April 15 is a date that stands out in the minds of U.S. citizens as the
day we pay our taxes. And of the US federal budget for fiscal year 2009,
over half (54%) will go towards the military and war profiteers.
What's worse, this month Congress will also debate and vote on Bush's
latest request for an additional $102 billion to continue the occupation
of Iraq, which has caused over 1 million Iraqi deaths and driven over 4
million people from their homes. Over $500 billion has already been spent,
and in their latest book, Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes estimate the
total cost of the war will exceed $3 trillion.
We took the opportunity to call attention to how our tax dollars are
spent - both in the US and in Italy - as well as how we can take action to
call on Congress to stop funding the war and redirect military spending to
See below the flyers we used, as we braved the elements as well as the Belusconi celebrations in Rome.