Richmond, VA- On Monday, April 15, 2013, beginning at 5pm, the Richmond Peace Education Center and Virginia Organizing will join tax filers at the main Richmond Post Office on Brook Road. They will have a giant pizza on site to represent the federal budget. The groups will share slices of pizza with taxpayers filing their returns, along with information about military costs and the trade-offs between defense spending and community needs.
The organizations are using the “Pizza Party for Peace” to educate taxpayers about our nation’s budget priorities. The pizza pie will show the largest “slice of the budget pie” going to spending on war and the military, and much smaller slices going to programs like education, the environment, and housing. The majority of federal income tax dollars go to war and defense-related costs at a time of great economic need.
“A lot of us think our federal income taxes mostly pay for things like schools, potholes and Pell grants. But actually, we spend far more on war and national security related expenses than we spend on things like education, housing, or transportation,” according to Adria Scharf, Director of the Richmond Peace Education Center.
“The city of Richmond is planning to close two schools because it can’t afford to maintain the buildings. The cost of building just two F-35 fighter jets is more than the entire Richmond public schools operating budget for this year,” according to Scharf. “War spending is shortchanging the education and futures of the 23,000 students in Richmond Public Schools, and millions more nationwide.”
The groups encourage taxpayers to call their Senators to urge cuts to military spending and investments in community needs.
The action is co-sponsored by the Richmond Peace Education Center and Virginia Organizing.
*RPEC community friends: Join us at 5pm to hold signs and pass out pizza and information!*
WHAT: Pizza Party for Peace Tax Day Action
WHERE AND WHEN: Brook Road Post Office, 1801 Brook Rd, Richmond, VA (activities will be on School Street).
WHEN: 5pm-8pm Monday, April 15th
Adria Scharf, Richmond Peace Education Center: (804) 232-1002, firstname.lastname@example.org or
Cathy Woodson, Virginia Organizing: 804 683-1227 email@example.com