Frida Berrigan, at New Left Notes, covers last week’s blockade of the IRS headquarters. Excerpts:
We had a great action on ! The War Resisters League march from McPherson Square to the IRS got off to a late start. But the Rude Mechanical Orchestra was worth the wait. The Bread and Puppet banners were held high above the street and (when they were not getting tangled in Washington’s trees) were beautiful. WRLers handed out probably one thousand pie charts along the route.
The media was out in force, literally waiting for activists to get to the IRS. A forest of TV antennas.
The police were waiting at the main entrance. They had done our work for us, blocking the entrance there. But they had left the side entrance completely open. So people blocked both sides. For about an hour, the group (maybe 100 people) chanted and sang along with Rude Mechanical as the IRS headquarters was surrounded by “war crime scene tape.”
We made war tax resistance part of the fifth “anniversary” story. We were serious and committed and our message was easy to understand.