National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee

More than a Paycheck:News from the War Tax Resistance Movement

National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee

June 2005 Contents

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More Than a Paycheck is the bimonthly publication of the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee, a clearinghouse and resource center for the conscientious war tax resistance movement in the United States. NWTRCC is a coalition of local, regional, and national affiliate groups working on war tax related issues.

NWTRCC Mission Statement: NWTRCC sees poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, economic exploitation, environmental destruction, and militarization of law enforcement as integrally linked with the militarism which we abhor. Through the redirection of our tax dollars, NWTRCC members contribute directly to the struggle for peace and justice for all.

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Tax Day 2005

More reports and Penny Poll results from Elkhart, IN, Ithaca, NY, Corvallis, OR, and Greensboro, NC, in next issue and on our website.

Springfield, Oregon

Thirty activists from Eugene-Springfield forcefully protested the war in front of the main mail drop-off point for last minute Lane County tax filers. About 5,000 cars with 8,000 people passed by our group at an average of 5 mph as we stood lined up for nearly six hours along their path, holding graphic images of the injured casualties of the war: children, men, women, and soldiers, bearing messages like, "Your tax dollars paid for this," or "It's our money, stop the war." We became a "drive through slide show" of up to 25 people as the police were directing people to go through the special exit lane where they had to drive past us. We added to the effect by all dressing in black, and having two flag draped coffins at the scene. The response from the public was stunning, and many of them were stunned.

Photos of the action are on the web at http://www.squadron13.com/CivilResistance/TaxDay2005/default.htm.

- Peter Chabarek

Anchorage, Alaska

Our third annual tax day action held in front of the IRS office included signs and leaflets with information such as "Iraq War Costs U.S. Taxpayers $207.5 Billion. Alaska's Cost = $412.6 Million = 6876 Teachers for 1 Year." We had up to 30 protesters during the day. Traffic along the street is heavy and slow, so many read the signs while in their cars. While most ignored us, those that did acknowledge us were quite positive.

We also handed out the Peace Tax Return to those who were coming to the IRS building for extension forms. Most felt there is a serious problem with the deficit, but were reluctant to make a connection with U.S. foreign policy and high military spending. Next year we might go to the post office instead, where cars are lined up for about a half mile to get their returns postmarked on time.

-Karen Button

Baltimore, Maryland

The Iraq Pledge of Resistance and members of the All Peoples Congress lined the sidewalk in front of the post office in downtown Baltimore so that passing motorists could see our signs and we could hand them leaflets as they slowed down to give their returns to the postal workers. I stood on the sidewalk dressed as the unfortunate Abu Ghraib prisoner with a hood over his head and electrodes attached to his hands with a sign that read, "Your Tax Dollars At Work." We were not hassled by motorists, most of whom took our flyers, but we were hassled by the post office security and the head of the post office, a Mr. Kahl. We were told that that there were "complaints" about our handing out flyers and we had to stop. The post office cop got very belligerent with one of our group and the two of them had a heated exchange. After that, we stopped handing out flyers in an obvious way, but some continued doing so surreptitiously. When I was leaving, I went over to the post office cop and told him that he was helping to destroy the very underpinning of our democracy. Mr. Kahl will be hearing from us too.
-Maria Allwine for the Iraq Pledge of Resistance, Baltimore.

Charlottesville, Virginia

Three of us handed out WRL pie charts at the main post office-nothing fancy, but well worth our time. I had an excellent conversation with a Vietnam veteran, who knows all to well the reception capabilities of our government. One fellow said we should shut down the Pentagon, another yelled over his back to "start more war." One upset man crumpled his flyer and put it back on my stack. I asked him if he wanted to talk about it, which caught him off guard, and even though he left declaring our country was filled with communists, I was glad that he took the time to intake a different idea.
-shell, charlottesville catholic worker, food not bombs

EUGENE, OREGON

It was a hot year for Taxes for Peace Not War with events planned over potluck suppers during tax season. The group organized: a fundraiser at a restaurant with political skits and outrageous political singers; a showing of "An Act of Conscience" under the auspices of another group; participation in a panel discussion held at a local restaurant; talks at the Unitarian Church, a local community college, and a Women's Action for New Directions (WAND) meeting; placing paid ads in a local paper and the statewide Oregon PeaceWorker; providing information to phone callers and visitors; a parade around the Saturday Market, dressed as colonials ("No Taxation Without Representation") and handing out pie charts; and, Tax Day leafleting and redirection of $3,500 of resisted tax dollars at the downtown post office (see final story in this issue). The group and WTR received excellent media attention: three articles in the Oregon PeaceWorker; an op ed by a new group member, David Hazen, in the Eugene Register Guard; three radio interviews before tax day; and TV and newspaper coverage of the tax day action.

