Forum on the “Cost of War” Scheduled for March 19th

Cost of War flyer final-page-001A timely community forum, “The Cost of War: Dismantling the Military-Industrial Complex and Building a Peace Economy,” will take place on Tuesday, March 19th, in the Commons Theater on the VCU Monroe Park Campus. The timing of the event before Tax Day is intended to underscore the large proportion of our tax dollars that go to “defense.”


The forum will focus on the history of U.S. militarism and the current defense budget. Speakers will also address possible strategies for converting a military-oriented economy to a peace economy.  Speakers will include VCU professor Mark Wood, PhD, and Miriam Pemberton, Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.


In the current debates over our national budget priorities, there has been little critical focus on what is by far the largest item in the discretionary budget: the Pentagon. According to event speaker Miriam Pemberton, “There are alternatives.” We must “redirect our tax dollars from things we don’t need—like Pentagon waste—into things we do—like clean energy and transportation.”


Pemberton will explore ideas about conversion from war-making economic activity to peaceful economic activity.


Dr. Wood will explore the history of how we as a country came to take on an interventionist foreign policy that has led to repeated military interventions.


There will be a Q&A and the evening will close with small group break outs to discuss follow up steps.


“The Cost of War” is part of the Richmond Peace Education Center’s programming on global peace/antiwar issues. The forum is free and the public is invited to attend.  For more information, contact the Richmond Peace Education Center at rpec@rpec.orgor 804-232-1002.


WHAT: a public forum, “The Cost of War: Dismantling the Military Industrial Complex and Building a Peace Economy”


WHERE AND WHEN:The Commons Theater on the VCU Monroe Park Campus (907 Floyd Ave.) on March 19, 2013, from 7:00-9:30 pm.


CONTACT: Adria Scharf, Executive Director, Richmond Peace Education Center, 232-1002,


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