Soon at SubRosa!

-Fri. Dec. 19th, 7-9pm, Queer! Kick-It!

    Some snacks. Some music. Hella queers. Come kick it!

-Sat. Dec. 20th, 12-3pm, Really Really Free Market

    No money. No trades. Everything is free. This market is based on a gift-economy and thinks capitalism sucks.  Especially at this holiday time, let's share what we got and give freely. Bring food to share. Bring your special items that you don't use but can't throw away (ex. clothes, toys, art supplies, instruments, books and zines...your free box). Bring your special talents to offer people (ex. haircuts, message, reiki...). Come and take what you can use and say thanks! We will have folks to check in with as you arrive. First come first served, space may be limited. If you bring things, you are expected to take away whatever is left at the end of the market.  


and 5pm-7pm, Liberating Education: A Pedagogy of the Oppressed

    A discussion and investigation.  Let's do it!

-Sun Dec. 21, 6:30pm, Killing Moon Presents:   ~~*~*~*qUeErPuNx cLuStErFuXxX~*~*~~

*hex appeal (new twee-goth-dance-punk project. “like a temper tantrum-fueled dance party”. Both members of   this witchy duo are queer aries faeries. from bellingham)- listen at http://hexappeal.bandcamp.com.s2.gvirabi.com/releases
**them are us too ( ~for real~ last show in santa cruz before we move to some other dump ~~~ come get sad and weird w/ us, from here too)- listen at http://aannkkhh.bandcamp.com/
***lost dog (dirty dog lost making fertile sound waves, from down the street)
****black out wussy (sad baby queercore; mmbrs of department store & t.a.u.t. & umm casey monahan, 1st show)
*****gyl (it's just vanessa and kennedy hating stuff and having a great time doing it, 1st show)

 
$3-$5 (notaflof) to support touring bands and the space facebook-event-thingy

and a sneak preview of a show happening at SubRosa on Saturday Dec. 27th 
with Rex Goliath, Moonbeau, the Root Beer Floats, and the Meantimes at Subrosa! facebook-event-thingy

TPL · I.R.S. in a World of Hurt from Budget Cuts

Congress has engaged in its traditional year-end brinksmaship, passing a set of retroactive extensions of popular tax breaks. These also included some changes that may be of interest to tax resisters. For example:

  • Tax penalties for failure to file and failure to pay will now be indexed for inflation, as of .
  • Congress has created a new variety of tax-advantaged savings accounts, designed to help people fund accounts for disabled people. If I’m interpreting what I’ve read about this correctly, the tax advantages are modest: deposits to these trust funds are not deducted from taxable income, but any investment gains on the amounts in the funds, as well as the principle, are not taxable to the disabled person they are given to if they are withdrawn for the purposes of paying the qualified expenses of that person.

Meanwhile, the IRS has begun pronouncing doom and gloom as a result of the latest cuts to its budget.


From the Cambrian:

Alleged Rebeccaism in Anglesey.

We have received an anonymous communication, dated Llanddansant , which states that at , about forty native Rebeccaites assembled in the peaceful village of Llanddansant, being summoned by sound of horn and firing of guns. — That they then proceeded in good order and array, armed with bludgeons and branches of trees, to the house of D. W. shopkeeper, where two bailiffs were in possession of the goods and chattels, under execution from the North and South Wales Bank, of Holyhead. That having entered the house by bursting open the back-door, Dame Rebecca bolted up-stairs followed by a few of her daughters, and ordered the bailiffs, who were snug in bed, to be up and trotting in five minutes, under penalty of a severe drubbing. That ready obedience having been yielded, the men were merely driven forth, under the surveillance of a body guard, occasionally however, pinched and pushed, and even ridden by the wanton daughters of Rebecca; and suffered to depart to their homes on a sincere promise of not returning. This is the substance of the account sent us but for the honour of North Wales we hope the affair is a fiction altogether. —Carnarvon Herald

TPL · Rebeccaite Trials at the Pembrokeshire Winter Assizes

The trials of suspected Rebeccaites continue, and an attempt is made on the life of an unpopular anti-Rebeccaite magistrate on this date in 1843.

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TPL · Hong Kong Occupy Activists Take Up Tax Resistance

Residents of Hong Kong, worried by China’s recent moves to stamp out the remnants of democratic political power there, have for been engaging in large-scale “Occupy”-style protests. You may have heard this in the news under the names “Occupy Central” or the “umbrella movement.”

The occupy-style street protest phase of this movement is coming to a close, or at least a pause, whether from dwindling momentum, diminishing returns, or a ramping up of authoritarian repression. So now the movement is switching tactics. On , a coalition of groups launched a “non-cooperation movement” featuring forms of tax resistance.

