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Voices for Change

Fueling the Movement for New Priorities

an n u a l re p o r t 2 0 07

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Bringing the
Federal Budget Home
The National Priorities Project
offers citizens and community
groups tools and resources to
The information in the Annual Report is available at shape federal budget and policy
priorities that promote social
and economic justice.

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instinctively speaking Message from the Executive Director

It’s interesting where you end up when I’ve given a lot of thought to this challenge of So after much discussion with and support from Meanwhile, directing this unique experiment in
you follow your instincts. dramatically increasing the use of our materials. my board, I’m creating a major new direction at grassroots democracy for 24 years has given

When I founded NPP 24 years ago, my goal was NPP focused on education and networking. It me much to reflect on, as this nation is faced
This past year I’ve had the opportunity to do will allow me to do what I do best: write, train, with growing environmental, human needs and
twofold: to make sure that activist groups and
much of what I like to do best—talk with people speak about these issues, and bring together international challenges. NPP has some answers,
the public had the information to understand our
about the direction this nation is headed and various elements of the progressive community and I look forward to sharing them with national
nation’s distorted spending priorities, and to make
share the valuable information NPP has to to coalesce around issues they have in common. organizations, the public and the media. My
sure they were actually changing those priorities.
challenge it. There have been many different I look forward to spending time with key leaders instincts tell me we’ll be successful.
One look at our website will show that we’ve
kinds of forums—speaking to 3,000 activists in from other organizations, showing them how our
accomplished the first goal. I now want to ensure
95-degree heat in Kennebunk, Maine, last August information can add value to their work.
that this information is being used as widely
as they marched in front of the Bush compound
as possible, especially by people in the human
to protest the war; talking for three hours to 30 My instincts tell me that the travel, writing and
needs community, national and local grassroots

evangelical bishops; meeting with elected local Internet work required to grow this direction
organizations, environmental groups, labor and the

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officials from all around the country at a Cities for will be full-time. I’ve decided, therefore, to step
peace movement. My instincts tell me that if we
down as executive director to head up this new Greg Speeter
Peace event in Washington. In these and many
collaborate thoughtfully with others, our work will
component. Organizationally, it’s the right time to Executive Director
other speaking engagements, the response has
become an integral part of their work. Here's a
do so. As the rest of this annual report indicates, National Priorities Project
always been amazement at the facts, a readiness
critical way to get this information into the hands
to take action, and a plea from the audience to we are at the top of our game. We have a unique
of mainstream America.
get this information into the hands of sympathetic niche and great resources, and my moving into

organizations and mainstream America. this new position will allow for a smooth transition
in executive leadership.

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the federal budget year in review

“NPP is an integral part of this T he year 2007 began and ended with public
controversy over the Iraq War. Data produced
by the National Priorities Project in 2006 had
In May, Congress passed the request for additional
spending for FY2007. Congress initially refused
to appropriate funds for the Iraq War for FY2008

summer’s series of Town Hall meetings played an important role in elevating debate over
the unpopular war during the mid-term election
without a timeline for troop withdrawal. Ultimately,
though, Congress failed to prevail over President
campaigns. At the beginning of 2007, there was Bush, who vetoed every legislative attempt in 2007

entitled ‘Agenda for a Shared Prosperity’ great hope that the new, Democratic-led Congress
would stand up for the majority view that U.S.
to end the war.

troops should leave Iraq.

Domestic Spending Cuts > The President’s
we are sponsoring around the state. It is During the year, Congress initiated numerous
FY2008 budget request proposed a $13 billion
cut in domestic discretionary spending (excluding
legislative efforts to limit funding for the war and
the Homeland Security budget, which had a
especially significant to have cost-of-war set a deadline for withdrawal of troops. By the end
of 2007, however, none of these initiatives had
proposed increase). The proposal also cut billions
more in Medicare, Medicaid and other mandatory
succeeded, and the total cost of the Iraq War
figures for each Congressional district, had risen to $456.1 billion.
In addition, the budget request proposed to make

Military Spending Increases > During his permanent the tax cuts passed in earlier years. In
as citizens can see how their State of the Union address in January, President FY2008, the wealthiest 5 percent of taxpayers

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Bush formally announced his intention to escalate would receive $92 billion in tax cuts—roughly
the Iraq War. In February, President Bush seven times the amount cut from domestic
Representative’s votes impact submitted to Congress his FY2008 budget which discretionary spending.
included $505 billion in military spending, a $100
billion supplemental FY2007 request for Iraq, and
their own locale.” a supplemental FY2008 request of $145 billion for
Children Under Attack > In October and
December, President Bush vetoed bills that
the war. Subsequently, President Bush requested would have expanded the State Children’s Health
Gar y Zuckett | Exe cutive Dire ctor, West Virginia Citizen Acti on $5.3 billion more in war spending in July, and then
Insurance Program (S-CHIP). In November, the
another $45.9 billion in October.
President vetoed a Labor/Health and Human

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Services/Education bill passed by Congress. At Odds Over Budget Priorities >
President Bush insisted on $6.7 billion in cuts President Bush and Congress failed to agree
from the bill, including: on budget priorities in 2007. While Congress
tried to end the Iraq War and protect essential
> Funds for K-12 education;
domestic programs, the President escalated
> Spaces for 34,000 children in Head Start; the war, demanded multiple appropriations for
FY2007 and nearly $200 billion for war funding in
> Community health center services for 1.2 million FY2008—and slashed programs that help children
uninsured; and and families.