On top of all this, two group members have received "Final Notices" before collection from the IRS and are busy composing letters in response about their reasons for refusing, along with gathering support for publicity around possible hearings at the IRS offices.

-Peg Morton

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA

Fresno Women's International League for Peace & Freedom leafleted with the WRL pie chart at the post office. Most people took the flyers, and a Spanish TV station interviewed one of the group's Spanish-speaking members. An Indymedia video is on the web at http://www.indybay.org/news/2005/04/1733495.php.

Postal employees checked on the group regularly, but tolerated the leafleting at the end of the walkway after seeing the flyer was not soliciting anything. Group members were vigilant in maintaining their right to leaflet in a public space, but near closing time the postal employees insisted leafleters move out to the sidewalk.

-Vickie Fouts

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN

Milwaukee War Tax Resistance has an annual vigil outside the Federal Building and this year Food Not Bombs joined in. Each year the WTRs also go inside to deliver "letters of regret" to a Senator's office and then go to the IRS office to vigil or leaflet They are always escorted by the police and private security, which makes the Senator's office especially welcoming. Lincoln Rice was the only one risking arrest this year, and he chose to kneel outside the door (the IRS wouldn't let him in) and pray a rosary for peace. It took at least 10 minutes before he was arrested because the head of security had stepped away and didn't give the official complaint so that an arrest could take place.
-Lincoln Rice

MONTPELIER, VERMONT

A group of 20 women walked several blocks with signs to the State House and into the cafeteria where the Raging Grannies sang a couple of tax songs. We gave out a lot of literature on the street including the pie chart and information from other peace groups. Then we joined a vigil of about 40 people in progress. We had previously delivered to all our representatives information about how the Bush Budget effects Vermont.
-Lucy Nichol

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

The NYC WRL and People's Life Fund carried out a two-pronged action at the main Manhattan office of the IRS on April 15. One part was the usual vigiling and leafleting outside the building, with 30 to 40 people and spirited chants and a good turnout of police. NYC People's Life Fund held a redirection ceremony and gave $1,000 war tax resisted money to two community groups, Black Veterans for Social Justice and the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project.

This year we decided to add another element: going inside to pass out literature. The intention was just to hand out literature and talk with those who were seeking tax information in what should be a public space. However, we were prepared to be arrested, especially since the IRS officially denied our request (made weeks earlier) to pass out literature inside. Eric Laursen and I went inside the IRS separately and passed through the airport-style security station. Not expecting to be inside very long we had minimal amounts of pie charts and Peace Tax Returns hidden in plain envelopes. I went into the forms area, and Eric went to the area where people were waiting to be counseled by IRS employees. Surprisingly, the IRS employees didn't notice us for the first 15 or 20 minutes as we freely passed out literature and talked with several people.

Finally, a woman from the Treasury Department and a man came up to me to say I couldn't hand out literature and, if I persisted, she would call one of the guards to have me escorted out. After a few minutes of politely arguing back and forth, they withdrew. I continued to leaflet for a few more minutes when the Treasury agents returned to say they had a compromise. We could put the literature on their tables next to the IRS tax forms, just not hand it out. I asked if they would object to our pointing to our literature and encouraging people to pick it up. That was fine as long as we didn't physically hand it to anyone.

After Eric and I went outside to gather a lot more literature, we were stopped by the security guards, who were unaware of the compromise. I said "The Treasury woman ...," and they said "Sorry, but that's no good ..." So, we were held up for a few minutes while various personnel were summoned from above.

Eventually, the head of IRS "media relations" came downstairs along with another couple of people to say they had previously denied our request to hand out literature. Then the Treasury woman and man came down to join in the conversation. They explained the situation to the IRS people, who relented. Upstairs we went, spread out our literature across four or five feet of IRS table space in several piles next to the IRS forms, were easily able to get people wandering by to take the literature, had good conversations with several, and experienced no hostile responses. We left at 2 pm, the scheduled end of the action.

-Ed Hedemann

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia WRL had an interesting evening on South Street. We got set up, with our "No Millionaires Left Behind" sign and a number of us in costume either as millionaires or as people "doing without," and one in an American flag straitjacket labeled "racism, militarism, materialism." After we had started handing out our leaflets, we were accosted by two young bicycle police, one of whom was being "tough." "I could arrest you for violating the ordinance against distributing handbills on South Street or Lombard or Bainbridge, but I am just giving you warning." Several of us tried to discuss it with him, but he was interested in giving orders.

