Ruth Benn from
was on KBOO’s “Old Mole Variety Hour” to
talk tax resistance:
And Peter Smith was on WMAY’s “Bishop On
There was an article about the Peacemakers in the
Daily Intelligencer of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, but
the only copy of that paper I’ve been able to locate is missing the opening
page of the article. Here is what remains:
73 Refuse To Pay Tax
…ents of four children. Swann is a designer and builder.
Peacemakers is a nation-wide movement based on Gandhian concepts of
non-violence. Believing that peace will never come by means of war and war
preparations, the group advocates, in addition to income tax refusal, refusal
to cooperate with the draft and refusal to work in war industry.
Opposes CD Drill
The executive committee of Peacemakers recently issued a statement calling for
non-cooperation with the civil defense drill on
, and suggesting that instead of
“duck and cover” drills, schools conduct “an alternative program in which the
constructive ways individuals can work for peace be presented.”
The Peacemaker group also advocates non-violent resistance in case of invasion
or suppression of freedom; wide-spread and complete economic sharing; inner
transformation within the individual.
A complete statement of the 73 non-payers released today is as follows:
“War-making has come to be the major activity of the Federal Government.
Nowhere is the fact better reflected than in the Federal budget. The
staggering tax load placed on the American people is staggering only because
of military expenditures, which take four-fifths of each tax dollar. The sharp
upward trend of expenditures for high-powered bombs and long-range missiles
greatly increases the possibility that mankind will be extinguished.
“We dissent and want our lives to be a counter-friction to stop the machines.
As individual we assert with Henry David Thoreau ‘What I have to do is to see
that I do not lend myself to the wrong which I condemn.’
“Some of us have refused to pay the whole of our taxes, some of us have
refused to pay part of them, some are living on incomes intentionally kept too
low to be taxable, some have given non-cooperation to collection of taxes for
war by filing no tax return.”
And, over 50 years later, that’s still pretty much the lay of the land in
American war tax resistance circles.
A United Press dispatch from :
Man Refuses To Pay Tax On Income for 15th Year
Mount Vernon, Iowa
(UP) — Walter
Gormly, a pacifist, told President Eisenhower today he will refuse for the
15th year to pay federal income taxes in protest to
wars, atom bomb tests, and nuclear fallout.
Gormly, 42, Mount Vernon engineer, said he has not willingly paid income taxes
because so much money has been
spent for wars. The government, however, has collected taxes from him through
various legal procedures.
“I do not care to finance the murder of my fellow man nor the possible murder
of myself,” Gormly told President Eisenhower in a letter. “So your income tax
men won’t receive any tax payment nor statement of income from me.”
“The unmistakable conclusion is that the
U.S., England, and
have been killing people with their nuclear weapons test just as surely as if
they lined them up against a wall and shot them,” Gormly said.
“It is not unusual for governments to kill people, but they are usually angry
at the people they kill. The
doesn’t care who it kills.”
Tax authorities seized a station wagon owned by Gormly in
and sold it at a public auction. They also
collected $1,000 from him in from a debt
that was owed him, he said.
Gormly served a sentence in a Sandstone,
for refusing to go to a
camp for conscientious objectors during World War Ⅱ.
An Associated Press dispatch from :
Doctor to Lose Scholarship If He Refuses to Pay Tax
Washington (AP) — Professor William C. Davidon of Haverford College, one of the signers of a published statement pledging to withhold payment of federal income taxes in protest against the Viet Nam war, has been warned he may lose a Fulbright scholarship for study abroad if he carries out the plan.
U.S. officials said
the Board of Foreign Scholarships, a non-governmental group which selects
recipients for scholarships administered through the State Department, had
reminded Davidon that he could forfeit the scholarship if he violates the law.
Officials said the board has asked the Internal Revenue Service to let it know
if Davidon breaks the law.
Davidon, chairman of Haverford’s physics department, was awarded the $12,000
grant for a study trip to Denmark next year.