L3 Harris: Divest from War, Invest in Human Needs
The Resistance Center’s Divest from War, Invest in Human Needs is laying the groundwork for an intersectional grassroots effort to pressure cities, towns, corporations, and elected officials to divest their money from war and invest in human needs. 60% of the U.S. discretionary budget is spent on the military, and those in favor of this budget are often opposed to plans like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All. We are spreading awareness about the massive military budget and advocating that this budget be cut to pay for the needs of our community: education, healthcare, affordable housing, and green jobs.
We’re kicking off by taking a closer look at L3Harris: a weapon contractor in Northampton that is on track to become one of the top ten weapon contractors in the world. Under the guise of innovation, L3 Harris is creating weapons and surveillance technology used locally and globally to surveille and kill people. From Boston to Palestine, L3 Harris has its hands covered in blood. Through community events and nonviolent direct action, we can create a force for change that urges L3Harris and those invested in the company to re-evaluate their priorities and invest in community needs.