Tax resistance https://updates.wri-irg.org/en en Spanish activists highlight tax spending on military https://updates.wri-irg.org/en/story/2016/spanish-activists-highlight-tax-spending-military <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_entity_view' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_1col' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * ds-1col--node--26143.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story.html.twig * ds-1col--node-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-1col.html.twig' --> <div data-history-node-id="26143" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--node-post-date---custom.html.twig * field--expert--node--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--node-post-date.html.twig * field--expert--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--node-post-date.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--node--node-post-date.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--node-post-date.html.twig * field--ds.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <time > 29 Feb 2016</time> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--body--rss.html.twig * field--default--node--body--story.html.twig * field--default--node--story.html.twig * field--default--node--body.html.twig * field--default--body--story.html.twig * field--default--story.html.twig * field--default--body.html.twig * field--default.html.twig * field--theme-ds-field-default.html.twig * field--node--body--story.html.twig * field--node--body.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--body.html.twig * field--text-with-summary.html.twig x field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p class="western" style="text-align: left;" align="JUSTIFY"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'filter_caption' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <figure role="group" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <div alt="Activists in Spain, outside the Juan de Garay military barracks in Bilbao" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f0c353a8-6d1e-49de-a77b-77cab06a1060" data-langcode="en" title=""> <img alt="Activists in Spain, outside the Juan de Garay military barracks in Bilbao" class="img-responsive" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/Inuxente_27-12-2015_2.home.jpg?itok=w1bSJ8Wv" srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/Inuxente_27-12-2015_2.home.jpg?itok=w1bSJ8Wv 1x" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <figcaption>Activists in Spain, outside the Juan de Garay military barracks in Bilbao</figcaption> </figure> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p class="western" style="text-align: left;" align="JUSTIFY">The KEM-MOC antimilitarist collective took nonviolent direct action denouncing spending on the military at the Juan de Garay military barracks in Bilbao in late December. Marking the 'Day of the Innocents', the group hung a puppet on the gates of the military installation with the number “890”, corresponding to the average contribution to the military made by each person in Spain, each year. Their banner read <em>“Ez izan inuxente, izan desobdiente”</em> or “don't be naïve, be disobedient”.</p> <p class="western" style="text-align: left;" align="JUSTIFY">“This huge amount of money is provided from our taxes,” declared KEM-MOC, “because of this, each year we open our tax objection office, where we give people the opportunity to oppose this injustice, and refuse to pay the part of their taxes that is dedicated to military spending, and instead use them for social purposes.</p> <p class="western" style="text-align: left;" align="JUSTIFY">This year, the numbers in the state budget show that spending on the military will increase again in comparison to the year before, while the eduction and health ministries are being cut.”</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Source</strong>: <a href="http://www.sinkuartel.org/es/kemmoc/acciones/867-2015-12-30-19-50-05.html">http://www.sinkuartel.org/es/kemmoc/acciones/867-2015-12-30-19-50-05.html</a></p> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 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12:06:19 +0000 Andrew 26143 at https://updates.wri-irg.org https://updates.wri-irg.org/en/story/2016/spanish-activists-highlight-tax-spending-military#comments Tax Resisters in Spain Support WRI https://updates.wri-irg.org/en/story/2015/tax-resisters-spain-support-wri <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_entity_view' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_1col' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * ds-1col--node--25371.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story.html.twig * ds-1col--node-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-1col.html.twig' --> <div data-history-node-id="25371" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--node-post-date---custom.html.twig * 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THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/arton5605.thumbnail.jpg?itok=CL90jWbE 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/arton5605.thumbnail.jpg?itok=CL90jWbE" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <span>Tax resisters in </span><span>Spain have supported the Nonviolence Programme at War Resisters' </span><span>International, by pooling the money from thei</span><span>r tax contributions that </span><span>would otherwise have been given to the Spanish military. Several </span><span>dozen activists from the Bilbao region of Spain raised funds, and </span><span>throughout Spain hundreds of activists from MOC-AA objected to the </span><span>militarisation of their taxes by refusing to pay thousands of euros. </span> <p><span></span><span>Read more <a href="http://www.antimilitaristas.org/spip.php?article5605">here</a>.</span></p> <pre> </pre></div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--field-countries--rss.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-countries--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-countries.html.twig * field--expert--field-countries--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--field-countries.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--field-countries--story.html.twig * 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field--default--node--comment--story.html.twig * field--default--node--story.html.twig * field--default--node--comment.html.twig * field--default--comment--story.html.twig * field--default--story.html.twig * field--default--comment.html.twig * field--default.html.twig * field--theme-ds-field-default.html.twig x field--node--comment--story.html.twig * field--node--comment.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--comment.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/custom/wri_main/templates/field/field--node--comment--story.html.twig' --> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=25371&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="L3CDfmqqonkjYCPrPZJ6HzdVI-OoX6Yv3LcKcEVanUg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/custom/wri_main/templates/field/field--node--comment--story.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-1col.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> Wed, 30 Dec 2015 18:10:49 +0000 cmoy 25371 at https://updates.wri-irg.org https://updates.wri-irg.org/en/story/2015/tax-resisters-spain-support-wri#comments Write to a prisoner for peace on 1st December https://updates.wri-irg.org/en/story/2015/write-prisoner-peace-1st-december <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_entity_view' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_1col' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * ds-1col--node--25232.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story.html.twig * ds-1col--node-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-1col.html.twig' --> <div data-history-node-id="25232" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss 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'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <figure role="group" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <div alt="Postcards sent from WRI affiliate World Without War" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4a6a8f04-7117-4a92-8d79-d3711a822a83" data-langcode="en" title=""> <img alt="Postcards sent from WRI affiliate World Without War" class="img-responsive" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/images/pfp%20korea.home.jpg?itok=p-ObUWN6" srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/images/pfp%20korea.home.jpg?itok=V1dj5Kd3 1x" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <figcaption>Postcards sent from WRI affiliate World Without War</figcaption> </figure> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/filter/templates/filter-caption.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 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Many are conscientious objectors, in gaol for refusing to join the military. Others have taken nonviolent actions to disrupt preparation for war. This day is a chance for you to demonstrate your support for them. We invite you to put aside some time on December 1st, or a day close to it, to send cards that express your solidarity. You can find the names and address here: <a href="/inprison">/inprison</a> <p lang="zxx" xml:lang="zxx" xml:lang="zxx"><a href="/pfp-15">Read more...</a></p> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--field-programmes-projects--rss.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--expert--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--node--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--entity-reference.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- 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--> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/links.