National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee

WTR Gathering • November 2010 • Building an Organized War (Tax) Resistance Movement

25th Annual New England Gathering
of War Tax Resisters and Supporters
and
National War Tax Resistance Gathering
and Coordinating Committee Meeting

Click here for brochure and registration form (PDF)

Nov. 5 (Friday evening): Cambridge Friends Meeting, 9 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, Mass.

Nov. 6 (Saturday): Cambridge Friends Meeting, 9 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, Mass.

Nov. 7 (Sunday): Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave., 5th Floor, Boston, Mass.

The 25th anniversary New England Gathering of War Tax Resisters and Supporters is an annual educational, networking, and support gathering for (potential) resisters, offering an opportunity for new communities to engage in war tax resistance and to learn from the rich history of war tax resistance/refusal/redirection (WTR) in New England.

The gathering will include panels, how-to sessions, small group discussions, strategizing to bring WTR to new groups, home-grown entertainment, and more. It will include support and new connections for those already resisting and history, how-tos, risks and rewards, and a chance to learn from past successes and failures for those new to the idea or considering whether WTR is for them.

The gathering is for both new and experienced war tax resisters as well as for those just testing the waters. Together we will share and expand our community of resistance.

All meals will be provided by Pacifeast Caterers; childcare will be available to pre-registrants; and housing can be arranged for those who need it. Registration is on a sliding scale.

For questions or more information:
Email Larry Dansinger or call him at (207) 525-7776

See below for a text version of the registration form or click here for a PDF version

The 2010 New England War Tax Resisters Gathering will take place in concert with the semi-annual meeting of the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC), sharing our space and activities on Friday evening thru Sunday lunch. A WTR counselor training will be offered by NWTRCC on Sunday afternoon from 1–5 PM.

Please pre-register for the the Counselors’ Training. Contact Ruth Benn, NWTRCC coordinator.

Schedule

Friday evening (Cambridge Friends Meetinghouse)

5–6:45 pm: Registration and dinner

6:45–7:15 pm: Welcome and logistics

7:15–9:00 pm: Panel discussion. Topics include: Where our tax dollars really go, what is war tax resistance/refusal (WTR), history of WTR, and one resister’s story, followed by discussion and a Question and Answer session.

9–9:45 pm: Networking, informal discussions

Saturday (Cambridge Friends Meetinghouse)

7:30–8:45 am: Breakfast

9–9:30 am: Welcome and introductions

9:30–10:15 am: Anti-"war stories" of WTR

10:30–11:30 am: Two large-group discussions:

  1. How to do WTR for those making a taxable income
  2. Practicing WTR on a low income

11:30 am–noon: Summary of highlights from the two groups

Noon–1 pm: Lunch

1:15–2:30 pm: Small-group discussions: Reaching out to new WTRs – youth, people of color, anarchists and political radicals, women, environmentalists, conservatives, etc.

2:45–3:45 pm: Small-group discussions: Strategies for promoting WTR in your community (meet geographically)

4–5 pm: Q&A for new and potential WTRs, planning for next year’s Gathering, other small-group discussions (make a proposal)

5–6 pm: Free time

6–7:30 pm: Dinner

7:30 pm: Talent show. Bring your instruments, voices, songs, poetry, jokes, skits, etc.

Sunday (Encuentro 5)

8–9 am: Breakfast

9:15–11am: Strategizing a stronger WTR movement, especially in eastern Mass.

9:15–11:45 am: NWTRCC Meeting

11–11:45 am: justice and peace singing (if space available)

Noon–1 pm: Lunch and cleanup

1–5 pm: NWTRCC counselor training (preparing WTRs to counsel others)

Logistics

Location and facilities

Friday and Saturday programs will be held at Cambridge Friends Meetinghouse, 9 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, just off Brattle Street (about 6–8 blocks west on Brattle St. from Harvard Square and MBTA Red Line subway stop). The building is wheelchair accessible, and has a large meeting room, kitchen, and smaller rooms.

Sunday meetings take place at Encuentro 5, on the 5th floor of the UNITE/HERE building, 33 Harrison St., in downtown Boston on the edge of Chinatown (Orange Line “Chinatown” stop is the closest subway). Encuentro 5 houses the Mass Global Action Network and a number of other progressive labor and social action groups. The space, unfortunately, is not wheelchair accessible, although there is an elevator. Detailed directions to the sites will be sent to you upon receipt of registration.

Meals, housing, and childcare

Six vegetarian meals will be provided from Friday supper through Sunday lunch. Participants will be asked to help with meal preparation and cleanup. Please indicate on the registration form any special dietary needs or restrictions. Joanne Sheehan and Rick Gaumer of Pacifeast Catering will be cooking.

Housing will be “on your own,” but we will have bed and couch spaces available for anyone who needs a place to stay overnight. Please note that on the registration form, and we will contact you to make those arrangements, either before the weekend or when you arrive at Cambridge Friends Meeting.

Childcare is available at no cost for Friday evening and Saturday activities at Cambridge Friends Meeting. You must register by Oct. 25th indicating your need for childcare to be guaranteed that it will be available.

Registration

Cost for the weekend is $10–50 per adult (sliding scale; less for those attending only part of the weekend). Children 12 and under are free. Pay less if necessary, more if possible. All are welcome, whatever you pay.

Mail registration form by October 30th with a deposit (you decide how much) payable to Becky Pierce/NEWTR, 41A Brent St., Dorchester, MA 02124. You may email your registration (without deposit) to Larry Dansinger at rosc@psouth.net. Questions? Contact Larry at (207) 525-7776.

Walk-in registration is also possible, but we encourage you to register in advance, which will help with planning, meals, and logistics. We can only guarantee childcare for those who pre-register by October 25.

Registration form (Copy form and mail or email registration information to the address or email noted below)

New England WTR weekend

Name(s) ________________________________

Mailing address __________________________

_______________________________________

Phone _________________________________

E-mail _________________________________

Enclosed is my deposit of $______ payable to NEWTR. Cost for the entire weekend is $10–50 per adult. (See Registration section.)

Housing:

__ I need housing: __ Friday night __Saturday night __(Contact me.)

__ I will not need housing or will provide my own

Childcare:

__ I need childcare. Please list ages:__________ Register by Oct. 25th.

Counselors’ Training Sunday afternoon, 1–5 pm

__ I/we plan to stay for the training.

Rideshare:

__ I need a ride from _____________________

__ I can offer a ride from __________________

Please indicate any special needs pertaining to diet, mobility, health concerns, or anything else we should know to make your stay comfortable:

_______________________________________

_______________________________________

Return this form, preferably by Oct. 30th, to:
Becky Pierce/NEWTR
41A Brent Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
(617) 282-3783

Walk-in registration is also possible, but we encourage you to register in advance, which will help with planning, meals, and logistics. We can only guarantee childcare for those who pre-register by Oct. 25th.

For last-minute questions or email registration:
Larry Dansinger, rosc@psouth.net or (207) 525-7776.