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26th Annual New England Regional Gathering of War Tax Resisters and Supporters
“On Being a War Tax Resister: Public or Private?”
Friday-Sunday, November 4-6, 2011
Pioneer Valley Co-Housing
This 26th Annual Regional Gathering of War Tax Resisters provides an opportunity for war non-supporters to meet each other and share experiences, stories, challenges, and concerns related to war tax resistance/refusal (WTR) and redirection of refused taxes. This Gathering is open to both new and experienced war tax resisters. We also especially welcome people who are just testing the waters of WTR – those who are simply curious about WTR or disturbed by the extent to which their taxes fund war-making.
The theme of this year’s Gathering is On Being a War Tax Resister: Public or Private? Through large-group and small-group discussions on Saturday, we will explore both the benefits and challenges of being open, visible, and public about our war tax resistance. Being public surely creates a stronger witness and a bolder statement of our convictions, and encourages others to explore WTR. Yet, there are valid concerns that being public as a WTR may attract attention from the IRS or expose ourselves to critical judgment from family, friends, employers, co-workers, landlords, and others with whom we interact regularly.
We honor all people engaged in WTR – those who are public and those who are private. It is important to emphasize that this Gathering is being held to promote healing, education, and understanding. The organizers of this Gathering very much want the private WTR folks to join us during this special weekend. Together we hope to strengthen and expand our community of resistance.
The weekend starts off with a Friday evening presentation that is free and open to the public (no registration required). Ed Hedemann will speak about “The Many Faces of War Tax Resistance.” A war tax resister since 1970, Ed is also a former staff member of the War Resisters League (WRL), author of War Tax Resistance, developer of the WRL pie chart, and a founder in 1982 of the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC).
5-7 pm: Registration and dinner
6:45-7:15 pm: Welcome and logistics
7:15-9:30 pm: Presentation by Ed Hedemann, “The Many Faces of War Tax Resistance.” Followed by Q&A. Music by local singer-songwriter(s).
8-9 am: Breakfast
9:15-9:45 am: Welcome & introductions
9:45-10:45 am: Large-group discussion
1. Why did I attend this Gathering?
2. What do I want to receive from this Gathering?
3. What do I want to offer this Gathering?
11 am-12 noon: Small-group discussion #1 as related to the Gathering theme, & highlights from the previous large-group discussion.
12 noon-1 pm: Lunch
1:15-2:30 pm: Small-group discussion #2.
Same topics as #1, but with new small-group members.
2:45-3:45 pm: Feedback from small groups.
4-5 pm: 1. Q&A for new & potential WTRs (as a separate session).
2. Planning for next year’s Gathering.
5-6 pm: Free time & DVD showing of NWTRCC’s “Death & Taxes.”
6-7 pm: Dinner
7:30 pm: Talent show–Bring your voices, instruments, songs, poetry, jokes, skits
8-9 am: Breakfast
9:15-10:45 am: 1. Circle dancing with an experienced leader.
2. A capella singing.
11 am-12 noon: Everyone together –Regional reports of WTR & other justice & peace activities, & announcements.
11:30 am: For those interested, carpool to Amherst Center to attend weekly noon-1 pm justice & peace vigil. (Bring signs if you have them.)
12 noon: Lunch and clean-up
The WTR Regional Gathering will be held at the Pioneer Valley Cohousing community in Amherst, MA. Cohousing is a semi-communal living arrangement in which residents own their houses but share common facilities, activities, meals, gardens, etc. This community has been in Amherst since 1994 and has kindly allowed us to use their common area for a modest fee.
The Cohousing common area is wheelchair accessible and has a large meeting space, a kitchen, and accessible bathrooms and showers. Sleeping arrangements will be largely limited to floor space — bring a sleeping pad, bag, or other bedding, a pillow, and towels. Two guest rooms are available as well. There is ample space for camping outdoors, so bring a tent if you are prepared for likely cold nights. Arrangements can also be made for people to stay in homes of area WTRs; let us know if you require this option and we will do our best to accommodate you. Children are welcome, but please indicate on the registration form if you will need childcare. Detailed directions to the site will be sent to you upon receipt of registration.
Six vegetarian meals will be served, Friday supper through Sunday lunch. Registrants will be asked to help with meal preparation and clean-up. (Joanne Sheehan and Rick Gaumer of Pacifeast Catering will be cooking.) Please indicate on the registration form any special dietary needs or restrictions.
Cost for the weekend is $50 per adult. Children 12 and under are free. If you are not staying overnight, the suggested per diem cost is: Friday only, $10; Saturday only, $30; Sunday only, $15. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Pay less if necessary, more if possible. Mail registration form by October 25th with a deposit (you decide how much), payable to PVWTR. Send to: Daniel Sicken, P.O. Box 8011, N. Brattleboro, VT 05304. Info or questions? Contact Daniel at (802) 387-2798. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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New England WTR weekend
Mailing address __________________________
Enclosed is my deposit of $______ payable to PVWTR. Cost for the entire weekend is $50 per adult. (See Registration section.)
Accommodations (Check those that apply):
__ I need housing for: __ Fri. night __Sat. night
__ I will utilize floor space for sleeping.
__ Please reserve a bed for me.
__ I will arrange my own housing or will not need it.
__ I will bring a tent and sleep outside.
Number of adults attending: _____
__ I need childcare. Please list ages:__________
__ I need a ride from _____________________
__ I can offer a ride from __________________
Please indicate any special needs pertaining to diet, mobility, health concerns, or anything else we should know to make your stay comfortable:
Please return this form by Oct. 25th to:
P.O. Box 8011
N. Brattleboro, VT 05304
Phone: (802) 387-2798
Walk-in registration is also possible, but we much prefer that you register in advance, which will help with planning meals and housing. We can only guarantee childcare for those who pre-register.