NWTRCC sponsors two gatherings each year, usually over the first full weekends in November and May. Each national gathering includes a business meeting along with how-to workshops and strategy discussions. The location shifts regionally in the U.S. depending on invitations from local host groups.
Along with hearing from Professor Jennifer Carr about her research on religious freedom and the Peace Tax Fund bill, discussing how we present war tax resistance, brainstorming about tax season actions, and holding the NWTRCC business meeting, we vigiled at Nellis Air Force base (left) and had breakfast at a community garden. Thanks to Gary and Julia, our hosts at Las Vegas Catholic Worker, and to the wider CW community there for putting up with us and joining in for various parts of the weekend. Here are a few links. More reports and Jennifer's talk will be online soon.
Minutes from the business meeting.
Read the War Tax Talk blog post about the weekend.
Another excellent war tax resistance gathering, this one well hosted by Milwaukee War Tax Resistance, Casa Maria Catholic Worker, and Madison Area WTR Alternative Fund. Thanks to all for their time and effort, which helped make it such a good weekend.
Some out-of-town attendees came in early for a visit to the Special Collections and University Archives at Marquette University, which houses the papers of Catholic Worker and Dorothy Day, including documents on war tax resistance. Archivist and friend Phil Runkel put out papers relevant to the gathering, including many letters by and articles about Ammon Hennacy.
Listen to Patrick Kennelly’s workshop presentation on the Afghan Peace Volunteers.
The first couple minutes are low volume, then it adjusts.
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Listen to the panel on Methods of Resistance with Mary Watkins, activist in Milwaukee who has been very involved in actions about police violence and shootings; George Martin, antiwar activist with Peace Action in Milwaukee and nationally, active with the Green Party, and many other groups; and, Ruth Benn, NWTRCC Coordinator. (Audio only)
Minutes from the Coordinating Committee business meeting
Attorney Peter Goldberger: "What Does the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Decision Mean for War Tax Resisters" or read the text version.
Professor Lonnie Valentine: "Quakers and the War Tax Concern: Unfinished Business?"
Professor Joanne Swanger: "Strategizing for Social Change in 21st Century America"
See photos from our fabulous time together.
Read David Gross’s fresh-from-the-weekend blog.
Photos from the weekend with links to notes from workshops and videos from the anniversary program.
A highlight of the weekend: First Strike Theatre’s “Price of Freedom Game Show” skit.
Story in PeaceWorks, Kansas City, December 2011 newsletter
Susan Miller’s article (with more links and photos).
National Catholic Reporter article and photos by Robyn Haas.
Click here for a write up and links to notes from various sessions and workshops, including on Teaching Thoreau, Homebrewing, Confrontational WTR, New Priorities Network, and more!
Veterans for Peace National President Mike Ferner and attorney Phil Althouse joined us. See “Making Connections”.
For more photos and impressions from the gathering, see David Gross’s blog.