National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee

Tax Day Protests and Events 2011

NWTRCC Press Release, Tax Day 2011

The numbers are staggering: Over $1 trillion spent so far on the invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan since October 2001. Now we must add at least $1.1 million each for the Tomahawk missiles being launched into Libya — over 112 missiles were launched just the first day.

Nearly half of each tax dollar going to the Pentagon and military contractors. Cities and states are closing schools, cutting services, furloughing staff. Thousands of civilians and soldiers killed with no evidence that the world is safer.

Get out on (or before) tax day — Monday, April 18 is the final day to file this year — to protest the obscene and increasing military budget. See the action list below, but if there’s not an action in your area, order some flyers (list at the bottom) and head out to a busy corner to leaflet for an hour.

List is in development. Email your action to be added to this list.

Also organizing during this time is the Global Day of Action on Military Spending. See other listings and resources on their website for April 12 actions around the world.

California

Bay Area — Northern California War Tax Resistance will be joining other actions during tax season and around tax day, April 18. Contact the group to join the war tax resistance contingent, or look for them at the demonstrations. Northern California People’s Life Fund will hold as granting ceremony as part of the national war tax resistance gathering on Saturday night, May 7. For more information: (510) 842-6124, nowartax@riseup.net, www.nowartax.org.

Los Angeles — Southern California WTR and Southern California War Tax Alternative Fund are distributing WRL pie charts at rallies and demonstrations and events in the Los Angeles area between now and tax day. Grants will be made through the Alternative Fund. Email for more information or see their website.

Petaluma — Petaluma Film Series, http://www.petalumafilmseries.com.  “Death and Taxes” will show on Friday, April 15, at 7 pm, at The Clear Heart Gallery, 356 Petaluma Blvd, North.

Santa Rosa — Friends House Tax Resisters. Penny Poll, letters of protest, presentation, on April 14 at Friends House. Contact Stanley McCracken for more details, (707) 538-8533

Colorado

Boulder — War Tax Information Project. Ongoing leafleting between now and tax day on the downtown mall. Mid-day. Please call Gary Erb to meet up, (303) 499-9456.

Colorado Springs — Citizens for Peace in Space, Email. Bannering and leafleting during the Space Symposium, April 11–14 (email for details). Leafleting with tax pie charts and other information at the Post Office on April 18, 4:30 pm.

Illinois

Evanston — Neighbors for Peace and the North Shore Coalition for Peace, Justice, and the Environment will distribute the WRL pie charts and engage people in conversation. Monday, April 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Evanston Post Office on Davis at Oak. All supplies are furnished by the sponsoring organizations. To volunteer or for questions, contact Rosalie Riegle at Email or (847) 644-2281.

Indiana

South Bend — Michiana War Tax Refusers will leaflet with the WRL pie chart in downtown South Bend over the noon hour on April 18. We will also give people and opportunity to participate in a bean poll to show where they want their taxes to go. For more information call (574) 289-2126 or email: psmith(at)saintmarys.edu

Iowa

Dubuque — Citizens’ Tax Moratorium. Vigil and leafleting with “Refuse to pay for war” handouts, downtown at Federal Building, 6th and Locust on Friday, April 15 and Monday, April 18, from 6pm–8pm, and every Monday between now and April 15 from 4pm–5pm. For more information contact John M. Klotz at (563) 583-2586. (Also every Monday, 4:00pm–5:00pm.)

Kansas

Newton — Heartland Peace Tax Group. Getting the tax pie chart distributed by mail or visits to groups, individuals, and churches between now and tax day. Please contact Stan Bohn for more information: asbohn4[at]cox.org or (316) 283-6075.

Kentucky

Louisville — FOR Louisville. Leafleting and street theatre at 5th and Market Street, April 18. Please contact Jean Edwards for more information: Email or (502) 458-8056 or check out their website.

Louisiana

New Orleans — Pax Christi New Orleans. Leafleting with tax pie charts and information from the War Resisters League and Pax Christi at the main Post Office. April 15, 4pm—7pm. Contact benhgordon(at)yahoo.com or call (504) 522-3751.

Maine

Across the State — Maine War Tax Resistance Resource Center and other groups. (207) 525-7776 or rosc(at)psouth.net. Call or email to help or to connect with others in your area for leafleting with flyers (click for PDF) about war taxes, budget priorities, and related issues at post offices and busy places. Before or on April 15.
 
