A National Strategy Conference for
War Tax Resistance
WTR Counselors Training
ommitted peace and justice activists are converging on Brooklyn (NY) Oct.7-9, 2005, for a national strategy conference to broaden the network of people who refuse to pay for war. The purpose of the conference will be to develop more effective and creative methods of war tax refusal in order to extend its reach in the United States, while providing additional support for existing individuals and groups across the country deeply engaged in war tax resistance. If more people refuse to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan this will tighten the screws of nonviolent resistance against the U.S. war machine.
We will critically look at strategies and campaigns that have worked well in the past and what we can do to improve them. We will brainstorm new ideas and techniques. We will see what can be done to encourage other constituencies to adopt this tactic for their communities. We will identify the roadblocks to resistance (e.g., fear of the IRS) and attempt to address them. And we will celebrate our ability to take away the government's control of how our tax money is spent.
We hope you will join us!
registration deadline has passed,
L O G I S T I C S
LOCATION: The conference will take place at St. Vincent Ferrer Church, in Brooklyn, New York. The church is in the East Flatbush neighborhood, near Brooklyn College. It is in an economically and ethnically diverse neighborhood, near many small businesses and two subway lines. There is parking on the street, in a neighborhood of small homes. Location for the counselors' training on Monday will be announced later. Except for those with special needs, we will not pick people up at airports. There are a variety of options including bus, subway, and taxi from each airport. JFK is the closest airport to St. Vincent Ferrer.
HOUSING: There is some housing at the church (mostly floor space) with full baths available. We will also attempt to find housing in homes for as many as possible, but if you are someone who can find your own housing in New York, that will be very helpful to the organizers. Please return your registration early - especially if you need housing.
MEALS: The conference begins with dinner on Friday and ends with lunch on Sunday. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served on Saturday. All meals are at the meeting place, with simple, vegetarian menus. Everyone will be asked to share in preparation or cleanup.
COSTS: We are asking a $20-$50 sliding scale to cover the cost of the weekend, which we will try to keep low. For those who come for part of the weekend, please pay what you can. If necessary, we may take up a collection during the weekend to cover unexpected expenses.
P R O G R A MFriday, October 7
Contact person: Ruth Benn (800) 269-7464 or firstname.lastname@example.org