> Heating and cooling assistance for 1.4 million By December, only one of 12 appropriations
low-income families. 1 bills requiring approval, the defense bill, passed
Congress without a presidential veto. Congress
Congress’ bill would have increased spending wrapped up the budget process with an omnibus
on these and other domestic programs by $5.2 spending bill that combined all other bills into one.
billion (3.5 percent after adjusting for inflation). It included numerous cuts to domestic programs
as well as another $70 billion in unrestricted war
spending. 2

Cost of to Cities

(through FY 2007)

Phoenix 1,600,000,000

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Des Moines 228,200,000
Portland, Maine 59,000,000
New York City 15,200,000,000
Columbus, Ohio 927,700,000
"Statement on the President's veto of appropriations for Labor,
Salem, Oregon 139,700,000 Health, and Human Services and Education must be overrid-
den," by the Coalition on Human Needs, November 14, 2007.
Philadelphia 1,600,000,000
J. Horney and M. Coven, "Labor/HHS/Education Bill - what's
Nashville 727,600,000 at stake: The President's budget would weaken education,
medical research, and other critical needs," Center on Budget
Salt Lake City 160,900,000 and Policy Priorities, November 16, 2007.

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bringing the

federal budget home

As the national organizer for two T he tug-of-war between Congress and the
President in 2007 over federal spending
priorities resulted in a dramatic expansion of
nonprofit organizations. NPP’s cost-of-war page
received the award for “creative and innovative use
of web technology.”

U.S. tours of Iraqi trade unionists, NPP’s role of helping citizens understand how the
government spends their tax dollars. Making Headlines > National radio and
television coverage tripled from the previous
I was responsible for ensuring Media coverage of NPP data increased by an
extraordinary 73 percent in 2007—the number of
year. Highlights included appearances on CNN,
Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Bill Moyers Journal and
outlets citing NPP’s data grew from 726 in 2006 NPR’s Morning Edition. CNN featured NPP’s cost-
that local organizers received the to 1,253. NPP published 17 reports on the federal
budget, the cost of the Iraq War, and the impact
of-war information, including what else the money
could buy, at least three times in 2007.
of federal spending priorities on states and local
resources they needed to make communities. These received extensive coverage
by local, regional, national, and even some
NPP’s releases were also covered by MSNBC,, MTV, C-SPAN, PNN Online,
international media outlets.
the tours a success. The National
Yahoo News, and many others. Clips from
several television interviews may be viewed on
Members of the Progressive Caucus in Congress NPP’s website,, in a

used NPP’s information extensively in their efforts
Priorities Project’s fact sheets were to push Congress to end the war. They displayed
short video produced by the Media Education

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NPP data on their office doors and in the hallways

by far one of the most useful, and of the office buildings. In addition, they cited NPP’s
data in speeches on the House floor as well as at
Print coverage was syndicated by the Associated
Press, and appeared in Business Week and
home in their districts. such major newspapers as The New York Times,

widely used, resources we Finally, NPP was awarded the Most Innovative
Newsday, USA Today and The Boston Globe.
Syndicated articles have proven to be the most
Advocacy Tool award from Progressive Source effective way for NPP to reach a large audience.
provided to them. Communications, a New York City-based company
creating web videos, strategies and ad campaigns
In 2007, 14 syndications on the topics of the
cost of war, military recruitment, and food stamps
to serve progressive advocacy groups and resulted in 80 media mentions. Syndicated op-eds,
Th omas Ba con | U.S. Lab or Against the War

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placed through the Progressive Media Project, Educating Activists > In 2007, NPP Chart of media growth npp media mentions 2006 2007 % increase
were especially successful, with a tax day op-ed increased its representation at conferences across tv : national 2 5 +150
appearing in eight newspapers. the country. NPP staff presented at numerous radio : state 35 47 +34
national events, including the Take Back America radio : national 1 13 +1200
The Power of the Internet > A quarter of a conference, the U.S. Social Forum in Atlanta, and newswire 8 14 +75
million people visit NPP’s website each month. Not the Cities for Peace cost-of-war event at the White blogs 352 809 +130
surprisingly, considering the heated public debate House in July. The Catholic peace organization
total 726 1,253 +73
over Iraq, cost-of-war information continued to be Pax Christi distributed NPP materials at its annual
the most frequently sought data on the website.

NPP’s embedded cost-of-war counter is on In January, at the United for Peace and Justice
20,000 websites, which leads to 1.6 million lobby training day in Washington, D.C., NPP American Friends Service
page views each week. Celebrity blogger Rosie Executive Director Greg Speeter co-led a Committee chapters throughout
discussion of the need for a broad-based coalition the country, including this one in
O’Donnell added the cost-of-war counter to her
to address federal priorities. NPP provided Virginia, used NPP data for
website,, greatly expanding the
powerful exhibits on the
reach of NPP’s information. delegates from almost all 435 Congressional
war’s devastation.
districts with information on the cost of war to
their districts.
Working Together > NPP brings the federal
budget home by collaborating with national
In March, Greg spoke at the annual Ecumenical
organizations and local groups both before and
Advocacy Days in Washington, when hundreds
after research and publication of our analyses. Our
of religious activists were trained to use state,
materials were used to organize demonstrations
congressional district, and city-specific information
and inform public meetings with candidates and
to call for a shift in federal spending priorities.
elected officials. These efforts enabled NPP
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to reach hundreds of thousands of activists

bishops attending the annual Evangelical Lutheran
throughout the year.
Bishops Conference in Washington in September.

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NPP collaborated with and USAction
to produce reports using NPP’s cost-of-war data. Reaching New Audiences > NPP’s
NPP received 44 media mentions as a result of collaboration with the Hip Hop Caucus, an exciting’s report, and 14 from USAction’s new multiracial, multiclass, and multicultural
release. movement, continued in 2007. Hip Hop Caucus
organized an 18 city tour of colleges and urban
communities called “Make Hip Hop, Not War,”
using NPP materials as an integral part of their
educational strategy.

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trade-offs at home

“We used NPP’s figures at the City I n 2007, NPP introduced a new Budget the Food Stamp Program. More than half of all
Priorities and Poverty Series. The series children in the region were eligible for lunches
focuses on two areas—anti-poverty social through the National School Lunch Program.

