War Tax Boycott.org – 2007-09-15 08:25:11
“If a thousand [people] were not to pay their tax-bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood. This is, in fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution, if any such is possible.”
— Henry David Thoreau, during the Mexican-American War of 1846-48
Over the past year, peace activists have voted, lobbied, marched, and taken direct action to end the war in Iraq. Courageous soldiers have refused to fight the war. But Congress has appropriated billions of dollars to continue the war and appears ready to authorize a future military attack on Iran.
It’s time for taxpayers who oppose this war to join together in nonviolent civil disobedience and show Congress how to cut off the funds for this war and redirect resources to the pressing needs of people.
Register and Prepare for April 2008
This fall, the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee urges all who oppose this war to register and prepare for an April 2008 nationwide boycott and redirection of the federal income taxes that fuel the war in Iraq.
Among the groups promoting this action are Voices for Creative Nonviolence, the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, and the Nonviolent Direct Action Working Group of United for Peace and Justice.
Building From Fall Direct Actions
This campaign to boycott and redirect war taxes launches in September as Congress considers an additional $142 billion dollar appropriation for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Opponents of war and oppression are encouraged to refuse to pay for the war and occupation they are trying so hard to stop.
The campaign will be promoted across the U.S. among the participants of upcoming actions challenging the Iraq war. These include the September “Days of Decision” actions, congressional office occupations, the “No War, No Warming” action, the October 27 Nationwide Mobilization to End the War, and the November vigil at the Army School of the Americas.
War tax boycott participants are encouraged to redirect their resisted taxes to a project providing health care among Iraqi refugees in Jordan and Syria, a health care center in New Orleans providing care to survivors of Katrina, or to a humanitarian project of their own choosing.
* Join the 2008 War Tax Boycott and Redirection by submitting the online Registration Form or download the form here and mail it in.
* The Getting Started in War Tax Resistance guide will help you prepare to refuse to pay for war, to understand the consequences, and to redirect your war taxes in 2008.
2008 War Tax Boycott is sponsored by National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee and endorsed by Voices for Creative Nonviolence, the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, and the Nonviolent Direct Action Working Group of United for Peace and Justice.
For more information and updates contact:
National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee
PO Box 150553, Brooklyn, NY 11215
800-269-7464 — firstname.lastname@example.org