More Spanish war tax resistance and redirection news from Rojo y Negro (translation mine, and I’m not exactly fluent):
Tax Resistance for Resistance Funds
War Tax Resistance (WTR) is the refusal to collaborate with one of the worst ways in which capitalism extends worldwide: with militarism and war, even if the spin as of late is “humanitarian interventions” or “wars against terrorism.”
What is War Tax Resistance / WTR?
With WTR we are actively resisting military spending at the moment we fill out our income tax return. At a purely technical level, this would consist of deducting from our taxes the part that is destined to be spent for military purposes.
With WTR we are not encouraging or promoting some sort of “a la carte taxation” as some people believe, as though it were not being used as a tool for civil disobedience, which is to say, to disobey and to disrupt, publicly and collectively, a law or rule that is considered unjust, seeking to overcome it together (in this case, military spending and militarism).
The ultimate goal of WTR is the elimination of armies, military research, and the military-industrial complex, through a progressive reduction in military spending. By resisting war taxes we show our collective refusal of military spending in particular and militarism in general, at the same time that we are in solidarity with other struggles taking place in our society by means of the projects we select.
With the money that we redirect when we file our WTR returns, the CGT aims to financially support concrete struggles, resistance funds, or social projects related to anarcho-syndicalist organization and ideas. Providing these funds that are withheld via our acts of disobedience is achieved by carrying out social projects that do not receive subsidies, and that allow continued working for a more just and equitable society:
Project One: Home Territory
We are women from various countries, of different nationalities and experiences. Some have legal documents, others do not. We do domestic labor. We have certain work conditions that make us very vulnerable. The difficult conditions and fear function to isolate and separate us.
For this reason we have decided to struggle together, in a real challenge to isolation and fear, as a way to make us stronger.
Domestic work sustains the life of thousands of households daily, and, nevertheless, is invisible, undervalued labor. We want this to change and to be included in the Régimen General, an important step in the recognition of its value. Also that undocumented workers should have the same rights as everyone else. We cannot forget that this work is moving out of the hands of some women (those of Northern countries) to others (those of Southern countries), making the problem far from disappear, but globalize.
Project Two: Antimilitarism in Paraguay
For years in Paraguay various antimilitarist groups have been working for a demilitarized society and are supporting other struggles (peasants, human rights, the youth movement, etc.).
Tax Resistance will be dedicated to supporting the antimilitarist movement in Paraguay and the action that War Resisters International has prepared for the , which this year focuses on the situation in Paraguay.