Council to show how the Iraq War programs and education—which together
comprise more than $100 billion in annual federal The statistics illustrate that hunger and poverty
spending. Each report provides data and statistics are on the rise in America. Other than a very

impacts us here at home. They for every county in the United States. modest decline in 2006, the proportion of people
living in poverty has steadily increased since
2000. Today, 36.5 million people, or 12.3 percent
Poverty and hunger > The first report in
passed a unanimous resolution this series, published in August 2007, examined of the population, live in poverty (defined by
the federal government as an annual income of
the Food Stamp Program. The complete report
$16,227 or less for a family of three).
supporting a diplomatic approach to
is available at
foodstamps2007. NPP’s analysis of 2004
county-level data on the distribution of food
the war. It was a good resolution. stamps found that:
People Receiving
Food Stamp Benefits
> Half of all low-income people did not receive (1998-2004)

Last year we had only two votes out Food Stamp Program benefits;

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> Counties with lower poverty rates and higher

of five. This year two people changed median household incomes had lower
percentages of low-income people that
were food stamp recipients; and

their minds and the new council > A significant number of counties, 13.2 percent,
had below-average rates of food stamps
recipients, yet above-average poverty rates.
member supported the resolution.”
NPP’s research also revealed that the rural South
Dorothy Kakim oto | l o cal a ctivist, Alameda Cit y, California had the highest percentage of enrollment in

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Who bears the social cost of distorted Looking ahead > In 2008, NPP will expand
federal priorities? > According to the U.S. the Budget Priorities and Poverty Series by
Department of Agriculture, more than one in ten releasing additional reports during the election
households in the United States is “food inse- campaign to ensure that the social costs of high
cure,” meaning that at some point during the year, military spending are part of the political debate.
these households did not have access to enough A further goal is to impact the thinking of a new
food for an active, healthy life. More than one- Administration and Congress in 2009.
third of all people in the country who live in “food
insecure” households are children. In the coming year, NPP plans to expand its
online tools on military spending and its impact
The Food Stamp Program is the first line of
on social needs. NPP will also collaborate with
defense against hunger. But, as NPP’s research
national organizations to increase pressure on
reported, the average person on food stamps
decision-makers to shift current military spending
receives only $94 per month to eat. On such a
to “smart security” options. The main elements of
strict food budget—about $1 per meal—nutrition
“smart security” include reducing the remaining
and health suffer.
stockpiles of Cold War-era nuclear weapons,
increasing money to stop the proliferation of
NPP found three main reasons that low-income
nuclear weapons, and providing adequate security
people do not participate in the Food Stamp
for America’s ports, water supplies and nuclear
power facilities.

Eligibility > Restrictions on legal immigrants,

NPP has begun to expand its outreach beyond
limitations on countable assets, and the frequency
its traditional constituencies to the grassroots
with which a person must certify that s/he still
networks that are part of the Economic and
qualifies, as well as other eligibility rules, can and
Environmental Justice movement. In addition,
do prevent low-income people from signing up for

NPP is working to expand its donor base beyond
Food Stamp benefits.
Massachusetts by identifying individuals willing

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to host houseparties to introduce potential new
Stigma > In a wealthy society, being poor and
supporters to NPP’s exciting work.
needing assistance carries a stigma.

Finally, NPP plans to launch a new initiative that

Informal networks > Counties with high
will examine our nation’s addiction to oil, illustrate
poverty rates, and/or more economic stressors,
the cost of securing oil resources, and call for a
are less likely to have developed informal
shift in energy policy away from oil to one that
networks—family, friends and neighbors—
promotes conservation and renewable alternatives.
that share information about how to access
government benefits.

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Reports Published in 2007

“In teaching middle-schoolers “More Troops, More Dollars” January 23

“The President’s Budget—Impact on the States” February 5

about the federal budget, "Administration Requests More War Funding"

“A Vote to Pay for More War?”
February 5
March 14

I found NPP’s website, “Where Do Your Tax Dollars Go?”

“Unified Security Budget, FY 2008”
April 6
April 30
“A Vote for More War: Selected Cities” July 30
particularly the tradeoffs, “Just Security” * August 9
“A Vote for More War: States and Congressional Districts” August 9

to be a shocking eye opener “Half of Low-Income People Not Receiving Food Stamp Benefits” August 13
“Federal Dollars: What Came to and Left Your State in 2005” October 22

to many of the students “Local Cost of the Iraq War, Proposed FY 2008”
“Local Cost of the Iraq War, Through FY 2007”
October 24
October 25

on how we spend our

“More War Funding Requested” (Updated) October 25

“More War Funding Signed by President” December 28
“Federal Budget Year in Review 2007” January 2, 2008
money as a nation.”

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“Military Recruiting 2007: Army Misses Benchmarks by Greater Margin” January 22, 2008

Liam Bowler | Pea ce Campaign Co ordinator, * NPP Research Director Anita Dancs contributed to this report published
N ext Generati on, San Anselm o, California by Foreign Policy in Focus, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies.

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strengthening NPP
in 2007

I n 2007, NPP revenues grew by 8 percent from As NPP approached its 25th anniversary in 2008, BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kristin Holloway-Bidwell* IN-KIND SERVICES
the previous year. Individual donor support in the board of directors and founding executive Development Associate PROVIDED BY:
Laurie Herrick*
2007 increased from 30 percent to 36 percent director Greg Speeter undertook a thorough Chair, 1st half 2007 Philip Korman Doug Fulton
review of the organization’s structure. To better Development Director Beth Newburger
of total revenue. Of this support, an increasing Peter Greenwald, Treasurer
utilize Speeter’s talents and ensure that NPP’s Chair, 2nd half 2007 Daniel McLeod Jason Threlfall Photography
amount came from donors who have made a
Outreach Coordinator Twenty Six Letters
five-year pledge by joining our Investors’ Circle. data is used to its greatest effect, they crafted a Hal Fales
Clerk Al Nutile R. Michelson Gallery
new role for Speeter that focuses on education
IT Director
The annual Fall Party October 28 once again and outreach, with an emphasis on writing and Jennifer Kern
Michael Klare Mary Orisich DEVELOPMENT
filled the Log Cabin in Holyoke, Mass., to capacity. public speaking. Effective in early 2008, Greg will COMMITTEE
Stephanie Luce Research Associate
Invited by 43 table hosts, more than 400 guests travel extensively for NPP to speak to activists and
Vijay Prashad Pamela Schwartz Karen Alstadt
attended to listen to Matthew Rothschild, editor encourage the utilization of NPP’s data analysis Beth Spong Communications Director Dennis Bidwell
of The Progressive, learn more about NPP and for public policy advocacy. A national search is Bill Strickland Suzanne Smith Carolyn Cushing
invest financially in its programs. Linda Stout was underway for a new executive director to guide Sue Thrasher Database Manager Laurie Herrick
the recipient of the 2007 Frances Crowe Award. NPP’s organizational growth in 2008 and beyond. Cate Woolner Dennis West* Alice Hodgdon
Stout is author of Bridging the Class Divide, Technology Coordinator Jim Levey
Robert Lowry
founder of the Piedmont Peace Project, and STAFF *NPP gratefully acknowledges the
Stuart Mieher
founding executive director of Spirit in Action, an Greg Speeter service of board and staff who
David Starr
organization dedicated to building a successful Executive Director departed the organization in
Jamie Williamson
social change movement. 2007.
Juan Carlos Aguilar

