MEDIA COURTHOUSE — Representatives from local peace groups conducted a demonstration outside the Media Courthouse on Tuesday to urge cuts in military spending in light of the so-called federal sequester.
Top legislators and President Barack Obama failed to strike a deal before the sequester deadline of March 1.
As a result, agencies across the country are preparing for about $85 billion in sweeping budget cuts.
The group held a large banner that showed, in red, 60 percent of the federal budget goes toward the Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs and nuclear weapons programs.
The rest of the banner included smaller spending allocations of the budget in pastel colors including health and human services, education and so forth.
“I think people want to help change the national conversation from cutting domestic spending to cutting Pentagon spending instead,” said Radnor resident Jane Dugdale, who identified herself as a member of the Main Line Peace Action group.
Swarthmore resident Robert M. Smith, of the Brandywine Peace Community, said the purpose of the demonstration was to stress that the sequester will hurt social programs the most.
There were about 15 people outside of the courthouse for this demonstration.