Tax Resistance Prayer and Sorrow

It’s April 15th and a day I am reminded has huge consequences .  A day (which should be a life of days) remembering our US tax dollars have bought weapons, missiles, war and drones to be used against the innocent and the not so innocent.   Protecting me and my plot of land at the expense of others, defending my freedom at the expense of others, safeguarding my children at the expense of others.  It’s not right. Yet I haven’t been able to extricate myself from this reality that I am praying for peace and paying for war.  I grew up going to confession and as a child wondered what I was supposed to confess – hitting my sister, a little lie to my mother?  Should I make something up because I didn’t feel like a sinner?   Well now I know what sin really feels like and confession just doesn’t seem adequate under the circumstances.  Hard to pray for forgiveness when I know what I am doing…

There are a number of groups doing war tax resistance work.  Here are a few which will lead you to more resources.

Mennonite Resources

$10.40 for Peace
http://1040forpeace.org/

A web site and blog with a growing collection of articles and resources about the life of peace in a country at war, from an Anabaptist perspective

Mennonite Central Committee
http://mcc.org/learn/more/war-taxes

One of the best books pulling together war tax issues: “The Tax Dilemma: Praying for Peace Paying for War”, Donald D. Kaufman, 2006

Organizations:

National War Tax Resistance Coordinating  Committee
http://nwtrcc.org/

The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee supports individuals who refuse to pay for war, and promotes war tax resistance in the context of a broad range of nonviolent strategies for social change. Through the redirection of our tax dollars, war tax resisters contribute directly to the struggle for peace and justice for all.  NWTRCC is a coalition of local, regional, and national groups and individuals from across the United States.

War Resisters League
https://www.warresisters.org/

The United States’ oldest secular pacifist organization which has been resisting war at home and war abroad since 1923. Thier work for nonviolent revolution has spanned decades and been shaped by the new visions and strategies of each generation’s peacemakers. Members of WRL agree with our pledge:

“The War Resisters League affirms that all war is a crime against humanity.  We are determined not to support any kind of war, international or civil, and to strive nonviolently for the removal of all causes of war, including racism, sexism and all forms of exploitation.”

Resources:
Pie Chart:  Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes
https://www.warresisters.org/resources/wrl-pie-chart-flyers-where-your-income-tax-money-really-goes

A Peace Tax Fund Return
http://nwtrcc.org/PDFs/PeaceTaxReturn.pdf
A flyer designed to roughly resemble a tax form and can be used to register a protest against paying taxes for war.

Endless War Resolution Passed by Mennonite Church USA

Endless War Resolution Passed by Mennonite Church USA

Passed by the Mennonite Church USA Delegate Assembly, July 1, 2015, Kansas City, MO

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