PEACE BY DEFUNDING WARS

Withhold from War, Pay for Peace — 2008 War Tax Boycott
The following was sent to me via email by a reader of this Blog. Sounds to me like a good start to ending the war…

A People’s Campaign to Defund the War

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, War Resisters League, the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, Veterans for Peace, 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 “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.

Redirection Projects

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.

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

2008 War Tax Boycott is sponsored by National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee and endorsed by Voices for Creative Nonviolence, War Resisters League, the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, and the Nonviolent Direct Action Working Group of United for Peace and Justice.

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For more information and updates contact:
National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee
PO Box 150553, Brooklyn, NY 11215
800-269-7464 — nwtrcc@nwtrcc.org

4 Comments

  1. Anonymous said,

    November 24, 2007 at 18:39

    When will these naive people realize that all socialist programs must end if we’re ever to have peace?

  2. Anonymous said,

    November 24, 2007 at 19:20

    When will these naive people realize that all capitalist programs must end if we’re ever to have peace?

  3. Anonymous said,

    November 24, 2007 at 19:32

    The only way we’ll really ever have peace is to find a way for the bastards to turn a profit from peace.

  4. MomAndDad said,

    November 24, 2007 at 20:44

    The government will then begin to wipe out social programs.


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