The American anti-war movement is struggling at the moment. Obamania peeled away many of its liberal activists, and the recent economic churn has pushed war news off the front pages and out of people’s minds.
However, that movement seems to be increasingly focussing its outreach message on the connection between bloated military spending and the economic troubles we’re having. This could find a receptive audience, and certainly plants the seeds for a possible future uptick in war tax resistance.
For example, New Hampshire Peace Action is teaming up with the National Priorities Project for a series of events throughout New Hampshire “that call attention to the costs of a militarized federal budget.” This will include leafleting and “penny polls” at post offices as people come in to file their tax returns.
Meanwhile United for Peace & Justice is planning a series of events culminating in an rally in New York City.
is the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech in and, sadly, the anniversary of his death one year later. Our urgent call to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be linked to our call to help solve the current economic crisis by dramatically cutting military spending and, instead, investing in our communities.