May 23, 2018 –
Resistance Film Series at Forbes Library Wed. May 23d 6:30 pm 20 West Street Northampton
"Death and Taxes: A Film about War Tax Resisters and their Motivations"
Twenty-eight people tell their stories, offer their motivations--and methods--of resisting the war machine with their tax money. This unnarrated film introduces viewers to war tax refusal and redirecting tax dollar to peace.
Most say it is a matter of conscience barring them from financially supporting war or other actions they find morally unacceptable. They explain that tax resistance can range from including a protest letter with full payment to withholding payment completely. Some of the resisters say they have taken on lifestyles that keep them below the legal threshold for taxable income. Others explain their drawn-out dealings with the IRS. A placard at one point explains that of the tens of thousands of tax resisters since World War II, few than 30 have been jailed. The combination of the speakers' good humor and their apparent sincerity makes this film recommended for anyone interested in learning about using tax resistance as a method of protesting wars and war funding.
Music is by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Antibalas, Rude Mechanical Orchestra, and the First Strike Theatre's version of "Don't Pay Taxes" and also by our own Western MA singer Charlie King.
Post-film discussion includes local war tax resisters including Northampton's Frances Crowe.
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