Raising the Stakes: Resistance and Community Survival in Troubled Times
National War Tax Resistance Gathering and Coordinating Committee Meeting
May 5-7, 2017 · Friends Meetinghouse, 1001 Park Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri
Hosted by the Dick Gregory Catholic Worker House & the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee & co-sponsored by Veterans for Peace and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom – St. Louis Chapter
There will be a virtual option (by phone or computer) for those who are interested but cannot come to St. Louis. Register for virtual meeting access and get more information here (registration is closed, but watch Matthew Hoh’s Friday evening talk here)
Friday, May 5
5 pm: Arrival/Registration at Friends Meeting
6:00 pm: Dinner
7:15: Evening program – Welcome and introductions
7:30: “Raising the Stakes: Resistance and Community Survival in Troubled Times” — A talk by Matthew Hoh followed by discussion and reports on new resistance over tax season that raises the stakes on protest. We’ll also hear how war tax resistance redirection is contributing to community survival and hope in troubled times.
Matthew Hoh is an International Advisory Board Member for Veterans for Peace, whose national office is in St. Louis. Matthew is a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy and is the former Director of the Afghanistan Study Group, a network of foreign and public policy experts and professionals advocating for a change in US strategy in Afghanistan. Matthew served in Iraq; first in 2004-5 in Salah ad Din Province with a State Department reconstruction and governance team and then in 2006-7 in Anbar Province as a Marine Corps company commander. His writings have appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Defense News, The Guardian, Huffington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. He has been a guest on many news programs on radio and television networks including the BBC, CBS, CNN, Fox, NBC, MSNBC, NPR, Pacifica, and RT. Read Matt’s 2015 article on war tax resistance here. He lives in North Carolina.
Saturday, May 6
8:00 – 8:45 am: Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15: Introductions, Schedule Review, Orientation
9:15 – 10:30: Tax Season evaluation and reports on current and new campaigns, ideas and proposals that might “raise the stakes” in the coming year. We’ll follow up with strategizing on these ideas later in the day.
10:45 – Noon: Concurrent sessions:
- • War Tax Resistance 101 – A session for newcomers or those at the early stages of refusing to pay for war – all welcome!
• WTR 102 – For current war tax resisters with advanced questions
12:00 – 1:00: Lunch
1:15 – 2:15 pm: Small group sessions – topics and breakout groups to be determined by attendees
2:15 – 2:45 pm: Report back from the small groups to large group
3:00 – 6:00 pm: Training with WeCopWatch
6:00: Redirection Ceremony with announcement of grants from the Conscience and Military Tax Escrow Account and the 2017 Collective Redirection to Black, Brown, and Indigenous Resistance.
7:30: Strategizing Evening – small or large groups to follow up on topics from earlier in the day
Sunday, May 7
8:00 – 9:00 am: Breakfast
9:00 – Noon: NWTRCC Business meeting (open to all)
Noon – 1:00: Lunch, clean up
1:30 – 4:30 War Tax Resistance Counselors’ Training – for current resisters to expand the number of counselors in the NWTRCC network. RSVP: 800-269-7464
Schedule subject to some adjustments
Hosts and Co-sponsors:
- The Dick Gregory Catholic Worker House is a new hospitality house in the collection of more than 213 Catholic Worker communities. Each house has a different mission, going about the work of social justice in its own way, suited to its local region. The Dick Gregory Catholic Worker is being shaped by permaculture and racial justice principles.
- The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee sees poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, economic exploitation, environmental destruction and militarization of law enforcement as integrally linked with the militarism that we abhor. Through the redirection of our tax dollars, NWTRCC members contribute directly to the struggle for peace and justice for all.
- Exposing the true costs of war and militarism since 1985, the Veterans for Peace national office is based in St. Louis. The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom – St. Louis Chapter has been active on peace, justice, and disarmament issues in St. Louis since the 1950s.