Viatorians joined with more than 30 faith communities in an open letter to 2020 presidential candidates asking them to put #PeopleOverPentagon by calling for significant cuts to the Pentagon budget, reinvestment in our communities and a more peaceful approach to the world.

Specifically, they called for significant cuts to the nation’s military budget and a renewed investment in funding education, healthcare and other vital domestic programs.

“Though varied in practice and theology, all of our various faith traditions call us to honor the sacred dignity of each person and to attend to the needs of society’s most vulnerable people both in the United States and abroad,” reads the letter. “It is immoral to spend excessively on the weapons and conduct of war, especially at the cost of food for the hungry, healthcare for the sick, education for our children, and prevention of and recovery from violent conflict.”