COME TO A MINI-CONFERENCE with people from around the country who refuse to pay for war. Hear stories of resistance, learn about the national War Tax Boycott campaign, and find out how you can get out from under the burden of buying war .
HOSTED BY : Birmingham War Tax Objectors and the National War Tax Resistance
Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC)
The program is open to everyone with an interest in war tax resistance.
Come for the whole weekend or one session (see back for program outline).
Sunday morning, May 4, is an open organizational business meeting for NWTRCC.
Representatives of war tax resistance groups from around the country will attend and join local war resisters as presenters and facilitators for panels, group discussions, and workshops. The schedule below is subject to change. Please check the website or call for an updates.
Friday: 5 pm Arrival, registration - 6:00 Dinner - 7:30 Welcome, Introductions, Stories of Resistance, WarTax Boycott
Saturday: 8 am Breakfast - 9:00 Intros, welcome, and small group sessions on war tax boycott/personal choices - 10:30 "To Pay or Not to Pay" video and discussion - Noon Lunch - 1:00 Skills Workshops (concurrent) Introduction to WTR; How to Talk to Someone About WTR - 2:30 Panel followed by small group discussions. Topics include: Financial Support for Individual War Tax Resisters; IRS Activity; and Strengthening WTR network and Support for Organizers - 4:30 Birmingham resistance stories - 5:45 Closing. Evening unscheduled at this point.
Sunday: 9 am NWTRCC Business meeting, boycott evaluation, international meeting, budget, video project progress. All welcome! - Noon Lunch
LOCATION: Birmingham, founded in 1871 during Reconstruction, was built on coal mining and the steel industry. Today the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) with its medical center and teaching hospitals is the states biggest employer. The Civil Rights Institute and museum keep alive the history of the struggle for the end of Jim Crow during the 1960s. The Institute also serves as a venue for continuing education about human rights and other struggles at home and throughout the world. The Friday and Saturday program will be held at Birmingham Friends Meeting, 4413 5th Ave. S. Birmingham War Tax Objectors is an affiliate of NWTRCC. The Sunday Meeting will be at the Waters’ home.
TRAVEL: Birmingham is served by buses, Amtrak (http://www.amtrak.com ), and flights to Birmingham International Airport (http://www.bhamintlairport.com ).
HOUSING: Housing is with local hosts.
MEALS: The program begins with dinner on Friday and ends with lunch on Sunday. All meals are simple, vegetarian meals. Everyone will be asked to share in preparation or cleanup.
COSTS: $15 registration fee in advance for the full weekend for those who can afford it; those attending for part of the weekend are asked to make a contribution in advance or on site.. No one will be turned away.
LOCAL CONTACT: David Waters, 205-591-0835
OUT OF TOWNERS: Travel and housing details will be sent after you register.
I am (we are) coming to the Birmingham gathering
# attending: _____Adults _____Children for
Full weekend Partial weekend
If partial, please check meals you will need:
Saturday: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Sunday: Breakfast Lunch
____ I live in Birmingham and can offer housing for ___ person(s).
____ I/we need a bed (___ beds)
____ Floor is OK (Organizers will contact you if you need to bring your own bedding)
____ We would like to stay together (names: _______________________________)
____ I/we will find our own accommodations
Special needs of any type (ASL needed, pet allergies, dietary
I will be arriving by Air Car Train Bus
Airline/Flight Number: ___________________________
Date/approx. arrival time: ___________________________
____ I need driving directions.
____ I need public transportation directions from the airport, train or bus station.
(Organizers will contact you by mail/email/phone with instructions and housing information early in the week before the meetings.)
We are asking $15 registration fee for the weekend, or donations if you are attending part of the time. Payment in advance helps, but is not required.
____ Enclosed is $15 (make checks payable to NWTRCC)
Please register by April 24, if possible (mail, phone, fax, email!)