Pleas to spend the so-called "peace dividend" from reduce military spending to cure America's domestic ills such as poverty, homelessness and illiteracy rang through St. Francis of Assisi Church Roman Catholic Church on Harford Road
About 400 people attended the Baltimore Development Commission's fourth annual conference.
In a vote using pennies as "tax dollars" and ballots, education and housing needs received overwhelming support.
Military spending, meanwhile, was held to a minimum despite the success in the Persian Gulf war, said Sister Katherine Corr, director of Jobs With Peace, which organized the meeting.
The first 300 people who arrived were given $1 rolls of pennies to deposit in a series of jars according to their governmental spending priorities. "Military spending only got about 3 per cent; education and housing were overflowing," Sister Katherine reported. Other jars represented jobs, health care, social services and the savings and loan bailout.