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/links.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--comment--rss.html.twig * field--default--node--comment--story.html.twig * field--default--node--story.html.twig * field--default--node--comment.html.twig * field--default--comment--story.html.twig * field--default--story.html.twig * field--default--comment.html.twig * field--default.html.twig * field--theme-ds-field-default.html.twig x field--node--comment--story.html.twig * field--node--comment.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--comment.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/custom/wri_main/templates/field/field--node--comment--story.html.twig' --> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" 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'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--body--rss.html.twig * field--default--node--body--story.html.twig * field--default--node--story.html.twig * field--default--node--body.html.twig * field--default--body--story.html.twig * field--default--story.html.twig * field--default--body.html.twig * field--default.html.twig * field--theme-ds-field-default.html.twig * field--node--body--story.html.twig * field--node--body.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--body.html.twig * field--text-with-summary.html.twig x field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6f2d1773-e20e-48c7-b7ea-0fa508584ed7" title="" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/WarGoodForFew.home.png?itok=cT6kbTyv 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/WarGoodForFew.home.png?itok=cT6kbTyv" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </em></p> <h2 style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">What is war profiteering?</h2> <p>'War profiteering' includes all those who profit financially from war and militarisation, or whose money makes war possible. That includes a complex network of companies, financial institutions, and individuals. The obvious thing that people think of when you talk about war profiteering is weapons manufacturers, but it goes much further than that.</p> <p>We believe that so long as violence remains profitable, war will persist, because the short-term economic interests of the powerful will be put before longer-term peace and liberation. So that's why it's important – because without preventing war profiteering, we can never see an end to war.</p> <!--break--> <p><span>War profiteering takes us beyond seeing 'war' as an act or event, and starts to pick apart the systems that are less visible, but that make war inevitable.</span><span></span></p> <p>Some examples of war profiteering and the war economy include:</p> <ul> <ul> <li>Banks and financial institutions that invest in arms companies, proving them with insurance, loaning them money, etc</li> <li>Civilian companies that profit from war and occupation – like the phone companies that supply illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian land that is under Israeli military occupation, or the oil companies that flew into Iraq after the invasion</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <li>Extractive industries exploiting natural resources that use military support. A UN report just released criticised NevSun, a Canadian mining company, for using the unpaid labour of conscripts doing their compulsory military service. Huge numbers of people are leaving Eritrea, and a key driver of that is militarisation. So this example of war profiteering directly relates to another example...</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/09/04/canadian-miner-nevsun-defends-operations-in-eritrea-as-locals-flee-to-europe_n_8090024.html?utm_hp_ref=tw"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="041dc702-cb1c-4145-87ef-b333ac6ba7a2" title="" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/NevSunEritrean.home.png?itok=mumkn0ze 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/NevSunEritrean.home.png?itok=mumkn0ze" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <ul> <li></li> <li> <p>Security companies that are making huge profits from the people, technology and weapons that they are paid to supply to state borders (read, for example, <a href="/node/24759">The Business of Militarized Borders in the European Union</a>).</p> </li> <li> <p>War profiteering is a part of economic structural violence. But it also relies on cultural violence, for example the idea of “consumer choice”: I'm allowed to buy oranges that come from land that has been occupied by an invading military; or the National Rifle Association relying on idea that many people feel that the right to carry weapons is part of their identity as Americans.</p> </li> </ul> <p>I think it's good to remember that when we talk about war profiteering, it's not just about the money! (Although it is also about money - Lockheed Martin, the biggest arms manufacturer in the world, announced 1<sup>st</sup> quarter profits this year of $878 million – that's in just four months). But it's not <em>only</em> about money. The war economy ploughs natural resources and the labour of many hundreds of thousands of talented people into making machines that can kill and harm people. I wonder about the work that could be done on alternatives to fossil fuels if these industry resources were ploughed there instead.</p> <p>It's also important to remember that war profiteers do not just make money from war. A company or organisation that doesn't respect human life and turns a blind eye to human suffering must be affected by that internally. The oil company Kellogg Brown &amp; Root had many contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan after their invasions. They also it racked up over 20 instances of misconduct by a US government department (not the most neutral group anyway!), and had to pay millions of $s in fines and settlements. These accusations included</p> <ul> <ul> <ul> <ul> <ul> <li>Sexual assault and retaliation</li> <li>Overcharging</li> <li>Racial discrimination</li> <li>Wrongful death, and</li> <li>Human trafficking</li> </ul> </ul> </ul> </ul> </ul> <p>So in the same way that nonviolent activists against war say that we cannot just preach equality and respect for human life, we also have to live it in our organisations – in the same way, war profiteers also get swept up with other aspects of militarism.</p> <h2>Why are we talking about war profiteering at a CO seminar?</h2> <p>Firstly, COs can be enhanced by connection to other struggles against militarism, and learning from them. And conversely, other campaigns can learn a great deal from the rich history of CO movements.</p> <p>The second is a practical reason. Becoming a conscientious objector is the start of many peoples' journey to activism. Conscription is a very visible part of the life of families and communities. Starting to question whether I personally should go to the army often leads to a more general rejection of militarism. So whilst many people start as COs, they might end up campaigning against military spending, or war profiteering, etc.<span style="text-decoration: underline;"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6eb0bfbd-6c91-434c-8bfd-44e7b6ee9c2f" title="Turkish CO Association protesting at the IDEF arms fair, Istanbul" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/Turkey%201.img_assist_custom-465x310.img_assist_custom-251x167.jpg?itok=LU473gf- 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/Turkey%201.img_assist_custom-465x310.img_assist_custom-251x167.jpg?itok=LU473gf-" alt="" title="Turkish CO Association protesting at the IDEF arms fair, Istanbul" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </span> This also works on a group level - many CO movements are not just working on the issue of CO. They do other antimilitarist campaigning as well. For example, the Turksih CO association protested at the IDEF arms fair last year.</p> <p>This can also happen as movements against conscription evolve as conscription ends e.g. in the state of Spain, the <a href="http://www.antimilitaristas.org/">AA.MOC</a> movement formed during conscription moved towards war tax resistance and campaigns against military spending after conscription ended.</p> <p>Finally, many anti-war movements over the last century have justifiably focused on CO as a tool for stopping war. But what will war look like in the future? <a href="/SowingSeedsOnline">Sowing Seeds</a>, a WRI publication on youth militarisation, included the passage: <em>For a war to be waged, sufficiently many people have to actively wage it and sufficiently many people have to passively accept and condone it</em> (from <a href="/node/22057">the introduction</a>).</p> <p>But with increasingly 'effective' (deadly) technology, with drones and remote control warfare, how long is that likely to continue? Will we gradually need less and less people to wage a war? We may need to refocus our efforts on war profiteering – knocking out that pillar of war, because the 'labour' pillar of war is no longer substantial.</p> <p>The move away from large 'boots on the grounds', conscripted armies to small, professional, volunteer forces includes the mass use of 'civilians' who may not spend all their time working on weapons or warfare, but have responsibility for the outsourced work of the military. In this way, those workers can be fooled into thinking that they are not part of the war machine. Can we use the idea of CO for people who work for war profiteers?</p> <h2>What can we do?