We regrouped and decided that we didn't want to go somewhere else, but that we would walk up and down South talking our message rather than leafletting. (We did give people flyers if they asked.) Hundreds of people passed us as we strolled.

One of us, Marlene Santoyo, 67-yearold, retired Philadelphia public school teacher and Quaker, was subsequently arrested. She was dressed in a hospital gown which said, "SICK with NO HEALTHCARE" and asked passers by, "Would you like to know where your tax dollars are going?" Many reached out to take the flyer. Santoyo is accused of "Improper Distribution of Handbills" and stands to be prosecuted in Criminal Court for this action.

-Steve Gulick and Marlene Santoyo

PORTLAND, OREGON

The Oregon Community of War Tax Resisters made up three sets of Burma-Shave type signs, which we held up for morning commuters heading into downtown on one of the major bridges. The signs read: Let's not pay for/ wars or occupations/ Use our taxes/ for jobs & education; Instead of bombs/ let's use the tax/ to feed more kids/ ours & Iraq's; and, $Six billion a month/ and death every day/ Don't like the war?/ Then refuse to pay!

We regrouped at 5 pm and joined the weekly peace vigil of Portland Peaceful Response Coalition in the heart of downtown, to redirect $5,250 of tax money to three groups: Portland Catholic Worker for sheltering victims of domestic violence; a local project to refurbish and ship 60 computers to Bolivia; and Portland Peaceful Response Coalition, for their local organizing.

One of our members, Pam Allee, reflected on the events of the day as follows:

"… what remains the strongest with me is the knowledge that our presence on the bridge actually cheered people up. Hundreds of the people who drove by smiled, honked, waved and yelled encouragement. Only a tiny handful were overtly negative. For me, this points to a couple of things: One, we are a huge majority. Two, a lot of people who are afraid to even consider any resistance/redirection would sign up for a Peace Tax Fund alternative to war taxes (and those greater numbers would be more effective than we are at this time). I am going to continue working for resistance and redirection, but I would also like to encourage people to actively work to achieve the Peace Tax Fund."

-Tana Hastings

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Counseling Notes:

W-4 Compliance Change!

"If you take more than 10 allowances your employer must send the W-4 to the IRS." WTR counselors have been passing on this advice for years, but now the IRS has changed its policy, announced as Treasury Decision 9196, which took effect April 14, 2005.

Employers are no longer required to send the IRS copies of potentially questionable W-4's, such as those claiming over 10 allowances or claiming exempt even if the person is making more than $200 per week. Instead, the IRS is stepping up its compliance efforts by making better use of information reported on W-2 statements sent to the IRS at the end of each year.

W-4 forms are still subject to review by the IRS, but employers only need to send them on receipt of a written notice from the IRS. (Their announcement emphasized the IRS benevolence at reducing paperwork for employers.)

As reported by the IRS, this change follows a comprehensive review of the withholding compliance program, thus the IRS has developed a process to use information already reported on Forms W-2 to more effectively identify workers with withholding compliance problems. Where a serious under-withholding problem is found, the IRS will notify the employer to withhold income tax from that employee at a more appropriate rate.

Some WTR's might find the withholding calculator found on IRS.gov helpful in calculating withholding allowances, or see Publication 919, "How Do I Adjust My Tax Withholding?" also available on the IRS Web site or by calling 1-800-TAX-FORM (829-3676). The latter publication includes worksheets to help determine income and federal taxes due for the year. Many resisters and potential resisters could benefit from using these worksheets to get a handle on their status during the course of the year.

Thanks to Dave Gross.

Nonfilers Hearing from IRS

Recently the NWTRCC office has received calls from people who have not filed and have heard from the IRS. In most cases these are individuals who have had income reported to the IRS through 1099's or W-2's. Related to the W-4 compliance issues above, the IRS has developed an improved process of using these income reports to locate people who have not filed. Thus far it would appear that the IRS is generating at least an initial "where are you" letter seeking a response from the individual within 30 days. In some cases they have moved on to the next stage of establishing an assessment for a particular year. Once an assessment is made (whether agreed to or not by the individual) then a collection process could begin.

