War Tax Resistance Online Gathering and Coordinating Committee Meeting
November 6-8, 2020
Weekend Schedule (subject to some adjustments)
(Times listed are Eastern & Pacific – Please adjust times for your area)
Defunding Militarism and Creating a New Normal
Friday, November 6
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm (5p-6:30p Pacific): Social Hour
This session will be composed of two separate 30-minute breakout sessions. In each breakout session, participants will be randomly placed in groups of 5 people. Each group will be given a set of questions aimed toward folks getting a chance to know one another and their own resistance stories. Normally, when we gather in person, folks get a chance to chat with people they do not know during breaks and meals. This session provides an opportunity for participants to chat with one another, something that is often missing in large online gatherings.
Saturday, November 7
11:00 am – 1:00p (8a-10a) Concurrent Sessions for Newly Interested and Current War Tax Resisters
- War Tax Resistance 101: An introduction to the why and how of this form of resistance, with discussion of potential consequences and resource referral. For people new to WTR or just getting started. Facilitated by Bill Glassmire, Corvallis, Oregon, who became a WTR in 1990 to resist US militarism & Chrissy Kirchhoefer, NWTRCC Communications Consultant
- War Tax Resistance 201: Updates, trends, and Q&A for current war tax resisters. With NWTRCC Coordinator Lincoln Rice and the expert resisters in attendance!
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (11a-1p): Strategic Planning Session for WTR in the 2020s
- This session will explore how WTR fits in a culture that is questioning American priorities in the wake of Covid-19, Defund the Police, the Climate Crisis, and four years of a presidency that wants to keep the military budget at its current levels. A large part of this session will consist of small break-out sessions. Bring ideas!
5:00 – 7:00 pm (2p-4p): Community & Resistance
- Anti-militarism activists and war tax resisters in Colorado Springs (the original host for our gathering before it went virtual) will share experiences of creating and sustaining a community of support in their resistance work—amid a military mecca city and against the tax money that funds it. There will be plenty of time for questions, responses, and discussion. The session will begin with a brief performance from First Strike Theatre, actor-vists who use shtick and song to take swings at current social/political realities.
Sunday, November 8
11:00a – 2:00p Eastern (8a-11a Pacific): NWTRCC Business meeting (open to all)