Development Associate
Barbara Chalfonte

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Administrative Assistant McConnell Consulting Group Adrian Assim
Northern Star Communications Vanessa Caderon
Anita Dancs
Doreen St. John Jennifer Daley
Research Director
Jamie Maloney
Kristine Elinevsky Margaret Martens
Administration & Jaime Soper
Finance Director Kara Sosa
NPP staff at the 2007 Fall Party.

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major collaborators supporters
Our mission, to shape federal budget and policy priorities that promote social and economic justice,
could not be accomplished without collaboration with others. We thank you for your vision, work and

With funds cut for schools, healthcare and poverty

relief programs, the impact of current federal priorities
has been especially great on children.
ACORN Emergency Campaign for Peace Action
Act for Change/Working Assets America’s Priorities People for the American Way
AFSCME Evangelical Lutheran Church in Physicians for Social
American Friends Service America Responsibility
Committee Fair Taxes for All Political Economy Research Foundation support comprises more than 60% of NPP’s revenue. We appreciate that
Arms Trade Resource Center Institute (PERI) the following foundations partnered with us in 2007:
Ass’n of Farmworkers Opportunity Friends Committee for National Presbyterian Church USA
Programs Legislation Priorities NH
Call to Renewal Hip Hop Caucus Progressive Cabinet Summit
Campaign for America’s Future Interfaith Alliance Project on Defense Alternatives Colombe Foundation Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Center for American Progress Institute for Policy Studies Religious Action Center
Center for Arms Control and Non- Jobs with Justice RESULTS Community Foundation of Western Select Equity Foundation
Proliferation Laboratory for New Thinking SEIU Massachusetts
Center on Budget and Public Leadership Conference on Civil True Majority Stewart R. Mott Charitable Trust
Policy Priorities Rights United for a Fair Economy Connect US
Center for Community Change League of Conservation Voters United for Peace and Justice Town Creek Foundation
Center for Defense Information Media Education Foundation (MEF) (UFPJ) Educational Foundation of America

Children’s Defense Fund US Action Wellspring Fund/Peace
Center for Strategic and Budgetary MIT Security Studies Program US Labor Against the War Gone Giving Circle/New Hampshire Development Fund

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Assessments NAACP US PIRG Charitable Foundation
Center for War, Peace, and the National Community Development US Social Forum
News Media Association War Resisters League Patricia Silver Fund/Peace
Cities for Peace National Council of Churches Women’s Action for New Development Fund
Clean Water Action National Education Association Directions (WAND)
Coalition on Human Needs National League of Cities Working America Proteus Fund/Ford Foundation
Code Pink National Low Income Housing
Connect US Coalition
Economic Policy Institute National Organizers’ Alliance
Economists for Peace and Security NETWORK
Ecumenical Advocacy Days OMB Watch

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Individuals who share our belief that a democracy depends on an educated citizenry have been vital in Robert & Hilary Keating
expanding the work of the National Priorities Project. We thank all of our donors for their generosity Susan Kimball & Adam Saunders
and support in 2007. Justin Kimball & Maura Glennon
Phil Korman
Jennifer Ladd
Margaret Lamb &
Christopher Clark
Investors’ Circle Mary Birks Doug Fulton & Val Voorheis
George & Ann Levinger Public opinion polls throughout 2007 revealed that a solid and growing
We thank supporters who have Mary Bombardier Amy Gilburg & Michael Trotman majority of the U.S. public opposes the war with Iraq.
Lily’s Family
joined the Investors’ Circle by Lynn Bowmaster & Michael Docter Marina & Joshua Goldman
Robin Lloyd
making a five-year pledge. Eve Brown-Waite & John Waite Stephanie & Ron Gonthier
David & Anna Loven
Cristina Canales Cleo Gorman & Ronald Ackerman
Robert Lowry
Barbara Chalfonte Monica Green & Richard West
Anonymous (4) Nancy Lustgarten &
Andrea & Jonathan Chasen Peter Greenwald & Peter Pollard & Sydney Thorn Elizabeth Sullivan & Hal Fales
Angela Barth & Linda Stout Edmund DeLaCour
Diane Clancy & Susan Elkin Phyllis Bermingham Lyndy Pye Nathan Therien & Susan Newton
Bethann & Benjamin Albro-Fisher Carol MacColl & Don Michak
Court Cline & Scott LaRochelle Margot Greenwald David Russell & Holly Hartmann Linda & John Thompson
Katherine Allen & Robert & Ellen Meeropol
Kathleen Clougherty Heidi Haas & Frederick Hooven Carolyn Sadeh Martha Sue Thrasher
Michael Brezsnyak Irene Michaud
Michael Cohen & Patricia Collins Malcolm Harper & Kara Loran & Max Saito Carlos Vega & Elaine Vega
Eugene & Carol Angus Stuart Mieher
Joanne Comerford Kritis-Harper Robert & Paula Sakey Robert & Delores Viarengo
Eric Bachrach & Renee Moss Margaret Miller & John Christopher
Roger & Shirley Conant Linda Harris & Alan Eccleston Sharon Saline & Kenneth Hahn Ann Wassell & Joe DiDomenico
George & Marsha Bailey Paul & Ellen Mintzer
Andrea Cousins Thomas Harris Maureen Scanlon Eve Weinbaum & Max Page
Lynn & David Barclay Carolyn Misch & Timothy Jones
Sarah Creighton & Phil Lawrence Bruce & Ruth Hawkins Gary Schaefer & Barbara Fingold Jon Weissman & Joan Grenier
Dr. & Mrs. H. D. Barnshaw Kathleen Molitor & John Kratz
Frances Crowe Hugh Heisler & Miriam Sadinsky Maxine Schmidt & Elizabeth Jones Eric Winkler & Bonnie Alpert
Susan & Jack Barocas Joe & Teresa Morris
Carolyn Cushing & John Laux Ira Helfand & Deborah Smith Pamela Schwartz & Joel Feldman Robert & Jan Winston
Paul Morse