Within the WTR community it is yet to be determined how thorough the IRS will be in finding nonfilers and how consistently they will follow up on initial inquiries. The NWTRCC office is developing a list of counselors and resisters who have experienced this process and are willing to discuss their situation with others. The choices people make vary from not responding to the IRS, to agreeing on an assessment but resisting collection, to coming to a settlement with the IRS (but hopefully finding a way to keep up some level of resistance). Please contact NWTRCC if you are interested in talking with other nonfilers on this topic.

Private Collection Agencies?

Last fall President Bush signed the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 (H.R. 4520) that included one of those hidden pieces of legislation. This one allows the IRS to contract with private collection agencies to collect delinquent taxes. A December article in the San Francisco Chronicle discussed how the IRS was in the process of choosing companies with whom to contract. If readers have any experience with private agencies calling on behalf of IRS collections, please let the NWTRCC office know.

Thanks to Marti Mogensen.

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MANY THANKS

Many of you have received NWTRCC's May appeal, and we are grateful for all of your contributions. We are thankful for contributions and affiliation fees from the following groups:

Fools of Conscience! Asheville, NC
Michiana War Tax Refusers, South Bend, IN
National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund
Nonviolent Action Community of Cascadia, Seattle, WA
So. California War Tax Alternative Fund, Los Angeles, CA

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Network List Updates

An in-depth COUNSELORS' TRAINING is being planned for one of the days around the Strategy Conference in October, possibly Monday, October 10. Please watch for notices on this or contact Ruth Benn at the office if you are interested.

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International News

War Tax Resistance in Spain

Ni Un Hombre, Ni Una Mujer, Ni Un Céntimo Para La Guerra

By Yolanda Juarros Barcenilla

Editor's note: Yolanda emailed NWTRCC that their group often looks at our website and "are very glad to see how close we work without having met you for very, very long." They ran an article about NWTRCC and U.S. WTR in their newsletter and wanted to share information on their activities with our readers.

While the new Spanish government has withdrawn troops from Iraq, Spanish troops remain in Afghanistan and on hand for further interventions. Weapons factories; the traffic in arms; the distortion of scientific research-there is no underlying change. Yet if it seems that our protests are ignored, more than we imagine we have in our own hands the possibility to counter the pervasive influence of militarism.

We claim that "peace is our affair" and demand the right to construct, through our civil disobedience, a demilitarized and participatory society, capable of handling its conflicts without resorting to violence. Such a transformation will take many forms of action: insumisión (total resistance to both military and civilian conscription); education and research about the military spending and the manufacture and sale of arms, preparing for alternative defense, and tax resistance.

The war tax resistance in Spain is:

  • Active. We are not resigned to passive laments, hoping that other people will lead the social transformation to which we aspire.
  • Collective. This campaign is carried out by many people who in different ways are in the same process of disobedience to all social militarization, be it in the barracks, the school, the workplace, etc.
  • Public. We want to be heard. A society without voice is easy to manipulate. Our disobedience takes place in the settings of everyday family life, work, free time, with our form of consumption or nonconsumption; with each small daily gesture we are making it clear that we do not agree with how our taxes are used.
  • Nonviolent. It is part of an ethic that is concerned with both ends and means. We do not see "the other" as our enemy. We believe that we strengthen ourselves every time we handle a conflict positively.
  • Political. We seek the abolition of armies and all the measures that benefit social militarization. We are guided by the political principles of justice and solidarity that ought to regulate social institutions.

Refusal & Redirection

When we fill in our tax forms, we adjust the final amount due to the state to remove the percentage budgeted for military spending. Then we handwrite a postscript to the printed form: "For war tax resistance __ euros," putting in the amount we have withheld and sent to an alternative project. This project might be one we recommend statewide, and so the money is sent to the central account, or it might be something chosen by objectors who send their money to one of the NGOs promoting war tax resistance to fund their own projects. The tax collection authorities usually take no action, although they do have the power to withdraw money directly from someone's bank account. Increasingly the government is trying to deduct tax at source and to phase out the personal tax declaration form, while it collects significant sums from indirect taxes such as Value Added Tax (VAT.)

The statewide WTR campaign has been carried out for 20 years. At first, the alternative projects were mainly social services. However, it is more difficult to raise funds for a group that aims to end the militarization of its own country, so we switched to supporting groups who defined their objectives in an antimilitarist framework. Thus we have come to know objectors and pacifists in Paraguay, Guatemala, Turkey, Colombia, Women in Black in Belgrade, the Soldiers' Mothers of St. Petersburg, groups in Israel and Palestine. Within the Spanish state, we have cooperated with campaigns against the militarization of schools, against firing ranges, and against the militarization and unjust trading practices of the European Union. Currently we are getting to know groups working with nonviolent strategies for democracy in Zimbabwe. We cooperate with Peace Brigades International and projects of War Resisters' International, including May 15 actions (Conscientious Objectors' Day) and the Balkan Peace Team. We also we want to address the role of banks in financing the arms industry and spreading discriminatory values.

