THIS SOME QUAKERS BELIEVE
A MESSAGE TO OUR FELLOW INHABITANTS OF THIS EARTH
From 20 Members of the Quaker Meeting
(NEWSWEEK, Jan. 23, 1960: It was not a large gift as private gifts go, but few contributions to the United Nations have been given with so much hope and originality as the $1,317 in "income taxes" which twenty members of a Quaker Meeting (congregation) in Urbana-Champaign, Ill., sent recently to U.N. headquarters in New York.)
(NEW YORK TIMES, Jan. 10, 1960P: A group of Illinois Quakers who have taxed themselves 1 [percent] of their gross income for the United Nations made plans this week to urge others to go forth and do likewise. They have prepared "a message to our fellow inhabitants of this earth." The first goal will be to distribute it to all the Friends Monthly Meetings,... There are 1,000 of these in the United States. They will also circulate Friends around the world. They are thinking about sending the appeal to others outside the Quaker faith.)
THE MESSAGE Man's scientific genius has reduced the world to one geographic community in which all men are neighbors, but politically the world remains divided into conflicting, competing, and war-threatening groups.
In truth, man's scientific inventiveness has so far outrun his political and economic development that man's hopes for a creative life and a measure of well-being seems threatened with mass destruction.
We feel the welfare of each person who dwells on this earth has become interdependent with the welfare of all others. Out of this sense of interdependence, we feel a measure of individual responsibility to state some of the conditions we believe are required for world peace and take some action, however small, to help bring these conditions into being.
We believe that men must consent to be taxed and governed by a system of world laws that can maintain peace in the world community which science has brought into being. We believe this law must be enforceable upon the individual citizen. Further, we believe that if peace is to be accompanied by justice, the grave economic disparities which presently exist between peoples and nations must be reduced and gradually eliminated through generous sharing on the part of the more economically privileged citizens of the world community....
We wish this self-imposed tax to be a token not only of our willingness to be taxed and governed by a system of world law but also of our desire to share in the economic betterment of other peoples and areas.
Peace through world law today remains a vision, but we dare to believe that just as men of science have opened new frontiers in time and space, so men of good will can create new political and economic patterns to achieve a world community in which men are at peace with one another.
A CONTINUING ACTION FOR PEACE On United Nations Day, 1960, Urbana-Champaign Friends again plan to have a meeting for worship, following which persons will tax themselves one [percent] of their gross annual income and will give this tax as a gift to the United Nations.
The Quaker Team at the United Nations has indicated its willingness to transmit gift checks sent by Friends and others to appropriate United Nations authorities. The team's address is 345 East 46th Street, New York 17, N.Y. Checks should be made payable to the United Nations.
State Archives of Florida: Collection N2015-1, Box 01, Folder 9
"Scrapbook" newsletter, Volume 15, Number 7, on the topics of picketing, forms of civil disobedience and civil defense tactics. The envelope indicates that the newsletter was sent from Richard Hiler to Patricia Stephens.