Please join us for a weekend of workshops, discussions, and presentations about refusing to support the war machine with our money. Friday evening and Saturday will include presentations and discussions about actions and organizing by war tax resisters, including legal cases, peace tax legislation, ideas for coordinated tax season actions in 2016, and a workshop for people new to war tax resistance and wanting to learn the how-tos. We'll also hit the streets and vigil at a military facility in or near Las Vegas.
The program is open to everyone with an interest in war tax resistance and related organizing. Presenters will include longtime war tax resisters from around the country and Las Vegas area activists. The NWTRCC business meeting is Sunday morning and is open to all. Local participants are invited to come for all or part of the program. See below for the draft schedule or updates online at nwtrcc.org/meetings.php.
Out-of-towners please register in advance for housing and meals; local participants may come to any or all sessions without prior registration.
9 am - 3 pm: NWTRCC Administrative Committee meets
4 - 7 pm: Arrival to 500 West Van Buren Avenue - Las Vegas, Nevada 89106. Dinner
7:30 pm: Legislative and legal efforts with Jennifer Carr, author "Complicity and Collection: Religious Freedom and Tax," William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada
6:30 - 8 am: Help with soup line in nearby park (optional)
8 - 9 am: Breakfast
9 - 9:30 am: Introductions and Orientation
9:30 - 10:30 am: Talking about War Tax Resistance (WTR ) Brainstorm about WTR presentations and workshops
10:30 - 12:15 am:
12:30- 1:30 pm: Lunch
1:45 - 3:30 pm: Tax Season 2016 Action Planning Proposals and discussion for coordinated actions beginning with Martlin Luther King Jr. Day and building to tax day
3:45 - 4:30 pm: What's going on in Las Vegas?
4:30 - ? Vigil at a military facility in or near Las Vegas
Saturday evening is unplanned but could include extended discussions on the topics above or new topics.
8 - 9 am: Breakfast
9 am: NWTRCC Business meeting, including reports on outreach efforts and materials, decisions on proposals, finances and budget and objectives, etc. It's more interesting than it sounds! All welcome!
Noon Lunch followed by departures
Location: The weekend is hosted by the Catholic Worker Community in Las Vegas. The arrival address and central meeting location is 500 West Van Buren Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada 89106.
Las Vegas Catholic Worker (LVCW) was founded by Julia Occhiogrosso and Rick Chun in 1986 after Julia had participated in a Nevada Desert Experience Lenten Desert Witness at the Nuclear Test Site. LVCW was commissioned by the Los Angeles Catholic Worker as the first of many sister houses.
The first Las Vegas house was St. John the Baptist House, devoted to serving the hidden poor of glamour city Las Vegas and support a faith-based nonviolent campaign to bring an end to the testing and development of nuclear weapons. Since then the community has grown to 3 houses, a newsletter, coffee line for day laborers, liturgies, hospitality and vigils at the federal building. In 1991 Gary Cavalier moved to LVCW, and he and Julia were married in 1995. Together with their two sons and the family of CW volunteers they continue to experiment with the grand adventure of living the hope of the Catholic Worker vision. For more info see www.lvcw.org.
Travel: Las Vegas is served by buses and air travel. Amtrak does not stop in Las Vegas but makes bus connections. Please note your arrival and departure times on the registration form. If you are driving and can offer rides or might be able to stop and pick others up at the airport or bus station let us know. More information will be sent after you register, or call the NWTRCC office 800-269-7464 or 718-768-3420 for help. Allow travel time to and from the airport or stations to fully participate in the program. If possible, please arrive on Friday and depart on Sunday as housing is limited on other nights.
Housing: In the Catholic Worker community, within walking distance of the meeting location. There are some beds and plenty of floor space. If you need housing, please register as early as possible to facilitate arrangements. If you would like to find your own accommodations, America's Best Value Inn is an 18-min walk (1000 N. Main St., 89109).
Meals: The program begins with dinner on Friday and ends with lunch on Sunday. All meals are vegetarian, and everyone helps with prep and clean up. Please note special diets on the registration form.
Costs: We are asking $15 registration fee in advance for those who can afford it. No one will be turned away. Those who come for part of the weekend are asked to make a contribution in advance or on site.