May Day did not go unnoticed at the National War Tax Resistance Gathering in Milwaukee. After dinner and networking at the Spring fundraiser for the Marquette Center for Peacemaking, we returned to appropriately named Harmony House for a rousing chorus of labor songs. Our singing was helped greatly by the guitar playing of Don Timmerman and the songbooks procured by IWW member Jerry Chernow.
Saturday's workshops included WTR 101 and 102, Social Media, ideas for coordinated WTR actions in 2016, Young Afghan Peace Volunteers presentation, and Trending in WTR. We had a public panel on Saturday evening, "Methods of Resistance," followed by the usual lively business meeting on Sunday morning.
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|Some of the current and potential war tax resisters who gathered for the weekend of May 1 - 3 at Casa Maria house and community in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Thanks to our hosts — Lincoln, Colleen, Don, Roberta — and everyone else who helped make it another successful weekend.|
|NWTRCC's Social Media Consultant
Erica Weiland at her tech station. This
was the first time we made available a
virtual connection to parts of the program
and the Sunday business meeting. It
worked pretty well, and we expect to
improve on it for future gatherings.
|The walls of Casa Maria were decorated
in advance of our arrival by the kids of
the families in transition who usually
inhabit the bedrooms. Casa takes a
break from housing families to clean
in May, so they had room for the
|More welcoming posters. NWTRCC found Casa Maria to be "The Bomb" (a nonviolent one) too.|
|Don Timmerman tried to keep us in tune. Cathy and Ed are singing a May Day favorite, Woody Guthrie's "Union Maid." Jerry Chernow of Lakeside Press provided the "International Workers' Day Sing Along" books, featuring 100 songs collected by the Madison May Day Committee.|
|NWTRCC Quartet starring on May Day at Harmony House. Everyone took their singing pretty seriously. Harmony House is part of the Catholic Worker community in Milwaukee.|
|George Martin of Peace Action Wisconsin,Mary Watkins of Coalition for Justice, and Ruth Benn, Coordinator for NWTRCC, each spoke at the Saturday night panel on Methods of Resistance. The program was held at St. Michael's Church and an audio recording will be online soon.||Lincoln Rice (left) feeling calmer after the evening panel ended and his most time-consuming tasks as key organizer for the weekend were coming to a close. Laura and Cullom gave the evening a thumbs up.|
|Sunday's business meeting included some laughs and a serious group studying their papers. LEFT: Ari facilitating wtih Cathy, Rachel, Ann, Alex, Gary and Jacob. RIGHT: Bill, Lincoln in background, Erica checking the virtual connections, Ruth and Robert preparing for the next agenda item.|
Photos above by Ruth Benn and Ed Kale.