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New England Gathering of War Tax Resisters/ Refusers and Supporters

When: Friday, October 26, 2012, 2:00 pm to Sunday, October 28, 2012, 10:30 am
Where: Cambridge Friends Meeting Center • 5 Longfellow Park • Harvard Sq T • Cambridge

27th Annual New England Gathering of War Tax Resisters & Supporters

 

Forms of War Tax Resistance:

Where We've Been & Where We're Going

 

 

 

Friday-Sunday, 

October 26-28, 2012


 

 

October 26-27: 

Cambridge Friends Meeting, 

 9 Longfellow Park, 

Cambridge, MA

 

 

 

October 28: 

Democracy Center, 

45 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge


 

 The 27th annual 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.

 
     Theme of the 27th annual Gathering:
We need a vibrant war tax resistance/ refusal/redirection (WTR) movement for a strong anti-war movement; we need an active anti-war movement and strong movements for social and economic justice, democratic institutions, reduced resource consumption, and local economies, etc. for a healthy WTR movement. This gathering helps build that movement in NewEngland and beyond. We need to support those who have been active in WTR to insure they are able to continue their resistance.
 
       At this year's annual Gathering we will take a deliberate look at our history of War Tax Resistance here in New England.  And then we'll explore what the future might hold; where we're going. Our Friday evening opening session will feature debate and discussion focusing on the past and present.  On Saturday we will take the discussion further and examine possibilities for the future. Interspersed with all the discussion will be information on the basics, and lots of opportunities to network and bring ourselves up to date with our friends, fellow resisters, and folks who would like to learn more about this important form of civil disobedience.
 
Registration form--New England WTR weekend
 
Name(s) ____________________________________________________________________
Mailing address _______________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
Phone  _____________________________________________________________________
E-mail _____________________________________________________________________
 
Enclosed is my deposit of $______ payable to
NEWTR. Cost for the entire weekend is $10-50 per adult. (See Registration section.)
 
Housing:
__ I need housing:   __ Fri. night    __Sat. night. Contact me.
__ I will NOT need housing or will provide my own
 
Childcare:
__ I need childcare. Please list ages:_________. Register by Oct. 20th.
 
Rideshare:
 __ 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:
_______________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________
 
Return this form, preferably by Oct. 20th, to:
Becky Pierce/NEWTR, 41A Brent Street, Dorchester, MA 02124, (617) 282-3783
 
Walk-in registration is also OK, 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 Oct. 20th. For last-minute questions or email registration:
 
Alan Clemence, breezyfield@yahoo.com, (207) 631-1158 or Larry Dansinger, rosc@psouth.net, (207) 525-7776.
 
Schedule (Tentative)
 
Friday evening  (Cambridge Friends)
 
5-7 pm:  Registration and dinner
6:45-7:15 pm:  Welcome and logistics
7:15-9:00 pm:  Panel discussion. “Does WTR  Have a Political Future?” trying to answer questions such as, Why resist? Why keep on resisting? Why stop resisting? Does WTR have a political future?
9-9:45 pm:  Networking, informal discussions
 
Saturday (Cambridge Friends)
 
7:30-8:45 am:  Breakfast
9-9:30 am:  Welcome & introductions
9:30-noon:  Morning semi-structured small groups (or one large one) looking at past and current WTR. What have been different “arcs” of participation in WTR? Is WTR in decline? How do we balance or compare resistance as personal action vs. social movement? Groups will report back on  what they gleaned from discussion of past and current WTR efforts.
Noon -1 pm:  Lunch
1:30-3:30 pm:  Large/small-group discussions again: Is there a future for WTR in the coming years? How is WTR different in this “age of inequity?” Will many more “resist” by being under taxable levels? Is a new WTR movement needed, and possible?
4-5 pm:  Q&A for new and potential WTRs,
planning for next year’s Gathering, OR 
other small-group discussions (make an offer)
5-6 pm:  Free time
6-7 pm:  Dinner
7:30 pm:  Talent show. Bring your instruments, voices, songs, poetry, jokes, skits, etc.
 
Sunday (Democracy Center)
 
8-9 am:  Breakfast
9:15-11am:  Local reports, national/NWTRCC report, Possible follow up initiatives to Saturday discussions, other next steps
11-11:45 am:  A capella singing or dance or skit or ?
Noon-1:30 pm: Lunch and cleanup
 
Location & facilities
 
Friday and Saturday programs will be held at Cambridge Friends Meeting, 9 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, just off Brattle Street (about 6-8 blocks west on Brattle St. from Harvard Square and MBTA Red Line subway stop). The building is wheelchair accessible, and has a large meeting room, kitchen, and smaller rooms.
 
     Sunday meetings take place at the Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge, MA, very close to the Harvard Square stop on the MBTA’s Red Line. The Democracy Center is a meeting space for many progressive social change groups. The space, unfortunately, is not wheelchair accessible. Detailed directions to the sites will be sent to you upon receipt of registration.
 
Meals, housing & childcare
 
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 Oct. 20th indicating your need for childcare to be guaranteed that it will be available.
 
Registration
 
Cost for the weekend is $10-50 per adult (sliding scale; less for those attending only part of the weekend). Children 12 and under are free. Pay less if necessary, more if possible. All are welcome, whatever you pay.
 
      Mail registration form by October 20th if possible, with a deposit (you decide how much) payable to Becky Pierce/NEWTR, 41A Brent St., Dorchester, MA 02124. You may email your registration (without deposit) to Alan Clemence,breezyfield@yahoo.com and Larry Dansinger at rosc@psouth.net. Questions? Contact Alan, 207-631-1158 or Larry, (207) 525-7776.
 

 

 

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