</h2> <p><a href="https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/boycott-hit-veolia-dumps-jerusalem-rail-completes-israel-withdrawal"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="35205bf3-c375-4c19-8b26-45c83690c434" title="" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/Veolia.home.png?itok=ld_DQwV3 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/Veolia.home.png?itok=ld_DQwV3" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </a></p> <p>The first thing springs to mind is the possibility of consumer action. We can decide where our money goes, and boycotts and divestment campaigns can have an impact, for example, Veolia pulled out of investing in the Jerusalem light rail recently. Boycotts had made it difficult for Veolia to get contracts elsewhere. With consumer action the concept of CO is useful to! "I conscientiously object to buying products made by war profiteering companies". In a similar way to a more 'traditional' form of CO, it's collective action that calls for a direct, personal step.</p> <p>Secondly, can the kind of 'traditional' idea of COs as individuals who have a political, religious, ethical or other objection to violence and killing that makes them unable to participate in war be appropriate for workers, too? There are millions of people involved in the war economy. Can we reach them, just as campaigns encouraging soldiers to disobey and desert have done in the past?</p> <p>We may perhaps especially need to reach individuals who are not yet aware about the role of their work towards war. Especially, for example, the indirect support:</p> <ul> <ul> <ul> <li>customers who are unaware that their pension funds invest their money into arms,</li> <li>conference centres and catering companies that facilitate arms fairs,</li> <li>workers in cosmetic companies whose raw ingredients come from militarily occupied territories,</li> <li>workers in museums, schools and art galleries that accept sponsorship from arms dealers</li> </ul> </ul> </ul> <p><span>We can expose war profiteers publicly, spread information and raising consciousness about them - including amongst their own workforce! The <a href="http://istopthearmstrade.eu/">istopthearmstrade.eu</a> website is a good example of this. </span>Ben Griffin, founder of <a href="http://veteransforpeace.org.uk/">Veterans for Peace</a> in the UK, has said that “100 years ago militarists used to demand your young – the men into the army, women into munitions factories. Now all they demand your silence”. Exposing war profiteers is part of stopping this collusion and silence.</p> <p>The second step, when they are in plain sight, is challenging them with mass resistance. The biggest arms fair in the world is happening this month in London – it's called DSEI (Defence and Security Equipment International). Resistance is being built, and antimilitarists are working with other movements e.g. <a href="http://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/events/stop-the-arms-fair-environment-day-of-action/">climate change</a>, <a href="http://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/events/freedom-of-movement-for-people-not-weapons/">no borders</a>, <a href="http://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/events/no-faith-in-war-action-at-the-excel-centre/">faith</a>, which relates militarism to other types of structural violence. A week of action against DSEI starts tomorrow.</p> <p>Here's what happened two years ago</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VocbA5OnaZs" frameborder="0" height="350" width="425"></iframe></p> <p>Campaigns against arms dealers can be successful. It's about gradually forcing them out, and making them socially unacceptable and taboo. Because war profiteers often rely on others, you can sometimes find a weak link in the chain.</p> <p>An example would be the <a href="http://www.eventsinfocus.net/iteccologne2014.html">ITEC</a> fair in Cologne in 2014. ITEC is an 'annual forum for representatives from the military, industry and academia to connect and share knowledge with the international training, education and simulation sectors'.</p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_full" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="db20b088-2fdf-4954-9499-c03cd4346f83" title="Workshop at the ITEC arms fair, Cologne" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 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href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelsvg/sets/72157644815819913">demonstrations</a> during the fair at the site, and pressure applied by the local government, the ITEC fair has now not able to return to the site again and hold a fair. <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_full" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="87b279bc-a3d8-46bc-92dc-df2f9d37a228" title="Banner reads 'War Starts Here, Let's Stop It Here'" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/images/ITEC%20protests%201.home.png?itok=KCwQx9Uy 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/images/ITEC%20protests%201.home.png?itok=KCwQx9Uy" alt="" title="Banner reads 'War Starts Here, Let's Stop It Here'" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_full" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="10102780-b1dc-4898-abfe-33f5a533d03e" title="Anti-ITEC protests" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/images/ITEC%20protests%202.home.png?itok=3SRfvLrX 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/images/ITEC%20protests%202.home.png?itok=3SRfvLrX" alt="" title="Anti-ITEC protests" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>Another way of working against war profiteering is highlighting military spending by governments - cutting of the money invested in war profiteering. Every year since 2011, the <a href="http://demilitarize.org/">Global Day of Action on Military Spending</a> has taken place. Military spending was 1.75 trillion in 2014. Their campaign - #movethemoney – is also an opportunity to work with other groups like environment, labour, youth, anti-poverty organizations who recognise that as militarisation is funded, progressive causes are not.</p> <p>Working together internationally is a very important component of working against many war profiteers. The possibilities of international working is one of the reasons WRI exists. War profiteering structures are international. It's in their interests to be, because the more governments sponsoring a project, the more likely it is to go ahead, even if one government cancels its involvement. So we also have to work across borders. When information and campaigning flows, you can find success.</p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d190b63e-d6b8-40dc-ae98-73b1275873ec" title="" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/carousel-stop-1024x512.home.jpg?itok=_gY-VGf6 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/carousel-stop-1024x512.home.jpg?itok=_gY-VGf6" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p>There was a success story early last year that relied on international campaigning. <a href="https://bahrainwatch.org/stoptheshipment/">Stop The Shipment </a>- coordinated by Bahrain Watch internationally - prevented a consignment of tear gas being shipped from South Korea to Bahrain. This campaign proved how war profiteers are vulnerable. One leaked document from someone in the South Korean government enabled the organisation Bahrain Watch to focus explicitly on South Korea, rather than generally on all arms exporting companies.</p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="236af9cd-3a8e-4171-bfcc-5c0327aa0f0a" title="" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/ChileScotland.home.png?itok=BAudNilk 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/ChileScotland.home.png?itok=BAudNilk" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p>But it's not just about individual 'whistleblowers' – it can also be about collective action, for example in the 1970s when a whole <a href="http://www.vice.com/read/nae-pasaran-shares-an-untold-story-of-chilean-solidarity-415">Rolls Royce factory in Scotland</a> refused to work on a aircraft engine that was headed to the repressive Pinochet regime in Chile.</p> <p>Working internationally also allows useful ideas to spread, and be taken up elsewhere. For example, disruption of the DSEI (London) and ADEX (Seoul) arms fairs have inspired each other. <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f4a80637-5eef-4fee-b635-51b6a582829f" title="T-shirts read 'How many people can it kill?' ADEX arms fair, 2013" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/ADEX2013.img_assist_properties.jpg?itok=ojNnR41F 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/ADEX2013.img_assist_properties.jpg?itok=ojNnR41F" alt="" title="T-shirts read 'How many people can it kill?' ADEX arms fair, 2013" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>International working is also important because in coming together as humans from different states, we are directly challenging the kind of nationalism and racism that is oxygen to militarism. Multinational facets of war can only be challenged by a global consciousness.</p> <p>An immediate answer to the question of 'what can we do?' include signing up to WRI's eNewsletter <a href="/publications/war_profiteers">War Profiteers News</a>. Its available in Spanish and English. Would you like to volunteer to translate it into Turkish?</p> <p>And if you have some money to spare, come to our conference on the topic next month in South Korea!</p> <p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> </p><div alt="" data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_full" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b420c5d2-2f99-4b57-90ce-d3e92e1889b3" title="" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/OCT%20intl%20seminar%20on%20war%20profiteering%20Final%202_1_WEB.home.jpg?itok=NhTeY-0K 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/OCT%20intl%20seminar%20on%20war%20profiteering%20Final%202_1_WEB.home.jpg?itok=NhTeY-0K" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --> <h2>Conclusion</h2> <p>CO is part of a spectrum of resistance against militarism, oppression and violence. It works best when in this context, it recognises the ways in which other drivers of militarism work, like the arms trade.