Donna Lee Bartell
Dee DeGeiso & Howard Polonsky John & Priscilla Hellweg Dianne Schwartz & Jim Maza Cate Woolner & Daniel Croteau
Angela Barth & Linda Stout Julia Moss & Mark Horwitz
Lori Divine-Hudson Laurie Herrick & Daniel Zukergood Virginia Senders Jonathan & Margaret Wright

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Lisa Baskin Martha Nathan & Elliot Fratkin
Carol Duke Carolyn Hicks & Frank Marotta Michelle Serra Mark & Barbara Zaccheo
Amy Ben-Ezra & Sarah Neelon
William Dwight Mary Clare Higgins Sayre Sheldon George Zimmerman
Farnsworth Lobenstine Rebecca Neimark & Lee Spector
Kristine & Yoav Elinevsky Ruth Hooke Mary & Alfred Siano
Anne Benedict Dorothy Nemetz & John Todd
Judith K. Ellenburg & Jack Hornor & Ron Skinn Elizabeth Silver & Lee Badgett
Swansea Benham Bleicher Beth Newburger
Stephen Ellenburg Carole Horowitz & Richard Last Risa Silverman & Ryan Hellwig ANNUAL FUND
Evan & Kristen Benjamin Sean Norton & Karen Brown
William Feinstein & Deb Sherr Marsha Humphrey & David Simpson
Wendy Berg & Thomas Heidi & Gina Nortonsmith Leadership Circle
Nancy & Bob First Stephen Jasinski Preston H. Smith II
Wartenberg Congressman John W. Olver & Gifts of $1,000 or more
Nancy Flam & Neil Kudler Motoko Inoue Suzanne Smith & Steve Flynn
Joyce & Len Berkman Rose R. Olver Anonymous (4)
Chris Flynn John Joelson & Joanne Levin Greg & Betsy Speeter
Phyllis Bermingham Andrew & Molly Pasquale Ben Cohen
Rachel Folsom & Robert Moll Virginia Kaeser & Jim Mareniss Elizabeth Spong
Olivia Bernard Lorna & Dale Peterson Michael Cohen & Patricia Collins
Laurel & Paul Foster-Moore Dr. Ellen Z. Kaufman Jane Stephenson & Alison Ryan
Dennis Bidwell & Mary Ann Kelly Thomas & Johanna Plaut Sarah Creighton

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Lori Divine Hudson Dan Aldridge Robert Belfort & Cindy Stagoff Anne Cassebaum &
Nancy Flam & Neil Kudler William Alexander Allen Belkin & Mary Jean O’Reilly John Herold
Lee Halprin & Abby Rockefeller Dean Alfange Mark & Janet Mcvey-Bennett Barbara Chalfonte
Lily’s Family Alice Allen Phyllis Bennis Thomas Chang
Bruce & Ruth Hawkins Jeanne Allen Iris & David Berkman Vicki Cheikes
Sally-Jane Heit Marilyn Allen & Jesse Ferland Roger Berman & Tracy Perkins Francis Chiappa & Dorene Davis By the end of 2007, the financial cost of the Iraq War had risen to $456.1
Ira Helfand & Deborah Smith Katherine Allen & Michael Robert & Carolyn Biagi Diane Clancy & Susan Elkin billion. The value of American, Iraqi and other lives lost in the war is incal-
Jack Hornor & Ron Skinn Brezsnyak Paul Bissex & Kathleen Gorke Mary Ann P. Cofrin culable. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters file photo)
Rochelle Korman & Margaret Anderson & David Bisson Bruce Cohen
Richard Friedman Fred Breeden Beatrice & Judd Blain Clemente Cohen & Lisa Aber
Kathy Davidheiser & John Eisenhour
James Levey & Christine Olson Eugene & Carol Angus Fletcher Blanchard & Cohen
Claudia Downey Kristine & Yoav Elinevsky
George & Ann Levinger Laura Arbeitman & Laurie Herzog Heidi Schiller Lawrence Cohen &
Susan Davies & Richard Talkov Stephen & Theresa Engels
Robin Lloyd Lynn Asch Margaret Blum Kathi Donnelly-Cohen
Louis & Jen Davis Ann F. Eno
Susan Lloyd John Austin Leslie Boden Amy & Len Cohen
Laurel & Linda Davis-Delano David & Dorothy Entin
Maryel Locke Martha Ayres Vandy Bollinger Roger & Shirley Conant
Michael de Sherbinin & Jan Gerald Epstein & Francine Deutsch
Nancy Lustgarten & Andrea Ayvazian & Michael Klare Jeffrey Bott & Ginny Miller Susan Conger
Stevens Robert Evenstein
Edmund DeLaCour James Babson Miriam & Andrew Bourke John & Marianna Connolly
Peter DeAmicis Mr. Haliburton Fales II
Stuart Mieher Eric Bachrach & Renee Moss Gerard & Sabina Braunthal Denise Cormier
Sallie Deans Lake & Nancy Fales Garrett
Dorothy Nemetz & John Todd Barbara Schaffer Bacon Mary Lynn Brezsnyak Andrea Cousins
Kevin Deans Lake Anna Faro
Sayre Sheldon Ronald Baer & Renee Schultz Craig Slatin & Ruth Brownstein Beth Crawford & Robert
Dennis Delap & Paula Olson Audrey Faulkner
Mary & Alfred Siano Ralph & Esther Bailey Steven & Linda Brion-Meisels Dickerman
Susan DeMaria Israel Feldman
Jody Sieben & Dan Mason Barbara Wrenn Banks & George Brown Jr. Sarah Creighton & Phil Lawrence
Margaret DeRivera Lenore Fenn

