“I advocate overthrowing the government by force but not by violence, and tax refusal is but one of the cutting edges and forces that are available to us.” — David Dellinger, , in Washington, D.C. at the Vietnam Moratorium rally
It’s in the United States — the deadline for mailing in annual income tax returns. Activists of various flavors are making noise today, and if you think you might like to join in, you can pick one of the war tax resistance actions going on nationwide , hang out with CodePink at a TEA party, join up with libertarians to hand out propaganda at the post office, or maybe set up a penny poll of your own.
is also the annual 15 Minutes of Fame day for war tax resisters, and I’ll be keeping my eye out for media mentions. I was invited on something called “The Mancow Show” this morning. The host was some sort of weird, pro-wrestling-like caricature who solemnly says things like “if you cut me, I bleed red, white, and blue.” His show is one of those short attention span things that are mostly sound effects and snippets and soundbites and running jokes. Pretty much a waste of time; live and learn.
This evening I’ll be attending the People’s Life Fund granting ceremony. Many war tax resisters in the San Francisco bay area deposit the taxes they “owe” in this Fund rather than sending them to the U.S. Treasury (some with the option of reclaiming these deposits should the IRS seize money from them). Each year, the Fund gives away any interest and dividends earned on these deposits to various charities. the Fund is giving away some $20,000 to over twenty groups.