Did you know that only 15 cents of every federal discretionary dollar goes to anti-poverty programs? Meanwhile, in 2017 the U.S. spent $668 billion on the military, and that number is only getting higher.

But this war chest doesn’t make us safer at home or abroad. In 2012, an average of 20 veterans died by suicide every day. Meanwhile, police departments are handed anything left over from the Pentagon’s wars, from grenade launchers to armored tanks, which are then used to criminalize poor communities and escalate violence against them.The only war we should be fighting is a war on poverty. On May 6th at 7pm, join us at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church—the same church where Abraham Lincoln worshiped when he wrote the Emancipation Proclamation and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King spoke out against the Vietnam War—to hear Reverend Barber’s sermon on how we can stand together against the persistent and pervasive evils of war and militarism. We need people from Virginia to turn out in force if we’re going to stand up to war and militarism in the United States.

RSVP here https://actionnetwork.org/events/reverend-barber-sermon-on-war-and-militarism?source=dcspeechemail&link_id=1&can_id=9adbc0bbb0f299fc47cfd6732ea9d194&email_referrer=email_343585&email_subject=upcoming-event-with-rev-dr-william-j-barber-ii-in-your-area