Regional and Local Events • War Tax Resistance Workshops and More
Watch this space for workshops and events in your area, or if you are planning a workshop or action in your area email the information, and we’ll list it here. If you would like to schedule a workshop or presentation for a group, please use the linked form.
Outreach and Community Meetings in July and August, 2017
with Sam Koplinka-Loehr, NWTRCC Field Organizer * Pennsylvania, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Toronto
August 1, 7 pm, Cherry Valley Resisting White Supremacy by Refusing to Pay Taxes, presentation and discussion. Click the link to register on the Facebook event page.
August 2-6 Democracy Convention sponsored by World Without War Sam will be presenting on a panel Friday, Aug. 4 at 1 pm, “Building Local Power for Peace”
August 4, 7 – 9 pm, “Towards Justice Together! War Tax Resistance & Organizing Against Racist State Violence” Workshop at Twin Cities Friends Meeting, 1725 Grand Ave, St Paul. 6 pm potluck dinner, 7-9 pm Workshop. Click for details or see the Facebook event
August 6-7 Solidarity & Fightback: Building Resistance to US Militarism Conference in Toronto
Contact Sam for other possible stops, updates and location time/place: 607-592-7650 or email Sam
Sam traveled to Chicago and South Bend, Indiana, in early May for presentations and meetings with Christian Peacemaker Teams Office in Chicago, and “Building Tactics For Racial Justice: Community Power & War Tax Witness” in South Bend. Read the report.
Sponsored by National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee, Michiana War Tax Refusers, Michiana Peace and Justice Coalition
August 9-13, 2017 – Veterans for Peace Annual Convention “Education Not Militarization,” Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. NWTRCC expects to have a table during most days and possibly a workshop. Stay tuned for details but plan to come see us there!
War Tax Resistance 101 with David Gross – April 23, 2017
We Won’t Pay: War Tax Resistance 101 with Erica Weiland (Feb. 18, 2017)
Redirecting Taxes to Black, Brown, and Indigenous Resistance with Sam Koplinka-Loehr (Feb. 25, 2017)
NWTRCC sponsors two gatherings each year, usually over the first full weekends in November and May. Each national gathering starts with dinner on Friday and includes a mini-conference format on Friday evening and all day Saturday with panel discussions, action reports and analysis, how-to workshops, and strategy discussions. NWTRCC’s business meeting is held on Sunday morning. The gathering is open to everyone with an interest in war tax resistance. The location shifts regionally in the U.S. depending on invitations from local host groups.
Next Gathering: November 3-5, 2017 • Amherst, Massachusetts
Watch this page for details in the coming months.
Reports and Photos from our May 2017 gathering:
“Raising the Stakes: Resistance and Community Survival in Troubled Times” • St. Louis, Missouri • May 5-7, 2017
Hosted by the Dick Gregory Catholic Worker House & co-sponsored by Veterans for Peace and WILFP-St. Louis Chapter
Blog post: Highlights: War tax resisters in St. Louis
About 20 NWTRCC network members came together at the Sustainable Living Center (SLC) in North Florida to take stock of where war tax resisters are at, get to know our new field organizer Sam Koplinka-Loehr, learn about the militarization of the southern US, and enjoy some community time around a bonfire. We were joined during different sessions by Florida friends, most of whom were involved with the Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice.
Video of Jennifer Carr’s talk on “Complicity and Collection – Religious Freedom and Tax”
World Congress on Military and Social Spending in Berlin, Germany September 30 – Oktober 3, 2016 • Sponsored by the International Peace Bureau
NWTRCC’s representative Cathy Deppe participated in the conference and public demonstrations, tabled for NWTRCC, and joined members of Conscience and Peace Tax International for a workshop about military spending and peace tax campaigns. served as to the congress. Read her report.
The first International Conference on War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns was held in Tübingen, Germany, in 1986. Conferences are held every-other-year, most often in Europe with a few exceptions: India in 1998; U.S. in 2000; and Colombia in 2013. While the conferences are organized by the local groups, Conscience and Peace Tax International (CPTI) was founded at the conference in Hondarribia, Spain, in 1994, to connect the groups working on legislative campaigns and to track legal issues internationally. The CPTI website includes reports from meetings, links to groups, court documents, and more.
The conferences offer a time to exchange information and experience gained by individuals and groups during their local campaigns; learn about legal issues in individual countries; increase the effectiveness by which our groups offer peace tax legislation and/or war tax resistance as a means for civilians to object against war and war preparation; and investigate the need for an international platform for the national groups to make our efforts more visible on an international level.
After the 2013 conference, CPTI moved from Belgium to England. Re-organizaiton within the international network has taken some time, and there is hope that the next conference will be held in 2016.
NWTRCC has sent a representative to each meeting, and reports appear in our newsletter, More Than A Paycheck.