Summer Travel: Destination Wisconsin

Family related activities got me out of New York City a week ago and into Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Given the timing of my flights I realized I could fit in a visit or two with people in our war tax resistance network, so I made some contacts and set up a couple meetings. We are very lucky to count among the friends of NWTRCC, Phillip Runkel, an archivist with the Special Collections and University Archives at Marquette University. I made an appointment to visit Phil at the Archives in Raynor Memorial Library. Thanks to my name being on a visitors’ list, I cleared the front desk and headed to the archives. First I ran into a display on Catholic Worker and […]

Food, friends, and the future of war tax resistance: San Diego reportback

A blazingly hot sunny weekend greeted attendees of last week’s NWTRCC conference in San Diego. The Administrative Committee met on Friday as traveling attendees trickled in to the Peace Resource Center of San Diego, our host for the weekend. Our Friday night dinner potluck was cohosted by the Church of the Brethren, which shares the property on which the Peace Resource Center is located. They regularly hold Friday night potlucks with the community. Several of us went with Peace Resource Center director Mariah Gayler to the Peace Garden to pick a variety of greens for an enormous salad. After dinner, Robert Randall, Erica Weiland, and Jay Sordean shared their stories of becoming war tax resisters and redirectors and practicing opposition […]

Tax Day and Post-Tax Day Media Roundup

Across the country on April 15, 2014, war tax resisters and military spending opponents took to the streets and held events to bring attention to the federal budget and to the damage wrought by war. Read Tax Day event reports from NWTRCC affiliates here. The Brandywine Peace Community held a “War Tax Resistance Then and Now” forum on April 13 which was covered by the Philadelphia Tribune. War tax resister Lida Shao appeared on Democracy Now! VICE published an article by Charles Davis called Don’t Pay Your Taxes. Berry Friesen of $10.40 for Peace offers thoughts on Tax Day from a Christian perspective. War tax resister Ruth Paine’s annual protest got some attention in The Press-Democrat. Seacoastonline.com, “Penny Poll garners […]

Pre-Tax Day Media Roundup

As happens every year in the run up to Tax Day, war tax resistance starts getting more news coverage. Here’s a roundup of recent news and blog posts on the subject: Peg Morton and Susan Cundiff, Using the Tax Return to Protest War (interview on the Jefferson Exchange public radio show) The image isn’t about WTR, but Susan Cundiff also won CodePink’s widely promoted Shareable Images Contest! David Gross, Comprehensive Disobedience: Occupying the Sharing Economy in Spain (on the Spanish tax resistance movement, a sharing-based economy, and implications for US war tax resistance) Jack Payden-Travers, The Tax Dilemma (on choosing to withhold $10.40 annually from his income tax payment) Jack Payden-Travers, Tax Quandary (audio and text of segment on public […]

7 Weeks Until #TaxDay !

Tax Day, April 15, is in just seven short weeks. Every year, NWTRCC network affiliates take action to bring attention to the United States’ military budget and to the tactic of war tax resistance (here’s last year’s Tax Day report). Common actions include distributing the War Resisters League’s federal budget pie chart, conducting penny polls, holding events to draw attention to war tax resistance, publicly redistributing resisted war taxes, and protesting at IRS offices. Don’t feel restricted to those types of activities though! If you’re not connected with a local war tax resistance group, check out our list of affiliates or start your own. If you don’t know any other resisters in your area, tabling or handing out flyers only […]

Raising Taxes to Pay for War?

Over at liberal blogging haven Daily Kos, Jon Parr has suggested the old chestnut that if all those Congresspeople want war (this time, with Iran), maybe they should propose a tax increase to pay for it. Maybe then, the argument goes, both Congresspeople and Americans can see the great cost of war. As we saw in the recent budget decision, there is always money for war, whether or not it fits into the budget. Neither Democrats nor Republicans have proposed substantial changes to the bloated war machine, and the initially suggested $20 billion cut to the Pentagon was rescinded in the final analysis. National Priorities Project even reports that the war appropriation ($85 billion) was higher than the Pentagon requested […]

Resisting the Costs of War in Syria

As of this writing, President Obama has agreed to delay a vote on Syrian military intervention while the proposed diplomatic solutions are worked through. Nevertheless, war is still on the table and we want it taken off, permanently. US officials are claiming that a war will be limited in time, scope, and expense. An appropriations aide told the Huffington Post that the Syrian operations would be paid from the DOD’s overseas contingency operations fund, which has been allocated $79.4 billion for fiscal year 2014. July 2013 estimates from General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, put the cost of any military intervention in the billions, with potential monthly costs for an extended conflict as much as […]