Redirection / Support / Related Campaigns
In addition to the War Resisters League, the following organizations provide information and support for war tax resisters, including places to donate resisted taxes.
National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC) is a coalition of local, regional and national groups supportive of war tax resistance. War Resisters League is a founding member. NWTRCC facilitates information-sharing among war tax resisters, creates resources for resisters and groups, and helps organize and coordinate a war tax resistance movement across the country.
Contact NWTRCC for other resources and a list of counselors, lawyers and related groups. This information is available on their web site. NWTRCC • P.O. Box 5616, Milwaukee, WI 53205 • (262) 399-8217 • (800) 269-7464 • www.nwtrcc.org • nwtrcc [at] nwtrcc.org
PEOPLE’S LIFE FUNDS
PLF’s are a secure place to hold resisted money while at the same time making it available as loans or grants to community groups. These funds provide an effective complement to war tax resistance. Consider joining an existing fund or starting one in your area. Contact NWTRCC (above) for more information. See below for two such examples:
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WAR TAX RESISTANCE / PEOPLE’S LIFE FUND
In 1971, war tax resisters in the San Francisco Bay Area formed the People’s Life Fund (PLF). Each April 15, the PLF makes grants to community organizations working for peace and justice. The People’s Life Fund always strives to deposit contributions in alternative financial institutions, such as credit unions and socially responsible funds, whose goals are compatible with those of the members of the PLF. NCWTRPLF, PO Box 2422, Berkeley, CA 94702?0422, (510) 842?6124, www.nowartax.org
NEW ENGLAND WAR TAX RESISTANCE ALTERNATIVE FUND
New England War Tax Resistance (NEWTR) makes grants annually from war tax resisted money. NWTRC is an eclectic group of people who refuse for reasons of conscience to pay all or part of their income tax and/or their telephone tax to the U.S. government. Some deposit the money withheld from the government into the NEWTR Alternative Fund. The principal of our withheld taxes remains in escrow and is invested in organizations whose goals we support. Interest from these investments is disbursed in the form of small grants to local organizations. NEWTR is one of a network of similar funds around the country, which together represent thousands of war tax resisters. Active in Boston since its founding in 1968, NEWTR has in that period disbursed over $250,000. NEWTR, 41A Brent Street, Dorchester, MA 02124 617-282-3783
The War Tax Resisters’ Penalty Fund provides a process of mutual support through which war tax resisters and their supporters can distribute financial assistance to war tax resisters whose taxes are collected and for whom the collection of penalties and interest is a burden. In providing this mutual support, the Penalty Fund hopes to sustain and expand war tax resistance as a form of conscientious objection to war. For more information see the website or write WTRPF, 1036 N. Niles Ave, South Bend, IN 46617. To join the list: send your contact information to Peter Smith at webmaster [at] nwtrcc.org or fill in the registration form on their website.
The National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund, a national non-profit orgnization located in Washington, DC, advocates for U.S. federal legislation enabling conscientious objectors to war to have their federal income taxes directed to a special fund which could be used for non-military purposes only. This fund would be called the Peace Tax Fund and the bill we seek to pass is called the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act. National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund, 2121 Decatur Place, NW, Washington, DC 20008-1923, 888-PEACE TAX (888-732-2382), fax 202-986-0667, info [at] peacetaxfund.org, www.peacetaxfund.org
More information and resources on War Tax Resistance:
- What is War Tax Resistance?
- How To Resist War Taxes
- Consequences of War Tax Resistance
- U.S. Military Spending
- History of War Tax Resistance
- War Tax Resistance Resources
- War Tax Resistance Organizations
- National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee