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Christian Peacemaker Teams Encourage War Tax Resistance

On October 25, the 12th day of the U.S. and British bombing in Afghanistan, the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) Steering Committee approved a policy encouraging resistance to war taxes among its constituency. That includes a decision that CPT itself will noncooperate with the IRS in W-4 tax withholding.

The Steering Committee issued a statement asserting that their war tax resistance will "make every reasonable and creative attempt to appeal and resist any seizure" by national revenue agencies. CPT has further committed itself to share the burden of losses incurred by CPTers in these acts of war tax resistance.

CPT Steering Committee co-chair, Muriel T. Stackley, said, "This is an invitation to people and institutions of the faith community in a time of war. You are invited to join us in following the Prince of Peace and supporting each other as we refuse to give to Caesar money to take the lives that are given by God."

CPT director Gene Stolzfus said that this was not an easy decision to make. To help them come to clarity, the Steering Committee used the Employer's Worksheet for Developing A Policy on War Tax Resistance, which is a piece of literature available from NWTRCC. They then mulled it over for many months, but finally came to the decision. He said that he thinks that it was a good process, as people need time to think these things through.

"We'll see how it unfolds", says Stolzfus. "This is not the only work that we do. It's an important thing to do, but we have people out in the field dealing with life and death situations. We hope that this won't get in the way of that work. Yet this feels like the right thing to do right now."

CPT is one of very few national organizations that have committed themselves to institutional WTR.

Christian Peacemaker Teams is a program of Brethren, Quaker and Mennonite Churches. For more information, contact: CPT, P.O. Box 6508, Chicago, IL 60680; phone: 312-455-1199; e-Mail: cpt@igc.org

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NWTRCC Meets with NEWTR in November

by Mary Loehr

About 60 people gathered in Voluntown, CT, November 2-4, at the site of a longtime nonviolence community. NWTRCC combined its bi-annual meeting with the New England wtrs', who meet every fall. It was a delight to be together with so many wtrs, especially in this time of military escalation.

The theme for the weekend was "Moving Forward," and Friday evening began with a panel of wtrs who talked about ways they want to move forward in their WTR or activism in general.

On Saturday we broke into small groups that met twice over the weekend. These groups were free to have rambling conversations about whatever. Many groups talked about September 11, on both a personal and a broader level. In our group we were challenged to say what our next step would be in our activism, and what support we would need to get there.

Workshop topics varied widely. There were workshops on being a WTR counselor, on a nonviolent response to terrorism, and practicing listening skills, among others.

Saturday evening we offered artistic expressions to each other, which included poetry, music, dance and fingernail painting.

At Sunday's Coordinating Committee meeting, the following decisions were made.

The site of our meeting was rustic, the weather was gorgeous. The food was excellent. Thanks to all who made it happen. Next spring, Portland, Oregon!

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Counseling Notes:

Tax Debt and Social Security

The IRS has issued a consumer alert encouraging Social Security recipients to resolve any long-term unpaid federal tax bills now to avoid having benefit payments reduced in 2002. Social Security payments could be reduced by 15% next year through the next phase of the Federal Payment Levy Program if tax debts remain unresolved. Social Security recipients who owe federal tax debts should have begun receiving notices about the program. Those who have already arranged to pay tax debts through installment agreements or other IRS programs will not be affected by the levy program. The IRS says payments to those in bankruptcy, suffering hardship situations or who have applied for relief as an innocent or injured spouse will not be levied. Before levies are placed, delinquent taxpayers will receive a final notice containing details about their tax bill and an explanation of appeal rights.

WTR and Life Insurance

One wtr had an experience where the insurance company holding his dad's life insurance policy, when his dad died, required all the recipients to sign a statement saying that they didn't owe any taxes. He arranged with his siblings to take his share and give it to him themselves, by him writing a note relinquishing his claim, so it would be disbursed equally to them. Has anyone else had a similar experience regarding life insurance?

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MANY THANKS

Many thanks to the following groups that have given since our last newsletter. Your support makes a difference!

