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Building an Organized War (Tax) Resistance Movement
25th Annual New England Regional Gathering of War Tax Resisters and Supporters
"Building an Organized War (Tax) Resistance Movement"
Friday-Sunday, November 5-7, 2010
Cambridge Friends Meeting (5th-6th), 9 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, MA
and Encuentro 5 (7th), 33 Harrison St., Boston
WHY WE COME TOGETHER AND THEME OF THE 25th ANNUAL GATHERING
The New England Regional Gathering of War Tax Resisters provides an opportunity to gain the information and make the connections necessary in successfully doing war tax resistance/refusal/redirection (WTR). The gathering is for both new and experienced war tax resisters, as well as for those just testing the waters. Together we will share and expand our community of resistance to rampant US militarism and endless war.
We need a vibrant war tax resistance/refusal/redirection (WTR) movement for a strong anti-war movement; we need an active anti-war movement for a healthy WTR movement. And we need strong movements for social and economic justice, democratic institutions, reduced resource consumption and local economies, etc. that connect all the dots for the well-being of humans and the environment. We need “an Organized War (Tax) Resistance Movement.” This gathering helps to build that movement in New England and beyond.
This gathering will offer reasons why WTR is an effective strategy and the how-to’s and nuts and bolts details of how to begin refusing/resisting/redirecting federal income and phone taxes.
We will combine our gathering with the semi-annual meeting of the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC). NWTRCC provides information, referral, and support to WTRs, produces resources, publicizes those who are doing WTR, sponsors or supports initiatives and campaigns, and participates in international WTR networks. Some of those most active nationally in the WTR movement will join us to tell their stories and update us on national and international WTR campaigns.
Friday Evening (Cambridge Friends Meetinghouse)
5-6:45 PM: Registration and Dinner
6:45-7:15 PM: Welcome and logistics
7:15-9 PM: Panel discussion: topics include: where our tax dollars really go, what is war tax resistance/refusal (WTR), history of WTR, one resister’s story, followed by discussion and Q&A.
9-9:45 PM: Networking, informal discussions
Saturday (Cambridge Friends)
7:30-8:45 AM: Breakfast
9-9:30 AM Welcome and introductions
9:30-10:15 AM: Anti-“War Stories” of war tax resistance
10:30-11:30: Two large group discussions: (1) How to do WTR for those making a taxable income and (2) Practicing WTR on a low income.
11:30-noon: Summary of highlights from the two groups
noon-1 PM: Lunch
1:15-2:30 PM: Small group discussions: Reaching out to new WTRs—youth, people of color, anarchists and political radicals, women, environmentalists, conservatives, etc.
2:45-3-45 PM: Small group discussions: Strategies for promoting WTR in your community (meet geographically)
4-5 PM: Q & A for new and potential WTRs , separate group to plan next year's gathering, other small group discussions (make a proposal)
5-6 PM: Free time
6-7:30 PM: Dinner
7:30 PM: Talent Show: Bring your instruments and voices--songs, poetry, comedy, skits, etc.
Sunday (Encuentro 5)
8-9 AM: Breakfast
9:15-11 AM:, Strategizing a stronger WTR movement, especially in Eastern MA
9:15-11:45 AM: NWTRCC meeting
11-11:45 AM: justice and peace singing (if space available)
noon-1 PM: Lunch and cleanup
1-5 PM: NWTRCC Counselor Training (preparing WTRs to counsel others)
Friday and Saturday programs will be held at Cambridge Friends Meetinghouse, 9 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, just off Brattle Street (about 6-8 blocks west on Brattle Street from Harvard Square and MBTA Red Line subway stop). The building is wheelchair accessible, has a large meeting room, kitchen, and smaller rooms.
Sunday meetings take place at Encuentro 5, on the fifth floor of the UNITE/HERE building, 33 Harrison St. in downtown Boston on the edge of Chinatown (Orange Line “Chinatown” stop is the closest subway). Encuentro 5 houses a number of labor and social action groups. The space, unfortunately, is not wheelchair accessible, although there is an elevator. Detailed directions to the sites will be sent to you upon receipt of registration.
Six vegetarian meals will be provided from Friday supper through Sunday lunch. Participants will be asked to help with meal preparation and cleanup. Please indicate on the registration form any special dietary needs or restrictions. Joanne Sheehan and Rick Gaumer of Pacifeast Catering will be cooking.
Housing will be “on your own,” but we will have bed and couch spaces available for anyone who needs a place to stay overnight. Please note that on the registration form, and we will contact you to make those arrangements, either before the weekend or when you arrive at Cambridge Friends Meeting.
Childcare is available at no cost for Friday evening and Saturday activities at Cambridge Friends Meeting. You must register by October 25 indicating your need for childcare to be guaranteed that it will be available.
Cost for the weekend is $10-50 per adult (sliding scale and less for those attending only part of the weekend); children (12 and under) are free. Pay less if necessary, more if possible, but all are welcome, whatever amount you pay.
Mail registration form by October 30th with a deposit (you decide how much), payable to NEWTR, to Becky Pierce/NEWTR, 41A Brent St., Dorchester, MA 02124. You may email your registration (without deposit) to Larry Dansinger at email@example.com. Questions? Contact Larry at (207) 525-7776.
You can also REGISTER ON-LINE at: www.nwtrcc.org/Boston_Nov2010.php
Walk-in registration is also possible, but we encourage you to register in advance, which will help with planning, meals, and logistics. We can only guarantee childcare for those who pre-register by October 25.
REGISTRATION FORM--New England WTR gathering weekend (OK to fill this in with your information and email back to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Enclosed is my deposit of $_____ payable to NEWTR. Cost for the entire weekend is $10-50 per adult.
___ I need housing ____Friday Night ____Saturday Night. Contact me.
___ I will NOT need housing or will provide my own.
___I need childcare (please list age/s, register by October 25th):
___I need a ride from ___________
___I can offer a ride from ___________
Please indicate any other special needs pertaining to diet, mobility, health concerns, or anything else we should know to make your participation more comfortable:
Return this form, preferably by October 30th, to:
Becky Pierce/NEWTR, 41A Brent St., Dorchester, MA 02124 617-282-3783
You can also REGISTER ON-LINE AT: www.nwtrcc.org/Boston_Nov2010.php
For last minute questions or email registration: Larry Dansinger, email@example.com or (207) 525-7776.