In contrast to many groups elsewhere, the Objeción Fiscal groups of Alternativa Antimilitarista Movimiento de Objeción de Conciencia (AA-MOC) in the Spanish state do not favor legislation for "peace taxes." We would see this as primarily an expansion of the existing provision for making tax-deductible donations to charities. In view of the experience of legislation for conscientious objection to military service, we believe that such laws operate to suit those who enact them. When our ultimate aim is complete demilitarization, we cannot resign ourselves to a law that merely allows individual objection. For us, the act of objection is as much a matter of politics as of conscience.

Last year the results of our annual campaign were by far the best in our history. The alternative project was based in work for peace in Israel and Palestine, and in our central account we received more than 48,000 euros (compared with 31,000 in 2002). This is an open path along which many more people may travel.

Yolanda Juarros Barcenilla is an activist with Objeción Fiscal from Alternativa Antimilitarista- MOC, on the web at http://www.nodo50.org/moc-carabanchel.

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NWTRCC Business

IRS Returns Peace Tax Returns!

NWTRCC has now received four envelopes from IRS Headquarters Washington, D.C., each containing from one to a dozen envelopes holding Peace Tax Returns that were sent to them. Should we send them back?!

As of mid-May, the NWTRCC office is still receiving copies of Peace Tax Returns from individuals who "filed" the form with the IRS and/or elected officials. Thus far about 125 have reported to NWTRCC telling us that over $27,000 of federal taxes were refused, ranging from a $1 resistance to $8,800. About one-third those filing the Peace Tax Return (and reporting to us) filled out Part B and refused some or all of their income taxes. Many more people than usual have sent NWTRCC copies of letters that they sent to the IRS, and many people new NWTRCC used the Return, offering us thanks for giving them an easy way protest and resist.

We will have a more detailed report in the next issue.

Nashville NWTRCC Meeting

The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee met in Nashville, Tennessee, May 6 - 8. The gathering was hosted by Nashville Greenlands, a Catholic Worker style community begun by longtime war tax resister Karl Meyer. Highlights of the weekend included a talk by Karl about his years of resistance, a presentation by Ralph Hutchison of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance about August actions on the 60th anniversary of bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and lots of planning for the fall Strategy Conference. More about the meeting in the next issue.

National War Tax Resistance Strategy Conference

October 7-9, 2005

St. Vincent Ferrer Church, Brooklyn, New York

All war tax resisters are encouraged to attend! A brochure will be mailed in early this summer, or contact the NWTRCC office for more information.

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Resources

Informing Europeans of U.S. Peace Activism

Two U.S. peace activists, Dorie Wilsnack and Eric Bachman, living in Germany have found that many people in Europe and in other parts of the world are largely unaware of the extensive grassroots peace and justice network that exists across the U.S. In response they have started a new email newsletter called Peace Across the Atlantic. The third issue included an article on tax day in the U.S. and information about NWTRCC. The newsletter is part of a larger project called Bridges of Encouragement.

If you would like to refer friends outside the U.S. to the project or newsletter (available in English and German at this point), contact Bridges by email at transnationalbridges@gmx.org or write them at Milchstr 83, D-32120 Hiddenhausen, Germany.

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War Tax Resistance Ideas & Actions

Andover, Massachusetts

The annual "Death and Taxes Festival" was held on April 9 with a march from the IRS to Raytheon, an event that was started by activists who formed the Bread and Roses Affinity group with the help of Lawrence Grassroots Initiative in 1999 to draw attention to Raytheon's role in supplying weapons used against civilians in the wars in Yugoslavia and Iraq. Nowadays the festival is a project of Massachusetts Global Action, while Raytheon develops the tomahawk missile used in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Among those forming a blockade at the entrance was the legendary "Quack Block," anarchist rubber duckies who are part of a united front called TTW (Tubby Toys of the World). They have appeared at this event in the past, as well as other events in support of peace and justice all over the world. Their spokes duck, "Big Yellow" said: "We are calling on children's toys everywhere to join us in the streets on this day. We must speak up against this war machine that brings death and destruction all over the globe. We must speak up against our tax dollars being used to fund this machinery." One activist was arrested for putting a bumpersticker on a pole.