Pioneer Valley War Tax Resisters (MA)

Greater Westchester Alternative Tax Fund (NY)

Lehigh Valley WTR Life Fund (PA)

Philadelphia War Tax Resisters

Taxes for Life (NC)

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Network List Updates

An updated listing of area contacts, WTR counselors, affiliate groups and alternative funds was sent out in October. If you didn't receive one, contact the NWTRCC office. Please check it to see if your listing is correct, and contact the office if it's not. Updates to the list will appear in this column throughout the year; please update your copy as the changes come in. Thanks!

Here are the first updates to that list:

National Groups-Change the address for the Episcopal Peace Fellowship to: 637 S. Dearborn St, Chicago, IL, 60605. Phone: (312)922-8628.

Central Region-Change Donald Kaufman's email to: dkaufman@iwichita.com.

North Central & Southwest Regions-Change Jerome Witschger's address to 3555 N. Ranwill Blvd, Tucson, AZ, 85716.

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Some Ramblings About WTR and Old Age, Nest eggs and Shelter

by Mary Loehr, NWTRCC Coordinator

For most of my time as a war tax resister, I lived under the taxable income. Now that I work for NWTRCC, I make over the taxable limit. When I started the job over two years ago, I seized the opportunity to ease my fears about my old age; I bought a house. This did, at first, ease my fears, and justified to myself why I was making so much money. (The NWTRCC salary may not be a lot to some people, but it's a lot for me!) I felt I could rest on this nest egg; that when I was old, I would have shelter, and no rent payments.

But what I found as time went on, was that my connection with my community was being broken. I was relying on the mainstream American model of going it alone, of providing for myself. And something was happening to my spirit.

Years previously when I had asked a wtr what we would do in our old age, he said he would push me in my wheelchair to the park. And another wtr said he chose to live according to the passage in the Bible that encourages people not to store up for the future, but to live like the lilies of the field, to neither sow nor spin, and trust in god.

By placing my trust in mainstream America's vision of individualism, of feeling I alone would buy the house and hence I would be taken care of in my old age, because there might be no one else to help me, I was feeling more isolated and consequently, despairing.

This is my unique experience, and it may have proven different if I had bought a house downtown instead of in the country, or if I hadn't stopped going to so many meetings, or any number of circumstances. I certainly am not saying that we as wtrs shouldn't plan for our futures. And I recognize that I sit on a lot of privilege as a white, educated person with family members who have money. I'm not dictating what other wtrs should do. But just as there are many types of war tax resistance on the spectrum, there will be many pictures of how our old age will look.

I just know that my heart is lighter since I've moved downtown, into an apartment, and am once again surrounded by my community members who share a common vision of the world. We are Catholic Workers who share meals and meetings, songs and laughter. We are, for now, trusting in the mystery of god to provide.

I know that if I become sick or unemployed or imprisoned, that these people would help me out, because I've done it for them. And I know that my family members who live in town, and that the many people that I know from 30 years of living here would step forward to help.

Here in Ithaca, we also have an alternative health fund. It's a grassroots insurance plan that is about three years old. Each member puts in $100 per year, and as the fund grows, more possibilities for reimbursement become available, with one big goal being a dental clinic. Now, for example, broken bones, or a trip to the emergency room will be reimbursed, but an extended stay at the hospital won't. Many health care providers in the community offer a 10% discount if you're a health fund member. Membership and reimbursement are not limited to local people, though only local folks can get the discounts from member health providers. When I cut my finger last year needing stitches at the emergency room, at first I worried about how I was going to pay for it, until I remembered that I belonged to the Health Fund. They paid for my visit!

Ten years ago, when I lived in a household of four women, one moved away unexpectedly and another killed herself. Two of us were left to pay the rent for four. A friend of ours helped to organize a rent party: we threw a party and asked people to put money in a can to help pay the rent. And it worked. That's the kind of community, of security, that I want to rest in.

Again, I know it's not a choice everyone can or will make. Just wanted to share a chapter from my journey...

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WTR Counselor Training

Mary Loehr, with the backup of Karen Marysdaughter, held a WTR counselor training in Voluntown. Here are the notes from that, which are of general interest to all of us, not just those who want to be WTR counselors. Thanks to Tana Hastings for taking these notes.

This workshop focused more on the technical side, versus the listening skills. Ideally, we would do both parts, but we only have 1 hours. There were two articles on WTR counseling in the last issue of MTAP.

Resources for WTR Counselors:

WTR & IRS is currently our best legal piece. Handy to use: flow chart on the back has references to related text inside. Needs to be updated soon - was done in '97.

