Dear NWTRCC Network Groups and Individuals -
Please read through this revised proposal and review the other documents.
Your ideas and input are essential to the decision to proceed with this wider
WTR campaign effort. A one-year campaign was a top priority from the strategy
conference in 2005.
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Tax Day 2008 Campaign Proposal - REVISED DRAFT 7/6/07
Redrafted after networking at the United for Peace and Justice gathering
in Chicago in June by Bill Ramsey
Goal: To accelerate
by impressing upon the government that U.S taxpayers are no longer willing
to fund an illegal and immoral war.
Objective: On April 15, 2008, thousands of war opponents publicly
refuse to pay a portion of their federal income taxes in order to withhold
funds for the war in
and redirect those funds to reconstruction in
and in communities destroyed by Katrina.
preparations for this action would be based on the results
of a survey completed by over 1,500 war opponents between April 2006
and April 2007. Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed had never done
war tax refusal. Over two-thirds of the individuals responding indicated
that they were willing to consider a one-time act of war tax refusal.
The majority of respondents viewed war tax refusal and redirection
as a potential mass tactic to oppose and end wars. The survey indicates
that the willingness to take part in a one-time war tax refusal action
increases with the confidence that it would be done by large numbers of
people together and well publicized. The survey also provides a wealth
of information about what kind of resources and information the respondents
would need to carry out their commitments to a one-time action of war tax
When the results of the survey are projected over all those
attending the events where the survey forms were completed, they indicate
that perhaps as many as 170,000 people would be willing to consider a one-time
act of war tax refusal and redirection in April of 2008. Since those who
completed the surveys took the initiative to approach a war tax resistance
table, it is more realistic to reduce the number of potential participants
in this action by a factor of ten. This leaves 17,000 possible participants.
Given that a large group of these people will either decide not to participate
or not be able to participate, it is more reasonable to work toward a goal
of 10,000 participants.
Collaborators: The project would be organized by the National War
Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC) and its affiliates around
the country. Collaboration on selecting the project(s) to receive the resisted
taxes will be provided by Voices
for Creative Nonviolence and Veterans for
Other organizations that have expressed interest in promoting the project
through their networks and at their events are: United for Peace and Justice
through its Nonviolent Direct Action Working Group, Not in Our Name, the
Occupation Project, Granny Peace Brigade, Declaration of Peace, Tikkun Community,
National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, War Resisters League, Syracuse
Peace Council, 9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. Types of promotion that
have been mentioned are website links, email to memberships linking to an
appeal and registration form, and tabling at events.
be responsible for the design and distribution of an online and hard copy
registration form. It would also provide a network of war tax resistance
counselors. It will create a guide to one-time war tax refusal and possible
consequences. The online version of the registration and guide will be
interactive, linking to the guide, counselors, and others who were considering
participation. A YouTube promotion of the campaign
could be produced. A common graphic image depicting the connection between
war and taxes will be used in promotional materials.
Campaign Launch: The
campaign to encourage thousands people to take part in a common one-time
war tax refusal and redirection commitment could be launched on September
15th in the midst of the congressional decision on 2008 war
funding. A national media event could be held on that day at a historical
location (Boston Harbor,
Department of Treasury, Walden Pond). The event would announce the
initial number of commitments gathered by local NWTRCC affiliates and encourage
others to join.
Outreach: The campaign will be present at
a series of antiwar events in Washington, DC, and around the country, including
the Declaration of Peace’s Days of Decision actions, Occupation Project
direct actions at local congressional office, Troops Out Now DC Encampment
Sept. 22-29, Iraq Moratorium events around the country on September 21
and every third Friday following, and United for Peace and Justice’s October
27 nationwide mobilization against the war in 6-8 cities around the country.
Mutual Support: In
January, local NWTRCC affiliates and other collaborating groups will convene
sessions where on-site counseling and planning sessions could take place.
Public Presentation: In early April, the names of all those taking
part in the one-time action could appear in a common full-page ad, announcing
the action and asking others to join them. The ad could be carried on the
websites or sent out as an email alert by all the collaborating organizations.
It could be depicted in a YouTube video. Donated space could be sought in progressive
journals. It could be submitted as a paid ad to a major national publication.
If the ad was turned down, then the story of the refusal to publish could
become the vehicle to bring more public attention to the action. If the national
publication agreed to publish it, then that controversial decision would
likely draw attention to the action far beyond those who would see it in
Redirections Delegations: Participants will be asked to select a
project from a list of specific reconstruction projects to receive their
redirected taxes. Several existing NWTRCC affiliates’ alternative funds could
agree to receive the resisted taxes of all those taking part. Throughout
April, delegations of one-time refusers might deliver the redirected funds in personal visits
to the reconstruction projects.
Second Wave: Throughout the promotion of the project will be the
concept that this action is the first of many waves. Each one-time resister
will be encouraged to find at least one person to take their place in a second
wave in 2009 and/or consider refusal and redirection for a second year themselves.
Evaluation: In May of 2008 a process of evaluation involving as many
of the participants as possible would be convened. The second wave will be
planned on the basis of the results of this evaluation.
Contacts: National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee
Ramsey, St. Louis – 314-725-7303 firstname.lastname@example.org
Benn, Brooklyn – 800-269-7464 email@example.com