An Act of Conscience

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Published on 8th February 2016 by

Americans Randy Kehler and Betsy Corner were the ultimate anti-war activists, Kehler had first refused to be drafted to Vietnam and likewise refused to follow the usual protocol as an objector, as a result he was sentenced to two years in prison. Upon his release he and his wife Betsy refused to pay taxes on the basis that they objected to the way that revenues were being used to fund conflict.

It was inevitable of course that they would be in for a fight with the IRS and a struggle which lasted several years resulted in the eventual repossession of their home in order to recover $27,000 in unpaid taxes with interest.

An Act of Conscience is a 2007 documentary by Robbie Leppzer about their struggle with the IRS in the time leading up to the repossession of their Massachusetts home in 1989. The film was narrated by the actor Martin Sheen and featured appearances by well known activists including Daniel Berrigan and Pete Seeger.

The couple refused to move out of their home after it was seized, leading to Kehler’s arrest by US marshals and IRS agents. Supporters from their local community therefore moved in and despite the sale of the home at auction for just $5400 they refused to leave.

NB: Unfortunately this documentary upload is currently trailer only due to the original source video being removed, we will replace the embed should a free version appear online again. In the meantime it can be streamed from Amazon.

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