Gatherings and Events

National Gatherings
International Conferences
Regional and Local Events — 2021 Workshops, meetings, conferences
Webinars – WTR 101 and more

National Gatherings and Coordinating Committee Meetings

NWTRCC sponsors two gatherings each year, usually over the first full weekends in November and May. Each national gathering (normally) 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.


Climate Change Image by MasterTux from Pixabay

National War Tax Resistance Gathering & Coordinating Committee Meeting

“Individual Resistance & Collective Power”

, Online Gathering

(Due to COVID-19, this event will be held online.)

Join us the first weekend in November for a mini-conference on Friday and Saturday (and our business meeting on Sunday). Check Program Schedule below for more details.

In order to participate in the event, you will need a computer with a camera. You could also use a smartphone, but a computer is preferable. You need to register before the event in order to be sent connection info for the conference. (Please register before October 24, 2021.)

Weekend Program & Schedule

online registration form


*** Reports and Photo Links from Previous National Gatherings ***

Organizing for Systemic Peace

NWTRCC & DC Catholic Workers at the Venezuelan Embassy after the Sunday Business Meeting (May 2019). Photo Courtesy of Chrissy Kirchhoefer.

April 30–May 2, 2021 • Online

Hosted by NWTRCC in collaboration with the Dorothy Day House Catholic Worker in Washington, DC.

Minutes from our business meeting“NWTRCC Conference Report” by Lincoln Rice

 

Defunding Militarism & Creating a New Normal

November  6-8, 2020 Online Conference

Minutes from business meeting • NWTRCC Conference Report by Lincoln Rice

 

Divest from War! Invest in Justice!

May 2-3, 2020 Online Conference

Minutes from business meetingBlog report “War Tax Resistance & the Environment: Conference Recap” by Lincoln Rice

Yes to Earth! No to War Taxes!

November 1–3, 2019 • Portland & Corvallis, Oregon

Minutes from our business meetingBlog report “War Tax Resistance Conference Recap” by Lincoln Rice

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.

Peace Week WTR 101 Session – Online

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 (8:30p Eastern/ 7:30p Central/ 6:30p Mountain/ 5:30p Pacific)
This session is hosted by NWTRCC and geared toward people that are considering war tax resistance or have recently started war tax resistance. It will be hosted on Zoom.
For more information, contact Lincoln at nwtrcc@nwtrcc.org or 262-399-8217.

Past Outreach and Community Meetings

War Tax Discussion with Attorney Peter Goldberger

Wednesday May 12, 2021 (9:30a-10:30a EST)
Zoom. Attorney Peter Goldberger will explore the current feasibility of taking war tax resistance/redirection through the courts given what appears to be a more conservative judicial system that might be more amenable to religious freedom issues. 1040 for Peace sees this session as a continuation of his November 8, 2014 “What Does the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision Mean for War Tax Resisters?” which was presented at one of NWTRCC’s national conferences.

Cost of War: Learn, Pray, Join – Online

Thursday February 25, 2021 (7:30p Eastern/ 6:30p Central/ 5:30p Mountain/ 4:30p Pacific)

Mennonite Church USA’s first Learn, Pray, Join initiative of 2021 will focus on the “Cost of War” to highlight a core peace church value: resistance to war, both in our neighborhoods and overseas. In this webinar, panelists will bring awareness to the economics of war and share the various ways they have resisted paying for war. The panel includes longtime war tax resister Rick Yoder.

Always available on YouTube — view yourself or with a group!

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)

Please be in touch with the NWTRCC office if you are willing to table or hand out some war tax resistance materials at an event near you or a conference that you are attending. We will ship you literature for the table and may be able to help pay the conference fees. Just ask!

International Conferences

The 15th Annual Conference on War Tax Resistance & Peace Tax Campaigns was held in Edinburgh, Scotland on November 28 through December 1, 2019. The theme for this conference was “Paying for Peace not Paying for War.” NWTRCC will be sent a representative, whose report for the conference can be found here.

The first International Conference on War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns was held in Tübingen, Germany, in 1986. Conferences were 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 earlier conferences, links to groups, court documents, and more. After the 2013 conference, CPTI moved from Belgium to England, and the reorganization put conference organizing on hold until this year.

A protest in front of the Reichstag - two people hold a banner reading "BAN URANIUM WEAPONS" in front of a scattered group of about 40 people.

Cathy Deppe (right) holds a Ban Uranium Weapons banner in front of the Reichstag, Berlin, Germany, September 2016.

In 2016 representatives from many of the groups that attended the international conferences met at the World Congress on Military and Social Spending in Berlin, Germany, which was 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.

NWTRCC has sent a representative to each meeting, and reports appear in our newsletter, More Than A Paycheck.