National Gatherings and Coordinating Committee Meetings
NWTRCC sponsors two gatherings each year, usually over the first full weekends in November and May. Each national gathering (normally) starts with dinner on Friday and includes a mini-conference format on Friday evening and all day Saturday with panel discussions, action reports and analysis, how-to workshops, and strategy discussions. NWTRCC’s business meeting is held on Sunday morning. The gathering is open to everyone with an interest in war tax resistance. The location shifts regionally in the U.S. depending on invitations from local host groups.
National War Tax Resistance Gathering & Coordinating Committee Meeting
, North Manchester Indiana
Join us for our first in-person gathering since 2019. We are glad to be hosted by Joyfield Farm in northeastern Indiana. The program is still being determined, but the conference will begin with supper on Friday evening with a program afterward. There will also be sessions on Saturday morning and afternoon. As usual, we will have our business meeting on Sunday. Many of the sessions, including our business meeting will have an option for folks to participate on Zoom.
Joyfield Farm is an organic farm in north-central Indiana, about an hour west of Fort Wayne. The farm has WiFi, so portions of the conference will also be online. The setting will be slightly more rustic than usual with amenities such as outhouses. There is plenty of camping space, including inside of a large barn. Some families in the area will also host folks and provide beds, but these will be limited.
In our pandemic world, this farm provides one of the safest environments for meeting and sleeping. Unfortunately, the farm is not near any airports, train terminals, or bus terminals. Therefore, we ask that anyone planning to attend who would need a ride from one of these locations to please contact the NWTRCC office to arrange a ride before purchasing a ticket. The farm’s address is 4874 E 1400 N, North Manchester, Indiana 46962.
(Please register before April 30, 2023.)
*** Reports and Photo Links from Previous National Gatherings ***
Defunding Militarism & Creating a New Normal
November 4-6, 2022 • Online Conference
Spring 2022 NWTRCC Conference
April 29–May 1, 2022 • Online
Individual Resistance & Collective Power
November 5-7, 2021 • Online
Organizing for Systemic Peace
April 30–May 2, 2021 • Online
Watch this space for workshops and events in your area, or if you are planning a workshop or action in your area email the information, and we’ll list it here. If you would like to schedule a workshop or presentation for a group, please use the linked form.
Tax Season WTR 101 Session – Webinar Streaming on Facebook
Past Outreach and Community Meetings
Tax Season WTR 101 Session – Online
New England WTR 101 Session – Online
Sunday, March 27, 2022 (2p Eastern/ 1p Central/ 12p Mountain/ 11a Pacific)
War Tax Resistance 101 with David Gross – April 23, 2017
We Won’t Pay: War Tax Resistance 101 with Erica Weiland (Feb. 18, 2017)
Redirecting Taxes to Black, Brown, and Indigenous Resistance with Sam Koplinka-Loehr (Feb. 25, 2017)
Please be in touch with the NWTRCC office if you are willing to table or hand out some war tax resistance materials at an event near you or a conference that you are attending. We will ship you literature for the table and may be able to help pay the conference fees. Just ask!
16th International Conference of War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns
Organized by Conscience and Peace Tax International, this conference will take place in Geneva from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th September 2022. This conference has been planned to coincide with the UN Human Rights Council session at which they expect to provide testimony in support of conscientious objection to financially supporting the military. (Both the Council session and the conference were postponed from September 2021). There will be a possibility before and after the conference to attend the U.N. sessions. The Saturday session will be available on Zoom, but there is a registration fee. For more information, go to peacetaxinternational.org/conf/2022.
The 15th Annual Conference on War Tax Resistance & Peace Tax Campaigns was held in Edinburgh, Scotland on November 28 through December 1, 2019. The theme for this conference was “Paying for Peace not Paying for War.” NWTRCC will be sent a representative, whose report for the conference can be found here.
The first International Conference on War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns was held in Tübingen, Germany, in 1986. Conferences were held every-other-year, most often in Europe with a few exceptions: India in 1998; U.S. in 2000; and Colombia in 2013. While the conferences are organized by the local groups, Conscience and Peace Tax International (CPTI) was founded at the conference in Hondarribia, Spain, in 1994, to connect the groups working on legislative campaigns and to track legal issues internationally. The CPTI website includes reports from earlier conferences, links to groups, court documents, and more. After the 2013 conference, CPTI moved from Belgium to England, and the reorganization put conference organizing on hold until this year.
In 2016 representatives from many of the groups that attended the international conferences met at the World Congress on Military and Social Spending in Berlin, Germany, which was sponsored by the International Peace Bureau. NWTRCC’s representative Cathy Deppe participated in the conference and public demonstrations, tabled for NWTRCC, and joined members of Conscience and Peace Tax International for a workshop about military spending and peace tax campaigns. served as to the congress. Read her report.
NWTRCC has sent a representative to each meeting, and reports appear in our newsletter, More Than A Paycheck.