Patricia Silver David Root Eve Brown-Waite & John Waite Daniel Croteau
David Dersham Peg Fiddler & Nick Fleisher
Lucy & Daniel Stroock Robert Barber & Carol Edelstein Sarah Browning & Tom Hertz Frances Crowe

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John & Bess Detmold Larry & Tamara Field
Tom Symes Michael Bardsley Louis & Ann Bucciarelli Andrew Crystal
Carol & Christopher Devine Ralph Fine & Valerie Miller
Eva Thomson Angela Barth & Linda Stout Penny & Dan Burke Penelope Cuninggim &
John & Patricia DiBartolo Anne Fine & Jonathan Liebman
Robert & Delores Viarengo Lisa Baskin Andrea Burns Steve Benjis
Barbara & Dennis Diessner Nancy & Bob First
Elaine Baskin Koren Butler & Tracie Kurth Carolyn Cushing & John Laux
Colleen Doherty & Kevin Doherty H. John & Sebern Fisher
Gifts up to $999 Gary Bass Cheryl & Stephen Butler Daniel Czitrom & Meryl Fingruted
Amy L. Domini Stephen Fisher
Henry & Suzanne Bass Sarah Buttenwieser & Howard Czoschke
Anonymous (19) Alan Dorman Daria Fisk
Christine Bates & William Carlton Hosea Baskin Toni Dachis
Martha Ackelsberg & Katherine Dreier Constance Fitzgerald
Frank Battaglia Catherine & Paul Buttenwieser Duane Dale & Heidi Frantz Dale
Judith Plaskow Susan Dudek & Tom Weiner John J. Fitzgerald
Joseph & Beate Becker Elyse Cann Anita Dancs & Bill Sweeney
Brian Adams & Morey Phippen Leslie Dwight & Byron Coley Carol & Paul Flandreau
Patrice & Brian Beddor James Cannon Kenneth Danford & Tamara Kaplan
Ira & Bina Addes Valle Dwight & Phil O’Donoghue Ralph Fletcher
Lawrence & Beth Beede Vivienne Carey & Roger Webb Michael Danoff & Susan Zarchin
Juan Carlos Aguilar Joan Ecklein Elizabeth & Dick Floor
Brad & Debra Behr David Caruso & Sara Hunt Joel Dansky & Nancy Felton

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Osa & Chris Flory Cleo Gorman & Ronald Ackerman Kris Holloway-Bidwell & Randy Kehler & Betsy Corner
Chris Flynn Terry Grant John Bidwell Pam Kelly & Loren Kramer
Rachel Folsom & Robert Moll Ruth Graves Ruth Hooke Dr. Ernece Kelly
Food for Thought Books Collective Monica Green & Richard West Carole Horowitz & Richard Last David & Gail Kielson
Becky Forest & Dave Bulley Peter Greenwald & Shel Horowitz & Dina Friedman Irene Kimball
James Foritano Phyllis Bermingham Tina Howard & Jonathan Gould Susan Kimball & Adam Saunders
John & Nancy Foster Linda Gross & Christopher Jarvis James Humphreys Julianne Kinsman &
Cheryl Fox Jean Grossholtz Franklin & Priscilla Hundley Jeffrey Dahlberg
David & Joan Fradkin Mary Ann Gundersen Stanley Hunter Murray & Jean Kiteley
Leslie & Janet Fraidstern Molly Hale Louise Hurwitz & Susan Crimmins Jeffrey Knight & Audrey Guhn
Leslie Fraser Phil & Jane Hall Integrity Development & Emily Koester
Ian Fraser & Pamela Bartlett Isabella Halsted Construction Silas & Linda Kopf
Lyn Frazier Cathi Hanauer & Daniel Jones Reverend Peter Ives & David Kotz & Karen Pfeifer Reprinted by permission of Tribune Media Service
Margola & Samuel Freedman Rachel Hannah & Pam Bockol Jenny Fleming-Ives George Kriebel & Sarah Metcalf
Jane Frey Raphael Hanson James & Miriam Jagger Karen & Saul Kuhr
Martha & John Gabbert Malcolm Harper & Peter Jessop Robert Kunreuther
Meg Gage & Stephen King Kara Kritis-Harper Richard & Faith Jodoin KWHome Dorothea Von Goeler George & Arky Markham
Kelly Gallagher & Liza Neal Andrew Harris, M.D. Lee Johnson Phyllis Labanowski Paul Lipke Frank Marotta & Carolyn Hicks
Lucy Garbus & David Slack Angela Harris Robert & Joycelyn Johnson Helen Ladd Dennis Litfin Mr. Paul McClenon
Harold Garrett-Goodyear Linda Harris & Alan Eccleston Nicholas Jones Jennifer Ladd Elizabeth Loughran Joseph McCoy
Gary & Joan Gemme Thomas Harris Dana Kadish & Lou Cove Sita Lang & Anne Jemas Nancy & John Lovejoy Susan & Margrit McIntosh
David & Karen Gengler Elizabeth Hartmann & Virginia Kaeser & Jim Mareniss Susan Lantz David & Anna Loven Dan McKenna
Katherine Gerstle & Jen Werner James Boyce Kenneth & Laurel Kahn Philip Leech Henry Lowendorf Kate McKenney & Maya Machin
Ann Gibson & Annie Cheatham Michael J. Hearn, Ph.D. Matthew Kane & Ann Markes Michael Lehman Susan Lowenstein Maureen McMahon &
Richard Gifford & Rebecca Allessi Joan Hebert Michelle Kaskey Holly Leonard & Patty Rene James Lowenthal Doron Goldman
Dana Gillette & Julie Elias Hugh Heisler & Miriam Sadinsky Ellen Kastanopolous Tom Lesser & Maggie Spiegel Steven Lucas & Mark Carmien Donald & Sandra McPherson
Judith Glaser & Robert Stern James & Mary Henninger-Voss Gary Katz & Ilene Sakheim Katz Adam Levine Stephanie Luce & Mark Brenner Jeffrey McQueen & Amy Kahn
Gerald & Leah Glasser Thomas & Carolyn Herrick Alan Katz & Pauline Bassett Sura Levine Marilyn & John MacDougall Howard Mechanic
Penina & Myron Glazer David Herships David Katz & Kathleen Mellen Barbara Levy Blair Maerowitz & Rose McMahan Jennifer Meeropol
Mark & Debbie Glotter Ellen Hertzmark & S.M. Gedwiser Charles Kaufman Barry & Nancy Levy Peggy Maher Anthony Robert & Ellen Meeropol
Norbert Goldfield & Marjorie Hess & Rudolph Talaber David Kaufman & Helmi Pucino Daniel Levy Sandy Mandel Nancy & Chris Meyer
Sandra Matthews Kim Hicks & Jim Gipe Oran Kaufman & Danielle Barshak Tracey Levy Thomas Marantz & Gwen Agna Richard Micelotta
Marina & Joshua Goldman Katherine Hicks & Sharon Kaufman Dora Lewis & Jim Nash Horace Marchant Susan Mikula & Rachel Maddow
Ellen Goldsmith & Sam Levitt Henry Rosenberg Sami Keats & Joel Liebman Patricia Lee Lewis Patricia & Alan Marcus Margaret Miller & John Christopher
Kathy Goos & Barry Werth Barry & Eileen Hirsch Arthur & Maura Keene Peter Lindenauer & Frances & Peter Marcuse Steven & Linda Miller
Jeff & Diana Gordon Sherrill Hogen