</p> <p>CO could be used as a concept to encourage those who work for war profiteers to declare themselves COs.</p> <p>To be successful in challenging the creep of militarism, we need to recognise militarism at work, expose this to the wider public, and then exploit its weaknesses to transform it. Conscription and armies is one aspect of militarism that must be tackled therefore, and the war economy is another.</p> <p>Thank you.</p> <p><em>This is the text of a talk given by Hannah Brock at the International Conscientious Objection Symposium in Istanbul, September 2015, run by <a href="http://vicdaniret.org/">Vicdani Ret</a> (the Turkish CO Association).</em></p> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--field-programmes-projects--rss.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--expert--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * 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field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-theme.html.twig * field--expert--field-theme--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--field-theme.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--field-theme--story.html.twig * field--node--field-theme.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--field-theme.html.twig * field--entity-reference.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/59" hreflang="en">Tax resistance</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/65" hreflang="en">Mercenaries</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/57" hreflang="en">Conscientious objection</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/60" 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field--default.html.twig * field--theme-ds-field-default.html.twig x field--node--comment--story.html.twig * field--node--comment.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--comment.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/custom/wri_main/templates/field/field--node--comment--story.html.twig' --> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24878&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="i-2BHqsHbL0asC3diCDgDrVZq6RvrHRFs5FjQc9jAIA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/custom/wri_main/templates/field/field--node--comment--story.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-1col.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> Sun, 06 Sep 2015 20:13:24 +0000 HBrock 24878 at https://updates.wri-irg.org https://updates.wri-irg.org/en/war-profiteering-and-co#comments Report on the International Conference on War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns held February, 2013 in Bogotá, Colombia https://updates.wri-irg.org/en/story/2013/report-international-conference-war-tax-resistance-and-peace-tax-campaigns-held-february <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_entity_view' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_1col' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * ds-1col--node--21972.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story.html.twig * ds-1col--node-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-1col.html.twig' --> <div data-history-node-id="21972" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * 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--><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><p><img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/6%20Feb%2013%20Javier%20on%20skype%20peacetaxresistance%20conference%20Colombia.thumbnail.jpg?itok=Qhl0S-eC 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/6%20Feb%2013%20Javier%20on%20skype%20peacetaxresistance%20conference%20Colombia.thumbnail.jpg?itok=Qhl0S-eC" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></p> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --></div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --><p> Many WRI friends and affiliates were involved in this conference, and here we reprint a report produced by American Quakers on the conference.</p> <p>----------------</p> <p>This report was drafted by members of New York Yearly Meeting - Quakers (NYYM) who attended the 14th International Conference on War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns which was held in Bogotá, Colombia in early 2013. Four members of NYYM were conference participants. NYYM was a conference sponsor and provided financial support with funds allocated through its Committee on Conscientious Objection to Paying for War.</p> <p>Participants from several regions of Colombia and six other countries attended the conference. This biennial international conference was held in South America for the first time.</p> <p>The conference was organized and coordinated by <em>Acción Colectiva de Objetores y Objetoras de Conciencia</em> (ACOOC), a Colombian group of human rights defenders who advocate for those who are conscientious objectors to obligatory military service.</p> <h3>Why do we pay for war?</h3> <p>Individuals are forced to pay for war and violent conflict in various ways: they pay with compelled military service; they pay with their lives; they pay when they are injured in body and in spirit; they pay when relatives and loved ones are killed or injured; they pay when their property is seized or destroyed; they pay when human rights are violated; and they pay when coerced to provide financial support for warmaking through taxation. Conference participants acknowledged how they each pay for war and expressed their objections in personal statements of conscience.</p> <p>In 2009, the Constitutional Court of Colombia established the legal right of conscientious objection to obligatory military service. The National Congress was ordered to acknowledge this ruling and to create the laws necessary to protect this human right, while the Defense Ministry was ordered to proceed with an information campaign with its ruling T-018/12. These agencies have not yet complied with the Court order. Lower court judges still fail to protect the legal rights of conscientious objectors; no form of alternative service has yet been established in Colombia; and documentary proof of military service is still improperly required for access to educational and occupational opportunities.</p> <p>ACOOC continues to document this illegal practice of forced conscription by the Colombian military. Army patrols still pick up and detain young men who are not carrying military identification papers. Detainees may be transported in unmarked trucks to recruitment centers and forced into military service, in violation of their legal rights. This type of raid, called a batida, has been characterized as an arbitrary detention by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions and in a Colombian Constitutional Court judgment. </p> <p>ACOOC is actively engaged in the process of ensuring that the ruling of the Constitutional Court is codified in enforceable national statutes and regulations and then put into regular practice. </p> <p>In order to draw attention to the use of illegal military conscription practices and the situation of conscientious objectors in Colombia, conference participants accompanied ACOOC members and met with officials at various government agencies and at the Office of the UN Human Rights Commissioner.</p> <p>One group of conference participants interviewed Clara López, Director of and presidential candidate for the Alternative Democratic Pole Party, as well as the assistant to House Representative Alfonso Gil Padra. During the dialogue, both expressed their interest in supporting the draft Law, which would bring into effect the ruling of the Constitutional Court, as it was approved and proposed to us the possibility of speaking when the legislation is considered or they will give us the names of contacts to lobby within the First Committee of the House of Representatives to advocate for the bill . The assistant to the Representative said the Representative could speak in favor of the Bill to put it in a favorable light, however it is the President of the Commission who makes the decision as to who will be among the group of speakers.</p> <p>Another group visited the National Human Rights Ombudsman (Defensoría del Pueblo) as well as the Military Department of Human Rights (<em>Jefatura de Derecho Internacional Humanitario y Derechos Humanos</em>). The officials in each office expressed their intention to comply with any new laws concerning conscientious objection enacted by the legislature. </p> <p>These government officials emphasized that the batida raids are illegal. Nevertheless, ACOOC has documented 45 such incidents in recent months. The Army Colonel in charge of monitoring special cases of human rights violations within the Colombian military provided his telephone number to ACOOC members during the meeting held in his office. He offered to accept a call from any of them reporting a batida in progress.</p> <p>The third group visited The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights - Colombia (UNOHCHR-Colombia). Two staff members from this office met with the group. ACOOC presented a written report of 45 documented batidas, and discussed several representative cases. The group asked the Commissioner's Office to communicate directly with the Defense Ministry, to denounce the situation and demand that these illegal actions cease immediately. The group also requested that UNOHCHR-Colombia provide technical advice to members of congress working in the Constitutional Commission and draw attention to improvements in the international understanding of conscientious objection as a human right.</p> <p>Staff members encouraged ACOOC to provide monthly detailed reports of batidas in coordination with other regional organizations in Colombia concerned with this issue. This group also visited with the Director of Human Rights and the Government District Secretary for Justice Support, Mr. Camilo Castellanos, to request that this institution order the national police not to permit batidas. Mr. Castellanos also encouraged ACOOC to work in coordination with other regional organizations in order to report violations to his office, and encouraged ACOOC to create programs which his office can broadcast on radio and television.