Tax Day Reports and Pictures
April 15-18, 2006
to Newspaper Articles
Science Monitor, April 14, 2006 (pdf)
April 14, 2006 (pdf)
April 17, 2006 (pdf)
Portland State University Vanguard,
April 10, 2006 (pdf)
CommonDreams (Seattle Post-Intelligencer), April 17, 2006, Letter to the IRS
Keene (NH) Free Press, April 15, 2006
Plain Dealer, April 15, 2006 (pdf)
and Glenn Van Haitsma and Karen Moore conducted a penny poll in front of the public
library in Waukesha, Wisconsin on April 15. Well-received by all ages, the poll
attracted 82 voters and lasted until the education jar was about to overflow.
Photo by Glenn Van Haitsma|| |
April 18, the deadline day for Maine tax returns, a group of us conducted a "Penny
Poll" outside the main post office in Bangor. We gave each person ten pennies,
each representing ten percent of money they were paying in federal income taxes
and asked them to put money in jars representing ten of the major parts of the
federal budget. Just over 100 participated in the poll over several hours. The
results are similar to how most people in other polls really want their tax money
spent and very different from how our federal government actually does spend that
money: health, education, and welfare, 27%; envi-ronment, 17%; alternative energy,
15%; national defense and homeland security, 9%; with small percentage for science
and research, transportation, agriculture, interest on the debt, infrastruc-ture,
and government administration.
--Larry Dansinger, ROSC
Paget tests out a new penny poll set up for use on tax day in Bangor and at farmer's
markets and the Full Circle Fair this summer. Photo by Andrea DeFrancesca. |
Day at the post office in Asheville, NC. Judy Conrad (right) holds the "you don't
gotta" sign while other members of Fools of Conscience/Taxes for Life! take time
out from their vigiling to pose for the camera. Photos by Clare Hanrahan|
April 17, members of the Louisville Fellowship of Reconciliation handed out the
pie chart flyer at the four corners of Fifth and Market while employees of the
large banking center headed to lunch. Wearing Uncle Sam regalia they attracted
lots of passers by to their penny poll. Photos by Jean Edwards.
hearty group braves the rain for a vigil in front of IRS headquarters. Photo by
Photos by Susan Van Haitsma from the vigil and leafletting at the Downtown Post
Tax Day, April 17th, members of Madison Area War Tax Resisters (formerly Southern
Wisconsin Alternative Tax Fund) distributed our refused federal tax dollars in
a public event. Over $3,700 was distributed equally among four organizations:
American Friends Service Committee - Iraqi relief program Family Farm Defenders
- providing aid to small farmers devastated by Hurricane Katrina Interfaith Hospitality
Network - housing for the homeless Community Action Commission - supplying 40
local food pantries.
passed out almost 1000 leaflets in downtown Syracuse and at Syracuse University.
The leaflet was volume one of "The Shared Times," the Syracuse Peace Council's
projected series of leaflets connecting the spending on the war on Iraq to the
defunding of social programs in our home county. See http://www.peacecouncil.net/sharedtimes/TruthSheet1.pdf
for the leaflet.
Syracuse Peace Council, www.peacecouncil.net
York, New York
the IRS in Manhattan with "Uncle Sam" and a bit of street theatre on
the theme of "Death and Taxes." Photos by Ruth Benn. Also see Tom Good's
photos that include the walk from the IRS to the General Post Office, through
Times Square. Click
here and scroll down the page to where the IRS photos begin.
On April 17 members of the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois were at the Carbondale
Post Office passing out National Priority Project flyers detailing how much of
an average Illiinois income tax payment went to the military and other categories
of spending. We also handed out United for Peace and Justice "tax receipts" for
Iraq War spending which asked if taxpayers were satisfied with their $225.6 billion
purchase. This was the Coalition's 20th annual Tax Day consciousness-raising demonstration.
The picture shows Margie Parker and Sarah Heyer wearing sandwich boards with additional
messages while passing out flyers.
On April 14, members and friends of the Oregon Community for War Tax Resistance
displayed "burma shave" message boards to rush hour traffic on the Hawthorne and
Morrison St. bridges (morning) and on SW Broadway at Pioneer Courthouse Square
(evening), raising issues of runaway military spending and a corrupt federal budget.
At the regular 5 pm rally at the Square, OCWTR hosted a public redirection of
income tax dollars withheld from the federal government by local war tax resisters.
Just over $14,000 was redirected to local and international service organizations
selected for their worthy contribu-tions toward a peaceful and just community.
Also on April 17, a penny poll was conducted at the main post office in NW Portland
and flyers were distributed. Photos by Tana Hastings.
--John Grueschow, Portland
Chapter, War Resisters League