The Elephant in the Room:

The United States Military Budget

The Elephant in the Room Project is a coalition of peace and justice organizations whose mission is to influence the leading Democratic presidential candidates to talk about the Elephant in the Room – the $738 BILLION United States national defense budget.

Many of the Presidential candidates have already voiced their support for reducing the military budget, albeit not in much detail. Organizers of the Elephant in the Room Project hope to make the issue of military spending a more centralized topic at upcoming debates and candidate events, and to get the Presidential candidates to thoroughly explain their positions on reducing military spending, by how much, and how they would reallocate that money.

January 25, 2020 conference footage

On Saturday, January 25, 2020, over 50 peace activists met for the kickoff conference of the Elephant in the Room Project. Click the video below to watch snippets from the main plenary panels of that conference, featuring speakers Bill Hartung, Neta Crawford, Lindsay Koshgarian, Jamie Eldridge and Savannah Wooten.

The full, 2-hour long footage of the conference can also be viewed here.

In the News

Elephant in the Room Project was featured on Boston Neighborhood Network News. Watch the interview below!

Together, we can have a real impact on the 2020 presidential election and make U.S. military spending a more central issue. Click here to learn how to get involved.

World Beyond War Petition Asks All Presidential Candidates to Propose Discretionary Budget

An important job of any U.S. president is to propose an annual budget to Congress. We're calling on ALL U.S. presidential candidates to publish a basic outline of a proposed discretionary spending budget for FY2021. Sign the petition!

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