Bangor: Alan Clemence, 745-5558 or Larry Dansinger, 525-7776
Belfast: Larry Dansinger, 525-7776
Bath/Woolwich: Bruce Gagnon, 443-9502 or Betty King, 443-9005
Brunswick/Bath: Rosie Tyler Paul, 371-2077 (penny poll)
Damariscotta-Nobleboro: Suzanne Hedrick, 563-7041
Farmington: Eileen Liddy, 645-4755
Portland: Peace Action Maine, 772-0680 or Bill Slavick, 773-6562
Seacoast N.H./Maine: Amy Antonucci: (603) 664-2796
Skowhegan/Waterville: Lisa Savage or Mark Roman, 643-2356
Augusta: Tom Sturtevant, 377-2370
Rockland: Jesse Watson, 593-9208
 
Contact the Resource Center if you want to help organize or your group is interested in an action.

For those refusing either phone or income taxes, the Maine War Tax Funds for Life will be accepting refused tax money and re-directing it again this year. Money can be sent to MWTFL, 161 Stovepipe Alley, Monroe, ME 04951.

Missouri

St. Louis — St. Louis Covenant Community of War Tax Resisters, WILPF and the Instead of War Coalition (314) 725-5303 or Email. Vigil and leafleting in front of the office building on the edge of St. Louis that houses Senator Blunt’s local office, 7700 Bonhomme at the corner of Hanely, Clayton, 11:30 to 1pm. It will include a street-side press conference announcing the Conscience and Military Tax Campaign grants of $5,000, including enlarged checks to present to the recipients.  Possible march with  Instead of War coalition to a local Boeing subcontractor’s office (a company that helps make the guidance systems for “smart bombs”) and to use it as a backdrop to challenge (for the first time publicly) the war in Libya.

Montana

Missoula — Monday, April 18, 4–5 pm, Missoula Post Office (Broadway St.)  Join Missoula Women for Peace, CAJA3, and the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center for a tax day rally to “Bring our war dollars home”.  Spread the word.  Let’s fill the street with outrage over continuing wars that drain our economy and our people.  Bring signs or come by the Peace Center to gborrow or make your own.

New Hampshire

Seacoast N.H./Maine — Seacoast Peace Response. slugga659@aol.com or (603) 969-8585. Annual War Tax Education Penny Poll calling attention to the costs of a militarized federal budget.  Here are the plans for where and when it will be: Friday April 8, 10am–3pm, Portsmouth; (Tuesday, April 12, DURHAM, run by UNH Peace & Justice League); Wednesday April 13, 10am–3pm – Dover; Friday April 15, 10am–3pm – Rochester.

New Mexico

Las Cruces, N.M. — Public showing of ‘Death and Taxes’ at the Mountain View Market Co-op on April 15th at 5:30 pm. For more info people can contact Vickie Aldrich at mathstar@zianet.com or (575) 541-9093.

New York

Ithaca — War tax refusers will be part of the Peace Walk from Ithaca to Syracuse to ground the drones, stop the wars. Includes leafleting with WRL pie chart along the way. Send off at Dewitt Park on Sunday, April 17, at 12 noon. Arrival in Syracuse on Wednesday evening with vigil on Thursday and joining the Ground the Drones and End the Wars rally on Friday at Hancock Airfield. Call with questions or to join the walk: (607) 279-8303 (cell) or find out more on Facebook.

New York City — NYC War Tax Resistance and NYC People’s Life Fund vigil and public distribution of 5 grants from the Fund of $1,000 each to local nonprofits at the Manhattan IRS office,110 W. 44th Street from Noon to 2 pm on April 18. For more information contact rhieger@nyc.rr.com or call (212) 529-0615.

New York CityNYC War Resisters League and war tax resisters will gather at 4 pm on April 18 at the Manhattan IRS office (110 W. 44th Street), then march around 5 pm with the Rude Mechanical Orchestra to the main Post Office at 34th and 8th Avenue. Or meet us at the PO around 5:30 or 6 pm for vigil and leafleting. For more information contact nycwrl@att.net or call (718) 768-7306.

Brooklyn Brooklyn for Peace. Friday, April 15, 4 to 6:30 pm. Leafleting neighbors and students in the Flatbush area at Brooklyn College and surrounding communities as part of a Global Week of Action to Cut Military Budgets. Call (718) 624-5921 or email us to let us know you’ll be participating. Location: Flatbush and Nostrand Avenue – The Junction; Flatbush and Church Avenue; Newkirk Plaza – Q Train exit.

Suffern — Annual Tax Day Vigil: “Taxes for Human Needs, Not for Wars!” Monday, April 18, 1–2pm, Suffern Post Office, 15 Chestnut St. Sponsored by the Rockland Coalition for Peace and Justice.

