NH-PEN Annual Tax Day Event

For Immediate Release: NH-PEN SPONSORS ANNUAL TAX DAY EDUCATION EVENT

Date: April 15, 2014, 11:30 am to 1 pm

Where: Corner of Bridge and Elm Streets, Manchester, NH

Media Contact: Carolyn Cicciu, 966-0597 or 518- 8165, c.cicciu@gmail.com

Manchester, NH –The Palestine Education Network plans to conduct an awareness action at the corner of Bridge and Elm Streets on Tuesday, April 15, to alert citizens to their right to ask our government to spend our money responsibly. The action will take place from 11:30 to 1:00 on federal income tax day. 

 In particular, this action is planned to call attention to the public of the cost of the militarized federal budget. Information about how their tax dollars are being spent will be available, and participants may bring signs to state their priorities.

 According to National Priorities Project (www.nationalpriorities.org), 55.2% of our tax dollars are spent on defense. Only, 6.2% goes to education, 5.6% to veterans benefits, 4.9% to health, and 3.3% to energy and environment. N.H. Peace Action and other groups are participating in “Move the Money,” a national campaign (www.peace-action.org) to reduce military spending by at least 25% and to move the money into local programs that meet human needs. Currently the U.S. spends more money on its military than all the countries on the planet combined.

 Additionally, the Palestine Education Network, a special project of NH Peace Action, was formed to provide balance to the information that is disseminated about Palestine and to expose the human rights violations that challenge Palestinians’ daily life under the illegal Israeli occupation.  Israel currently receives $3.4 billion per year in military aid, even though it ranks in the top 25 richest nations in the world and ranks 5th in the sale of military armaments on the international market. Maintaining this outlay affects the money available for US taxpayers’ needs and prolongs the conflict in the Middle East.

SPR War Tax Education Penny Poll

PORTSMOUTH — Seacoast Peace Response will hold its annual War Tax Education Penny Poll in Market Square on Tuesday, April 15, federal income tax day.

The poll will be held from 3 to 5 p.m.

Organizers say the event is held to call attention to the cost of the militarized federal budget. Literature on how tax dollars are spent will be available to people as they vote in the penny poll.

According to National Priorities Project, www.nationalpriorities.org, 55.2 percent of tax dollars are spent on defense. Only 6.2 percent go to education, 5.6 percent to veterans benefits, 4.9 percent to health, and 3.3 percent to energy and environment.

Seacoast Peace Response and N.H. Peace Action are participating in “Move the Money,” a national campaign to reduce military spending by at least 25 percent and to move the money into local programs that meet human needs. The U.S. currently spends more on its military than all other countries combined, according to organizers.

The Penny Poll is a large display board with options for people to place pennies, provided by the group, in the categories they think tax money should be spent. Some options include veterans benefits, environmental protection, housing and health care.

In last year’s Penny Poll, health care received the most votes, with environmental protection close behind.

Seacoast Peace Response is a community group based in Portsmouth since 2001. It is dedicated to promoting peace and justice worldwide. For information, visit www.seacoast peaceresponse.org.

For information on the event, call Bill Woodward at 866-3254, visit www.peace action.org or join the worldwide Global Day of Action on Military Spending on April 15 by visiting demilitarize.org/organizers-packet.