</p> <p>ACOOC members also spoke with government officials about the illegal practice of forcing young men directly into military service when they have not completed the required registration process. The Constitutional Court of Colombia clarified that unregistered individuals cannot be immediately forced into military service if they are located and identified by military personnel.</p> <p>These so-called draft evaders, or remisos, have legal rights. A remiso can be fined and compelled to complete the first step of the registration process, but cannot be arbitrarily detained for any length of time. These persons still have the right to qualify for an exemption to military service, and this includes the possibility of declaring a conscientious objection. </p> <p>ACOOC arranged for a series of excellent speakers and forums. The topics included: examples of war tax resistance worldwide and over time; support for the peace talks in Habana despite the flaws; the question of whether Colombian society will be demilitarized; the amount of money spent by Colombia and other countries on armaments; and the question of whether human beings are naturally inclined toward violence.</p> <p>A keynote presenter, Ricardo Esquivia, spoke about the capacity of conscience to awaken and transform us, and enable us to create a way forward based on social justice. He explained how conscience can influence memory. He reminded us of the faith required to visualize the tree inherent in the seed. He suggested that conscience can become sleepy and talked about the discipline needed to ensure that what we actually do is consistent with our personal morals and beliefs. He stressed the importance of maintaining integrity in small things as well as large, and that this sometimes requires civil disobedience. 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13:43:07 +0000 HBrock 21972 at https://updates.wri-irg.org https://updates.wri-irg.org/en/story/2013/report-international-conference-war-tax-resistance-and-peace-tax-campaigns-held-february#comments conscience: TAXES FOR PEACE NOT WAR https://updates.wri-irg.org/en/story/2013/conscience-taxes-peace-not-war <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_entity_view' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_1col' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * ds-1col--node--21797.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story.html.twig * ds-1col--node-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-1col.html.twig' --> <div data-history-node-id="21797" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * 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field--default--body--story.html.twig * field--default--story.html.twig * field--default--body.html.twig * field--default.html.twig * field--theme-ds-field-default.html.twig * field--node--body--story.html.twig * field--node--body.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--body.html.twig * field--text-with-summary.html.twig x field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><a href="http://www.conscienceonline.org.uk/"></a></p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --><div data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_1_3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="09fd70ca-3e92-4c2d-9e56-4a9bd6c8189a" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><p><img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/max_325x325/public/ConscienceLogo.home.png?itok=SjX_Nqvy 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/medium/public/ConscienceLogo.home.png?itok=Nz_8odeN" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></p> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --></div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --><p> <br /> </p><h3>conscience TAXES FOR PEACE NOT WAR, works for a world where taxes are used to nurture peace, not pay for war.</h3> <p>Here at conscience we often hear the excuse that if conscientious objectors won the right to divert taxes away from military expenditure, a range of other groups and individuals would demand a similar right to divert their taxes away from paying for state education, new roads or health services. Creating a Peace Tax fund is different – the military intentionally kill and harm people as part of their role, no other area of government spending does so. The desire not to contribute to state education or the National Health Service is a political objection: our objection is one driven by conscience and one with a legislative precedent.</p> <p>When conscientious objection was recognised in Britain by Parliament in 1916, a form of ‘alternative service’ was available to COs. There is no alternative service for present day conscientious objectors, who are required to pay for the military regardless of matters of conscience. conscience campaigns for a new form of alternative service: one that allows COs to pay the military part of their taxes to a non-military security fund (Peace Tax fund), thus providing a means by which COs can contribute to security in good conscience.</p> <p>conscience is about to launch a new campaign ‘Meet the Real Peacebuilders’ to highlight the valuable non-violent peacebuilding work that is currently being carried out across the world. We want to show decision-makers that there are effective, alternative solutions to military security that you can pay tax for with a clear conscience. conscience will use these real life examples of peacekeeping work to campaign for the development of the government’s inter-departmental Conflict Pool. The Conflict Pool funds conflict prevention, stabilisation and peacekeeping activities to reduce the number of people around the world whose lives are affected by violent conflict. </p> <p>14th International Conference on Peace Tax Campaigns and War Tax Resisters<br /> In February 2013 conscience attended the International Conference organised by Acción colectiva de objetores y objetoras de conciencia (ACOOC); a Colombian organisation that campaigns for the right of COs and promotes non-violence in Colombia.</p> <p>During the conference we learnt much about the problems of conscientious objection in Colombia and its lack of recognition there. ACOOC has worked hard to stop COs from going into the army, but though they have managed to stop COs from carrying out military service, they are still not recognised as COs.</p> <p>In the UK COs have moved from conscientious objection to military service to conscientious objection to military taxes. It should always be remembered that they are the same fight. The only difference is here in the UK we do not see first-hand the violence and other crimes we commit through our taxes. We don’t meet the families our money divides and devastates or the people we wound or the people we kill.</p> <p>For more information on conscience and the work we do please visit: <a href="http://www.conscienceonline.org.uk/">http://www.conscienceonline.org.uk/</a></p> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--field-countries--rss.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-countries--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-countries.html.twig * field--expert--field-countries--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--field-countries.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--field-countries--story.html.twig * field--node--field-countries.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--field-countries.html.twig * 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11:14:49 +0000 HBrock 21797 at https://updates.wri-irg.org https://updates.wri-irg.org/en/story/2013/conscience-taxes-peace-not-war#comments War taxes paid under protest https://updates.wri-irg.org/en/story/2013/war-taxes-paid-under-protest <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_entity_view' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_1col' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * ds-1col--node--21053.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story.html.twig * ds-1col--node-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-1col.html.twig' --> <div data-history-node-id="21053" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--node-post-date---custom.html.twig * 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--><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><p><img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/IMAG1530.home.jpg?itok=duyzRYkq 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/IMAG1530.home.jpg?itok=duyzRYkq" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></p> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --></div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --><p> <strong>PRESS RELEASE</strong></p> <p>On Thursday 17th January, War Resisters' International, a global network of pacifist organisations based in London, will pay taxes that have been withheld for five years, under protest to HM Revenue and Customs.</p> <p>Since 2007, War Resisters' International has been withholding a proportion of PAYE as a form of protest against Britain's military policies - the high level of military spending, the cooperation with criminal programmes such as the "rendition" of suspects, spurious rationales for military intervention, and the development and manufacture weapons of mass destruction and drones for long-distance assassination.</p> <p>"At a time of crisis", said WRI chairperson Howard Clark, "most people detest tax evasion and want to defend public spending to meet social needs. We too. We have not evaded taxes, but openly withhold them as a public protest against government lies and disregard for international norms in its participation in military intervention."