Eighth International Conference on War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns - Washington, DC USA 2000

USA Country Report Number 2

National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC)

PO Box 6512

Ithaca, New York 14851 USA

Phone: (607) 277-0593, or 1/800-269-7464

FAX: same

email: nwtrcc@lightlink.com

website: www.nwtrcc.org

Name of person submitting report:

Mary Loehr, Coordinator, NWTRCC

Organizational structure:

NWTRCC has one paid staff person, who works part-time. There are four people on the Board, with two alternates. The Board consults with and supports the Coordinator. They are: Nancy Rice (Albuquerque, New Mexico), Carol Coney (Snellville, Georgia), Pete Meyers (Ithaca, New York), Ginny Schneider (Shelburne, Massachusetts), Bill Glassmire (Corvallis, Oregon), and Daniel Woodham (Portland, Oregon). NWTRCC has a membership of about 1500. The budget is $32,200 for the year 2000.

NWTRCC is a clearinghouse and resource center for the conscientious war tax resistance movement. It is a coalition of local, regional and national affiliate groups working on war tax related issues. NWTRCC sees poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, economic exploitation, environmental destruction and militarization of law enforcement as integrally linked with the militarism which we abhor. Through the redirection of our tax dollars, NWTRCC members contribute directly to the struggle for peace and justice for all. We publish a newsletter six times a year, and have literature that provides specific, practical details about war tax resistance.

We offer counseling, both to new members with general questions, and to ‘old-timers,’ with very specific questions. NWTCC meets twice a year, at different cities around the country. There are 8,000 to 10,000 war tax resisters in the United States.

The war tax resistance movement in the United States continues at a steady pace. We were once again present at other events to do outreach (School of the Americas, Nevada Desert Experience), and at activist/nonviolence conferences. On Tax Day each year, about 50 groups around the country have a public witness to pass out literature and introduce the idea of war tax resistance to the public. Close to $50,000 of NWTRCC members' tax dollars are redirected to life-affirming groups each year.

Significant challenges:

We experienced a staff transition in 1999. Karen Marysdaughter, who had been coordinator for eight years, stepped down. She was replaced by Mary Loehr, who has done a fine job of learning the ropes. We hope that NWTRCC will maintain its reputation for fun, efficient meetings!