WTR At a Glance - our best companion piece-an overview of WTR, the many methods and options available, plus good thinking material. The questions for clarifying are very useful as a counselor-can help get the person to talk, figure out their values, reasons - from there the decisions are clearer

Stand Up to the IRS - this is a book from Nolo Press. It is not written for wtrs, but is great resource of proactive legal self help. Lots of info on IRS procedures and your options & possible consequences at each point in the process. Nolo Press also has a website to answer questions.

NWTRCC's Practical Series - good to have these on hand to refer to yourself and give out (cost $.50 each for affiliates, $.65 each for others) #6 (on organizational WTR) has a worksheet to go with it.

Mary keeps a file with past questions in it - a lot of them are repeated often.

Tax code is on line: There are several ways to get to it. The address Mary uses is: www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/26/

Federal Tax Handbook - summary by category, of course more readable than the actual code.

What does it take to be able to call yourself a WTR counselor? It's mostly a question of confidence in your ability to find out the answers - can't, and don't need to, know it all. Karen: often people are looking to you for security. WTR is risky, and you can't change that for them, no matter how much you know.

Rap about being a WTR counselor:

Speak from your own experience.

Refer to sources that know more (people & literature.)

LISTEN-draw out their reasons, values, fears.

Listen to the reasons and fears FIRST, then move into the technical stuff. Morally and philosophically you DON'T want to tell anyone what to do. What's best for each person can change over time, and differ greatly from person to person - they need help figuring out what's best for them.

We also have a list of tips for talking about WTR with people, compiled by Clark. And a sheet, "counseling and the law". Peter G, our favorite attorney advisor, reviewed it and said basically that everything on this sheet is technically true, but each item could take a day to really explain. Read it very carefully. Karen adds that she knows of NO ONE who has ever gotten in trouble for doing WTR counseling. If you want to be cautious, and someone asks you a specific question, rather than directly saying "you can do X", say it as "some people have done X in that situation" (then you're not suggesting, only reporting what someone else did)

Frequently asked questions, (and answers):

How do I do it? (Start with asking them why they want to; refer to the clarifying questions at the back of War Tax Resistance At A Glance.)

Will I go to jail? (very miniscule chance-handful since WWII, and then usually for related things, not non-payment)

Will I lose my house? (again, rare - it's at the very end of the line of what they go for, and they need special permission to go after a primary residence, an extra hoop for them to jump through)

Will they take money from my job &/or bank account? (These are the first things they tend to go after, but after quite a series of letters. Of course there's no predicting the IRS, but there are general trends. There are many steps along the way, and you can change you mind and pay up at any time through most of it.)

Can they garnish social security? (Yes, above the minimum level they have to leave for you-usually the taxable level, the same min. level they use for wage garnishments (so if the minimum level this year for a single person is $7450, and your social sec. is $9000, only $1500 is vulnerable to garnishment)

Is it better to respond to IRS letters or not? (Not predictable-depends on so many factors. Can't say confidently that to respond or ignore is better in any given case.)

Other Thoughts:

Encourage people to find a support group. If you're doing long distance counseling, use the network list to put them in touch with someone near them.

The IRS & State agents fully expect you to fold, to capitulate, and are surprised when we don't.

You may want to gather some house seizure stories to show the range. Good perspective from Dave Z: "Yeah, I lost a house once, but it was due to divorce, not my WTR!"

Often, no matter how it's exactly worded, the question underneath the other questions is, "how can I have everything I want and still do WTR?" You can't. Either you have property and control of it and it's at risk from the IRS, or you let someone else "own it for you" and thus don't have complete control over it, and risk something going wrong with that person, or you don't have it at all. All different risks, but you can't eliminate all risk.

We can still keep some power even when IRS clamps down, or you decide to pay - creative responses to collection attempts and payments under protest.

Other topics:

Mixed marriages: if you file separately and DON'T live in a community property state, the non-wtr spouse is not liable for wtr's debt. In community property states, the two are one financial unit, and non-wtr becomes liable for debts even if incurred before the marriage-if you owe it, you spouse shares in owing it.

For people who live in a non-community property state, and file separately, it's common to have assets in the non-wtr's name. This carries other risks, though - for example in acrimonious split-ups.