</p> <p>As pacifists, WRI believe that war is a crime against humanity, and are determined not to support any kind of war. Every year, around 10% of the UK's tax goes to fund war and preparations for war. "As an organisation employing pacifists and working for the right to conscientious objection to militarism, the WRI Executive Committee has tried to grant our employees the option to object to war taxes," explained Howard Clark.</p> <p>WRI have been threatened with legal action various times, and on Saturday 19th January, bailiffs contracted by HMRC will enter WRI's offices and confiscate computers, printers and other equipment that will make it impossible to continue working. Therefore on Thursday 17th January, <a href="/node/21047">WRI will pay this debt under protest</a>, in person and in cash, at the Headquarters of HM Revenue and Customs in Parliament Street.</p> <p><strong>Notes for Editors</strong></p> <ul> <li>War Resisters' International works for a world without war. We are a global pacifist and antimilitarist network, with over eighty member organisations in over forty countries. Since 1921 we have been supporting and connecting people around the world who refuse to take part in war, and who use nonviolent action to tackle war's causes. We remain committed to our founding principle that all war is a crime against humanity.</li> <li>In 2011, the UK's military spending was £39 billion. This has risen almost 20% since 2002 1. This puts the UK fourth in a country list of military expenditure – above Saudi Arabia, France, Germany and Brazil.</li> <li>Check photos of the action at <a href="http://wri-irg.org/node/21061">http://wri-irg.org/node/21061</a> <p>1 Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Yearbook 2011 - The 15 countries with the highest military expenditure in 2011</p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --><div data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="72c51d57-fd22-4b39-8956-e2bae9564fa3" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- 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<!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--field-programmes-projects--rss.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--expert--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--node--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--entity-reference.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/wri-statement" hreflang="en">WRI Statement</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/office" hreflang="en">From the office</a></span> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--field-theme--rss.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-theme--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-theme.html.twig * field--expert--field-theme--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--field-theme.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--field-theme--story.html.twig * field--node--field-theme.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--field-theme.html.twig * field--entity-reference.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/59" hreflang="en">Tax resistance</a></span> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'links__node' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * links--node.html.twig x links.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/links.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/links.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--comment--rss.html.twig * field--default--node--comment--story.html.twig * field--default--node--story.html.twig * field--default--node--comment.html.twig * field--default--comment--story.html.twig * field--default--story.html.twig * field--default--comment.html.twig * field--default.html.twig * field--theme-ds-field-default.html.twig x field--node--comment--story.html.twig * field--node--comment.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--comment.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/custom/wri_main/templates/field/field--node--comment--story.html.twig' --> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=21053&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="7pyoOxZLly4luIgFSEV0LBnOI-AG2__NozBpiSaBx9s"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/custom/wri_main/templates/field/field--node--comment--story.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-1col.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 16:32:30 +0000 HBrock 21053 at https://updates.wri-irg.org https://updates.wri-irg.org/en/story/2013/war-taxes-paid-under-protest#comments Campaign of the Month: National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC) https://updates.wri-irg.org/en/story/2011/campaign-month-national-war-tax-resistance-coordinating-committee-nwtrcc <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_entity_view' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_1col' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * ds-1col--node--13150.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story.html.twig * ds-1col--node-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-1col.html.twig' --> <div data-history-node-id="13150" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--node-post-date---custom.html.twig * field--expert--node--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--node-post-date.html.twig * field--expert--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--node-post-date.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--node--node-post-date.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--node-post-date.html.twig * field--ds.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <time > 09 Jun 2011</time> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--body--rss.html.twig * field--default--node--body--story.html.twig * field--default--node--story.html.twig * field--default--node--body.html.twig * field--default--body--story.html.twig * field--default--story.html.twig * field--default--body.html.twig * field--default.html.twig * field--theme-ds-field-default.html.twig * field--node--body--story.html.twig * field--node--body.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--body.html.twig * field--text-with-summary.html.twig x field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>“What would you do if someone came to your door with a cup in hand asking for a contribution to help buy guns to kill a group of people they didn't like?”</em><br /> — Wally Nelson</p> <!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'entity_embed_container' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --><div data-embed-button="image_embed" data-entity-embed-display="image:responsive_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="body_inline_half" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b33a364c-690b-4faf-b1ea-0845cef8542e" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image_formatter' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'responsive_image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- THEME DEBUG --><!-- THEME HOOK: 'image' --><!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><p><img srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/3-resisters-at-IRS_small.thumbnail.jpg?itok=RlEdguI0 1x" src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/large/public/images/3-resisters-at-IRS_small.thumbnail.jpg?itok=RlEdguI0" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></p> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image.html.twig' --><!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/modules/responsive_image/templates/responsive-image-formatter.html.twig' --></div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/entity_embed/templates/entity-embed-container.html.twig' --><p> Wally Nelson was a resister during World War II, one of many U.S. pacifists who not only refused to kill but didn’t want to pay for it either. In 1942, Ernest Bromley refused to buy a “defense tax stamp” for his car because the money went to the war, and the U.S. government took him to court. He spent 60 days in jail for refusing $7.09 for stamps and a $25 fine imposed by the court.</p> <p>Wally and Ernest were influences for pacifists around the country, initiating what has become the modern war tax resistance movement in the U.S. They were active with Peacemakers and <a href="http://www.warresisters.org">War Resisters League</a>, and like other members and staff coming out of WWII, their emphasis was on direct action, such as refusal to pay for war.</p> <p>In the mid-1950s, <a href="/node/5736">Ralph DiGia</a> was the first WRL staff member to become a war tax resister. The organization not only stood behind Ralph but developed a policy of ignoring Internal Revenue Service (IRS) levies against Ralph, and many other staff members over the years to come. In 1974, frustrated by a lack of cooperation, the IRS seized money from the WRL bank account for unpaid taxes of resisting staff members. In 1978, the IRS took WRL to court to demand cooperation with collection efforts. The organization argued that it should not have to make staff members pay for war, but WRL lost the case. Though the bank account was seized again in 1981, WRL continues to support those staff members who resist.</p> <p>This refusal helped to keep war tax resistance (WTR) as part of the WRL program for decades. Because of the rapid growth of resistance during the Vietnam War, the WRL was unable to handle the volume of requests for information, which led to the 1969 founding of the organization, War Tax Resistance. WRL members were actively involved, helping to develop and promote campaigns such as “Hang Up On War,” calling for a refusal of the 10% federal excise tax on telephone service. Eventually, as many as a half million people refused that tax to protest the Vietnam War, leading the IRS to try to crack down through seizure of bicycles, cars, and even homes for tiny amounts of refused tax. After the end of the war, War Tax Resistance folded but thousands continued to resist.