Friday, April 23, 2010

"That's Billion with a B": US Campaign protests at the IRS building on Tax Day

Check out video of the US Campaign and allies protesting at the IRS Building in Washington, DC on Tax Day, and see below for more reports on Tax Day protests and actions across the United States

Last week, on Tax Day, the US Campaign and its member organizations held Tax Day actions to educate people about Israel's misuse of U.S. weapons to commit human rights abuses against Palestinian civilians, and to organize people to demand that our elected officials end tax-payer subsidies for Israeli occupation and apartheid. More than one dozen public actions took place across the country, from Baltimore to Milwaukee, New York to Oakland, and McAllen, Texas to Sebastopol, California to name a few.

In Washington, DC the US Campaign organized a lunch-time protest at IRS headquarters. During the event, which was cosponsored by Washington, DC Area War Tax Resistance and Code Pink, protestors handed out info to tourists and government employees alike.

In New York City, US Campaign member groups Women In Black-Union Square and Code Pink NYC organized protests outside of Manhattan post offices. Check out the review of these actions in an article in The National.

In New Haven, Connecticut, US Campaign member group Middle East Crisis Committee put up a billboard calling on Israel to lift the siege of Gaza. Learn more about this billboard campaign by clicking here.

And last weekend, US Campaign member group American Friends Service Committee-Chicago held a ground-breaking mock Congressional hearing at the University of Chicago, entitled "Does U.S. Policy on Israel and Palestine Uphold Our Values?" The amazing 4-hour hearing included a panel on U.S. military aid to Israel, introduced by US Campaign National Advocacy Director Josh Ruebner, with testimony from Amer Shurrab and Cindy Corrie. To watch videos from the hearing, please click here.

If you organized a Tax Day action, please let us know about it by clicking here.

In preparation for Tax Day, the US Campaign distributed about 200 organizing packets across the country to volunteer organizers to educate people about Israel's misuse of U.S. weapons and organize them to demand an end to military aid to Israel on Tax Day and beyond. You can order your organizing packet as we continue our campaign to challenge military aid to Israel by clicking here.

Did you remember to file your taxes on time last week? If so, the US Campaign estimates that you-the average individual tax-payer-gave $19.19 of your money to Israel for the purchase of U.S. weapons to be misused to commit human rights abuses against Palestinians.

There's still time for you to "offset" the taxes that you give to Israeli occupation and apartheid by making a tax-deductible contribution to the US Campaign in increments of $19.19. The more you donate to us, the less taxes you'll owe Uncle Sam on future tax returns, so please make your generous contribution today to support our ongoing efforts to challenge military aid to Israel. For every "offset" contribution of $19.19 you make, we'll send you one of these stickers to the right. Get yours today by clicking here.