Steppin’ Out of Babylon: Podcast-Radio Interviews by Sue Supriano

“Babylon” is the “isms” and “schisms” not only within the system but within ourselves. Let's organize, unify and step out of Babylon.

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Sue Supriano’s Steppin’ Out of Babylon is a radio interview series covering a broad range of important issues in today’s world: peace and war, human and civil rights, communication, the media, the environment, food security, racism, globalization, immigration and matters of the spirit. Over 250 shows are available at this site!

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Anonymous War-Tax Resistor

A long-term war-tax resistor explains the process and her work with the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee

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TRT: 25:40
Date: 2009-04-06

A veteran war-tax resistor, who wishes to remain nameless, talks about her twenty-year history beneath the radar of the Federal government. Living in anonymity, the Resistor has paid only $35 to the government since her decision not to pay war taxes. She is independently employed and rather than doing her taxes in April, she calculates what she would owe and uses the money to benefit the community directly, through loans, grants, and other support for under-represented citizens.

The Resistor is active in the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee. While these resistors have all chosen to protest the government’s funding of violence, there is diversity in both tactics and motivation. The Resistor maintains that they are not protesting taxes, but advocating for citizens to conscientiously object to paying for war. As the Resistor states, “bodies and money are the requirements for war. To pay for murder is to murder.”

The Resistor argues that the benefits of this lifestyle choice outweigh the risks. Fear is counterbalanced, she says, by living in accord with her own ethics. Ultimately, the Resistor states that “Our inconvenience is nothing” compared to the atrocities and violations experienced at the other end of our military spending.

Recorded in January, 2009

Link: http://nwtrcc.org

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