National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee

War Tax Objection for Peace and Justice Conference

Friday, November 7- Sunday, November 9, 2014, Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana

Hosted by the Earlham School of Religion (ESR) and the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC). War tax resisters from around the country will attend the NWTRCC gathering and Sunday business meeting and present or participate in workshops and all programs. Out-of-towners please register in advance for housing and meals; local participants may come to any or all sessions without prior registration.

Schedule overview, subject to changes

Friday, Nov. 7

9 am - 3 pm: NWTRCC Administrative Committee meets

4 - 5:30 pm: Trueblood Lecture with Lonnie Valentine speaking on  "Quakers and the War Tax Concern: Unfinished Business?" (open to all).

6 - 7:15 pm: Opening Dinner, ESR dining room

7:30 - 9 pm: Opening Convocation, ESR center: "How Social Change Happens" with Joanna "Gypsy" Swanger, Earlham College faculty and Director of Earlham's Peace and Global Studies Program, followed by reception and conversation in the ESR dining room.

Saturday, Nov. 8

7:30 - 9:15 am: Breakfast: ESR dining room

9:30 - 10:15: Worship in Quigg Worship room, ESR building, Lonnie Valentine, or, NWTRCC updates and local activist reports

10:30 - 12: Workshop Session I: ESR Center, classrooms

1. Basic War Tax Resistance This workshop introduces the variety of ways individuals have resisted and redirected tax dollars intended for the military. Topics include living below taxable income, refusal to pay a small amount of taxes due, W-4 resistance, organizing protests and community action on this issue. Facilitator: Ruth Benn, NWTRCC Coordinator. Current war tax resisters Ari Rosenberg (Pennsylvania), Bob Bady (Vermont), and David Gross (California) will tell the whys and hows of their individual methods of refusing to pay for war. Discussion and Q & A will follow.

2. The Peace Tax Fund Campaign This workshop provides information about and how to join the national legislative campaign to establish a conscientious objector tax status for those opposed on moral, philosophical or religious grounds to participating in war by having their tax dollars conscripted for military spending. Facilitator: Jack Payden-Travers, Executive Director of the Peace Tax Fund Campaign (confirmed)

3. Military Counter-recruitment and Support for Conscientious Objectors Learn how you can support effort to educate young people about the realities of the military and how to support those within the military seeking recognition as conscientious objectors. Facilitator: Maria Santelli, Director of the Center on Conscience and War (confirmed)

12:15- 1:30 pm: Lunch, ESR dining room

1:45 - 3:15 pm: Workshop Session II: ESR Center, various classrooms

4. Advanced War Tax Resistance This workshop is for those who now the basics of WTR but want to learn more or have specific questions related to their own resistance efforts. Background on court cases, "frivolous filing" questions, social security implications of WTR. Facilitator: Ruth Benn, NWTRCC Coordinator, and current war tax resisters

5. Quakers and the War Tax Concern Learn some to the fascinating stories and debates among Quakers on the war tax concern, from the beginning of the movement to today. Facilitator: David Gross, editor of collections on the history of war tax resistance, including Quakers and War Tax Resistance in America and We Won't Pay! A Tax Resistance Reader. David also has a blog on war tax resistance, The Picket Line.

6. Economic Disobedience Taxes are a debt the government demands, and this is part of the larger system that seeks to place individuals and institution into debt. Learn about the various efforts to challenge debt, including student debt. Facilitator: Erica Weiland and others

3:30- 4:15 pm: Refreshment Break: ESR gathering area of ESR Center

4:30-6 pm: Workshop Session III: ESR Center, various classrooms. This session will recapitulate prior workshops, though they will be grouped, as below.
Sign up sheets will be available to determine demand.

7. The Militarization of US Foreign Policy and Alternatives: Case Study--East Africa This workshop examines the growth of US military presence in east Africa where the majority of Quakers in the world live. Quakers there have been engaged in offering peaceful solutions to conflict, such as the Alternative to Violence program.
Facilitator: David Zarembka, Friends Peace Teams in Great Lakes region of East Africa

8. War Tax Resistance Questions and Answers This workshop combines elements of the Basic and Advanced Workshops offered earlier. It is a time to pursue your questions on this topic with current war tax resisters and others who are considering this form of resistance to war. Facilitator: Ruth Benn and other current war tax resisters

9. Conscientious Objection to the Military and to Taxes for the Military This workshop develops the intersections of conscientious objection to both military service and taxes for the military from the earlier workshops. Facilitators: Jack Payden-Travers of the Peace Tax Fund Campaign and Maria Santelli of the Center on Conscience and War

10. Economic Disobedience Pursue the connections between war tax resistance and our economic system. Facilitator: TBA

6:15-8:00 pm: Dinner, ESR dining Room, ESR Center
Those wishing to have a table for continuing discussion on some topic can place a sign on a table to gather others who want to pursue more conversation.

8:00 pm: Special presentation by Attorney Peter Goldberger: "What Does the Supreme Court's 'Hobby Lobby' decision mean for War Tax Resisters?" followed by discussion, entertainment, socializing

Sunday, Nov. 9

8:30-9:30 am: Breakfast, ESR dining room

9:30-12:30: NWTRCC Business meeting: ESR dining room. All welcome.


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