Every year on tax day hundreds of individuals and groups around the country get out and demand that the financial resources of the U.S. be used for human needs, peace, and justice — not war. Protests and leafleting are held at post offices, town squares, and federal buildings.
April 15 is also the Global Day of Action on Military Spending. See other listings and resources on their website.
Spring in NYC. Photo by Ed Hedemann.
Sitka — Tax Day penny poll Sunday, April 14 at the Kettleson Memorial Library. Sponsored by Sitkans for Peace and Justice. Info: (907) 623‒3969 or cindylitman[at]gmail.com.
Tucson — Tax Day peace vigil at war profiteer Raytheon Missile Systems (building cruise missiles, cluster bombs, pilotless drones and more in Tucson). Monday, April 15, 6:30–7:30 a.m., Hermans Rd. entrance to the plant (3rd traffic light south of Valencia on Nogales Highway, the extension of South 6th Ave.). Fund education, not missiles. Signs provided, or bring your own. More info: nukeresister[@]igc.org or (520) 323‒8697.
Berkeley — Northern Calfornia War Tax Resistance and People’s Life Fund granting ceremony with dessert potluck. April 15th at the Co-Housing Common House, 2220 Sacramento St., Berkeley. 6 p.m.–7 p.m., refreshments; 7 p.m.–9 p.m., Granting ceremony followed by dessert (please bring something to share). For more information call (510) 842‒6124 or email or see www.nowartax.org.
Boulder — Leafleting on Pearl Street mall, Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center. Info: (303) 499‒9456.
Colorado Springs — Penny poll and bannering at the downtown post office, April 15, Noon–1 p.m. Sponsored by Citizens for Peace in Space, bill.sulzman[@]gmail.com.
Chicago — Chicago Area War Tax Resisters will be demonstrating April 15, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, at Federal Building Plaza, Chicago. The demonstrators believe that the huge federal military budget sucks money away from educational, medical, housing, infrastructure, and other projects needed to meet the obvious needs of people, cannot produce permanent peace and security, and, eventually, will lead to nuclear war. They recommend that conflicts be resolved by negotiation, diplomacy, and other nonviolent approaches. The demonstration is sponsored by the Chicago Area War Resisters Support Group. Further information available at the demonstration site.
Evanston — Leafletting sponsored by Chicago Area Peace Action at the Post Office, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1101 Davis Street at Oak. Email email@example.com to sign up for a one or two-hour shift or just show up and ask for Catherine, Elliott, or Rosalie. All materials furnished.
South Bend — Vigil with leafletting at the corners of Jefferson and Michigan South Bend, Indiana, 11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m., April 15, 2013. Sponsored by Michiana Peace and Justice Coalition. More info: psmith[at]saintmarys.edu or call (574) 532‒3720.
Dubuque — Citizens’ Tax Moratorium. Vigil and leafleting with War Tax Boycott cards and other handouts, downtown at Federal Building, 6th and Locust on Monday, April 15, from 5 p.m.–7 p.m., and every Monday until tax day at Noon or 5 p.m. For more information contact john-klotz[at]uiowa.edu or (563) 583‒2586.
Lexington — Leafleting with WRL Pie Charts at the Nandino (main) Post Office, April 15th — 2:00 to Midnight. Contact: Steve Olshewsky or by phone at (484) 326‒1954.
Brunswick — WALL STREET = WAR STREET. Join Occupy and PeaceWorks in a War Tax Resistance demonstration at the Post Office, Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Help distribute information about how your tax dollar is spent. Sponsored by Occupy Maine Bath/Brunswick adn Greater Brunswick PeaceWorks. Click here for more information.
Ellsworth — Leafleting at the post office on or before April 16 (Tax Day in Maine). For details contact Frank Donnelly by email or phone, (207) 461‒5080.
Statewide — Help to pass out flyers in your local community on or before April 16 (Tax Day in Maine). Small town or big city — either will be a big help! Contact Larry Dansinger at ROSC for a supply of flyers to give out at your post office or other public location before or on Tax Day. Or, you can simply download the 3-up flyer and make a supply yourself to hand out — just let us know where and when you are leafleting and we’ll let other know to join you. Either way is fine. Contact: Larry Dansinger, Maine WTR Resource Center, 161 Stovepipe Alley, Monroe, Maine 04951, (207) 525‒7776 or rosc[at]psouth.net.
Boston — Grants will be given out from New England War Tax Resistance’s Alternative Fund (from interest earned on refused tax money and supporters’ savings deposited in the fund). Sponsored by New England War Tax Resistance. Plans are in development.
Statewide — distributing flyers at post offices all over the state. Sponsored by New Hampshire Peace Action. Planning underway. Contact: Will Hopkins, Director, at will[at]nhpeaceaction.org.
