National Peace Organizations Honor MLK's Legacy of Nonviolent Civil Disobedience with Call for a Mass Tax Revolt
CODEPINK: WOMEN FOR PEACE
2008 WAR TAX BOYCOTT COALITON and
UNITED FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE
100,000 Sought for Tax Resistance to Protest the War in Iraq
Nationwide~ A coalition of national peace groups honored the legacy of
the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today by stepping up a new
campaign for a tax revolt to protest the Bush Administration's war in
Iraq. CODEPINK: Women for Peace, the 2008 War Tax Boycott Campaign,
United for Peace and Justice and a host of other anti-war organizations
are calling on US taxpayers to commit what would be the largest act of
nonviolent civil disobedience of its kind and refuse to fund the war
with their tax dollars. The strategy calls for individuals to sign a
pledge, and when the numbers swell to 100,000 signatories, the group
would act together in a mass tax revolt.
In sharp contrast to Moveon.org<http://Moveon.org> and other anti-war groups, who according to a recent story in Politico.com<http://Politico.com>
are backing off their campaign to lobby Congress for funding cuts on
war spending, CODEPINK and other groups are gathering pledges at www.dontbuybushswar.org<http://www.dontbuybushswar.org> for what they believe is a powerful act of non-cooperation with the Bush Administration's actions in Iraq.
"Inspired by the vision of Dr. King, we want to purposely put a cog in
the machine of war tax collection," said Jodie Evans, Co-Founder of
CODEPINK. "We believe it will lead to a deepening of opposition as
tens of thousands of people say, 'I can no longer in good conscience
pay for these acts by my government.' The tradition of civil
disobedience involves breaking a law in favor of a higher law. It is
time to call for this powerful action."
While invoking the spirit of MLK, the groups also quoted former US
Secretary of State Alexander Haig who in 1982 quipped: "Let them march
all they want, as long as they continue to pay their taxes."
"We can march all we want, but if we cooperate with the funding of the war, we are culpable," Evans added.
Numbers are growing as more organizations join the campaign, and the
website offers individuals multiple ways to participate and register
their dissent. An FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) allays many of the
common fears and misconceptions about war tax reistance.
"I think that as a movement we can't expect the war to end and at the
same time pay its bills every month. At some point the bill paying has
to stop, and then the war will stop," said Bill Ramsey of the 2008 War
Tax Boycott Coalition.
"World peace through nonviolent means is neither absurd nor
unattainable. All other methods have failed. Thus we must begin anew.
Nonviolence is a good starting point." Martin Luther King, Jr. December