Tax Day Press Release July 2020 | National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee

NWTRCC friends and supporters,

Below is our press release for Tax Day, 15 July 2020. Feel free to adjust it for your own use. If you are having a tax day action, but have not alerted the NWTRCC office, please email the details to[1], or use the online form[2]. As stated in the press release, we are asking war tax resisters to make their presence felt on the streets (if possible) and online on July 15th. When posting online, please use the hashtags, #NoTaxes4War and #NWTRCC. Writing these “hashtags” with your message will mean that anyone can find your post on Facebook or Twitter by searching “#NoTaxes4War” or “#NWTRCC.” When posting a picture or graphic, also let folks know they can find out more info about WTR at[3].

In Resistance,


Press Release 2020

Tax Day 2020

For Immediate Release: July 9, 2020
National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC)
Contact: Lincoln Rice, Coordinator
800-269-7464 (262-399-8217) or[4]

Tax Day Protests Demand End to the War on People of Color
Both Beyond and Within the Borders of the United States

Thousands of people across the United States—from San Diego to Manhattan—are organizing protest campaigns on or near Wednesday, July 15, calling for an end to endless war on people of color both inside and beyond the borders of the United States. In this past, local actions featured public hearings on an immoral budget, flying kites instead of drones, and “Burma shave” sign displays during rush hour. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many activists will adjust their plans. This year, plans include traditional protests at post offices and street corners, joining with Black Lives Matters protests to defund racist mechanisms of so-called security, and making their presence felt online by posting the call: “Don’t Pay for War!”—using the hashtags #NoTaxes4War and #NWTRCC.

War Tax Resisters will post this graphic online for Tax Day (July 15).

Or take a picture of themselves from protesting outside. Nydia Leaf in front of Post Office in New York City on 15 April 2020.

Many have been taking to the streets to call for Defunding the Police[5] and redirecting those funds towards vital human needs. Since 1997, the Department of Defense has transferred more than $7 billion worth of military equipment to more than 8,000 law enforcement agencies around the country through what is known as the 1033 Program. The National Priorities Project has proposed a local resolution to end the transfer of military equipment to police[6]. Additionally, since the mid-1990s, the Department of Justice has granted $14 billion to local police departments[7]. NWTRCC Coordinator Lincoln Rice states, “The refusal to pay federal income taxes is a tangible way to protest the racist practices of local police departments and defund the police.”

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