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 and 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: St. Louis, Missouri, May 2017.
Watch this page for details after the new year.
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.
- Photos from the weekend
- Notes from sessions on field organizing, the Divest/Invest campaign, and the elections
- Minutes from the business meeting
“Divest from the Pentagon, Invest in People!”
Lansdowne Friends Meeting and Lansdowne Friends School in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, May 13-15, 2016
“Divest from Weapons and Warmaking”
Hosted by Las Vegas Catholic Worker • Las Vegas, Nevada • November 6-8, 2015
Video of Jennifer Carr’s talk on “Complicity and Collection – Religious Freedom and Tax”
You will find war tax resisters and maybe our literature table at these events, or email if you want to help carry a banner or table or participate with other resisters.
- 2016 Maine Peace Walk: Stop the War$ on Mother Earth
Oct. 11-26, 2016 • From Penobscot Nation on Indian Island (Oct. 11 – orientation, supper and opening program) to York Beach to Kittery Naval shipyard. For more information, contact Bruce Gagnon, (207) 443-9502, email@example.com.
Past Events and Actions
- Shut Down School of the Americas (SOA-WHINSEC) • Oct. 7-10, 2016. International Convergence at the very militarized US-Mexican Border at Nogalas, Arizona and Nogalas, Mexico
- Muslim Voices in an Election Year: Compassionate Listening • St. Francis Day Celebration • Saturday, October 1, Agape Community, Ware, Massachusetts
- New England Gathering of War Tax Resisters and Supporters, Agape Community, Ware, Massachusetts • October 14-16, 2016. Report and video links soon.
World Congress on Military and Social Spending in Berlin, Germany • September 30 – Oktober 3 • http://demilitarize.org/congress-2016
NWTRCC is sending a representative to the Congress, where they will also meet with representatives from Conscience and Peace Tax International. Watch this space for a report after the Congress.
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.