The two tax resistance tactics being proposed are modest and largely symbolic in nature. Residents of government-run housing are being asked to delay their rent payments as long as possible (公屋延遲交租 — gōng wū yánchí jiāo zū), without actually risking eviction. Taxpayers are being asked to pay in a way that causes inconvenience for the state — by dividing up their tax payments into a number of individually-submitted, small amounts (分拆支票交稅 — fēn chāi zhīpiào jiāo shuì) of HK$6.89, $68.90, or $689. These amounts are meant to be symbolic of the 689 members of the 1,200-member election committee who elected anti-democratic, Beijing-leaning Leung Chun-ying as Hong Kong’s chief executive.

the non-cooperation movement has designed a set of rubber stamps to help people fill out multiple, small, symbolic tax payment checks and to decorate them with protest messages

Franklen K.S. Choi says the coalition behind the new movement is still developing its tactics. Choi promoted the idea of tax resistance this way: “Taxpayers’ money should not be used to feed a violent government.” They hope the tactics they have adopted thusfar, which are not illegal, will encourage people to join the campaign who might otherwise be too timid to challenge the government. They also hope to put pressure on the government both by delaying payment and by increasing the administrative costs of tax and rent processing. There have also been hopes expressed that this protest might become something like a popular referendum on the Leung administration.

They are getting some push-back from opponents of the democracy movment, including some who say that these tactics will just increase the workload and frustration of low-level data processors without having much other impact.

If you read Chinese or are patient with the current state of automated translation, you can follow some of the deliberations and pronouncements of the movement at their Facebook page or at inmediahk.net, or you can search for “良心抗稅運動” or “Liángxīn kàngshuì yùndòng” (Conscientious Tax Resistance Movement).

This is the first time someone from a foreign tax resistance movement has reached out to me for advice, so I’m finding this to be particularly exciting. They definitely seem to have a hunger for historical precedents (e.g. the tax resistance examples of Thoreau, the anti-Poll Tax movement in the U.K., and the women’s suffrage movement).

American war tax protester Evan Reeves has been held up as an example for his action of paying his U.S. federal income tax with 5,574 separate checks as a protest. (One Hong Kong protester, Raymond Kwong, plans to break the record by paying with 9,280 checks.)

I’ll keep my eyes on this movement as it develops, as best as I can through the language barrier anyway, and will post updates here as I learn more.

TPL · F.C. Ade: Solitary English War Tax Resister

Today I’m going to try to do a little digging to recover what I can about a war tax resister from England who first comes to the attention of the press in , which makes him a real outlier.

The Yorkshire Evening Post wrote:

Pacifist Prefers to Go to Prison

Won’t Pay Tax for Rearmament

Teacher Desires Committal in Holiday

A schoolmaster who appeared before the Bromley Bench preferred to go to prison rather than to pay for rearmament.

Mr F.C. Ade, a master at Eltham College, appeared on a judgment summons for non-payment of £5 11s. 6d. income tax arrears.

“As a pacifist I am unwilling to pay for weapons of war,” he said.

At a previous hearing he said he was withholding that part of his tax which he calculated would be spent on armaments.

The Bench decided that he should go to prison for 21 days, sentence being suspended for 14 days.

He asked that the suspension should be reduced to seven days, so that he could go to prison during the school holidays and thus avoid losing his job.

This request was granted.

The Dundee Evening Telegraph covered it thusly:

Refused to Pay Tax for Arms

Schoolmaster Goes to Prison

“Sticking to His Principles,” Says Wife

Mr. F.C. Ade, of Court Road, Mottingham, London, a schoolmaster at Eltham College, was taken to Brixton Prison to serve a sentence of twenty-one days’ imprisonment imposed on him by the Bromley Justices following his refusal to obey an order of the court to pay income tax amounting to £5 11s 6d.

The order for committal was suspended when made a week ago for 14 days, but Mr. Ade asked that the period of suspension would be reduced to seven days so that he could go to prison in the school holidays and thus avoid losing his job.

The Bench assented, and Mr. Ade surrendered at Bromley.

“He was quite cheerful when he left,” said Mrs. Ade, “and I am also quite cheerful about it. He is sticking to his principles about helping to pay for armaments.”

Mrs. Ade said she was quite in agreement with her husband on the line he had taken.

“I feel he will not spend an unhappy Christmas in prison.”

Across the pond, The Kansas City Star added a few details:

A Pacifist Chooses Prison.

Briton Refuses to Pay Tax to Go for Armaments.

 — F.C. Ade, a schoolmaster at Eltham college, went to prison today rather than pay taxes to be spent on armaments.

Ade refused to pay income taxes amounting to about £5 ($25) which was the proportion of his total assessment he estimated would be spent on war materials. He paid the balance of his taxes, but refused to heed a court order to pay the remainder.

Magistrates sentenced him to twenty-one days’ imprisonment and then reduced the sentence to seven days, so Ade could serve it during his holidays, thus keeping his teaching post.

I tried to find out more about F.C. Ade but it was difficult. There is someone who goes by that name who attended Trinity College in . I also found a book review written by an F.C. Ade for The Ethical Record in that has this interesting passage: “many men feel the need not only of a god to worship but also of a devil to fight.”

If this photo caption is anything to go by, Ade was a math instructor at Eltham and his students called him “Freda”.

