“I don't believe in paying for something I don't believe in — do you?”
In August 1945, two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki instantly turned the two cities into ruins and took the lives of about 210 thousand people. Even now, more than 200,000 Hibakusha, or A-bomb survivors, are carrying with them scars. Their tragedy should not be repeated anywhere on earth. The surest guarantee against there being another Hiroshima, or Nagasaki, is a total ban and the elimination of nuclear weapons...Appeal for a Total Ban on Nuclear Weapons.
70 years since the dawn of the nuclear age thousands will gather in Japan to demand a ban.
The modern war tax resistance movement began with the men and women who resisted the call to kill — or pay for killing — during World War II: Ernest Bromley, Maurice McCrackin, Wally and Juanita Nelson, and so many others. Today we continue to resist war and weapons of mass destruction by refusing to pay for them.
Let's carry on in the tradition of WWII conscientious objector and war tax resister, James Otsuka, who protested the 5th anniversary of the bombings by handing out flyers at the Y-12 nuclear weapons facility. The flyer read in part:
"I have come to Oak Ridge... to dramatize to my fellow citizens that our tax money is being used in large part for the destruction of the world. At 10:45 on an August morning in 1945 the first atomic bomb was used for human destruction. I came today to burn, at that hour, 70% of a dollar bill, symbolizing the percentage of taxes that, according to our President, Harry Truman, is being used for military preparation and for fighting the “Cold War.”