War Tax Resistance

FY2015 Pie Chart flyer - front

The current edition of the War Resisters League's famous "pie chart" flyer analyzes the Federal Fiscal Year 2015 Budget.  (FY 2015 is 1 October 2014 - 30 September 2015).  Perfect for Tax Day leafletting, as a focus for forums and panels and workshops and more!

Each year, War Resisters League analyzes federal funds outlays as presented in detailed tables in "Analytical Perspectives" of the Budget of the United States Government. Our analysis is based on federal funds, which do not include trust funds -- such as Social Security -- that are raised separately from income taxes for specific purposes. What you pay (or don't pay) by April 15, 2014 goes to the federal funds portion of the budget.

HOW WERE THE FY2015 PIE CHART FIGURES DETERMINED?

Current military” includes Dept. of Defense ($584 billion) and the military portion from other departments as noted in current military box above ($202 billion). Funding for the war on terror is listed as “Overseas Contingency Operations” and totals $47 in this breakdown. “Past military” represents veterans’ benefits plus 80% of the interest on the debt.*

These figures are from an analysis of detailed tables in the Analytical Perspectives book of the Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2015. The figures are Federal funds, which do not include Trust funds — such as Social Security — that are raised and spent separately from income taxes.

What you pay (or don’t pay) by April 15, 2014, goes to the Federal funds portion of the budget. The government practice of combining Trust and Federal funds began during the Vietnam War, thus making the human needs portion of the budget seem larger and the military portion smaller.
 
*Analysts differ on how much of the debt stems from the military; other groups estimate 50% to 60%. We use 80% because we believe if there had been no military spending most (if not all) of the national debt would have been eliminated.

TAKE ACTION: WHAT YOU CAN DO

Leaflet with this flyer year-round and on Tax Day, April 15, 2014, which is also the Global Day of Action on Military Spending. (demilitarize. org). Be part of the New Priorities Network.

Join WRL’s Facing Tear Gas campaign to end the use of tear gas and related chemical weapons and police militarization in the U.S. and globally. The campaign is organizing against paramilitary training “Urban Shield” sites across the country.

Call for your community to opt out!
Stop local law enforcement from accepting military giveaways and DHS grants for weapons of war.

Write letters to elected officials and local newspapers. Send them copies of this flyer. Demand that the Pentagon budget be slashed.

Protest with your money! Sign up at wartax boycott.org. Refuse to pay all or part of your federal income tax. Whatever you choose to refuse—$1, $10, or a percentage—send a letter to elected officials and tell them why. Though illegal, thousands of people openly participate in this form of protest. Contact us for information or referral to a counselor near you. Contribute resisted tax money to organizations that support the common good.

Watch Death & Taxes, a 30-min. film featuring war tax resisters from across the country. Online at nwtrcc.org/deathandtaxes.php.

For more about refusing to pay for war, contact the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee, PO Box 150553, Brooklyn, NY 11215,  800.269.7464,  nwtrcc.org. Support the Peace Tax Fund bill: peacetaxfund.org

Read and use War Tax Resistance: A Guide to Withholding Your Support from the Military, 144-page handbook with history, methods and resources.

For Pie Charts from previous years, check out the Pie Chart Archives

You can also download the flyers and print them locally.  Download the pdf files here:

FY2015 (Released March 2014) Pie Chart Flyer

in English, in color (pdf)
in English, in black & white (pdf)

in Spanish, in color (pdf)
in Spanish, in black & white (pdf)

Discounts applied at check out:
1-199        $.10
200-499    $.07
500 +        $.06

$0.10
Organize This! 2012 Peace Calendar

ORGANIZE THIS!
A 1955-2011 Retrospective


Edited by Liz Roberts
Foreword by Noam Chomsky
Afterword by Wendy Schwartz

In 1955 War Resisters League began publishing the only political calendar in the US. After a 57-year streak, WRL presents its final Peace Calendar. Take a stroll through more than half a century of revolutionary nonviolence with this striking farewell retrospective calendar.

“We named this calendar Organize This! as a tribute to people’s movements everywhere, and as an invitation for us all to continue acting and agitating as we rearrange the world into a place of peace.”
- From the preface by Editor Liz Roberts

Hold history in your hands every day of 2012, and treasure decades of peace and social justice imagery. This last edition of the Peace Calendar features dazzling full-color reproductions of all 56 previous covers.

Take a journey with WRL that starts in 1955 and enjoy full-color images of every peace calendar cover.

Keep track
of important movement history dates throughout the year

Stay connected
with directories of U.S. and international social change organizations


Be inspired
by 144 pages of peace and justice!

Datebook with sturdy spiral binding; 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

$4.00
90 Years of Revolutionary Nonviolence: WRL Perpetual Calendar

NEW

90 Years of Revolutionary Nonviolence

WRL’s New Perpetual Calendar Highlights Revolutionary Nonviolence on the Occasion of Our 90th Anniversary.

While it does not replace WRL’s desk calendars, this beautiful wall calendar can be used year after year since it doesn’t match dates and days. It includes an event related to WRL and nonviolence for each day, with a line to add your own reminders of birthdays, etc. You can fill it in or simply use the calendar for the events and images.

Two pages for each month means 24 images of the last 90 years. These include historical posters and artwork, new art, and photographs. There will also be 24 smaller images that highlights WRL’s involvement in larger nonviolent movements.

Included among the many people, actions and events chronicled in this calendar are:

  • Opposition to World War II
  • 1947 Journey of Reconciliation
  • 1955 Civil Defense Drill
  • 1963 March on Washington
  • Collage of Draft card burnings – by men and women
  • Continental Walk for Disarmament and Social Justice
  • Posters from May Day 1971, Seneca Women’s Encampment by Vera B. Williams,
  • Peace Cranes by Erica Weiss
  • “Stop Militarism In Our Schools!” by Peg Averill
  • Chilean arpillaras of nonviolent protests

and much more!

Size: 8 x 10.5 folded, 8 x 21 opened, spiral bound

Union Printed

All calendars shipped via media mail.

$14.00
Some Writings on War Tax Resistance

Thoughts, poems and tales from resisters, including Juanita Nelson, Allen Ginsberg and Pete Seeger.

$2.00
Death & Taxes DVD Cover

A new film about War Tax Resisters and Their Motivations. Produced by the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee, Death & Taxes asks:

Why and how do people refuse to pay for war?

Where does the money go?

What are the consequences?

How does war tax resistance fit into one’s life?

Twenty-eight people offer their motivations for and methods of resisting the war machine with their tax money.

This tightly paced 30-minute film introduces viewers to war tax refusal and redirecting tax dollars to peace, with music by Sharon Jones and the DapKings, Antibalas, Rude Mechanical Orchestra, and First Strike Theatre’s version of “Don’t Pay Taxes” by Charlie King.

Excellent for workshops and presentations with time for discussion.

“The greatest changes in history have only come when people are willing to put everything on the line.” -- Julia Butterfly Hill

30 minutes
Editing: Carlos Steward, Asheville, NC

Produced by the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee, a coalitiohn of groups from across the U.S. formed in 1982 to provide information and support to people involved in or considering some form of war tax resistance.  For more information, visit www.nwtrcc.org or call 800.269.7464.

$12.00