Tuesday, March 31, 2015
7:00 - 8:30 pm
War Resisters League
339 Lafayette Street, Manhattan
corner of Bleecker and Lafayette
Subways: #6 train at “Bleecker Street” stop; or B, D, F, M trains at “Broadway-Lafayette” stop; R train at “Prince Street” stop
Whether you’re a longtime resister or have never done it before, this is the workshop you need to attend to get your questions answered about filing or not, how much to refuse, what are the likely consequences, and hearing stories of what’s happened to others. If you’ve already filed and couldn’t figure out what to do about resistance, come to the workshop, because there’s always next year.
And remember the words of Afghanistan’s president Ashraf Ghani, speaking at the Pentagon earlier this week: “I would also like to thank the American taxpayer for his and her hard-earned dollars that has enabled us.”
More info: NYC War Resisters League, 718-768-7306
Paying for Peace NOT War: Conscientious Objection to paying taxes for war
Monday, April 13
Deep Roots Market (community room)
600 N. Eugene St.
Free presentation includes 30-minute video, handouts and discussion of legal and illegal ways to refuse paying for war. Email Daniel for more info.
October 16-18, 2015, Pioneer Valley Co-Housing in Amherst, Massachusetts. Mark your calendars now and watch this space for more information during the summer
The 29th annual New England Gathering of War Tax Resisters and Supporters was held October 3–5 at The New School in Kennebunk, Maine. Jason Rawn, organizer for the weekend, reported that there were about 15 attendees for the full weekend and others for part of the time. One of the highlights was a reading of "Project Unspeakable" a play inspired by James Douglass' 2010 book, JFK and the Unspeakable. The reading was open to the public and drew in new faces. Another highlight was the presentation by CodePink activist Lisa Savage, titled "How A Nice, Middle Class Girl Became A War Tax Resister."
Brandywine Peace Community monthly potluck supper and program a large-screen showing of the 30-minute NWTRCC film, Death & Taxes was held on April 13, 2014, at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut Street. The program included an intergenerational presentation of war tax resistance experiences by longtime resister Robin Harper and newer resister Ari Rosenberg. The program was sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community at (610) 544‒1818.
The workshop was held Feb. 7–8 at the M.K. Gandhi Institute For Nonviolence in Rochester, New York — what a great place and great people! We started off by writing some of our thoughts on the wall — yes, a wall you are allowed to write on! Starting on Friday evening and going most of the day on Saturday we could cover a lot of material, share stories, and also have time for one-on-one counseling for people trying to figure out how to get started refusing to pay for war. Thanks very much to our hosts. Read more about it from one of the particpants, and on our blog.
Photo at the Amazing Planet! Farm & Justice Center by Ed Hedemann.
You can still see photos from the 2012 New England gathering in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the transcript from a panel discussion, “Does WTR Have a Political Future?”
The annual vigil and demonstration at the School of Americas was held over the weekend of November 16–18. Despite the turnout being down again this year and our having fewer people to work the NWTRCC table than usual, the quality of interest seemed way up. We referred a lot of people to area contacts. Perhaps our having a workshop in the program lent some “legitimacy” to our position?
What we had to sell at our table we sold, including a Thoreau teaching kit, two Death and Taxes DVDs, and most of the booklets, buttons, and stickers. We gave out almost all of the free literature too. What’s left over I hope to sell at our Alternative New Year at Kings Bay Trident Base this year.
For the first time we held an introductory workshop, which was crowded and went well despite the late hour (9:30–11 p.m. on Saturday). We showed Death and Taxes, and Mary Regan and Jason Rawn facilitated the discussion. Jack Payden-Travers, Executive Director of the Peace Tax Fund said a few words about the campaign, and we heard from a newly elected member of the Board of Conscience Canada.
Thanks to Mary, Jason, David Waters, and Coleman Smith, Puppetista extraordinaire, who was really promoting our next gathering in Asheville. Excitement is building for a great get-together next May.
—Robert Randall, Brunswick, Ga.
The 26th Annual New England Regional Gathering of War Tax Resisters was held on Nov. 4–6 at Pioneer Valley Cohousing in Amherst, Massachusetts. In this congenial setting, some 36 or so resisters (and a few testing the waters) gathered to address this year’s theme, “On Being a War Tax Resister: Public or Private?” Perhaps the highlight of the weekend was Ed Hedemann’s keynote presentation, “The Many Faces of War Tax Resistance.” Ed, a leading authority… Read more
The Southeast Gathering of War Tax Resisters was held in collaboration with the annual Alternative New Year’s in St. Mary’s, Georgia, December 31–January 3, 2010. Click here for the newsletter article about the Gathering.
Contact New South Network of War Resisters if you would like to attend or help organize the next regional gathering.