Picking highlights from a year of activism in the NWTRCC network is not easy. The month-by-month photos are just a sampling from a very busy year. One of the most frequent questions to NWTRCC is “how many people in the U.S. are war tax resisters (WTRs)?”
War tax resisters take seriously the message “I want my taxes to nurture all children, not kill them.” We believe a world without war is possible, and we want our money and resources used to create that world.
The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC) exists to connect and support all the activities that are part of withdrawing support from war and encouraging others to do the same. From individual resistance to mass action, NWTRCC provides tools to strengthen and unite our message.
Our membership survey showed the continued need to support resisters who often feel alone. It also underscored the need to look at our public presence and make sure we are staying current. Redirection of war taxes is a strength that we want to highlight and publicize. NWTRCC strives to continue much of our traditional work as a resource for the WTR community, while making changes that will help us better reach potential resisters
NWTRCC’s 30th anniversary was celebrated at the national gathering in Colorado Springs, home to Bill Durland, one of the organization’s key founders. In 1982 he headed the Center on Law and Pacifism and put out a call for groups involved in war tax resistance (WTR) to meet and discuss their duplication of efforts and overlapping interests. NWTRCC was born out of that conference. Today Bill says, “NWTRCC became the go-to group, the clearinghouse for all the others, and it certainly fulfilled my hopes.”