These proposals were written independently and shared between the authors, but difference in approach may be useful to discuss.
PROPOSAL I: To revise an anachronistic reference in our “Statement of Purpose”
From: David M. Gross, San Francisco, CA
Date: December 16, 2008
NWTRCC’s statement of purpose reads in part:
NWTRCC’s goal is to maintain and build a national movement of conscientious objectors to military taxes by supporting, coordinating and publicizing the WTR actions of groups and individuals. These actions include: war tax resistance, protest, and refusal; the redirection of military taxes to meet human needs; support of the U.S. Peace Tax Fund Bill; and adjustment of lifestyle to avoid tax liability.
The “U.S. Peace Tax Fund Bill” was last introduced into the 104th Congress more than a decade ago. Today, proponents of “peace tax fund” legislation are promoting a different bill: the “Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act.” Apart from the name change, there have been a number of important substantial changes to the legislation as well.
There are two, related parts to this proposal:
Part 1: Remove the anachronistic reference to the “U.S. Peace Tax Fund Bill” from the NWTRCC Statement of Purpose by striking the text “support of the U.S. Peace Tax Fund Bill;” from that statement.
Part 2: Add a new clause in the NWTRCC Statement of Purpose to replace the one removed in Part 1. For example:
PROPOSAL II: Proposed Revision to the NWTRCC Statement of Purpose
From: Clark Hanjian
Date: March 9, 2009
Dear NWTRCC Friends,
In our 2007 survey of affiliates, the NWTRCC Statement of Purpose was overwhelmingly supported. NWTRCC affiliates clearly indicated that this Statement still rings true.
Several groups suggested minor clarifications, and these suggestions are incorporated into this proposal. Here are a few notes regarding rationale:
Click here for a PDF that shows our current Statement of Purpose, marked with these proposed revisions.
All the best,