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Lisa Mintz Robert & Elizabeth Passi Charlie Rogers Penny Schultz & Jody Nishman
Margaret Misch Susan & Leslie Patlove Reene Romano & Gerry Joseph Sigrid Schumatzer &
Terry Mollner Elizabeth Patton Anthony Rominske Winston Close
Martha & Mark Moore Anne & Frederick Paulsen Margaret Rooks & Jeremy Smith Suzanne N. Schuster
Michael & Marcella Moran Howard & Carol Pellett Jim Rooney Lori Schwartz & Rob Catlin
Eva Moseley Mary Pendleton Julie Rose Frances Schwartzberg
Julia Moss & Mark Horwitz Max Pepper Susan Rosen & Douglas Amy Elizabeth Schwerdtle Throughout 2007, NPP's materials were used by thousands of activists
Sidney & Miriam Moss Christine & Roscoe Perham Stanley Rosenberg Tim Scott in protests, public education efforts, and meetings with elected officials.
Phyllis Muldoon This event was organized by Sacramento Peace Action.
Dwight & Julie Perkins Michael Rosenthal Alan Seewald
Patricia Mullady & Robert Parfet Lorna & Dale Peterson Matthew Rothschild Maynard Seider
Valerie R. Mullen Erik Peterson Andy & Cyndie Rothschild Michelle Serra
James Mulvanny Richard Peterson Virginia & James Rovnyak Susan Shaer & Rep Jim Marzilli
Asaph & Hanifah Murfin Irene & Norton Starr Margaret & Frank Toscanini
Suzanne & Robert Petersson David Roy & Rene Patenaude David Sharken & Joanne Jaffin
Merry Nasser David & Julie Starr William & Betsy Towe
Susanna Porte Ann Roy & Thomas Uzar Elena Sharnoff
Martha Nathan & Elliot Fratkin Ervin Staub & Laurie Pearlman Tom & Merle Tresser
Michael Posner & Carol Owen Sharon & Ned Rudnitzsky Carrie & Andrew Shelffo
Sheridan & Dana Neimark Diana & Otto Stein Gordon & Elise Tripp
Susan & Thomas Powers Joel Russell & Mari Gottdiener Susan Shilliday
Juanita Nelson Craig Stevens William Turomsha
Vijay Prashad Rose Sackey-Milligan Paul Shoul
Dorothy Nemetz & John Todd Kaitilin Stevens O’Shea Valley Mediation
Principle Profits Asset Carolyn Sadeh Seth Shulman & Laura Reed
David & Catharine Newbury Donald & Janee Stone Martha Vinick
Management, Inc. Loran & Max Saito Anthony Sillars
William Newman & Dale Melcher Elizabeth Stone & Marc Berman Jeanette Voas
Michael Prokosch & Robert & Paula Sakey Marie & Scott Silver
Greg Nichols & Rebecca Fletcher Ellen & Ronald Story Daniel Volman
Rebecca Pierce Juliet & William Saltman Elizabeth Silver & Lee Badgett
Ellen & Barry Nigrosh Bill Strickland Pamela Walker
John Pucci Richard & Jane Sanders Henry Simkin, M.D.
Lynne & Bertram Strieb Gisela & Anthony Walker

Sara Nolan de Aguilar Laura Punnett & Nicholas Sanders William Simmons & Irene Eigner
William Norris Mark Stumpf Frederick & Barbara Walton
Rafael Moure-Eraso Carol Sartz Karen Simon

