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 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.
Please join us for the next gathering:
Divest from the Pentagon, Invest in People!
May 13 – 15, 2016 • Lansdowne Friends Meeting
The Lansdowne Friends Meeting is located at N. Lansdowne Ave. & W. Stewart Ave., 19050
An easy commute from downtown Philadelphia
Click here for more details and a registration form. For an online registration form Click Here If you live in Philadelphia and can offer housing for attendees – or want to help with planning – please contact the NWTRCC office. Thanks!
Hosted by Las Vegas Catholic Worker
Las Vegas, Nevada
November 6-8, 2015
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 vigilled 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.
Video of Jennifer Carr’s talk on “Complicity and Collection – Religious Freedom and Tax”
Minutes from the business meeting
Resist Empire, Militarization and Immigrant Detention
Build a Culture of Peace
School of Americas Watch Vigil
November 20 – 22, 2015 • Fort Benning, Georgia
30th Annual New England Gathering of War Tax Resisters and Supporters
October 16–18, 2015
Pioneer Valley Co-housing, Amherst, Massachusetts
The Agape Community’s Annual St. Francis Day Event
Saturday, October 3, 2015 • Begining at 10 a.m. • Ware, Massachusetts
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.