Nonprofit nominated for Nobel

Group’s work on federal budget accessibility noticed by former laureates

The late Greg Speeter, founder of the National Priorities Project, shown here with Jo Comerford, current executive director, in 2009. (Gazette file photo)

The late Greg Speeter, founder of the National Priorities Project, shown here with Jo Comerford, current executive director, in 2009. (Gazette file photo)

NORTHAMPTON — The National Priorities Project, a local nonprofit that tries to make the federal budget transparent and accessible to voters has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by 13 former Nobel prize laureates.

Typically, nominations for the prize are shrouded in secrecy, with Nobel rules stating that names of nominees may not be revealed — even by those nominated — until 50 years after the prize is awarded.

But the International Peace Bureau announced its nomination of NPP on its website in a post dated Jan. 25, a decision that came a full week before the deadline for nominations.

“IPB believes that Alfred Nobel was dedicated to supporting those who seek alternatives to the system of warmaking,” reads a statement on the peace bureau’s website. “In our view, the essential fuel for this system is money, especially public money derived largely from taxpayers. Within the world’s largest-spending state in terms of military budgets, i.e. the USA, few have devoted as much energy to studying the budget process as the National Priorities Project. And few have brought to the task such a clear and steadfast commitment to reallocating the enormous sums devoted to the military, in order to instead address vital issues such as inequality, unemployment, education, health and the need to build a green economy.”

The Northampton group was founded in 1983 by the late Greg Speeter.

According to its website, its mission is to make the “complex federal budget transparent and accessible so people can exercise their right and responsibility to oversee and influence how their tax dollars are spent.”

It has a staff of about 15 people working at its offices at 343 King. St.

The international prize, established by Alfred Nobel, is awarded by the Norwegian Nobel Committee. The first Nobel Peace Prize was awarded in 1901.

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