Below are educational resources--from role plays to handouts to conversation starters to group activities--designed to help you put the WRL Tax Day flyer into practice, whether on the street as you hand it out, in community groups, or in classrooms. These were created in partnership with the Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA).
Role Play Activity - Having a Conversation about Military Spending: This is a workshop/lesson plan that is designed to help people really figure out pro- and anti-war and military spending arguments. It is designed to then help people develop their speaking capacity about anti-war and anti-military spending in general, and especially in stressful moments--from conversations with family to being on a news show. Download it here!
This workshop/lesson plan can also be easily tweaked to set up a debate about military spending for a more formal classroom setting. This activity is meant for 3 - 40 people and takes 1.5 - 2.5 hours. (You can skip the beginning section and go straight to the role play if you only have 45 minutes.)
Conversation Starters: These are conversation questions for all age levels and settings that are based on the WRL flyer, and would be good to use in conjunction with it. They can be used as you handout Tax Day Flyers, at rallies, in an activist meeting group, in workshops, and in classrooms. Download it here!
Handout - Can you guess the federal spending breakdown?: This is a handout that can be used in a classroom, a community group setting, at an activist booth, and so forth alongside the WRL Tax Day Flyer. It’s meant to be used before someone sees the flyer itself in order to spark a conversation about how much larger military spending is than people often assume - and how that lines up their their values. This handout also comes with conversation questions. This should take 5 - 20 minutes. Download it here!
Handout - Re-Envisioning our Priorities: This is a handout that can be used in a classroom, a community group setting, at an activist booth, and so forth alongside the WRL Tax Day Flyer. It is meant to help people visualize how they might change the federal budget and military spending. It also comes with conversation questions. This should take 10 - 25 minutes. Download it here!
Group Activity - What might happen to military spending 10 years down the line?: This is a group activity that can be used in a classroom, an activist space, and so forth alongside the WRL Tax Day flyer. It is meant to ask people to visualize how they think military spending, and the federal budget at large, might change over the next decade if different scenarios come to pass. It also allows the participants to come up with their own scenarios and envision the changes that might come as a result of those events. This activity is meant for 3 - 40 people. It can take 35 - 75 minutes. Download it here!