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Lobby Day: Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund invites you to participate in our annual Lobby Day with the Center on Conscience and War on Tuesday, May 16. Join with other conscientious objectors to military violence to speak out against forced conscription in the military – whether it is our bodies or our tax dollars that are used to kill. Whether you come to DC or lobby at your congress person's local office, your voice is vital to the struggle for freedom of conscience.

What we’re lobbying for:
The Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Bill, if passed, would establish a non-military fund into which conscientious objectors could pay their federal taxes. Currently 41 representatives have cosponsored this legislation. On May 16 we will work to increase that number by asking our representatives to provide alternative service for our drafted dollars by supporting the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Bill.

The Military CO Act, if passed, would put specific procedures in place for the discharge process for military personnel who have declared conscientious objections. The current military policy for COs is not working: they face harassment, are forced to violate their beliefs and are denied CO status for arbitrary reasons. To join the Center on Conscience and War (CCW) is lobbying for the Military CO Act on May 16th, click here.

We invite you to lobby here in DC, or in your Representative’s district office.

To register for Lobby Day, please click here.

Please e-mail questions to: chris-at-peacetaxfund.org or call 1-888-732-2382

Schedule
9:00 a.m. - Lobbying workshop and issue briefing in the Church of the Brethren. Refreshments will be provided

10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. - Lobby visits

noon – Lunch available at soup kitchen at the Church of the Brethren. There are also restaurants in the area.

4:30 - Debriefing in Church of the Brethren

Directions
The Church of the Brethren, 337 North Carolina Ave. SE, is located at the intersection of North Carolina Ave SE and 4th St SE.
Map of 337 North Carolina Ave.

Via Metro Orange/Blue Lines: Exit at Capitol South. Walk two blocks East on D st. SE. Bear left on North Carolina Ave. SE. The church will be on your right.
Stationmaster's neighborhood map of Capitol South.

Find Your Representative
You can find your elected officials by typing your address or zip+4 into the form at Congress.org.

Schedule Your Appointments
To schedule an appointment with your representative, call the Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121. Ask for your representative or senator by name. When his or her office answers, ask for the person responsible for the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Bill in order to set up your appointment.

Please let us know the times and offices with which you are meeting. If other people want to meet with the same rep. or senator, we can inform them of any appointments already arranged. Please e-mail chris-at-peacetaxfund.org or call 888-732-2382 to let us know about your appointments.

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