Inheritances:

An inheritance is not taxable in and of itself, unless it's a huge estate, and then the executor pays the taxes before you get your cut anyway. You'll be responsible for taxes on the interest earned, if you have it in an interest bearing account. (Its whereabouts will be known by IRS from interest statements.) The problem can be the sudden influx of asset for wtrs with previous liability. Usually the inheritance is given out all at once. Best to move it ASAP, but in chunks of less than $10K/month (all transactions over $10K have to be reported to the IRS). Can do this with certified checks from the bank: they are good forever, and like travelers checks can be replaced if lost, if you have records of them. Also escrow funds and community loan funds. IRS can get access to safe deposit boxes. One wtr had an experience where the insurance company holding his dad's life insurance policy required them all to sign a statement saying that they didn't owe any taxes. So he arranged with his siblings to take his share & give it to him themselves, by him writing a note relinquishing his claim, so it would be disbursed equally to them.

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Alternative Social Security?

A small group met in Voluntown to discuss the topic of security when old age comes, or when we're met with health challenges or disability. Several felt strongly that security lies in community building, and in keeping support systems personal and local. Wally Nelson (a 94 year old wtr) spoke movingly of never worrying about where to lay his head or find the next meal; he could visit his friends and they'd take care of him. He said we shouldn't waste time worrying about the future, but also said that planning together to help one another in times of future need is a good idea.

Others liked the idea of some type of nationally administered fund which could provide financial help to older persons as well as persons with health challenges. The funds could be dispersed on a short-term, "as needed" basis, much like the Indiana based WTR penalty fund disperses moneys to war tax resisters who face IRS penalties. Some mentioned that it is more difficult to ask for long-term than short-term help and liked the idea of a national fund that pays out a small amount on a regular basis long-term.

Funding sources could include individual NWTRCC members and affiliates (who contribute regularly), as well as others who, although not war tax resisters themselves, wish to support war tax resistance.

One mentioned that it would be easier to ask for financial help from this group of war tax resisters than from non resisters. Several mentioned that they are already in the federal government's social security system or are considering working enough quarters to qualify for SSI.

Wally reminded us at the close of the meeting that community involves not only giving but receiving. In his opinion, we are pretty good as a group at giving, but we can improve on receiving.

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Resources

Know of radical groups that need $$$? Read on...

The Nonviolent Action Community of Cascadia (NACC) is seeking grant applications from grassroots groups for activist organizing and education. Given the current world situation, projects dedicated to peace organizing and anti-militarism will be given a priority, though more general social justice and community empowerment projects will be considered also. The funding limit will be $3,000 per recipient group.

Applications can be downloaded from NACC's web site, or can be requested via phone, mail or e-mail. Application deadline is February 1st, with grants to be awarded March 15th.

Contact NACC, 4554 12th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA, 98105; phone: (206)547-0942; email: cmtc@igc.org; www.riseup.net/nacc

Anti-war Pamphlet Available from NACC

NACC has also compiled a 22-page anti-war pamphlet, as well as a three-CD companion. Please feel free to download, print, photocopy, and distribute as many copies as is feasible for you. Also, don't hesitate to pass the word as widely as possible-especially to friends and family currently in support of the war.

The pamphlet is located at http://riseup.net/nacc/images/pamphlet.pdf.

For those with access to CD-burners, one can also distribute copies of the CDs relatively cheaply and easily. For a copy of the set, send an SASE along with three blank 80 minute CD-Rs to: NACC at address just above.

War Resisters League has new flyer

There's a new flyer, "Myths of a Military Response" and "Nonviolent Alternatives" on the WRL web site: www.warresisters.org

There are two sizes to choose from for your leafletting convenience. For a paper copy you can call WRL at (212)228-0450.

WRL also offers a spiral bound desk calendar. The theme for 2002 is "52 True Stories of Nonviolent Success." It was edited by Tom Hastings and Geov Parrish, both NWTRCC folks. It also includes a directory of U.S. peace & justice organizations & publications. The calendar is $12. For more information, visit www.warresisters.org or call (212)228-0450.

Flyer Regarding Afghanistan

The Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, a NWTRCC affiliate, has created a very good flyer concerning the humanitarian crisis currently unfolding in Afghanistan. They have asked that this flyer be distributed as widely (and as quickly) as possible. The flyer is located at http://www.rmpjc.org/2001/FAST.html. You can call the Peace & Justice Center at (303)444-6981.

