We Ask Brooklynites: How Do You Want Your Tax Dollars Spent?
Aug 6, 2011 Utiltizing a new Penny Poll gizmo, Brooklyn For Peace, along with its sister organization, Fort Greene Peace, took the Ft. Greene Farmers Market by storm. Dozens lined up at our Penny Poll table. Using a bag of 20 pennies, people allocated the coins into tubes marked with spending categories: war spending, housing, jobs, education, transportation, etc. Even though Congress has allocated nearly 60% of the Federal Discretionary Budget for military spending, Brooklyn residents had other priorities in mind that went in the exactly opposite direction. The overwhelming choice for federal spending dollars was the education category. The housing, jobs and the environment categories followed closely behind. But spending for war and other Pentagon needs were at the bottom of people's choices. It was no surprise to us who have noticed the huge disconnect between Congress' annual budget choices and the choices made by their constituents when allowed to choose directly. The Penny Poll, which has been used by many groups, including the Grannies, was organized by BFPs Peace And Economic Justice (PEJ) Committee. We intend to use this useful technique for speaking to residents in the weeks ahead as the budget battle heats up in Congress. Please join us. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org to participate. To read a fuller account of the day's activities, click here.Read More