“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 […]

“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 […]

In Memoriam: Karen Brandow

Ruth recently shared on the wtr-s discussion list: Many of you have met or heard Karen Brandow over the years. She partnered with Charlie King some years back and the two of them toured and sang together for many years. They were mainstays at the School of the Americas Watch vigil weekends. Karen died on Sunday after a valiant year of living with cancer that could not be treated. Charlie posted a note on her Caring Bridge journal page – http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/karenbrandow/journal/view/id/544d06c8af3d79a116e78e7a. Karen was also a fluent Spanish speaker and participated in much peace work in Latin America. She also translated some of our war tax resistance literature into Spanish and was the annual translator for the WRL pie chart. She […]

Spanish Tax Resisters Take Collective Action: An Interview with Enric Duran

On October 1, 2014, I had a Skype chat with Enric Duran, an extremely active organizer in the Spanish tax resistance and collective economy movements. Enric is a key organizer of Derecho de Rebelión (Right of Rebellion), a movement about which David Gross has reported to us before. Derecho de Rebelión arose in response to the Spanish government’s prioritizing of foreign debt over the provision of public services. The movement has created Offices of Economic Disobedience in cities around Spain, which  have open hours and various activities to provide advice and encouragement to people considering tax resistance. (You can read David’s article on that movement here. If you read Catalan or Spanish, check out the Manual of Economic Disobedience on […]

Marching Into the Future 2

I admit to having been somewhat ambivalent about the climate march in advance, and truthfully, I remain somewhat ambivalent after. Was this the launch of a united and more powerful demand for changing the way things are and protecting the earth, or were we just numbers in the publicity for some of the big groups behind this march? Still, I was surrounded by lots of energy and hope; lots of people with lots of creative signs, banners, artworks, costumes, displays; lots of children seriously worried about their future; lots of grandparents seriously worried about the future for those children; and lots of attention to the issues of indigenous people, islanders, and low income communities who have been and will be […]

Ferguson, Gaza, Iraq, Syria, Ukraine…

It has been an exhausting few weeks in world events. Every day I look at Twitter and Facebook and there is always something new and discouraging. From the astonishingly violent Israeli attacks on Gaza to the police violence in Ferguson, from the secessionist fighting in Ukraine to the advance of ISIS in Iraq, I’m more than a little worn out by the news. National Priorities Project has recently reported that the US is on track to spend a total of $1.5 trillion on Iraq and Afghanistan between 2001 and the end of the 2014 fiscal year, while the ramping up of involvement in Iraq bodes poorly for reductions in war spending. But things aren’t all bad on publicity about military […]

Flashback 2009: Gaza and War Tax Resistance

Note: This piece by NWTRCC coordinator Ruth Benn was originally published in the February/March 2009 edition of NWTRCC’s newsletter, More Than a Paycheck. We still operate the War Tax Boycott site and you can still sign on to the boycott. The flyer, using an older image by artist Doug Minkler, developed for Northern California War Tax Resistance, was created this year in response to Israeli attacks on Gaza. Reflections on Gaza: Renewing the War Tax Boycott By Ruth Benn Today I got out the notebooks and photos from my first trip to Palestine and Israel in 1988 at the time of the first intifada. I was on a human rights tour with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. The goal was to […]

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 […]