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Volunteers!

NWTRCC needs you! We are looking for volunteers to help on the three following working groups. Each of these groups would benefit from as much or as little time as you are able to put in.

Fundraising - The fundraising working group would evaluate our current fundraising strategies, perhaps suggest some new ones, and if so, begin putting them into place.

Outreach - The outreach working group would be giving thought to how to reach young adults, as well as outreach to non-wtrs who could support wtrs.

Legal - The legal working group would be implementing the plan which is outlined in the Voluntown CC meeting report.

Get to know your NWTRCC Coordinator and other wtrs aroung the country! Feel good about contributing to a group that you value and know is vitally important. Get to know the inner workings of NWTRCC. Share your excellent ideas and talents. Make an impact!

If you're interested, contact the NWTRCC office. Thanks.

Share Your Ideas

A couple of wtrs have volunteered to work on a NWTRCC booklet about war tax resistance and aging. They would like to gather stories of various methods, ideas and strategies. If you are willing to be interviewed, please let the NWTRCC office know. Thanks.

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From the LISTSERV

Health Care and WTR

Someone wrote in to our listserve asking for thoughts about health care and war tax resistance. Here are some of the responses.

"As to the practical guide for health care coverage for a wtr... How often are you accustomed to seeing a physician and what kind? What's your health history? What's your personal budget going to allow for, for payments into a health plan? It is important to have a coverage which would take care of you were something to severely impact you. Mine is presently low monthly, fairly high deductible of $2,500. When younger, I had deductibles ranging up to $5,000. I've never had an HMO, so maybe someone else can speak to whether that is a less expensive and yet secure route."

- Brent, Chico, CA

"I've been doing some thinking about this one lately. I am a WTR with a WTR partner and a four-year old daughter. We live toward the simple end of the spectrum and we don't have health care. There is a free program for children in VT where we live, and if we ever need it we will use it. For the past four years we have bartered with doctors. We see a naturopath for primary care and do work for her. When I had a hospitalization for a birth we bartered with the obstetrician, paid reduced rates for other bills, and paid over time for one that wouldn't budge on the amount. It was (mostly) rewarding to have to talk to people on a human level about our reasons, and some of the barter resulted in deeper relationships which otherwise might have been non-existent. "What I wonder lately is why all of my fellow travelers (esp. wtrs) haven't begun pooling our money (say $50/month) into a health fund together, for people to use as needed? Many people I know don't have health care coverage and we all feel isolated and alone about it. Maybe we don't have to. "I recognize that we all have issues with money, trust (and hypochondria...?), but in a trusting, trustworthy group of people with good ground rules, it might be possible. I'd like to hear others' thoughts."

- Ellen Kaye, Brattleboro, VT

"I have a plan that costs me $32 per month. The deductible is $2000 per year, so for practical purposes, it's only there in case I run into serious health trouble. If you know you'll need regular medical care for an existing problem, this may not be the way to go. But it's one way I work with balancing simple living and taking care of myself.

-Sasha Vodnik, Richmond, VA

You can join the list serve by following the directions on our website. That address is www.nwtrcc.org.

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Turn Loose the Line

by Juanita Nelson

One day when I was nine years old,
Plowing behind an angry mule,
She dragged me crying through a cotton field,
'Til I heard, "Turn loose the line, you fool!"
I heard a voice call out to me,
"Turn loose the line, and you'll walk free."

Came the day for me to sign up to fight -
If I said no, I'd land smack in jail.
Still I stammered, "Sam, you got the wrong man,
You can't drag me down that bloody trail,"
'Cause I heard a voice sing out to me,
"Turn loose the line, and you'll be free."

Next the IRS held out its hand
Wantin' me to pay someone else to kill
Have to quit my job to say NOT IN MY NAME.
How'd I have money to pay my bills?
Then I heard that voice whisper to me,
"Turn loose the line, and you'll be free."

Once I thought I would do just fine
In work that was good and still paid real well,
I was climbing the ladder, getting ahead,
But I just had to scale down, had to rebel,
When I heard that voice shout out to me,
"Turn loose the line, and you'll be free."

