National War Tax Resistance Gathering and
Coordinating Committee Meeting

FRIDAY, May 1 -- Sunday, May 3, 2009
Community Mennonite Church
70 South High St.
Harrisonburg, VA

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Taxes for Peace Not War!

Please join us in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley this May for a mini-conference with people from around the country who refuse to pay for war. Hear stories of resistance, strategize with peace and justice activists, and find out how to stop paying for war. There will be a special focus on the legislative campaign for a Peace Tax Fund, its current status, and the pros and cons of the bill from a range of perspectives.

Hosted by the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC) and area friends.

The program is open to everyone with an interest in war tax resistance. Come for the whole weekend or one session (see below for program outline). Sunday morning, May 3, is an open organizational business meeting for NWTRCC.

PROGRAM

Representatives of war tax resistance (WTR) groups from around the country will attend and join local war resisters as presenters and facilitators for panels, group discussions, and workshops. The schedule below is subject to change. Please check the website or call for updated information.

FRIDAY EVENING, May 1

5 - 7:30 pm: Arrival, Registration, Dinner

7:30 pm: War tax resisters and the Obama budget, plus reports from Tax Day Actions (personal or group) and War Tax Boycott results.

Saturday, May 2

8 am - Breakfast

9 am - Welcome, Introductions, and Logistics. Small and large group discussions on the status of the War Tax Boycott, organizing strategies, possible preview of NWTRCC's new introductory film; update on IRS activity and trends in war tax resistance.

12:00 - 1:00pm - Lunch

1:00pm: Panel presentation on the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Bill followed by discussion; WTR 101-introductory/how-to workshop;

6:00 - Dinner

Evening - Free time to tour the area. We will also have available some recent war tax resistance/peace tax campaign films for viewing.

Sunday, May 3:

9:00 am - noon: NWTRCC Business Meeting
        Agenda includes continuing work on boycott and video; consultant review; check-in on priorities and budget approved at November meeting; selecting new Administrative Committee members; renewal of endorsement of Peace Tax Fund legislation; literature updates and new resource ideas. All welcome!

LOGISTICS

Location: Harrisonburg, Virginia, Hosted by local war tax resisters and friends. The mini-conference and meetings will be held at Community Mennonite Church, 70 South High St., cmcva.org/online. The Sunday meeting location will be at local office or home. Our meetings will be near the campus of Eastern Mennonite University, www.emu.edu.

Travel: Driving: Harrisonburg is right off Interstate 81. We will try to help connect folks for car pools. By Rail: Amtrak stops in Staunton and Charlottesville. (Staunton a bit closer.) By Air: Shenandoah Valley Airport, 20 minutes from Harrisonburg; Charlottesville (CHO), an hour away; Dulles International (IAD), 2 hours distance. Dulles will be cheaper, but please factor in the extra time. We will help with transportation between DC and Harrisonburg. (Please fly to Dulles if you fly to DC; it is the closest of the DC airports.) By bus: The closest bus station is in Charlottesville, an hour away.

Housing: Housing is in homes with local hosts.

Meals: The program begins with dinner on Friday and ends with lunch on Sunday. All meals are simple, vegetarian meals. Everyone will be asked to share in preparation or cleanup.

Costs: $15 registration fee in advance for the full weekend for those who can afford it; those attending for part of the weekend are asked to make a contribution in advance or during the weekend. No one will be turned away.

Local contact: Ray Gingerich, gingerrc@emu.edu or (540) 434-6876. Further travel and housing details will be sent after you register.

 


Registration Form

For full or partial weekend

I am (we are) coming to the war tax resistance gathering in Harrisonburg, VA

Name(s)______________________________________________________________
Address____________________________________________________________
Phone_______________________________
Email____________________________

# attending: _____Adults _____Children for:         Full weekend         Partial weekend

If partial, please check meals you will need:
Friday:         Dinner
Saturday:     Breakfast        Lunch         Dinner
Sunday:       Breakfast         Lunch

Accommodations:
____ I live in the Harrisonburg area and can offer housing for ___person(s).
____ I/we need a bed(s), please ____         Floor space OK ____
(Organizers will contact you if you need to bring a sleeping bag.)
____ I/we will find our own accommodations

I/We will be staying over these nights:        Thurs.         Fri.         Sat.         Sun.

Special needs: ____ Vegan         ____ Food Allergies
        Pet or other allergies: ___________________
Other__________________________________________________________
        _________________________________________________________

TRAVEL INFORMATION
I will be arriving by         Air         Car         Train         Bus

Airline/Flight Number/airport: ___________________________

Bus/Train Info: _____________________________

Date/approx. arrival time: ___________________________

Air/bus/train departure date and time_______________________

____ I need driving directions.

____ I can offer rides to ___ people from my area

____ I need to be picked up at the ___ Shenandoah Valley airport         ___ Charlottesville bus station
        ____ Amtrak station in Staughton        ____ Amtrak Station in Charlottesville
        ____ Charlottesville airport                 ____ Dulles airport

Fees and Registration Deadline

We are asking $15 registration fee for the weekend, or donations if you are attending part of the time. No one will be turned away for lack of funds, although a collection may be taken up during the weekend if costs have not been covered.

Enclosed is
___ $15 registration fee
(Please make checks payable to NWTRCC)

Please register by April 17 if possible (mail, phone, fax, email!) - especially if you need housing. Harrisonburg area folks coming for part of the weekend may register with the local contact above.

RETURN THIS FORM TO
NWTRCC, PO Box 150553, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Fax: (718) 768-4388 or Email: nwtrcc@nwtrcc.org
or phone in this information: (800) 269-7464