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 National War Tax Resistance Gathering:
November 3-5, 2017 • Amherst, Massachusetts
We are excited to announce that the fall NWTRCC National Gathering will join with the annual New England Gathering for War Tax Resisters and Supporters, this year at UMASS-Amherst. Tentatively titled “Voices of Resistance,” the program is in formation, but it looks like it will include a panel discussion of student activists as well as time for war tax resisters to share their stories from decades of experience. This weekend of workshops and discussions will highlight our collective power over many years of activism.
The Friday night and Saturday programs will take place at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, but the weekend begins with registration and dinner on Friday at Pioneer Valley Cohousing, 120 Pulpit Hill Road in Amherst. Delicious meals will be provided by Pacifeast caterers Joanne Sheehan and Rick Gaumer. The NWTR Coordinating Committee meeting will be Sunday morning from 9 am – Noon. After lunch we plan to have a WTR Counselor Training from about 1-5.
The closest airport is Bradley International Airport (BDL), about 1 hour from Amherst. Please take travel time to and from the airport into account for arrivals and departures. Amtrak (the Vermonter or some Northeast regional lines) stops in Northampton (closest) or Springfield, Massachusetts. Peter Pan Bus Co. has the most frequent service to UMASS, or check for buses to Amherst, and again, as next choice, Northampton.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Watch this page for details and registration form coming soon.
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
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”
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 2017
Portland, Oregon – Wednesday, August 16 @5:30 pm, Potluck dinner and informal WTR discussion/Q & A with Ruth Benn, NWTRCC Coordinator, and Ed Hedemann, author of War Tax Resistance: A Guide to Withdrawing Your Support from the Military. Please RSVP for location and other details: email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NWTRCC Field Organizer Sam Koplinka-Loehr traveled to Western Pennsylvania, Minneapolis, Toronto, Buffalo, and Rochester in late July and early August. Some photos are on the NWTRCC Facebook page and a report will be posted on the NWTRCC blog. Sam will be traveling south in the early fall and maybe places beyond a bit later in the year; contact her if your group or college would like to host an event: 607-592-7650 or email Sam
Thanks to our tablers at the Veterans for Peace Convention in Chicago, August 9-13.
Thanks to Kathy Kelly for this photo of the penny poll at the NWTRCC table during the convention.
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.