americans, infrastructure spending, and alternative energy. As a result, arms industry executives make out like bandits while programs that provide essential services for most Americans remain drastically underfunded, as do development and diplomacy programs that help end wars and prevent them in the first place.”

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Peace Action is the United States' largest peace and disarmament organization with over 100,000 members and nearly 100 chapters in 34 states, works to achieve the abolition of nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs and encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights.

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