conscience TAXES FOR PEACE NOT WAR, works for a world where taxes are used to nurture peace, not pay for war.
We campaign for a progressive increase in the amount of UK tax spent on peacebuilding, and a corresponding decrease in the amount spent on war and preparation for war. We also campaign for the legal right of those with a conscientious objection to war to have the entire military part of their taxes spent on peacebuilding.
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International Conscientious Objectors’ Day has been recognised for over two decades and has become an established day of joint action for groups related to the CO movement.
Here in the UK we are fortunate to no longer face military conscription, but many COs still continue to campaign for an update in UK law to give them their right of freedom of conscience not to pay for war or the preparations for war through their taxes. We should also always remember that not everyone is where we are and campaigning for the right to conscientiously object to military conscription is a very live issue for many people across the world.
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I’m Phil Rimmer, and I’m really pleased to be able to write to you as I come to the end of my time as a member of conscience’s Executive Committee. I’m writing to ask you to help us by sending us a gift of £20 today.
I’ve been involved with campaigning for the right not to pay for war since 1988, and I’ve worked with conscience as a staff member, a volunteer and a member of the Executive Committee.
Over the years I’ve known so many people who passionately believe in working for a more peaceful world. People who give their time, their money and their care. It’s not easy to face such a huge challenge and still feel like I can make a difference as just one person. I guess you might feel that way too.
But my years in the peace movement have shown me time and time again just how much people care about taking actions that will contribute towards bringing about a more peaceful world than the one we live in today.
As Sarah in Derby says, “The world will be a peaceful place when we put into peacebuilding the resources we now give to killing each other.” This is what I’ve worked towards for so many years. I’m proud to be part of this campaign and I hope you are too. I think it’s essential that a campaigning organisation exists whose focus is on attaining the right not to pay for war and killing.
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Please help us to keep campaigning for the right not to pay for killing, for war and for the preparations for war.
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Thank you very much for your kind support, and for believing that the world can be a more peaceful place.
conscience Executive Committee member