According to the War Resistors League (WRL), the US military machine currently consumes 46% of federal funds. As one newswire post says: "This is a military machine that fights not for peace, but, like all empires, for plunder. Those of us who have been lucky enough, despite the effectiveness of the US propaganda system, to be exposed to information that reveals the insidious character of the 'War on Terrorism', ought to feel compelled to act. And we must act, lest our hands be bloody." |
The WRL advocates war tax resistance as one means, and promotes a few approaches. One can refuse to pay federal income tax, or work little enough that one has no tax liability. One can refuse to pay federal phone tax. At least two organizations, the War Resisters League and the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee both offer information about, and coordinate activities around war tax resistance.
The War Resisters League Portland Chapter, a local group that promotes war tax resistance, has several upcoming events:
- April 12, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., at Pioneer square, they will join the weekly rally of the Portland Peace Response Coalition.
- April 14, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., at the Central Library (801 SW 10th Ave), they will host an information session on war tax resistance.
- April 15, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., at the Central Station post office (204 SW 5th Avenue), they will be distributing leaflets about war tax resistance.
[ More information on these events | War Resisters League | National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee ]