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Citizens to Withhold Taxes for War While Congress Continues Funding
Don’t Buy Bush’s War- 2008 Boston Tea Party
Nationwide- This weekend the anniversary of the Boston Tea
Party- an act that sparked the American revolution- will be invoked as a
coalition of peace groups will launch DON’T BUY BUSH’S WAR, an act civil disobedience
of withholding payment of taxes that fund the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. The
kickoff will be in cities across the nation and online at www.DontBuyBushsWar.org and will
culminate on April 15th. More than 1,000 patriots ranging from Iraq
Veterans, to Veterans of the Korean War, professors, filmmakers, mothers,
industrialists, students, attorneys, have already pledged to withhold their
Over the past year,
citizens have voted, lobbied, marched, and taken direct action to end the war
in Iraq. Courageous soldiers have refused to fight the war. But Congress has
appropriated billions of dollars to continue the occupation of Iraq and is
still posturing on Iran. Taxpayers who oppose this war have the power to show
Congress how to cut off the funds for this war and redirect resources to the
pressing needs of the people.
The website will be a virtual portal for the coalition partners to sign the pledge
and even donate the interest on 7%* of their federal income tax in support of
more life-affirming activities.
“We have marched, petitioned, called, emailed and urged
Congress: DON’T BUY BUSH’S WAR. It
isn't working—Congress continues to vote billions of dollars toward the
occupation of Iraq without any timeline for withdrawal. It is time for us do
what they don’t have the courage to do. If Congress wants to fund the war with
our dollars, we'll simply refuse to give them those dollars,” says Jodie Evans,
Coalition members, Jodie Evans cofounder of CODEPINK, Bill
Ramsey director of the War Tax Boycott and Chris Hedges award-winning author
and journalist are available for interview now and around the Boston Tea Party
Anniversary. Hedges’ article on tax resistance was just published nationwide.
Please contact Dana Balicki for more information on interviews- email@example.com or 202-422-8624.
Coalition partners: CODEPINK:
Women for Peace, 2008 War Tax Boycott Coalition, AfterDowningStreet.org, Camp
Casey Peace Institute, Goldstar Families for Peace, Grassroots America, United
for Peace and Justice
* In 2008, 7% of the Federal income tax will be spent on the
military occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan (estimated $141 billion).