Gatherings and Events

National Gatherings
International Conferences
Regional and Local Events — 2020 Workshops, meetings, conferences
Webinars – WTR 101 and more

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 (normally) starts with dinner on Friday and includes a mini-conference format on Friday evening and all day Saturday with panel discussions, action reports and analysis, how-to workshops, and strategy discussions. NWTRCC’s business meeting is held on Sunday morning. The gathering 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.


National War Tax Resistance Gathering & Coordinating Committee Meeting

Defunding Militarism & Creating a New Normal

, Online Gathering

(Due to of COVID-19, this event will not be held online.)

Join us the first full weekend in November for a mini-conference on Friday and Saturday (and our business meeting on Sunday). Check Program Schedule below for more details.

In order to participate in the event, you will need a computer with a camera. You could also use a smartphone, but a computer is preferable. You need to register before the event in order to be sent connection info for the conference. (Please register before November 1, 2020.)

Weekend Program & Schedule

online registration form


*** Reports and Photo Links from Previous National Gatherings ***

Divest from War! Invest in Justice

May 2-3, 2020 Online Conference

Minutes from business meeting • Blog report “War Tax Resistance & the Environment: Conference Recap” by Lincoln Rice

Yes to Earth! No to War Taxes!

November 1–3, 2019 • Portland & Corvallis, Oregon

Minutes from our business meetingBlog report “War Tax Resistance Conference Recap” by Lincoln Rice

NWTRCC & DC Catholic Workers at the Venezuelan Embassy after the Sunday Business Meeting. Photo Courtesy of Chrissy Kirchhoefer.

 

Divest the Pentagon–Invest in People

May 3–5, 2019 • Washington, DC

Hosted by NWTRCC in collaboration with the Dorothy Day House Catholic Worker in Washington, DC.

Minutes from our business meetingBlog report “War Tax Resistance Conference in DC” by Lincoln RiceVideo from Opening Night Session on Iran & Venezuela with Code Pink CoFounder Medea Benjamin

 

 

The Science of Peace

November 2–4, 2018 • Cleveland, Ohio

Hosted by NWTRCC in collaboration with the Cleveland Catholic Worker & the Cleveland Nonviolence Network.

Minutes from our business meetingBlog report “The (Art and) Science of Peace” by Erica LeighVideo from Opening Night Session on Resistance to Cleveland National Air Show

 

Regional and Local Events • War Tax Resistance Workshops and More

Watch this space for workshops and events in your area, or if you are planning a workshop or action in your area email the information, and we’ll list it here. If you would like to schedule a workshop or presentation for a group, please use the linked form.

WTR 101 Session – Online

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 (8p Eastern/ 7p Central/ 6p Mountain/ 5p Pacific)
This session is hosted by NWTRCC and geared toward people that are considering war tax resistance or have recently started war tax resistance. It will be hosted on Zoom.
The event is free, but registration is required. Please register here.
For more information, contact Lincoln at nwtrcc@nwtrcc.org or 262-399-8217.

 

Past Outreach and Community Meetings 2020 & 2019

WTR 101 Sessions – Vista, California

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 5:00–6:30pm
Thursday, March 12, 2020, 5:00-6:30pm
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 5:00-6:30pm
Saturday, March 21, 2020, Noon-1:30pm
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 5:30-7:00pm
Sunday, April 5, 2020, Noon-1:30pm
Peace Resource Center of San Diego, 3850 Westgate Place, San Deigo, CA 92105
Join us at any of our WTR 101 sessions and learn the different ways you can make a difference.
Your taxes should go to support democracy. This discussion looks at the ways you can invest in peace and divest from war. Facilitator Anne Barron is a war tax redirector/resister and a board member at the Peace Resource Center of San Diego. For more information, contact Anne at anne@prcsd.org.

 

How to Refuse to Pay Taxes for War
War Tax Resistance Workshop – New York City
Tuesday, March  10, 2020, 6:30pm
Maryhouse Catholic Worker, 55 E 3rd Street, New York, NY 10003 (near 2nd Avenue, between 1st and 2nd Aves)

TOPICS INCLUDE which taxes go to war; how to resist; risks, joys, and consequences of resistance; federal budget basics; resources and support; plenty of time for Q & A. Sponsored by NYC War Resisters League. Info can also be found on their Facebook page.

 

Introduction to War Tax Resistance – San Francisco, California
Sunday, March 22, 2020, 1:00pm
San Francisco Friends Meeting, 65 9th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.
Join us and learn the different ways you can make a difference.
This session will explore where your federal incomes go and what you can do about it. Facilitator David Hartsough is a war tax resister who has regularly spoken on the topic. For more information, contact David at davidrhartsough@gmail.com or  415-751-5708.

 

WTR 101 Session – Vista, California

Saturday, January  25, 2020, 1:003:00pm
Vista Teacher Association, 2141 Industrial Court, Suite C, Vista, CA 92081
Join us in WTR 101 and learn the different ways you can make a difference.
Your taxes should go to support democracy. This hour-long discussion looks at the ways you can invest in peace and divest from war. Facilitator Anne Barron is a war tax redirector/resister and a board member at the Peace Resource Center of San Diego. For more information, contact Anne at anne@prcsd.org.
WTR Potluck & Conversation
West Berkeley, California War Tax Resistance Meeting
Saturday, September 7, 2019 1:00 – 3:00pm (address given upon RSVP)
Please join us for good food, personal stories and questions about war tax resistance & redirection, and conversations about spreading the word, especially in light of nuclear escalations, military at the southern border, wall being built from Pentagon funds, and on and on. Whatever happened to the supposed peace dividend from ending the Viet Nam War?  Please rsvp to Sara—info@sarasunstein.com.

Always available on YouTube — view yourself or with a group!

War Tax Resistance 101 with David Gross – April 23, 2017

We Won’t Pay:  War Tax Resistance 101 with Erica Weiland (Feb. 18, 2017)

Redirecting Taxes to Black, Brown, and Indigenous Resistance with Sam Koplinka-Loehr (Feb. 25, 2017)

Please be in touch with the NWTRCC office if you are willing to table or hand out some war tax resistance materials at an event near you or a conference that you are attending. We will ship you literature for the table and may be able to help pay the conference fees. Just ask!

International Conferences

The 15th Annual Conference on War Tax Resistance & Peace Tax Campaigns will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland on November 28 through December 1, 2019. The theme for this conference is “Paying for Peace not Paying for War.” NWTRCC will be sending a representative, but the conference is open to all and is expected to cost under £100, though accommodation is extra. They hosts will be assisting with options for accommodation from hostels through to hotels. More information can be found on the Conscience UK website.

The first International Conference on War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns was held in Tübingen, Germany, in 1986. Conferences were 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 earlier conferences, links to groups, court documents, and more. After the 2013 conference, CPTI moved from Belgium to England, and the reorganization put conference organizing on hold until this year.

A protest in front of the Reichstag - two people hold a banner reading "BAN URANIUM WEAPONS" in front of a scattered group of about 40 people.

Cathy Deppe (right) holds a Ban Uranium Weapons banner in front of the Reichstag, Berlin, Germany, September 2016.

In 2016 representatives from many of the groups that attended the international conferences met at the World Congress on Military and Social Spending in Berlin, Germany, which was sponsored by the International Peace Bureau. NWTRCC’s representative Cathy Deppe participated in the conference and public demonstrations, tabled for NWTRCC, and joined members of Conscience and Peace Tax International for a workshop about military spending and peace tax campaigns.  served as  to the congress. Read her report.

NWTRCC has sent a representative to each meeting, and reports appear in our newsletter, More Than A Paycheck.