Activists gathered at the Eugene downtown post office on Tax Day, April 17, “to challenge militarism and corporate greed and to call for the re-ordering of federal spending and tax priorities from supporting war and Wall St. to meeting human and environmental needs,” according to Michael Carrigan of CALC.
Taxpayers were provided the opportunity to voice how they would spend their tax dollars when they took part in the “penny poll.” Participants were handed 10 pennies, which they deposited in jars representing a six-category breakdown of the federal budget. The categories and how people voted are as follows:
Afghanistan and Iraq wars got .2 percent of the pennies (one penny), general military 2.1 percent, general government 13.3 percent, physical resources 25.3 percent and human resources 59.1 percent.
“If Eugene residents ran the federal government things would be significantly different,” says Carrigan. “Their tax dollars would be funding social and environmental programs and not endless war.”
War tax resisters, who object to more than half of their federal taxes going to the military, redirected their “war taxes” to numerous local organizations, several of whom were on hand to receive their donations.