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IRS Should Embrace Race Data

Earlier this year, Professor Leslie Book of the Villanova University Law School stated, “The IRS has yet to fully acknowledge its role as one of the most important federal agencies in terms of delivering benefits.” According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), from April 2020 through the end of 2021, the IRS distributed $837.5 billion… Continue reading

John Stoner Interviewed by Mennonite Church USA

[Editor’s Note: The Mennonite Church USA recently awarded John Stoner with the Bring the Peace Award. In February, Jessica Griggs, blog editor for MC USA, interviewed John. The original interview with video can be found at tinyurl.com/4v549s64. This interview is published with the permission of MC USA.] Q: What does “bring the peace” mean to… Continue reading

War Tax Resistance Penalty Fund: Supporting Resisters for over 40 Years

[Editor’s Note: In the latest letter for the War Tax Resistance Penalty Fund, Peter Smith provided a brief history of the fund, which began the same year as NWTRCC. More information about the Penalty Fund can be found at wtrpf.org] The last NWTRCC gathering was at Joyfield farm in North Manchester, Indiana (May 2023). This… Continue reading

The Other September 11th

As September 11 approaches, New York City slides into mourning for the 2,977 lives lost in the city, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC in 2001, plus the lives of first responders who have since died from 9/11-related illnesses. It was a terrible, unforgettable day — for those who lost family and friends and all of us… Continue reading

NWTRCC Poll for Online Event

NWTRCC’s upcoming conference in New York (November 3-5, 2023) will be in-person, but also have opportunities for people to join us online. Nevertheless, we know that the online experience is more interactive when an event is completely online. So at some point in the near future, we plan on having a completely online event. With… Continue reading

Juanita Nelson Celebration in Happy Valley

August 18th, 19th, and 20th I had the great pleasure of getting to know the amazing Juanita Nelson through the stories of those who knew her and her partner, Wally. The gathering at Woolman Hill in Deerfield, Massachusetts organized by the Nelson Legacy Project which celebrated her 100th birthday anniversary was incredibly inspiring and eye… Continue reading

Finding Peace in a Constant State of Uncertainty

By Lindsey Britt Uncertainty. Unknowns. Confusion. These aren’t my favorite feelings or states of being. After talking and interacting for nearly four decades with other humans, I feel confident saying a lot of people share my dislike for those feelings. In my experience, practicing war tax resistance by filing taxes and refusing to pay or… Continue reading

WRL Pie Chart for World War I?

[Editor’s Note: Ed Hedemann created this post for a portion of NWTRCC’s website in 2015 that no longer exists. With it being the 100th anniversary of War Resisters League this year, it seemed appropriate to re-post it.] Had the War Resisters League been founded a few years earlier than 1923 and was producing its annual… Continue reading

Legacy of Witness: MennoCon 23

When the largest denomination of Mennonites in the U.S. met in Kansas City for MennoCon 19, H.A. Penner, along with other Mennonite war tax resisters, had put together a proposal that the Mennonite Church U.S.A. renew its Church Peace Tax Fund. The historical peace church had previously established a war tax alternative fund in the… Continue reading

Positive Responses to WTR

This string came off the war tax resistance listserve, which you can sign up for here. Ask questions, start a discussion topic, like Angie did, or ask for feedback about an issue related to war tax resistance. Angie got it started: I’m starting this thread to see if anyone has any stories they’d like to… Continue reading

I am a “Symbolic Resister”

Picture of Shirley Whiteside.

By Shirley Whiteside Back in December 2021, I wrote a letter to my 2 U.S. Senators — with no expectation — just a need to vent. I had written to both about U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar and Sen. Rand Paul’s joint resolution that would have stopped the arms sale to Saudi Arabia for use in… Continue reading