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.
Divest from War! Invest in Justice!
, Online Gathering
(Because of COVID-19, this event will not be held in Chicago, but will be a shortened online conference.)
Join us the first weekend in May for a mini-conference on Saturday (and our business meeting on Sunday). The primary focus of the weekend will be on collaboration between war tax resisters and other justice movements. 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 April 25, 2020.)
*** Reports and Photo Links from Previous National Gatherings ***
Yes to Earth! No to War Taxes!
November 1–3, 2019 • Portland & Corvallis, Oregon
Divest the Pentagon–Invest in People
May 3–5, 2019 • Washington, DC
Hosted by NWTRCC in collaboration with the Dorothy Day House Catholic Worker in Washington, DC.
November 2–4, 2018 • Cleveland, Ohio
Hosted by NWTRCC in collaboration with the Cleveland Catholic Worker & the Cleveland Nonviolence Network.
May 4–6, 2018 • Los Angeles, California
Hosted by members of Southern California War Tax Resistance and Alternative Fund and co-sponsored by Veterans For Peace LA Chapter, LA Catholic Worker, and NWTRCC.
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.
WTR 101 Sessions – Vista, California
Your taxes should go to support democracy. This discussion looks at the ways you can invest in peace and divest from war. Facilitator Anne Barron is a war tax redirector/resister and a board member at the Peace Resource Center of San Diego. For more information, contact Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOPICS INCLUDE which taxes go to war; how to resist; risks, joys, and consequences of resistance; federal budget basics; resources and support; plenty of time for Q & A. Sponsored by NYC War Resisters League. Info can also be found on their Facebook page.
This session will explore where your federal incomes go and what you can do about it. Facilitator David Hartsough is a war tax resister who has regularly spoken on the topic. For more information, contact David at email@example.com or 415-751-5708.
Past Outreach and Community Meetings 2020 & 2019
WTR 101 Session – Vista, California
Your taxes should go to support democracy. This hour-long discussion looks at the ways you can invest in peace and divest from war. Facilitator Anne Barron is a war tax redirector/resister and a board member at the Peace Resource Center of San Diego. For more information, contact Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
The 15th Annual Conference on War Tax Resistance & Peace Tax Campaigns will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland on November 28 through December 1, 2019. The theme for this conference is “Paying for Peace not Paying for War.” NWTRCC will be sending a representative, but the conference is open to all and is expected to cost under £100, though accommodation is extra. They hosts will be assisting with options for accommodation from hostels through to hotels. More information can be found on the Conscience UK website.
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.
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.