With a little more sleuthing, I found some more book reviews in The Ethical Record from the period. I looked through them to see if I could find any hints that this is the same F.C. Ade, but found nothing definitive. The Record was the journal of the “South Place Ethical Society,” which Ade joined in .

Beyond this, I came up with nothing.

TPL · The Picket Line Now Available Over HTTPS

Some of you may be relieved to note that I’ve finally managed to make The Picket Line available via https.

This, more secure, version of the protocol by which web pages make their way from their server to your browser, gives you some protection from prying eyes, of which, these days, there are many.

You may now, if you wish, adjust any bookmarks or links you have to pages on The Picket Line so that they point to their https versions.

Even better, you can install the Electric Frontier Foundation’s “HTTPS Everywhere” browser plug-in which will automatically redirect you to the https equivalents of any http pages you visit (when such equivalents are available).

TPL · I.R.S. Budget Slashed Again. Disaster Gleefully Anticipated.

I’ll spare you the avalanche of bad news in the spending bill recently passed by the U.S. Congress and just skip right to the good news. The IRS budget was cut again, to $10.9 billion, the lowest annual budget since in nominal dollars, and I think you have to go back about 15 years to find a lower budget in inflation-adjusted dollars.

The agency has been complaining that with the many new responsibilities Congress has saddled them with, with the increase in population, and with the emergence of industrial-scale identity theft and other criminal schemes that fleece the taxpayers before the IRS can get to them (or that fleece the IRS more directly), and with the aging of the IRS workforce and computer infrastructure, these budget cuts will lead to disaster. We’ve cut all the fat, the agency complains, and now we’re left with bone & muscle.

Well, I for one am at the edge of my seat, hoping they’re not just whistlin’ Dixie.

TPL · I.R.S. Budget Slashed Again. Disaster Gleefully Anticipated.

I’ll spare you the avalanche of bad news in the spending bill recently passed by the U.S. Congress and just skip right to the good news. The IRS budget was cut again, to $10.9 billion, the lowest annual budget since in nominal dollars, and I think you have to go back about 15 years to find a lower budget in inflation-adjusted dollars.

The agency has been complaining that with the many new responsibilities Congress has saddled them with, with the increase in population, and with the emergence of industrial-scale identity theft and other criminal schemes that fleece the taxpayers before the IRS can get to them (or that fleece the IRS more directly), and with the aging of the IRS workforce and computer infrastructure, these budget cuts will lead to disaster. We’ve cut all the fat, the agency complains, and now we’re left with bone & muscle.

Well, I for one am at the edge of my seat, hoping they’re not just whistlin’ Dixie.

This Weekend! Responding to Traumatic Events Workshop/ Singing Playshop/ Anti-Racist Organizing Workshop

This Weekend
At SubRosa!

-Sat. Dec. 13th, 12-5pm, Responding to Traumatic Events

   
This course will cover biological/physiological responses to extreme events and will explore ways to prepare and condition ourselves to thrive and survive. There will be lecture/discussion and practical application. Brings snacks, etc and materials to take notes if desired (part of the Action Training Fall 2014 Calendar Presented by Santa Cruz Forest Keepers).

-Sun. Dec. 14th, 5-6:30pm,
Singing Playshop with Kasia Moon!

    Learn techniques to develop the sounds you want to make with your beautiful body. This includes safe singing practices, a healthy breathing method, and games to loosen up creativity as it lends itself towards songwriting, improvisation, and oral presentation. Best of all -- Connect with friends old and new in a sweet community space safe for making silly sounds! If you've never ever sung a note, this is the place to be. If you find yourself singing the same notes over and over and want to expand your breadth, you're going to love this. If you've gone all over the place and want to hone in on what is true for you, yes come! Everyone will have plenty of chances to sing AND listen, and learn ways to get creative with what comes out of their pretty mouths.

Please bring a pen or pencil, paper, a reusable cup if you have one (for throat tea!), your ideas,
  friends, and a sense of adventure. This event is free of cost, though donations are appreciated!


and later that same Sunday at 7pm
Tools for White Anti-Racist Organizing: Part Two

    
    This is a space for anyone with an interest in dismantling racism (and intersecting systems of oppression) to collectively discuss effective ways for white people, specifically activists, organizers, and radicals, to talk to other white people about race and racism.

This will be less of a lecture and more of a skillshare: a place to learn from each other through talking about our own experiences trying to undo racism in our lives and communities. You don't need to be an expert, and you don't need to be white in order to attend.
 
Topics may include, and are not limited to:

- Confronting family/friends when they say something racist: how do you do it?
- What does it mean to be an 'ally'? What are some radical critiques of the term?
- How does race consciousness evolve for different people?
- What's the difference between racism and white supremacy?
- And much, much more...


Free topical literature will be included with the workshop, and SubRosa has a great collection of relevant zines for sale, for anyone wanting more resources. Bring yourself, an openness to dialog on complex subjects, and any food, drink, or resources you'd like to share!
 
Note: This is a two-part workshop, with the first part having taken place Thursday December 11th. There may be overlap between the two halves, depending on turnover in attendance.