This week, we went to ask students at George Mason university what they would rather fund instead of war. In the freezing weather on Valentine's Day, they still had plenty to say about it. The biggest issues on a lot of their minds were healthcare and education, but also included a wide variety of topics such as universal daycare, forgiving student loans, better public transportation, and climate change solutions. I had a lot of amazing conversations with people about how they have been affected by the war machine and how they wish the government would focus more on fixing the issues that are here rather than getting involved in international conflicts constantly.
As I talked to my fellow students, a consistent theme that appeared was that many felt the work we are doing at COPEPINK is necessary and nothing will change if we don’t force the government to work for the people. If we do not stand up to the war machine it will keep taking taxpayer’s money and putting it towards actions we don’t even necessarily agree with. There are clearly so many different aspects that we could be putting money towards within the United States, and it’s time the government started working with its citizens rather than neglecting them.