North Carolina

Central N.C. — Plans are in formation with war tax resisters, Catholic Workers — all welcome to join planning and make something happen on or between April 12 (Global Day of Action on Military Spending and Tax Day, April 18. For more information contact Daniel Woodham, danielwoodham(at)yahoo.com.

Ohio

ClevelandNortheast Ohio Anti-War Coalition (NOAC) offers a war tax resistance workshop on Saturday, April 16, during the forum at Save Our Communities: Books Not Bombs, Jobs Not Jails, Families Not Foreclosures. Information from NOAC at (216) 736-4716 or www.noacinfo.org or email: noacinfo@aol.com.

Oregon

Portland — War Resisters League of Portland hosts Redirection of Taxes Ceremony, with showing of Death and Taxes at First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 13th St., Friday, April 15, 5:30 to 7:30. Refreshments served at 5:30. For information email Pam or call (503) 249-6343.

Eugene/Springfield — Taxes for Peace Not War, Eugene, (541) 342-2914. “I’d rather pay for peace than war” parade and rally on Saturday, April 16, at the Saturday Market in Eugene.

Pennsylvania

Lancaster — 1040 for Peace is holding penny polls in the Central Market on Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16. Join them and choose where you want your taxes to go! For more information call (717) 859-3388 or see www.1040forpeace.org.

AllentownLEPOCO Peace Center, (610) 691-8904 or lepoco@fast.net. Walk on April 12 for the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, Noon to 2 pm, starting and ending at the Federal Building, 5th & Hamilton Streets., Allentown.  Lead banner:  “Stop Funding War!  Fund Our Communities!”  We will be stopping at over a dozen places facing cuts in federal and state budgets and making links to military spending and tax breaks for wealthy and corporations

BethlehemLEPOCO Peace Center, (610) 691-8904 or  lepoco@fast.net. April 18, tax day leafleting throughout the day with WRL pie charts at area post offices; call or email to sign up and find out about locations and times.

Texas

Austin — CodePink, House the Homeless and Austin Conscientious Objectors to Military Taxation leafleting to educate people about what they’re tax dollars are and are NOT paying for. Downtown post office, 510 Guadalupe, beginning at 4 pm, Friday, April 15.

Vermont

Brattleboro — Vigil outside the Brattleboro Post Office from 10am–2pm on Monday, April 18, including a literature table and singing anti-war songs with guitar accompaniment. Plus speaking about war tax resistance on a couple of local radio shows, if possible. For more information, email Daniel Sicken, dhsicken[at]yahoo.com.

Burlington — Burlington National Anarchists. Literature distribution at the Burlington Post Office on April 18. For details call (802) 503-6319.

Washington

Seattle — Nonviolent Action Community of Cascadia (NACC).Tax Day, April 18, leafleting with WRL tax pie charts. Noon to 1 pm at the downtown Seattle post office, 3rd and Union. 5 to 6 pm, Capitol Hill post office, Broadway and Denny. Other locations to be arranged. For more information call NACC at (206) 324-8963.

Seattle — Members of Greater Seattle Veterans for Peace will also be out leafleting on Tax Day, Monday, April 18 at the Midtown Post Office, 301 Union St (at 3rd St), from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm.

Seattle and elsewhere — Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation (WWFOR) is sponsoring leafleting and other creative activities within the context of WWFOR’s Bring Our Billion$ Home campaign that focuses on reallocating the U.S. dollars spent on the wars to urgent human needs at home. For more information: wwfor@wwfor.org or (206) 789-5565 or join us on Facebook.

Wisconsin

Milwaukee — Milwaukee War Tax Resistance will hold a Tax Day Protest at the Federal Courthouse, 517 East Wisconsin Avenue on April 18 from Noon to 1pm. Please contact Casa Maria Catholic Worker for more information at (414) 344-5745 or email usury_sucks(at)hotmail.com.

List is in development. Email your action to be added to this list.

Other Tax Day Actions

United Students Against Sweatshops call for actions nationally on tax day focused on corporations that don’t pay taxes and on worker rights. Share war tax resistance and military spending information if there is an action near you.

Resources

War Resisters League“Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes flyer, WRL pie chart

National Priorities Projecthow much does your community spend for war?

National War Tax Resistancebrochures and information about refusing to pay for war

Friends Committee on National Legislationfederal budget information and flyers

Global Day of Action on Military Spendingorganizing contacts and resources

Reports and photos from 2010 Tax Day actions

“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.”

—Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience