I’m so pleased today to highlight some of the amazing work war tax resisters are doing, both in war tax resistance work and in addition to refusing to cooperate with military taxation!
- Kathy Kelly was arrested yesterday at Volk Field with fellow Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV) activist Brian Terrell for crossing onto the base with a loaf of bread and a letter for drone operators working there. The press release from VCNV states, “People who can’t flee from drone surveillance and attacks have good reason to fear people from the U.S., but instead they have broken bread with Kelly and Terrell and have welcomed opportunities for deepened mutual understanding. Kelly and Terrell carried the loaf of bread to signify the worth of relying on words rather than weapons. ” (Note: VCNV is also a NWTRCC affiliate.) See below for complete press release.
- Jason Rawn has been in South Korea and Japan over the past month in solidarity with local protesters against US military bases in those countries. He posted this picture on Facebook of a banner created during his stay there, which reads in English, “Dive$t from the Pentagon! No Taxes for War!” and variations on “No Taxes for War!” in Japanese and Korean. (Check out Jason’s blog posts about his trip to South Korea last year here and here.) Stay tuned to this blog for more about Jason’s travels and activism.
- Anne Barron has been organizing an extensive series of events in San Diego that include discussion about war tax resistance. There was a teach-in on February 15 (stay tuned for a reportback on this blog). Tonight, February 24, there is a showing of the film “Why War Is Not Inevitable” with Women Occupy San Diego. Stay tuned to our calendar of events for the Days of War Tax Action (or contact us at nwtrcc at nwtrcc dot org with details about your own tax season event!)
Did I leave out someone from our network who’s doing exciting work for peace lately? Leave a comment!
Post by Erica
ACTIVISTS ARRESTED FOR ENTERING DRONE BASE WITH LOAF OF BREAD
Contact: Buddy Bell, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, 773-540-7657 firstname.lastname@example.org , Joy First/ WI Coalition to Ground the Drones, ( 608) -239-4327
Camp Douglas, WI — On February 23rd, two peace activists with Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Brian Terrell and Kathy Kelly, were arrested when they attempted to deliver a loaf of bread and a letter to drone operators at Volk Field, an Air National Guard Base in Wisconsin, which trains pilots to operate Shadow Drones over other countries. Voices activists have lived alongside ordinary people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Gaza. People who can’t flee from drone surveillance and attacks have good reason to fear people from the U.S., but instead they have broken bread with Kelly and Terrell and have welcomed opportunities for deepened mutual understanding. Kelly and Terrell carried the loaf of bread to signify the worth of relying on words rather than weapons.
Before entering the base property, Kathy Kelly said: “Living alongside ordinary people who can’t escape drone surveillance in places like Iraq, Gaza and Afghanistan and knowing that a drone operator could be ordered to assassinate civilians who have nowhere to turn and nowhere to hide affected my conscience. I wanted to ask drone operators in Volk Field whether they had been asked to target any people for possible assassination that day. I want to ask how the base training manual teaches people to distinguish between civilians and armed combatants. If an operator wants to quit, what does the commander of Volk Field do?”
Brian Terrell also noted: “Wisconsin is where I was born and raised and so I feel that coming to Volk Field is a responsibility that I owe in gratitude to my home state. The premise that drones will limit the parameters of war and make for fewer civilian casualties has proven false. General Stanley McChrystal, who led troops in Afghanistan from June 2009 to June 2010, warned that the drone ‘lowers the threshold for taking operations because it feels easy, there’s a danger in that.’ And yet the evolution of drones in the militaries of many countries around the globe has been anything but cautious. Instead there is a reckless proliferation of this deadly technology.”
Terrell and Kelly will be arraigned on February 24th, after 2:30 p.m., at the Juneau County Justice Center, 200 Oak St., in Mauston, WI. Also on February 25th, at 9:00 a.m., Mary Beth Schlagheck, will be tried for having crossed the line at Volk Field in August of 2015. Hers is the last of seven trials stemming from nonviolent civil resistance actions at Volk Field that were undertaken as the culmination of the “Let It Shine” walk from Madison to Volk Field. The witness of the activists who have protested at Volk Field, and who have testified so eloquently in court, inspired Brian’s and Kathy’s action.
For more information contact Joy First: email@example.com