National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee

Possible WTR quotes for the 2′×4′ signs

war tax resistance posters in Times Square, March 19, 2011

Demonstration at Times Square military recruiting station in NYC on March 19, 2011, during protest of U.S. wars. Photo by Ed Hedemann.

The ideal quote should be be very short, dramatic, challenging, and reflecting the view of the person standing behind it. Ideally they should be no more than 8 to 12 words in length, though in some instances, a more complete extended quote could be in very small print at the bottom of the sign.

Also, it would be good if the signs weren’t too dated so they can be reused in the future. The best quotations might be ones that are personal, challenging, go beyond bland statements — such as “No taxes for war!” that don’t not require anything of anyone — and aren’t jargony. It has also been suggested that we avoid didactic quotes.

So far, we have made six 2′×4′ wooden framed signs (see above).

Some Possibilities:

I would no more pay taxes to the IRS than kill for the Pentagon

“Let them march all they want, as long as they continue to pay their taxes.” — Alexander Haig, 1982

“Every gun that is made… represents… a theft from those who hunger and are not fed.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953

COMPLETE QUOTE: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, represents, in the final analysis, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.”

If you work for peace, why pay for war?

“If a thousand [people] were not to pay their tax-bills this year…” -Henry David Thoreau, 1846

COMPLETE QUOTE: “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.”

Ask me about war tax resistance.

I stopped paying for war. You can, too.

Pay for peace, not war.

What if they gave a war and nobody paid for it?

I redirect my war taxes for human needs.

Stop war now. Ask me how.

I’d sooner go to jail than pay taxes for war

Because the IRS wants taxes for the Pentagon, I’m refusing to pay

I refuse to pay for war. Damn the consequences.

I would no more pay taxes for war than blow up my neighbor’s house.

I am refusing to pay any taxes to war and the military this year.

Paying for war is against my conscience. I refuse.

“What would you do if someone came to your door with a cup in hand asking for a contribution to help buy guns and kill a group of people they didn’t like?” — Wally Nelson

Federal income tax pays for war.

Why pray for peace yet pay for war?

War Is Not Healthy. It Makes Me Puke!

“Fellow-resisters in the West are participants in war even in peacetime in as much [sic] as they pay for the preparations that are being made for it.”

The quickest way to get disarmament is if John and Jean and Ivan refuse to pay one penny’s tax for weapons.

If you pay your taxes, you pay for war.

Whatever you pay in taxes, most goes to the Pentagon budget.

Of the tax you pay, more of it is spent on bullets than on books, more on bombs than bridges.

The Pentagon budget is built from your tax dollars.

Not with my money!