Protesters to Say NH Priorities Could Be Funded With Federal Tax Dollars Now Wasted on Iraq War

Visuals: Giant walking checks and interactive chart: How Would You Spend it?

Endless War or New Hampshire’s Needs?

Granite Staters Protest Upside-Down Priorities of U.S. on Tax Day

As Taxpayers File, Protesters to Say NH Priorities Could Be Funded

With Federal Tax Dollars Now Wasted on Iraq War

As Congressional Debate Resumes on War Funding and Economic Stimulus, Protesters Will Call on Congress to Invest in America’s and NH’s Future

Manchester, NH— As last-minute tax filers rush to post offices on Tax Day, members of area community, labor, peace and faith groups will gather outside the downtown Manchester post office to highlight how NH’s share of the billions of tax dollars wasted on the war in Iraq could pay for education, health care, clean energy and veterans’ benefits here in New Hampshire instead.

The protest, one of many across the country on Tax Day sponsored by US Action and other national organizations, comes as Congress is set to take up another round of funding for the Iraq War, while considering an economic stimulus package to address the economic slowdown. Taxpayers will be urged to call on Congress to reverse the nation’s upside-down priorities and invest in America’s future.

Members of New Hampshire Citizens Alliance for Action, NH Peace Action, American Friends Service Committee NH, NH Alliance for Retired Americans, NH Veterans for Peace, UU Action Network and others will greet taxpayers with red, white and blue signs that say INVEST IN AMERICA, NOT WAR IN IRAQ. Others will wear sandwich-board-style giant checks for $2.1 billion—the amount the Iraq War has cost New Hampshire so far—paid to the People of New Hampshire for education, health care, clean energy and veterans’ benefits, but red-stamped IRAQ WAR. Taxpayers will be offered the opportunity to mark their own priorities on a giant How Would You Spend It? chart.

WHAT: Tax Day Protest: Invest in America, Not War in Iraq

WHERE: Manchester Post Office, 1000 Elm Street (between Spring and Mechanic)

WHEN: Tuesday, April 15 (Tax Day), 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Cathy Silber

New Hampshire Citizens Alliance

4 Park Street, Suite 216

Concord , NH 03301