For more information visit the websites http://www.massglobalaction.org or http://www.deathandtaxesfest.org.

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Local Group Reports

Madison, Wisconsin

March 9: The press release from the U.S. Postal Service trumpeted transforming the West Side Post Office on Struck Street into a temporary internet café. They promised "demonstrations, music, and café activities, complete with an open mic performance by Postal Ambassador, Dan Erlandson, singing his newest postal jingle, 'usps.com.'"

Drawn by the promise of "demonstrations," I went with leaflets to inform taxpayers of the Peace Tax Return and WRL pie chart. The post office let me down, as I will further explain, but they did make good on the café activities. There was excellent coffee, biscotti, and power bars, plus a china mug with the usps.com logo. The guitar player, Erlandson, sang his jingle, and had his CDs for sale.

Not seeing any of the promised demonstrations, I started handing out the Peace Tax Returns and the pie charts. After about 10 minutes a supervisor noticed me. She came over to inform me I could not pass out material. I told her I had a constitutional First Amendment right to do so. She said I had to go outside to exercise that right. I continued to pass out leaflets. She threatened to call the police. I told her she should. After about five minutes, not the police but the regional manager appeared to tell me the same thing. I responded as before. The two of us spoke for over half an hour. After trading remarks about the biscotti, I learned the excellence of the refreshments were no accident: Manager Anderson had been, in another life, the manger of restaurants in upstate New York. He drew me over to the wall, which had dos and don'ts about what you could do inside the post office. In addition to violating citizen's First Amendment Rights, it was written that you could not sell any non-post office materials. That proviso was being ignored when it came to the guitar singer's CDs.

For more than a generation, the Madison Branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) together with other peace and justice organizations have leafleted one or more local post offices on Tax Day, and I was repeatedly assured that we could distribute materials in the parking lot on April 15.

Tax Day Addendum:

WILPF activists handed out about 350 leaflets, "Do You Know Where Your Taxes Are Tonight?" co-sponsored by Southern Wisconsin Alternative Tax Fund and IWW. Only one out of twenty people refused the leaflet. One man angrily said, "You activists!" Who could complain about that appellation? Another man questioned whether we had the right to leaflet at the post office. I assured him it was our First Amendment right. He didn't believe me and said he was going to call someone up.

Two lower level postal workers slightly harassed us. I was passing out leaflets near the door. The postal worker said I couldn't. I told her the regional manager had assured me I could over a month ago. I stayed and she went inside. A man pulled up in the post office truck, and tried to tell Ron he couldn't be within 100 feet of the mail boxes. We stayed where we were. Ron figured he was confused with the directions for election polling places.

The people who got the leaflets, which contained highlights of the Senate Appropriations Committee Markup of the Fiscal Year 2005 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act (H. R. 1268), were not pleased with where their $82 billion were going.

Others also leafleted at the DeForest Post Office. Next year we will start earlier and print 500 leaflets.

-Lea Zeldin

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Tax Us for Peace Not War

Citizens and Dwellers in this fair Willamette Valley, of the State of Oregon, of the United States of America….

HEAR YE! HEAR YE!

We, the noble group of Taxes for Peace Not War, on this 15th day of April, 2005, Tax Day, do hereby present

A PROCLAMATION!

We proclaim that we, good citizens and dwellers in this fair Willamette Valley, are not represented in the taxation laid upon us by our United States Government.

While huge sums are spent to support our crazy wars, our increasing empire, weapons in space and nuclear weapons;
While over 2 million are incarcerated in our prisons;
Poverty expands!
Homelessness expands!
Schools are increasingly underfunded!
Health care is increasingly limited!
Our forests are being destroyed, our air and waters polluted!
Policies of corporate globalization cause poverty and devastation around the world,
while they benefit the corporate rich,
And the wealthy of our country do not pay their fair share of taxes!
Our nation is becoming bankrupt!

Is that the way we want our Taxes used?
No!
Tax Us For Peace Not War!

What Do We Want?
End the war and bring our soldiers home!
Dignified lives for our elders, the disabled, the poor!
Excellent education for our children and youth!
Excellent health care for all!
Protection of our threatened forests, air and water!
Excellent public transportation, urban, rural and national!
Economic policies that benefit populations around the world!

May we of this fair Willamette Valley, and all people around the country and the world who seek peace, dignity for all, and the true security that might come from policies of love, unite to achieve these goals!

TAX US FOR PEACE NOT WAR!

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