War tax resisters are finding that it is no less of a delicate balancing act trying to merge their message with the left-wing Occupy movement than it was with the right-wing TEA Party.
…I took part part in meetings for tax day with the Boston groups that have taken the lead in planning.
Reconciling the WTR message and those that OB & the unions & NV trainers want to get out has been challenging. It hasn’t been that the coalition is averse to WTR (though folks have the usual questions), but that the mandate to the working group was to find a consistent bottom-line demand that would get the most assent from the public while at the same time giving all factions space to present their part of the story. From my call that went out to the E. MA resisters:
The coalition that planned the tax day events is made up of Occupy Boston, peace, and social-justice groups. After much discussion it was agreed that the message should be kept simple and the slogan “Corporations and the 1%: pay your taxes!” would be the best way to focus the public’s attention during this one-day event; I agreed with the strategy. While it could be argued that WTR, war, and militarism rather than greed and corruption might be a better focus, the WTR community in the Boston area just doesn’t have the resources to pull off that sort of demonstration, let alone lead a coalition. On the other hand those fighting corporatism, greed, and the abuse of the tax system are beginning to understand the connection of these ills to the militarization of America, and have welcomed our collaboration.
I know it’s at first blush difficult to reconcile the call that corporations should pay their fair share of taxes at the same time that we’re asking citizens to refuse taxes that go for warmaking. But it’s not impossible, we just have to be patient and continue to show the connections.…
I don’t see myself marching under a “pay your taxes” banner any time soon, but some folks apparently see the ideological inconsistency as being a price worth paying for possible coalition-building.
Our own local tax resistance group is holding a demonstration on tax day along with CodePINK, Global Day of Action on Military Spending, BAY-Peace, and others. Some of these groups also have a pro-tax message, though not one necessarily out of line with mainstream war tax resistance (“Taxes for education not militarization”), and not one that forms a banner covering the demonstration as a whole.
The “tax the rich” message is very popular in Occupy circles, and war tax resisters who know that a rich person’s taxes are as badly misused as a poor person’s taxes have their work cut out for them when trying to put their own message forward.
But speaking of tax day actions, NWTRCC has a list of ’em going on nationwide on and around .