NH-PEN Annual Tax Day Event

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Date: April 15, 2014, 11:30 am to 1 pm

Where: Corner of Bridge and Elm Streets, Manchester, NH

Media Contact: Carolyn Cicciu, 966-0597 or 518- 8165, c.cicciu@gmail.com

Manchester, NH –The Palestine Education Network plans to conduct an awareness action at the corner of Bridge and Elm Streets on Tuesday, April 15, to alert citizens to their right to ask our government to spend our money responsibly. The action will take place from 11:30 to 1:00 on federal income tax day. 

 In particular, this action is planned to call attention to the public of the cost of the militarized federal budget. Information about how their tax dollars are being spent will be available, and participants may bring signs to state their priorities.

 According to National Priorities Project (www.nationalpriorities.org), 55.2% of our tax dollars are spent on defense. Only, 6.2% goes to education, 5.6% to veterans benefits, 4.9% to health, and 3.3% to energy and environment. N.H. Peace Action and other groups are participating in “Move the Money,” a national campaign (www.peace-action.org) to reduce military spending by at least 25% and to move the money into local programs that meet human needs. Currently the U.S. spends more money on its military than all the countries on the planet combined.

 Additionally, the Palestine Education Network, a special project of NH Peace Action, was formed to provide balance to the information that is disseminated about Palestine and to expose the human rights violations that challenge Palestinians’ daily life under the illegal Israeli occupation.  Israel currently receives $3.4 billion per year in military aid, even though it ranks in the top 25 richest nations in the world and ranks 5th in the sale of military armaments on the international market. Maintaining this outlay affects the money available for US taxpayers’ needs and prolongs the conflict in the Middle East.