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Emily Northrop Michael & Marianna Sullivan Nicholas Warren
Christopher & Cynthia Pyle Becky Schachter & Nancy Simons & Paul Rowd
Sean Norton & Karen Brown Alice & Arthur Swift Ann Wassell & Joe DiDomenico
Garrett Quinn Emmett Leoder David Simpson
Heidi & Gina Nortonsmith Joan Tabachnick & Jane Fleishman Sheila Weinberg
Thomas Randall & Becky Miller Barbara Schaffer Bacon Peter Simpson
Alfred Nutile & Gabrielle Slavin Tamaara Tabb Tom Weiner
Steve & Anita Randall Stan Schapiro & Joan Wiener Jeremy Smith & Margaret Rooks
Fred Ojile Elizabeth Tafe Vivien Weiss & Steven Berman
Harold Raush & Steven Schatzki Dana & Mary Snyder
Mildred Okino Nancy Talanian & Fran Fortino Jim Westrich & Patricia Spellman
Marguerite McMillen Robert Schenkkan & Judith Solsken
Jaime Olander & Kelsey Flynn Pamela Tanzi Lisa Wexler
Robert Reckman & Joan Maria Headley George Sosa
Joseph & Mary Palen Margo Tenold Peter Weyman
Braderman Deborah Schifter & LuAnne Speeter
Gerard Paquin Gomer Thomas & Jane Cameron Peter Whalen & Janna Ugone
Scott Reed & Ferdene Chin-Yee Alan Schiffmann Cheryl & Alan Speeter Margoles
Ruth & David Pardoe Martha Sue Thrasher Doug Wheat & Amy Seldin
Edward & Joan Rising Steve & Honey Schnapp Elizabeth Spong
Mary Parker Peter Titelman & Katharine Baker Priscilla C. Whipple
Jan Roby & Diane Brenner Jeanne Schubmehl & David Sprague &
Pamela Parkhurst & Tom Harris William & Heli Tomford Patricia Wieland
Joan Roche Michael Hooker Barbara Knapp Sprague

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giving options

Betty Willhoite Commemorative Blanche Shea INVESTORS’ CIRCLE NPP is working on a new initiative to
Jamie Williamson & William Marley Gifts Pamela Schwartz We invite supporters to become members of our Investors’ help shift U.S. energy policy away from
Douglas Wilson Gifts made in memory or honor Linda Stout oil to conservation and renewable
Circle by making a five-year pledge of any amount. We deeply alternatives such as solar power (see
James Wimsatt of others provide an opportunity Kurt Vonnegut
appreciate that more than 150 donors currently participate. More Looking Ahead p.14). (Photo: Boston
Robert & Jan Winston to pay tribute to special people or Jon Weisman Globe)
Stephen & Bettina Winter organizations. NPP is pleased to than $75,000 was contributed through this program in 2007 and
Kurt Wise recognize the following individuals IN MEMORY OF: an additional $200,000 has been pledged for 2008-2011.
Judith Wofsy in whose honor or memory gifts Jane Bachinski These pledges help NPP plan for the future and provide
Jacquelyn Wolf & Barry Levy were received in 2007. Carol & Ron Fraser valuable flexibility in programming.
Tom & Peg Wolff Yetta Frazer
Michael & Sara Wolff IN HONOR OF: Margaret Holt
Al Woodhull Sky Allen-Brezsnyak Richard Hooke
Supporters who contribute $1,000 or more during our annual
Keith Woodruff Xavier Carlton Molly Ivins
Emilie Woodward Gordon M. Clement Kathy Ann Keenan fund drive are vital to our day-to-day work. Their leadership gifts
Cate Woolner & Daniel Croteau Norman Cousins Sylvester Labanowski inspire others to support social change by investing in NPP.
Jonathan & Margaret Wright Ellen Cousins Herbert Lipke
Betty & John Wright Frances Crowe Marine Lance Corporal MONTHLY GIVING PROGRAM
David Wunsch Rabbi Justin David Jeffrey Lucey
Supporters who become Monthly Sustainers contribute to NPP
Rachel Wysoker Asher Davis Laurence Locke
through the convenience of a monthly credit card charge or For further details about
Felice Yeskel & Felicia Mednick Izzy Davis Tom Murfin
Jeffrey Zesiger & Dorien Miller Nancy First Nina Payne bank withdrawal, and are some of our most loyal and consistent
supporters. As a group, the Sustainers generate more than these giving options, please
George Zimmerman Joan Grenier Bob Rogers

Fred & Megan Zinn Erma Green Doris Rominske $1,500 each month for NPP’s work, providing a valuable
contact Juan Carlos Aguilar,
Peggy Huran Joseph Sakey source of revenue throughout the year.

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Amory Lovins, Meg Sanders Development Officer,
Rocky Mountain Institute Jack Shulman
Alison Luterman Ann Siano National Priorities Project,
A nation moving toward social and economic justice may be the
George Markham Lucille Magnhilde Speeter
Arky Markham Mel Wexler greatest legacy we can leave to our children and grandchildren. 243 King Street, Suite 239,
Anne Paulsen Fred Wilmot Living Legacy members who share our long-term goal for a
Benjamin Perlzweig vibrant democracy have chosen to provide for the National Northampton, MA 01060,
Priorities Project in their wills. These bequests, life-income gifts,
413-584-9556, jcaguilar@
and other charitable estate planning arrangements provide vital
support for NPP’s work today and in years to come.

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financial summary
Condensed Financial Statements for the Year Ended December 31, 2007
(with comparative totals for 2006)

2007* 2006


Grants $379,500 $392,648
Donations $222,446 $191,830
In-kind donations $5,300 $3,300
Other $2,012 $675
Interest $5,710 $7,158

EXPENSES PDX Peace, a Portland, Oregon, anti-war coalition, used

Program $369,601 $358,318 NPP data in its protest marking the Iraq War’s fourth
Administration $72,435 $63,973 anniversary. The event was attended by 15,000-20,000
Development $97,834 $96,461
TOTAL EXPENSES $539,870 $518,752

CHANGE IN NET ASSETS $75,098 $76,859

NET ASSETS, Beginning of the Year $515,011 $438,152

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NET ASSETS, End of the Year $590,109 $515,011
NPP gratefully acknowledges for permission
to reprint the photo on page 12.

Thanks to WAND's Oregon chapter for the photo on page 10

and Sacramento Peace Action for the photo on page 29.

*Unaudited figures. Printing donated by Japs-Olson Company

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