</p> <p>In the late 1970s WRL produced its first analysis of the federal budget that evolved, by the mid-1980s, into the annual tax pie chart flyer “Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes.” Many resisters use it to determine how much of their taxes they will refuse to pay the IRS. Each year across the U.S. thousands of the flyers are handed out on street corners, and the <a href="http://www.warresisters.org/node/1132">pie chart web page</a> is the most visited on WRL’s website after the homepage.</p> <p>In the early 1980s the antinuclear weapons movement, growing opposition to Euromissiles, and Ronald Reagan’s military escalation once again encouraged an increase in refusal to pay taxes for war. WRL published the first edition of the book War Tax Resistance in 1981, which, now in its 5th edition, continues to be the best and most thorough resource on WTR.</p> <p>In 1982 WRL co-founded the <a href="http://www.nwtrcc.org/">National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC)</a> to disseminate and promote war tax resistance information. Late in that decade in conjunction with NWTRCC, WRL developed the Alternative Revenue Service campaign as an outreach tool to introduce more people to the idea of refusing to pay for the war and to redirect that money to social needs.</p> <p>Campaigns against specific wars have come and gone, but in the U.S. taxes are due every April 15, and WRL, along with NWTRCC, promotes actions before and on “Tax Day” that draw attention to the obscene expenditures on the military and the current wars. Actions range from handing out flyers to street theatre to rallies to civil disobedience. Because many U.S. corporations (e.g., Lockheed, Boeing, Halliburton, General Dynamics) profit from U.S. taxpayer-funded war, there is often a focus on war profiteers as part of these actions.</p> <p>WRL is still seen as the primary organization that supports war tax resisters and maintains resources on the topic in the U.S. Along the book War Tax Resistance, WRL’s website has many pages on war tax resistance, and WRL helped fund NWTRCC’s 2010 film Death and Taxes.</p> <p>Despite the visceral anger against these wars and the budget-distorting military spending, the biggest impediment to resistance, even among peace activists, is fear -- real and perceived -- of the IRS and the economic consequences that makes it difficult for many to continue year after year. WRL members -- and others who reject all wars -- have helped to keep this form of resistance alive and to provide support for those who resist.</p> <p>Among the strengths of war tax resistance are that it is one of the few forms of direct action that not only denies funding to the military but sends a message to the government that cannot be ignored and, once those tax dollars are rerouted, provides direct aid to programs hurt by the government’s perverted priorities.<br /> Many WRL members feel that if we really expect to achieve our vision of a warless world, then we must be willing to take chances. It also doesn’t hurt to know that one’s taxes are not being used to kill others around the world.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nwtrcc.org/">http://www.nwtrcc.org/</a><br /> <a href="http://warresisters.org">http://warresisters.org</a></p> <p><em>By Ruth Benn and Ed Hedemann. Ruth Benn was on the WRL staff from 1987-2000 and is the coordinator of NWTRCC. Ed Hedemann was on the WRL staff from 1973-1986 and is active with the NYC WRL chapter. Both are longtime war tax resisters.</em></p> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--field-programmes-projects--rss.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--expert--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--node--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--entity-reference.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <div class="field--label tags--label 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OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/59" hreflang="en">Tax resistance</a></span> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--field-companies--rss.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-companies--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-companies.html.twig * field--expert--field-companies--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--field-companies.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--field-companies--story.html.twig * field--node--field-companies.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--field-companies.html.twig * field--entity-reference.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Companies</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/301" hreflang="en">Lockheed Martin</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/286" hreflang="en">Halliburton</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/314" hreflang="en">General Dynamics</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/419" hreflang="en">Boeing</a></span> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'links__node' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * links--node.html.twig x links.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/links.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/links.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--comment--rss.html.twig * field--default--node--comment--story.html.twig * field--default--node--story.html.twig * field--default--node--comment.html.twig * field--default--comment--story.html.twig * field--default--story.html.twig * field--default--comment.html.twig * field--default.html.twig * field--theme-ds-field-default.html.twig x field--node--comment--story.html.twig * field--node--comment.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--comment.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/custom/wri_main/templates/field/field--node--comment--story.html.twig' --> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=13150&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="dt6RpAwKCmkDVPenWGj4eNWWRxU_KlnXiFXacsMysmU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/custom/wri_main/templates/field/field--node--comment--story.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-1col.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> Thu, 09 Jun 2011 13:18:50 +0000 javier 13150 at https://updates.wri-irg.org War tax re­sist­an­ce: Inland Re­ve­nue threa­tens WRI https://updates.wri-irg.org/en/story/2010/war-tax-re-sist-ce-inland-re-ve-nue-threa-tens-wri <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_entity_view' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_1col' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * ds-1col--node--11044.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story.html.twig * ds-1col--node-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-1col.html.twig' --> <div data-history-node-id="11044" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--node-post-date---custom.html.twig * field--expert--node--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--node-post-date.html.twig * field--expert--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--node-post-date.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--node--node-post-date.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--node-post-date.html.twig * field--ds.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <time > 20 Sep 2010</time> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--body--rss.html.twig * field--default--node--body--story.html.twig * field--default--node--story.html.twig * field--default--node--body.html.twig * field--default--body--story.html.twig * field--default--story.html.twig * field--default--body.html.twig * field--default.html.twig * field--theme-ds-field-default.html.twig * field--node--body--story.html.twig * field--node--body.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--body.html.twig * field--text-with-summary.html.twig x field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The Inland Revenue is threa­tening War Resisters' In­ternational with the seizure of assets because the pacifist organisation is withholding a proportion of income tax due to its conscientious objection to paying for war.</p> <p>War Resisters' Internatio­nal has been withholding tax – usually about 7% of income tax, roughly the proportion of the military budget – since the tax year 2002/03. In its regu­lar letters to the Inland Revenue, the organisation states:</p> <p>"<em>We ... dispute that the debt ... consti­tutes a legal debt, as it is a re­sult of a law which violates ba­sic hu­man rights, as imple­mented by the Human Rights Act.</em>" In addi­tion, the organisa­tion refers to the tradition of civil disobe­dience, as prac­ti­sed by Henry David Thoreau, Mohandas K Ganghi, or Mar­tin Luther King.</p> <p>The present dispute is about outstanding taxes for the tax years 2007/08, 2008/09, and 2009/10. In its threatening letter to War Re­sisters' International, the In­land Revenue does not at all mention human rights as­pects, and does not engage with the issues raised by War Resisters' International. The letter simply reads:</p> <p>"<em>Our records show ... that you have failed to pay this tax on time. You must therefore pay the full amount due im­me­diately ... If you fail to do so we will assume you are unwil­ling to comply and will take distraint action which involves seizing your assets for sale at public auction.</em>"</p> <p>In its reply from 10 Sep­tem­ber, WRI writes: "<em>Again we want to stress that we would very much appreciate discussing this matter with one of your representatives, preferably outside court – and maybe in a public discussion? However, if this matter cannot be resolved outside a court, then we will be prepared to pre­sent our arguments in court.