Portsmouth — Penny polls to educate engage folks on where their discretionary federal tax dollars are going this year (mostly for current, past wars and future wars). Tax Day, April 15th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Market Square. Sponsored by Seacoast Peace Response. More info contacat Sandra Yarne (603) 436‒2424 or skyarne[at]yahoo.com.
New York City — NYC War Resisters League, NYC War Tax Resisters and others will gather at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 15 at the Manhattan IRS office (110 W. 44th Street), then march around 5 p.m. — with the Rude Mechical Orchestra leading the way — to the main Post Office at 34th and 8th Avenue. Or meet us at the PO around 5:30 or 6 p.m. for vigil and leafleting. For more information, contact nycwrl[at]att.net or call (718) 768‒7306. Co-sponsors include NYC People’s Life Fund, NYC War Tax Resisters, Peace Action New York State.
Ithaca — Leaflet to stop our dollars paying for war and killing and start paying for human needs and beauty! Chalk your image or slogan to “draw the wars to a close.” April 15, 3–5 p.m., downtown Ithaca Post Ofice on Tioga Street. More info: Mary Loehr at 277‒6932.
Asheville — Picketting, soap box, and distribution of “Where Your Income Tax Dollars Really Go” flyers to demonstrate our concern about military spending. Meet at Pritchard Park at Noon on April 15. Sponsored by Asheville Area War Tax Resisters. More info: New South Network of War Resisters, (828) 301‒6683, or newsouthnetwork[at]gmail.com.
Burlington — Leafletting at the Maple Street Post Office, Noon–2 p.m. on April 15. More info: danielwoodham[at]yahoo.com
Cleveland — County-wide coalition of justice and peace groups will publicly demand just and peaceful federal budget and tax policies. Signs and banners will call on officials to Stop the Cuts, Protect Social Security, End U.S. Wars and Occupations, Tax the One Percent, and Grow “Family Wage” Jobs. Meet downtown on Carnegie Avenue between East 9th and Ontario, April 15, 4:30–6:00 p.m. Sponsored by “Save the Communities” coalition and others. More info: Click here for flyer or call Cleveland Peace Action, (216) 231‒4245 or see peaceactioncleveland.org.
Rocky River — Please plan to attend a conversation with the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers: April 13, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. — Skype/audio conversation with the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers, West Shore Unitarian Imagine Peace Group, West Shore Unitarian Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd, Rocky River, Ohio. Primary Contacts: Jean Kosmac, email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Patt Needham, email email@example.com.
Portland — “Burma shave” style signs on various bridges at morning rush hour, Monday April 15th, 7:25 a.m. Annual redirection program will be held at Noon on April 15th, at the 18th Avenue Peace House (2116 NE 18th Avenue, corner of 18th and Tillamook). Weather permitting we will meet outdoors, with a light buffet to follow. This year’s redirectees are: The One Million Bones project (a national visibility action which will culminate at the National Mall later this spring), Food not Bombs, and Bradley Manning’s defense fund. Sponsored by War Resisters League, Portland chapter. Contact Kima for exact locations and more info: (503) 249‒6343.
Bethlehem area — Leafleting with the WRL pie chart flyer on Tax Day, April 15, at area post offices. To get flyers or make connections in your community contact LEPOCO Peace Center, (610) 691‒8730, by email, or see www.lepoco.org.
Nashville — Distribution of WRL budget leaflet to peace and justice activists at various spring events. Sponsored by Nashville Greenlands. For more information contact Karl Meyer at (615) 322‒9523.
Brattleboro — Music, vigil, and tabling with war tax resistance literature on Monday, April 15, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., outside the Post Office. Prior to Tax Day, listen for war tax resisters on a local radio talk show (more info as we get it). Sponsored by Pioneer Valley War Tax Resistance. For more information (802) 387‒2798 or email dhsicken[at]yahoo.com. “Why must our tax dollars be devoted to perpetual war?”
Seattle — Please join members of Greater Seattle Veterans For Peace on Tax Day as we help raise public awareness about the militarization of the U.S. federal budget and about nonviolent alternatives to passively paying for wars and weapons we don’t want. We will be distributing copies of the War Resisters League’s pie chart leaflet — “Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes” which analyzes the federal budget. Midtown Post Office, 301 Union St. (at 3rd Ave.) in downtown Seattle, Monday, April 15, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Contact by email or call (206) 499‒0226
Charleston — Leafleting at the downtown post office on Washington Street side, April 15, 5 p.m.–6 p.m. Sponsored by WV Patriots for Peace and WV Citizen Action. More info: WV Citizen Action at (304) 346‒5891 or garyz[at]wvcag.org.
Milwaukee — Demonstration and Nonviolent Action from Noon to 1 p.m. at Army Reserve, 5131 W. Silver Spring Drive. Sponsored by Milwaukee War Tax Resistance and the Casa Maria Catholic Worker. Call Lincoln at (414) 344‒5745 for more details.
“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