Tax Day 2012 is also the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS), April 17, 2012. AFSC will be joining partners in 35 countries around the world and cities all over the US to call for cuts to the military buget and for funding for vital human needs and job creation.
Here is a look at what AFSC offices across the US will be doing:
"If I Had A Trillion Dollars" Film Festival in DC:
Planned in conjunction with Tax Day, four AFSC programs, are sending over 50 young people and 28 adults to Washington DC. They will go through a day of training on April 15 on the federal budget, media and messaging, and lobbying, preparing them for meetings with members of Congress. 37 congressional meetings have been requested for the youth over the following days. The film makers will be honored on April 14 at the 2nd Annual "If I Had A Trillion Dollars" Youth Film Festival, at Busboys and Poets.
There will be a Tax Day action in Indianapolis, April 17 from 4-6pm. The action is also being sponsored by Central Indiana Jobs With Justice and Veterans for Peace. They will be holding a federal budget banner showing the proposed discrentionary spending for 2013 (see One Minute for Peace for more details) and passing out an invoice for each Marion County taxpayers portion of the wars, along with other economic cost of war resources.
Tax Day Demonstration and Parade on April 17 in Kansas City will focus on three tax dodging corporations: Computer Sciences Corporation (one of the 2010 top 20 Pentagon contractors), Bank of America, and Great Plains Energy. The marchers will call for Corporations and the 1% to pay their fair share, cuts to the pentagon budget, no cuts to social programs, and investment in job creation. The event will include street theater and a parade to the corporate offices of the targeted companies, delivery of overdue tax bills, leafleting, and vigiling. This event is cosponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, Occupy KC, Pay Up KCP&L, Peace Planters, and PeaceWorks KC.
AFSC Pittsburgh and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom will hold their 6th annual Tax Day Rally and Penny Poll. The Raging Grannies will perform. Learn more.
AFSC's office will host the “If I Had A Trillion Dollars" Youth Film Festival as a benefit event on April 18.
In addition to the film festival events above, AFSC staff will be participating in a range of activities with colleagues in the faith community. Several weeks ago they released a “Faithful Budget” alternative proposal to which AFSC contributed significantly and they will be involved in follow-up activities that include grassroots organizing and national advocacy.
On April 17 AFSC is coordinating distribution of an educational flyer at 10-15 BART stops on the morning commute by 10-15 different Bay Area peace & social justice groups.
Starting on April 3, our North Carolina staff have been using their blog to feature a daily fact and action about US taxes. On April 17, At two post offices in Durham AFSC supports will be holding a big banner and leafleting. Others will be leafleting at UNC Chapel Hill and at Guilford College. On April 21, in Burlington, NC AFSC will hold a Town Hall Meeting “Bring War Dollars Home—Fund Our Communities” in collaboration with NC Peace Action.
Rally at rush hour with a march that will go past the financial district, ending with music and tabling at the Boston Common. The group will be demanding that major corporations pay their fair share of taxes and cuts to military spending.
South East New England:
In Providence, RI, starting at the downtown Post Office there will be a march to Textron and Bank of America, calling out the corporate tax loopholes and off shore shelters as well as the many costs of war and war profiteering.
AFSC is supporting a demonstration at the downtown Wells Fargo Bank, calling on Wells Fargo to pay their fair share in taxes and to divest from the prison/detention industry. AFSC staff will speak about the privuate prison industry.