</em>"</p> <p>WRI stresses the human rights of its employees to conscien­tious objection to paying for war. We demand from the In­land Revenue to engage with our legal and moral arguments.</p> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--field-theme--rss.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-theme--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-theme.html.twig * field--expert--field-theme--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--field-theme.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--field-theme--story.html.twig * field--node--field-theme.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--field-theme.html.twig * field--entity-reference.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/59" hreflang="en">Tax resistance</a></span> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'links__node' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * links--node.html.twig x links.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/links.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/links.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--comment--rss.html.twig * field--default--node--comment--story.html.twig * field--default--node--story.html.twig * field--default--node--comment.html.twig * field--default--comment--story.html.twig * field--default--story.html.twig * field--default--comment.html.twig * field--default.html.twig * field--theme-ds-field-default.html.twig x field--node--comment--story.html.twig * field--node--comment.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--comment.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/custom/wri_main/templates/field/field--node--comment--story.html.twig' --> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=11044&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="4o-ilGu4Zbcr_-ytAv5XJzKDsyu0F3VjEVIEGYp-k8w"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/custom/wri_main/templates/field/field--node--comment--story.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-1col.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> Mon, 20 Sep 2010 14:43:03 +0000 javier 11044 at https://updates.wri-irg.org https://updates.wri-irg.org/en/story/2010/war-tax-re-sist-ce-inland-re-ve-nue-threa-tens-wri#comments Inland Revenue threatens War Resisters' International with seizure of assets due to war tax resistance https://updates.wri-irg.org/en/story/2010/inland-revenue-threatens-war-resisters-international-seizure-assets-due-war-tax <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_entity_view' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'ds_1col' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * ds-1col--node--10915.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node-story.html.twig * ds-1col--node-rss.html.twig * ds-1col--node.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig x ds-1col.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-1col.html.twig' --> <div data-history-node-id="10915" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--node-post-date---custom.html.twig * field--expert--node--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--node-post-date.html.twig * field--expert--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--node-post-date.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--node-post-date--story.html.twig * field--node--node-post-date.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--node-post-date.html.twig * field--ds.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <time > 10 Sep 2010</time> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--body--rss.html.twig * field--default--node--body--story.html.twig * field--default--node--story.html.twig * field--default--node--body.html.twig * field--default--body--story.html.twig * field--default--story.html.twig * field--default--body.html.twig * field--default.html.twig * field--theme-ds-field-default.html.twig * field--node--body--story.html.twig * field--node--body.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--body.html.twig * field--text-with-summary.html.twig x field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>The Inland Revenue is threatening War Resisters' International, an international network of pacifist and antimilitarist organisations with more than 80 affiliates in more than 40 countries, with the seizure of assets because the pacifist organisation is withholding a proportion of income tax due to its conscientious objection to paying for war.</em></p> <p>War Resisters' International has been withholding tax - usually about 7% of income tax, roughly the proportion of the military budget - since the tax year 2002/03 [1]. In its regular letters to the Inland Revenue, the organisation states:</p> <p>"<em>The interpretation of human rights is constantly changing, and nowadays there are no doubts any more that conscientious objection to military service is a human right, derived from Art. 9 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. We are convinced that the same is the case for conscientious objection to military taxation. We therefore dispute that the debt ... constitutes a legal debt, as it is a result of a law which violates basic human rights, as implemented by the Human Rights Act.</em>" In addition, the organisation refers to the tradition of civil disobedience, as practised by Henry David Thoreau, Mohandas K Ganghi, or Martin Luther King.</p> <p>The present dispute is about outstanding taxes for the tax years 2007/08, 2008/09, and 2009/10. In its threatening letter to War Resisters' International, the Inland Revenue does not at all mention human rights aspects, and does not engage with the issues raised by War Resisters' International. The letter simply reads:</p> <p>"<em>Our records show ... that you have failed to pay this tax on time. You must therefore pay the full amount due immediately ... If you fail to do so we will assume you are unwilling to comply and will take distraint action which involves seizing your assets for sale at public auction.</em>"</p> <p>WRI again replied, demanding to discuss the matter. In its letter from today, the organisation writes: "<em>Again we want to stress that we would very much appreciate discussing this matter with one of your representatives, preferably outside court – and maybe in a public discussion? However, if this matter cannot be resolved outside a court, then we will be prepared to present our arguments in court.</em>"</p> <p>War Resisters' International stresses the human rights of its employees to conscientious objection to paying for war. We demand from the Inland Revenue to engage with our legal and moral arguments put forward.</p> <p>Andreas Speck<br /> War Resisters' International</p> <p>For further information, call +44-20-7278 4040</p> <h3>Notes for journalists</h3> <p>[1] An early exchange of letters with the Inland Revenue can be found at <a href="http://wri-irg.org/news/2002/officewtr.htm">http://wri-irg.org/news/2002/officewtr.htm</a> .</p> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/field/field.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--field-programmes-projects--rss.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--expert--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--field-programmes-projects--story.html.twig * field--node--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--field-programmes-projects.html.twig * field--entity-reference.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/office" hreflang="en">From the office</a></span> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--field-theme--rss.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-theme--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--story.html.twig * field--expert--node--field-theme.html.twig * field--expert--field-theme--story.html.twig * field--expert--story.html.twig * field--expert--field-theme.html.twig * field--expert.html.twig * field--ds-field-expert.html.twig * field--node--field-theme--story.html.twig * field--node--field-theme.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--field-theme.html.twig * field--entity-reference.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/59" hreflang="en">Tax resistance</a></span> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-field-expert.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'links__node' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * links--node.html.twig x links.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/links.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/contrib/bootstrap/templates/system/links.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--comment--rss.html.twig * field--default--node--comment--story.html.twig * field--default--node--story.html.twig * field--default--node--comment.html.twig * field--default--comment--story.html.twig * field--default--story.html.twig * field--default--comment.html.twig * field--default.html.twig * field--theme-ds-field-default.html.twig x field--node--comment--story.html.twig * field--node--comment.html.twig * field--node--story.html.twig * field--comment.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'themes/custom/wri_main/templates/field/field--node--comment--story.html.twig' --> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=10915&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="kEOMOxlaC1mhsmervCiK0TC_SC-zHRoHRvsd5Evpgrs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'themes/custom/wri_main/templates/field/field--node--comment--story.html.twig' --> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-1col.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'modules/contrib/ds/templates/ds-entity-view.html.twig' --> Fri, 10 Sep 2010 10:02:55 +0000 warresisters 10915 at https://updates.wri-irg.org https://updates.wri-irg.org/en/story/2010/inland-revenue-threatens-war-resisters-international-seizure-assets-due-war-tax#comments