be careful what you cut

Enough is Enough! (A.K.A. Why Should I Care about the “Sequester,” Anyway, Part III)

Are you still confused about this thing called the “sequester”? What is “non-defense discretionary spending” anyway? And how do they actually affect your life?

NDD United, a national coalition of 3,200 organizations working to stop budget cuts to core government functions, is releasing a video that you can use to educate policymakers, the press and the public about the disproportionate cuts non-defense discretionary programs –  including employment and training, research, public health, education, public safety, housing, social services, infrastructure and environmental protection – have taken as a result of deficit reduction efforts and how these cuts will impact our daily lives.

click here to view the video


As the video says: “Enough is enough! We cannot cut more services vital to the health and well-being of our families and our communities.”

It’s vital that we continue to educate policymakers and the press on the harmful impact of sequestration and encourage a balanced approach to deficit reduction to stop them once and for all. Help us educate and spread the word on how these cuts have real impact on real people. Do you run a program that has been affected by the sequester? Maybe you work at one, or volunteer? How are these cuts impacting your program? These stories are needed to help us paint a picture for policymakers, press, and the public of the real world impacts these cuts will have. Share your story about the impact of the sequester on your program.

Don’t think you have a personal story, but still want to do more? Here are some easy ways you can get involved! The easiest one? Watch this video, and then share it with your friends!


Image courtesy of Children’s Defense Fund

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Raechel Banks

About Raechel Banks

Raechel Banks is an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant. She grew up in Dallas, TX, as a member of Temple Emanu-El. She recently graduated from Brandeis University.


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