Hang Up on War
Late 20th Early 21st Century
17 in HIGH x 11 in WIDE
(43.18 cm HIGH x 27.94 cm WIDE)
All Of Us Or None Archive. Gift of the Rossman Family.

Bottom edge has "Designed by Mark Morris Printed by Grindstone Press." Yellow paper with "30" handwritten in ink adhered on verso top right.

Poster is printed on yellow paper with black text and image. In the center is an image of aaman standing on the world holding up a peace symbol in one hand and telephone wires in the other. Behind him is a banner which reads, "CNVA Telephone War Tax Refusal Campaign." Poster reads, "Hang Up on War/ Refuse to pay 10% Federal excise tax added to your phone bill that goes for the Vietnam War/ Committee for noviolent action, 5 Beekman St., Room 1033, New York."

The CNVA was one of the first American peace groups to focus on nonviolent direct action including civil disobedience, starting in 1957. This campaign challenged a little-known tax instituted to help pay for the Spanish-American War. When passed in 1898, it was seen as a luxury tax because few Americans made long distance phone calls, but the 3% (not 10% as the poster claims) military revenue source persisted until 2006. [LMC]
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