Peace Briefs


Campaign to Defund the War: The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee urges all who oppose the Iraq war to register and prepare for an April 2008 nationwide boycott and redirection of the federal income taxes that fuel the war. It’s time for taxpayers to join together in nonviolent civil disobedience and show Congress how to cut off the funds for this war and redirect resources to the pressing needs of people. The campaign seeks more than 10,000 war opponents who will publicly refuse to pay a portion of their federal income taxes on April 15, 2008 in order to withhold funds for the war in Iraq. To register or learn more, see www.nwtrcc.org/wartaxboycott/index.html.

Priests Protest Torture: On October 17 a federal judge sentenced Fr. Louis Vitale, OFM, (75) and Fr. Stephen Kelly, SJ (54) to five months in prison for attempting to deliver a letter to the commander at Ft. Huachuca, AZ denouncing torture and the Military Commissions Act of 2006. October 17 was the first anniversary of the signing of the Military Commissions Act. Ft. Huachuca was the source of the torture manuals used at the School of the Americas at Ft. Benning, GA. The base also serves as the major center for interrogators and other intelligence operations.