Take action to end the scandal of military spending

Last month, another £570 million of public money for upgrading the UK’s
nuclear weapons was announced. Budget Day confirmed that when it comes to
military spending, there’s no such thing as austerity: it was set at a huge
£38 billion for the coming year.

The government thinks we have £700 million to subsidise arms exports,
£2.5 billion for new fighter jets, £6.2 billion for new aircraft carriers
and £100 billion to renew nuclear weapons… so why are homelessness,
hunger and inequality so rapidly on the rise?

It is a scandal that 1 in 4 children in the UK grow up in poverty. It is a
disgrace that 20,000 disabled people will lose support for the basics in
life when the Independent Living Fund closes. It is outrageous that
thirteen times more people are relying on foodbanks to survive than did
five years ago.

It is all the more scandalous when you realise that the UK’s military
spending is among the highest in the world.

It’s time to shift priorities. This is the message we want to communicate
on the Global Day of Action on Military Spending on Monday 14th April.
However you share that message, you can contribute to a global wave of
action to turn the tide on military spending.

– Share these powerful spending comparisons on Twitter and Facebook:
https://twitter.com/wwwcaatorguk/status/453127237558996992
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=770966339594264&set=a.151099088247662.25060.130378516986386

– Order postcards and posters to share the message in your area. Reply to
this email with your address and how many you would like.

– Come along to an action on 14th April:
http://demilitarize.org.uk/events-2/

– Take a look at the guide for setting up a simple event in your town:
http://demilitarize.org.uk/plan-your-action/

– Visit www.demilitarize.org.uk for more resources, links to petitions and
ideas for action!

Together we can show that it’s time to shift priorities and redirect
military spending to the things we really need.

Thank you for your support,

Anne-Marie
Campaign Against Arms Trade

P.S. CAAT is always working hard to influence political parties’ policies
for the better. There’s an opportunity to help shape the Labour Party’s
global policy coming up. If you are active in your local constituency
Labour Party, please contact ann@caat.org.uk to find out how you can help.

P.P.S. Near London on 12th April? CAAT’s got together with Stop the Arms
Fair to run an exciting training day on skills for creative activism.
Please let us know if you plan to come!
http://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/events/skills-for-creative-activism/

P.P.S. Interested in the references for the stats in this email? You can
find them here:
http://demilitarize.org.uk/take-action-to-end-the-scandal-of-military-spending/