Frances Crowe: Finding Her Radical Soul

A couple of weeks ago, as we were eating lunch on the porch of Casa Maria Catholic Worker, Ruth talked about meeting her mentor in activism, Frances Crowe, in Western Massachusetts. When Frances saw Ruth wearing an anti-nuclear T-shirt, Frances, ever the organizer, came up and introduced herself immediately. Frances was a long-time staff member for the American Friends Service Committee in Western Massachusetts. She has been arrested 11 times at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant alone (when asked how many times she has been arrested, she responds, “Not enough”) and traces her anti-nuclear activism back to the dropping of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima. Frances recently published her memoir Finding My Radical Soul (with a foreword by Amy Goodman). Now 96 […]

May in Milwaukee

Another enjoyable time at NWTRCC’s May conference in Milwaukee! Our hosts, Casa Maria Catholic Worker (with lead organizer Lincoln Rice), did a great job with the weekend. As the Administrative Committee wrapped up our preparation for the business meeting on Friday, other folks who arrived early got to see some papers from Christian anarchist and war tax resister Ammon Hennacy, and Catholic Worker co-founder Dorothy Day (edited to add, as Phil Runkel commented below, this was at the Marquette University Archives!). For dinner, we got to join the Marquette Center for Peacemaking fundraiser, where we learned that center director Patrick Kennelly, who was making the main presentation for the evening, was also going to be talking to us the next […]

Not Paying for Nukes

Thousands marched to and rallied at the United Nations Sunday, April 26, to protest nuclear weapons. Two days later 22 were arrested blockading the U.S. Mission to the UN demanding disarmament not more talk. The United Nations holds a review of the Nuclear Weapons Non-Proliferation Treaty every five years. Hundreds of Japanese — including still some Hibakusha (survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings) — come to the U.N. to participate with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in meetings at the UN to demand “no nuclear weapons and no nuclear power.” They also participated in and spoke at the April 24-26 conference, rally, and march called by a coalition of groups under the Peace and Planet banner. Many also watched the “Shadows […]

“I just can’t pay for murdering other people” – Post-Tax Day News Roundup

Despite the media focus on the Fight for 15 minimum wage protests around the country on April 15, it seemed to me to be a good media day for war tax resistance too. New resisters announced their commitment, while long-time resisters continued to speak up in opposition to military spending, in support of redirecting tax dollars, and in support of peace with justice. In addition, resisters and their supporters around the country redirected tax dollars, held signs along major roadways, and passed out literature about military spending and war tax resistance. We have heard of over $40,000 in redirections, but I am sure there’s a lot more that we haven’t heard about (getting war tax resisters to report their redirections […]

This Tax Day, A 23-Year-Old Refuses to Pay for War

by Sam Koplinka-Loehr, Philadelphia, PA Since I was born in 1991, the U.S. Government has been in a non-stop state of war, and has spent trillions of dollars on killing people overseas. As a young person growing up in the United States, I saw our schools faltering. I saw income inequality growing. I saw communities struggling. And yet, the government was spending more money on the military. The United States spends more money on the military every year than the next 15 countries combined. The 2016 budget proposal includes $782 billion for current military spending and an additional $518 billion for covering past military costs, such as war debt. In order to pay for these expenditures, 45 percent of all […]

“All they have to do is draft our dollars”: A Pre-Tax Day News Roundup

As Tax Day approaches, war tax resisters are making the news: Elizabeth Boardman’s case against the IRS was rejected by the 9th Circuit. Read Peter J. Reilly’s report in Forbes. Later that week, Mr. Reilly published another piece, discussing the types of people who don’t pay taxes: evaders, protesters, and resisters. Longtime war tax resister, peace activist, and farmer Juanita Nelson passed away March 9. Read articles, obituaries, and remembrances of her life. Peter Smith, war tax resister and board member for the War Tax Resisters Penalty Fund, was interviewed on Northern Spirit Radio. (I liked this quote from host Mark Helpsmeet, also a war tax resister: “The only reason they’re able to wage this war is because they grab […]

A Few Clicks to Support War Tax Resisters

In addition to turning out for a Tax Day event in your area, as long as you’re online, why not take a minute to support NWTRCC and get more connected to the war tax resistance movement? You can: 1) friend us on Facebook, join our Facebook group, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, follow us on Pinterest, subscribe to our channel on YouTube 2) share our Letters from War Tax Resisters video. You can join our Thunderclap with your Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr account: or you can post this message yourself on social media on Tax Day: “I support resistance to taxes that fund the military. No more taxes for war. #TaxDay #DearIRS” 3) join our Tax […]

A Transition is Inevitable

A Transition is Inevitable: A Review of David Hartsough’s Waging Peace: The Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist     by Jason Rawn David Hartsough’s Waging Peace: The Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist delivers the best of what the title promises, with emphasis on the Waging and the Adventures. Beginning with a racist’s shaking knife at his own shaking chest during a lunch counter sit-in, Hartsough takes us from the bullies and rocky snowballs of one influential walk home from school in his childhood Iowa – “My first encounter with the power of nonviolence came early” – through his decades of energized, sustained, nonviolent direct action on frontlines all around the world, eyes always on the prize, or else searching for […]

Podcast #4: Talking with Shane Claiborne

Shane Claiborne is a Christian author and speaker, founder of the Simple Way community in Philadelphia, and war tax resister. In 2011, he announced his war tax resistance in articles that ran on major secular and Christian websites like Huffington Post and Christianity Today. In this interview, learn the surprising way the IRS responded to his resistance (a lesson for all low-income filers!) and more about the ideals that led Shane to live on a low income and to resist and redirect war taxes. Listen to Talking with Shane Claiborne. Subscribe to the podcast feed by adding to your RSS reader. We are also now on iTunes as War Tax Talk. Send suggestions for podcast/Google Hangout topics or promotion ideas to […]

New Video: Letters from War Tax Resisters

Hear three letters from war tax resisters to the IRS, family members, and the local newspaper. [closed captioning available] This year, as for many decades before, thousands of people around the country are refusing to pay some or all of their federal income taxes as a protest and/or an act of conscientious objection against the 45% of the federal budget that pays for war. We call on all people who desire peace to consider starting war tax resistance. Margaret says, “I cannot in good conscience send [the IRS] any money which would be used for training, arming or sending military forces to participate in war.” Ari says, “As I calculate my total taxes “owed” I like to dream about how […]

Pi Day 2015: Getting Our Peace of the Pie

For math lovers, 3-14-15 holds special significance. It’s the annual Pi Day, but not just any Pi Day: “In the year 2015, Pi Day will have special significance on 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 a.m. and p.m., with the date and time representing the first 10 digits of π. That same second will also contain a precise instant corresponding to all of the digits of π.” (Wikipedia) We peace activists have our own significant — in this case — “pie.” That’s the pie chart that shows how the federal government spends U.S. income tax dollars and the shocking priority on war represented by the pie. War Resisters League began producing a pie chart in 1977 for the first edition of the Guide […]

Today in History: Adams v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue

Sixteen years ago, the 3rd Circuit of the US Court of Appeals ruled against Priscilla Adams. She asserted that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) should accommodate her refusal to pay taxes that would go to war. However, the court maintained that mandating universal compliance with the tax law was the “least restrictive means” under RFRA of collecting revenue to support the budget, which of course left her religious beliefs entirely unaccommodated. As written in “RFRA Court Appeals” in the April 1999 More Than a Paycheck: Lawyer Goldberger argued that the burden of proof was on the IRS to show why it should not provide an alternative to Priscilla to paying for the military, as required by the Religious Freedom […]