Every year taxpayers wail, “Where does the money go?” as they post their tax returns. Again this year, volunteers from Neighbors for Peace and the North Shore Coalition for Peace, Justice and the Environment greeted citizens with fliers giving the answer – more than 48 percent to the military.
Wearing colorful sandwich boards with slogans such as “Bail out people, not banks!,” “Bread not Bombs” and “Fund Schools not Armies,” volunteers stood in front of the Main Evanston Post Office on Davis at Oak and distributed more than 500 leaflets researched by the War Resisters League.
When people ask how to salvage the economy, strengthen security, fix aging infrastructure and avoid buring future generations in debt, War Resisters League answers with a four-pronged budgetary approach: Slash the military budget, end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, close military bases and bring the troops home, and dismantle nuclear weapons and related systems. Evanston “Tax Day” coordinators Grace Richardson, and Rosalie Riegle, right, urge implementation of a foreign policy based on multilateral negotiation rather than military might. At left in photo is Catherine Buntin.