Turn loose the line of conformity,
Turn loose the line of complicity,
Turn loose the line of false security,
Turn loose those lines if you wanna be free.

Juanita Nelson, a wtr from Western Massachusetts, read this poem at the gathering in Voluntown. She said that the first stanza was inpired by an incident that happened to her husband Wally when he was young.

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Local Group Reports

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting's War Tax Concerns Support Group changed its name to Conscience, Militarism and War Tax Concerns. They wanted to reflect more accurately the broad range of Quaker concerns about conscientious objection to war.

They also decided to focus on draft registration and military recruiting. In addition to offering monthly meetings so that Quaker youth can discuss and record their convictions on war and peace, they have offered workshops at a Young Friends gathering and at the week-long yearly gathering.

Although the U. S. Supreme Court declined to hear Priscilla Adams' appeal of her federal conscientious war tax refusal case in January of 2000, the ripples generated by the integrity of her witness continue to lap at the consciences of many Friends and others. She and other members of the Group were invited to speak one or more times on war and peace tax issues at six monthly meetings, two Friends schools and the Brandywine Region Coffeehouse in West Chester.

Additional outreach in March 2001 featured a lunch-time support gathering at Friends Center on the theme "My Money, Thy Life." On tax day in April members passed out literature at five post offices, expressing to last minute tax filers their anguish over social programs being starved by rampant military spending.

Also in April it was reported to Interim Meeting that IRS had levied Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to garnish the salary of Priscilla Adams for taxes she had in good conscience refused to pay to IRS. Recognizing their standing policy regarding conscientious war tax refusal by employees, Interim Meeting in May 2001 wrestled with this matter and its many implications. After deep, worshipful consideration, Friends reaffirmed the policy approved in Yearly Meeting session in 1988. The Yearly Meeting will therefore corporately decline to comply with the levy, request that IRS deal directly with the individual taxpayer and not use legal enforcement to coerce a third party, such as PhYM, to violate the conscience of one of its employees. IRS has yet to respond.

This group also supports the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund legislation. Several of their members joined a lobby effort on May 16, 2001, cosponsored by the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund and the Center on Conscience and War. This lobby day advocated securing the right of conscientious witness to not pay for war, as well as ending draft registration through Selective Service. One of their members, Lyle Jenks, serves on the Board of the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund, officially representing Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Largely as the result of the Friendly persuasion of member Dick Reichley, who made repeated personal contact with local Representative Joe Hoeffel, and encouraged others to write him letters, the Congressman chose to become a sponsor of the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund legislation.
- report by Robin Harper

Austin, TX

On October 28th, there was a march from the Capital Building in Austin to the Federal Building, with a rally for peace on the plaza. About 200 people from all over Texas attended the event.

The march was a colorful parade complete with band music and twelve foot high caricatures. An anarchist group made a giant sized mask reading, "remember to dissent." Other signs being carried showed now common slogans like, "our grief is not a cause of war." Many carried the American flag and there were signs suggesting that it is not unpatriotic to question acts of war.

Petitions practically signed themselves and leaflets changed hands rapidly. There was a thirst for taking productive action and to be involved in a solution or at least moving forward to find a peaceful way out of our current climate of reaction to violence.

Any little effort was favorably responded to, especially if there was an indication of something tangible being offered. Extremely popular were petitions to ask our Congressional Representatives to co-sponsor the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act (HR 1186), because the law was described to "let you keep your tax dollars out of the military spending."

War tax resisters were also present at Peace Action's National Meeting, which was held in Austin in November. One suggestion that came in after the fact is to have a banner with the NWTRCC logo and contact information.
- report by Steven Olshwesky

Southern California War Tax Resistance and Southern California War Tax Alternative Fund

The groups have surveyed the depositors of the Fund and those listed &/or active in war tax resistance about whether and if so to which projects they'd like the Fund to make some late year grants directed to the causes and consequences of the Sept. 11 events and the current warfare. Categories suggested were: survivors/victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, including laid-off workforce members not otherwise well cared for; Afghan victims; peace organizing. The grants committee will interpret the returned surveys and make any grants that are indicated.
- report by Joe Maizlish

New England

In addition to holding their annual gathering in Voluntown, the New England War Tax Resisters have been meeting as a support group since September 11, and they held a WTR intro workshop October 23 and report 15 new recruits to WTR!

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