Another excellent war tax resistance gathering, this one well hosted by Milwaukee War Tax Resistance, Casa Maria Catholic Worker, and Madison Area WTR Alternative Fund. Thanks to all for their time and effort, which helped make it such a good weekend.
Some out-of-town attendees came in early for a visit to the Special Collections and University Archives at Marquette University, which houses the papers of Catholic Worker and Dorothy Day, including documents on war tax resistance. Archivist and friend Phil Runkel put out papers relevant to the gathering, including many letters by and articles about Ammon Hennacy.
Listen to Patrick Kennelly’s workshop presentation on the Afghan Peace Volunteers.
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Listen to the panel on Methods of Resistance with Mary Watkins, activist in Milwaukee who has been very involved in actions about police violence and shootings; George Martin, antiwar activist with Peace Action in Milwaukee and nationally, active with the Green Party, and many other groups; and, Ruth Benn, NWTRCC Coordinator. (Audio only)
MInutes from the Coordinating Committee business meeting
Our November gathering, “War Tax Objection for Peace and Justice,” was hosted by Professor Lonnie Valentine at the Earlham College School of Religion. More than forty people attended the conference, which began with a talk by Lonnie on Friday afternoon and ended wih the NWTRCC business meeting on Sunday morning.
Minutes from the business meeting with links to other reports (being added over the next few days Nov. 18-20)
Our gathering was hosted by the Peace Resource Center of San Diego, with offices in the beautiful Friends Center (pictured). We are very grateful to Director Mariah Gayler and everyone who welcomed us to the Center and San Diego.
Read Erica Weiland’s blog post about the weekend, “Food, friends, and the future of war tax resistance” on the War Tax Talk blog.
See photos from our fabulous time together.
Read David Gross’s fresh-from-the-weekend blog.
Photos from the weekend, including the “Economic Disobedience” panel on Friday night at Maryhouse Catholic Worker, animated discussions on Saturday at the Sixth Street Community Center, and New York pizza and plenty of dessert in Brooklyn on Saturday night.
“As usual, it was energizing and cheering to be with everyone, meeting old friends again and getting to know some of the local war tax resisters…” Read more on our blog
What a weekend. You can:
Thanks to all our Asheville hosts and especially Coleman, Carlos, Bill, Redmoonsong, and Clare:
We started the weekend with bannering on a busy street corner in Colorado Springs, ended Saturday evening with a program celebrating NWTRCC’s 30th anniversary, and concluded with an excellent lunch on Sunday. In between we held sessions about the fear and consequences of resistance, the federal budget and debt, social media and online outreach, mutual aid, local organizing, and more! Thanks to our Colorado Springs hosts for a great weekend.
Photos from the weekend with links to notes from workshops and videos from the anniversary program.
A highlight of the weekend: First Strike Theatre’s “Price of Freedom Game Show” skit.
We had a great and productive time in Chicago! We participated in the mass protest against NATO, which was meeting in Chicago while we were there. Click here for photos of our contingent and the protest.
Thanks to our Kansas City hosts! We had a great gathering and ended it with a demonstration at the new nuclear parts plant being built in Kansas City, Mo. We are grateful to the First Central Church of the Brethren in K.C., Kan., for hosting the gathering Friday and Saturday, and to Beth Seberger, pictured left, for hosting the Sunday meeting at her home. The other key organizers, l to r, are Ann Suellentrop, Charles Carney, and Jane Stoever. Another local organizer, Ron Faust, led a poetic and informative workshop (right) telling his story and reading from his book of poetry, Prophetic Poetry.
Click here for PeaceWorks, Kansas City, December 2011 newsletter
Click here for Susan Miller’s article (with more links and photos).
Click here for more photos.
Click here for National Catholic Reporter article and photos by Robyn Haas.
Thanks to the organizing committee (l to r) David Gross, Susan Quinlan, Alice Green, Larry Harper, Eszter Freeman, and Jay Sordean (and Jon Marley, not in photo) for a great gathering, drawing participants from the area and from Oregon, Georgia, Maine, New York, Kansas, Illinois, and Missouri. Our hosts were from Northern California War Tax Resistance and Sonoma County Taxes for Peace, and we really appreciate all the work they did to make the weekend a success. Click here for a write up and links to notes from various sessions and workshops, including on Teaching Thoreau, Homebrewing, Confrontational WTR, New Priorities Network, and more!
Cambridge Friends Meeting hosted the Friday and Saturday sessions of the 25th annual New England Gathering of War Tax Resisters and Supporters. NWTRCC’s fall gathering and business meeting were held in conjunction, and it was such a great weekend that all the folks pictured were still there after lunch on Sunday. Our Sunday meetings were held at Encuentro 5, a fine office and organizing space for activists organizations in central Boston. For more on the weekend, click for a newsletter report from the NWTRCC business meeting, full minutes, and notes from sessions on taxable income/low income resistance and anti-war stories.
Jack Cohen-Joppa (left), one of our hosts and co-editor of Nuclear Resister, tells participants during the weekend gathering in Tucson about activism in Tucson. We also learned about border issues and discussed the new Arizona immigration law. Speakers at the session on immigration were Dan Millis, with the Sierra Club Borderlands project, who was the first of 15 or so humanitarians who were cited with littering for leaving water for migrants in the desert on Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge; Rev. Gene Lefebvre, co-founder of No More Deaths; and, Rachel Winch, a volunteer delegation leader with Borderlinks. A map showed the location of deaths in the desert, along with water stations set out for those crossing. Plenty of time was spent on war tax resistance, but we also heard about the Disarm Now! actions in New York City in May.
Veterans for Peace National President Mike Ferner (blue shirt) and attorney Phil Althouse, right, spoke to the gathering about their work and making connections with war tax resisters. For more on their talks see the “Making Connections”. Also pictured (l to r) Joffre Stewart, Maria Smith, and Ruth Benn. Photo by David Gross.
For more photos and impressions from the gathering, see David Gross’s blog.