Activists to Hold Tax Rally

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EUGENE, Ore. — Local activists will rally in front of the downtown post office on Tuesday, with the message that taxes should pay for human needs, not war.

Every year, local activists rally in front of the post office on tax day. They’re asking taxpayers where they think their tax dollars should be spent, and they set up something called a penny poll.

Organizers give each person ten pennies to drop into jars representing different budget categories. Those include human resources, physical resources, general government, military and paying down the debt.

Activists say each year, the results are consistent. About 50 percent of participants would like to see their tax dollars go toward human resources, compared to about 3 percent for the military. But the reality is the biggest chunk of your money, about 42 cents of every income tax dollar, goes to fund the military.

Activists believe that money should be redirected to local organizations like Sponsors, ShelterCare and Occupy Medical.

The rally is expected to be peaceful, with a group of about 50 activists. The penny poll begins at 11 a.m., followed by the rally at 12 p.m., where there will be music and speakers.

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